Toonstruck European Cover
Developer(s) Burst Studios
Publisher(s) Virgin Interactive
Designer(s) Richard Hare, Jennifer McWilliams
Platform(s) DOS, Windows, Macintosh
Release date(s)
  • NA: November 4, 1996
  • EU: October 31, 1996
Genre(s) Adventure game
Mode(s) Single-player

Toonstruck is an adventure game released in 1996. The game features hand-drawn imagery and animated characters, but the protagonist Drew Blanc (played and voiced by actor Christopher Lloyd) is represented as a video-captured live-action character interacting with the cartoon world around him. Toonstruck also features scan-line compressed FMV, including several animated sequences produced by Nelvana and Rainbow Animation, and was also one of the first video games to include stock music from APM Music, notably the classic "Spooky Scherzo" by Sam Fonteyn and "Lonely Hearts Club A" by David Bell.


Toonstruck is a point-and-click adventure game where the player controls Christopher Lloyd's digitized likeness. The game uses a "Bottomless Bag" as an inventory icon, and the mouse pointer, represented by an animated white-gloved hand, is context-sensitive, changing its icon depending on what it is rolled over.


The iconic barn, before it is struck by the Malevolator's beam. Drew can be seen talking to the Carecrow as Flux is walking away

Drew Blanc is a cartoon animator and the original creator of the Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun Show. This show has been an unprecedented ten year success for his company, but in reality the many cute talking rabbits that star in the show sicken him. His self-revered creation, Flux Wildly, a wise-talking and sarcastic small purple character, has been denied the chance of starring in his own show. Drew's boss, Sam Schmaltz (played by Ben Stein), sets him the task of designing more bunnies to co-star in the Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun Show by the next morning. However, the depressed animator soon nods off, suffering from acute artist's block. He wakes early the next morning to inexplicably find his television switched on, announcing the Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun Show. Suddenly, Drew is mysteriously drawn into the television screen and transported to an idyllic two-dimensional cartoon world populated by his own creations, among many other cartoon characters. He soon befriends Flux Wildly (Dan Castellaneta), and discovers that this fictional paradise is being ravaged by a ruthless new character with a devastating weapon of evil, a flying machine equipped with a ray beam that mutates the pleasant, childish landscape and its inhabitants into dark, twisted and mean counterpart versions of themselves. He is tasked with hunting down and stopping this madman, thereby restoring peace and harmony to the land, in return for safe passage back to three-dimensional reality.


"Count Nefarious" redirects here. It is not to be confused with Count Nefaria.

Several famous actors provide the voice talent for the game.[1]



Cutopia is the land of all the happy and adorable Cutopians and is overlooked by King Hugh's castle.


Zanydu (the name is a parody of Xanadu from Kubla Khan) is Flux's homeland. Zanydu is colourful and wacky and includes the Way Outback (a parody of the Australian Outback).


Malevoland is the dark and adult part of the cartoon world, with Nefarious' castle looming in the distance.


The game was originally slated for a 1995 release but was delayed until late 1996, in part due to the lengthy animation process required.[2]


Aggregate score
Review score

Although receiving mostly positive reviews from game critics, the game wasn't overly successful due to the rise of new 3-D games and the overall decline of the adventure game genre as well as poor marketing.[4] GameSpot gave Toonstruck a score of 8.8 out of 10.[5]

Re-release and sequel

One of the scenes from the unreleased sequel

The released version of Toonstruck contained less material than originally planned. Shortly before the beta version was released, the game was divided in half. The removed material, video and animations from the first game were to be released as a sequel; however this material was never released. A number of the unused backgrounds, animations and pictures remain on the internet.[6]

Keith Arem, a developer who currently owns the right to Toonstruck 2, is planning to release a full version of Toonstruck which would include the second half of the game. But since he needs "tremendous fan support" to justify its release and get funding, there is a petition for the release of Toonstruck 2.[7][8]

In May 2011, Keith Arem officially confirmed they're currently working on an enhanced re-release of ToonStruck, to which they may add some of the sequel's content if they can afford it. He has also stated they'd like to re-build the fanbase first, before moving onto the development of Toonstruck 2.[9] It was also confirmed by Arem that an official announcement for the enhanced edition would hopefully be made by the time of Comic Con in July 2011.[9]

In June 2011, Trevor Greer, a friend of Arem's, confirmed on the Toonstruck 2 Facebook page that his father, Arem and himself are overseeing the project through Arem's owned PCB Productions company. Greer also answered some fan questions, most notably mentioning that an iOS version of the game is in development first for iPhone/iPad. A PC & Mac release may happen soon after depending on its success. More info was to be announced at Comic Con in July. However a rep at the PCB productions booth said they had planned to make an announcement during the convention, but were waiting for the right word to say so due to legal issues being resolved at the moment.[9]

In 2014, Arem gave the fanbase a handful of updates through the Toonstruck Two Petition Facebook group and Twitter. In February he wrote that they would "need to raise significant capital and fan interest to bring this game back to life" and "we need to show investors and distributors that we can sell hundreds of thousands of games," tasking the community to recruit as many fans and followers in social media as possible.[10] In June, Arem posted for the community that "very good news is on the way" and that there would be a large update in "the next few weeks."[11] When asked on Twitter, Arem said that they hoped to have an announcement by Comic Con in the end of July.[12] However, the announcement was once again postponed due to the copyright issues still being unresolved.

The original game was re-released on on February 10, 2015.[13] and Steam on November 15, 2016. [14]

The increased interest in the Toonstruck sequel among fan community resulted in many fan creations, including a Toonstruck 2 fangame project.[15]


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