Animaniacs: Hollywood Hypnotics (cancelled Game Boy Advance game; 2003)
Animaniacs: Hollywood Hypnotics was a 2D platformer being developed for the Game Boy Advance by Full Fat Games and was set to be published by SWING Entertainment in 2003 based on the animated series Animaniacs.
Tonight, Brain's plan for global domination involves turning the Warner Bros. Water Tower into a rocket in order to launch a satellite into space, which he will use to transmit the sound of a big, barking dog to every home on the planet. No one will be able to sleep. Neighbors will be continually yelling at each other to "Keep that dog quiet". In the ensuing chaos, Brain will step in and take over the world!
Brain waits for the Warner Bros. and the Warner Sister, Yakko, Wakko and Dot to escape from their water tower to begin implementing his scheme. To keep the staff and actors working at the movie lot from interfering with his plan, Brain, with the help of Pinky, sets up hidden speakers all over the studio, which emit strange and eerie hypnotic sounds. This will cause all the actors and crew members in the various sound stages to believe that they actually are the people they are playing and live in the time periods of the movie they are shooting. Further, Brain instructs Ralph the guard, under the hypnotic spell, to guard the entrance to the water tower and keep everyone out!
For some reason, Yakko, Wakko and Dot are immune to the hypnotic sounds. They can't understand why Ralph is acting so weird and won't let them back into the water tower. Walking around the lot, they accidentally uncover the hypnotic speakers and they now plot to help the staff and actors get free from their trances by destroying the speakers.
The game appears to have been a platformer/point-and-click adventure game hybrid, with visuals similar to the SNES/Sega Genesis Animaniacs game. Players would collect various items (examples of which including stools, hats, and cakes) placed throughout the levels, and use them to solve various puzzles, such as helping Mindy escape from a jail cell by using a sheriff's key. The levels would have been themed around various movie locations, with examples including Wild West, gangster, space, and pirate-themed sets. Various characters, both original and Animaniacs regulars, would be present throughout these levels, either to serve as enemies or to interact with to solve puzzles.
The release of the game, along with another Animaniacs game entitled Animaniacs: Hollywood Hijinx, was cancelled when SWING Entertainment became the subject of an insolvency procedure on February 11, 2003. But whereas Hollywood Hijinx eventually received a new publisher and was released as Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt, Hollywood Hypnotics remained unreleased, and as of 2018, the game has yet to see the light of day in any format.
- Animaniacs: Hollywood Hypnotics on the Animaniacs Wikia. Retrieved 13 Dec '18
- Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt on the Animaniacs Wikia. Retrieved 13 Dec '18
- European Nintendo Webpage detailing Animaniacs: Hollywood Hijinx. Retrieved 13 Dec '18
- Webpage detailing SWING Entertainment's history. Retrieved 13 Dec '18