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Alleged test footage from an axed Crash Bandicoot cartoon has surfaced online

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time
(Image credit: Activision)

A fan on Twitter has posted what is supposedly test footage from a since axed Crash Bandicoot cartoon.

The clip features a Crash origin story in which Neo Cortex mutates a simple marsupial into the Crash Bandicoot we all know and love today. Take a look at the scene below. 

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This footage, which supposedly originated from the Crash Bandicoot subreddit, has since been deleted. However, the post claims the series was commissioned by Amazon and was in production for a whole year before getting cancelled. However, there's been no official confirmation of this. 

The animation does look to be of a high quality, especially considering that this is supposedly test footage. Many fans of the video game series remain unconvinced though, with some believing that this may in fact be fan-made or a scrapped video game cutscene, of which there were apparently plenty during the development of the first Crash Bandicoot game in the 90s. 

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Around the same time as the animation appeared online, a second version of the same scene also did the rounds on Twitter. This version has slightly different effects and gives Crash different characteristics, however, remains mostly the same as the first. 

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Although the idea of a Crash Bandicoot animated series is exciting, another plausible explanation for this footage may be that it came from an early revision of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, which was released last year. If we consider that this wouldn't be the first time Crash could have had animated segments (as referenced in the tweet above) and that Crash 4’s developers Toys For Bob have always wanted to maintain the “old school animation vibe that the game gives off", it wouldn't be outside the realm of possibility. 

For now, things remain inconclusive due to the fact that Activision hasn't commented on the rumours, but it’s still fun to imagine what this could be.

If you’re still struggling with collecting all those coloured gems, take a look at our Crash 4 coloured gems guide.  

Hope Bellingham

After studying Film Studies and Creative Writing at University, I was lucky enough to land a job as an intern at Player Two PR where I helped to release a number of indie titles. I then got even luckier when I became GamesRadar's trainee news writer where I get to spread the word about the goings-on in the video game world. My expertise lies in Animal Crossing related topics after spending the last 15 years immersing myself in island life. I also know a thing or two about The Last of Us, and way too much about the Kingdom Hearts series.