True origin of Carrotus

24 Dec 2014 at 07:12
"Devs Play" on YouTube

Double Fine’s new YouTube series, Devs Play, builds its inaugural episode around the 1994 Lion King game, complete with commentary from one of the developers. At around the half hour mark they get to the Hakuna Matata level, and Louis Castle reveals that it was based on official Disney plates, storyboards, etc. that were initially developed for the original Lion King movie but were cut for story reasons.

Why do we care? Well, it’s a nineties platformer, but more importantly, Hakuna Matata was the inspiration for Carrotus. Before it was thought to have been invented specifically for the Lion King game, but nope, it originated in-house at Disney. (Just like Pride Rock, the inspiration for Damn.)

- Violet CLM


Primpy on 24 Dec 2014 at 09:28


cooba on 24 Dec 2014 at 12:00

Double Fine = vomit

Love & Thunder on 24 Dec 2014 at 17:19


I’ll give that a watch later.

Blackraptor on 24 Dec 2014 at 18:03

I recall posting a thread on the JCF about this several years ago. Also, that Lion king game was freaking hard as a kid

Slaz on 24 Dec 2014 at 21:06

Ever played the Aladdin one? It was a lot easier overall, and it’s fourth level clearly spawned inspiration for the Castle set. I mean, look at those pillars

Violet CLM on 24 Dec 2014 at 21:24

Blacky: The news is specifically that the Lion King game level was based on Disney art, not that the JJ2 level was based on Lion King game art, which we already knew.

Slaz: Could be! Nick has admitted that parts of Colonius were based on Aladdin, after all.

JordanJett on 24 Dec 2014 at 21:27

Aliens have invaded earth

Stijn on 25 Dec 2014 at 11:26


Roobar on 25 Dec 2014 at 19:24

Is there a single original thing invented in Jazz Jackrabbit? As a kid, everything Jazz related looked original to me. I never thought Aladdin or the Lion King were inspiration for Jazz. But now days, the more I know, the worse it gets. Everything is ruined for me: Jazz was inspired by Sonic and Zool (that I can swallow), and Jazz himself originated from animation, which I don’t remember its name. Next, the tilesets (I didn’t even knew Colonius is based on Aladdin!). Next: the guns (like the LFG-2000 gun). Next – referrences to other games and companies (like Apogee). The story is also a stereotypical cliche. Please tell me that there is something original left! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

Hare on 25 Dec 2014 at 21:47

@wiivn perhaps it would be cruel to mention the origins of some of the music.

cooba on 25 Dec 2014 at 22:40



Naps on 25 Dec 2014 at 23:18

@wiivn you can say that some weapons are original:like the seekers or the electro-blaster
or even the flamethrower
oh wait….

Slaz on 25 Dec 2014 at 23:37

@wiivn: In a sense, nothing creative is ever fully original. Inspiration doesn’t spawn out of nothing, that’s not how the human brain works.

For example, MegaMan was inspired by Astro Boy, who was inspired by Pinocchio, and Carlo Lorenzini didn’t make up Pinocchio out of nothing either. The wooden doll’s inspiration is thought to be a mix of fairy tales he translated and his political/social view and interaction at the time.

This is what I love about the pubic domain. We can all inspire each other and build upon each others works, and in a way Jazz2 (both the original game and the stockpile of levels released for it) is an embodiment of this ideal.

Oh wait, the philosophy is getting out of hand, I’d better go to bed. :P

Naps on 25 Dec 2014 at 23:45

well we can say that spaz and the game engine are original atleast
also wiivn,for me,jazz is aleardy ruined ,but i still love that game as many do

snzspeed on 26 Dec 2014 at 09:47

wiivn is entering into the gus-zone :D

Primpy on 26 Dec 2014 at 11:31

Hare, just what the cold heck!? Lab Rat was inspired of something? I love Lab Rat!

Well, at least I hope the rest of the soundtrack is original. I love it!

snzspeed on 26 Dec 2014 at 11:39

LOL the soundtrack is completely original. What the fuck are people on? Like, music or art cannot be inspired by something else without then being original? hahaha. :D

Naps on 26 Dec 2014 at 13:00

that xmas soundtrack reminds me of this song

Hare on 26 Dec 2014 at 20:22

@Zah dud4h That’s a good one! I hadn’t noticed that before.

Dreampipes ;)

There was another that I came across at one point, but I can’t remember what it was.

Raenforus borrows a lot from this track from Weekend at Bernies II

That’s the only clip I could find on YouTube. Seems the person who uploaded it recorded the audio straight from the movie.

snzspeed on 26 Dec 2014 at 21:53

…why dont you find us more clips.

Naps on 27 Dec 2014 at 00:27

Dunno maybe i’m wrong but the easter soundtrack is somewhat similar to the beach one

Also i’d like to see where did damn and medivos got inspired from

Hare on 27 Dec 2014 at 02:51

A few of these sound effects make me curious… YouTube Link

Naps on 27 Dec 2014 at 17:00

Jelly Jam on 30 Dec 2014 at 07:46

Kinda late to post this, but, these remind me of the boll platforms, from medivo.
And yes, would like to thank slaz for showing the video in the first place.

Primpy on 30 Dec 2014 at 10:27


Naps on 30 Dec 2014 at 16:20

@Jelly Jam also the bats from alladin reminds me of jazz jackrabbit 2’s ones

snzspeed on 30 Dec 2014 at 16:36

This clearly inspired the JJ2 jungle music!

Jelly Jam on 30 Dec 2014 at 17:37

I really wonder what’s psych’s stolen from other games and such. Could it be that this is one of the only original stuff?

cooba on 30 Dec 2014 at 18:32

Lewis Carroll would object to that claim.

Jelly Jam on 30 Dec 2014 at 20:07

Yes, cooba. I know it’s inspired by Alice in wonderland. I just wonder if the psych graphics are stolen from another game…

Primpy on 30 Dec 2014 at 21:15

@Jelly Jam No graphics are literally stolen from another game. They’re just inspired of them. I don’t think so, Psych looks pretty original.

JordanJett on 3 Jan 2015 at 07:47

Aliens have invaded earth

Blackraptor on 3 Jan 2015 at 07:54

Thanks Splat for coming in to drop the knowledge bombshell

Hare on 3 Jan 2015 at 09:01

The secrets of the universe revealed

Primpy on 3 Jan 2015 at 12:03

@JordanJett You don’t say! .

snzspeed on 24 Jul 2015 at 03:21

lol fucking retards on a roll. jj soundtrack is original. musicness idiot trying yo find ssimilaraitlaaties by forced. fuck you all. FUCK Z4H DUDAH

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