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Franchise: PaRappa the Rapper

Attachment PaRappa the Rapper co-creator Rodney Greenblat has said in response to a fan email that, if he were to do a new Um Jammer Lammy game, he would have Lammy and Katy Kat as a romantic couple. A few years after this, he would begin posting annual Valentines' Day images to his Twitter accounts with Lammy and Katy together.

Notably, one of the interviews in Um Jammer Lammy Now! has Katy laugh off a question about if she has a boyfriend.
Also Appears On: Um Jammer Lammy Now (Game), Um Jammer Lammy (Game)
Contributed by Rocko & Heffer on October 30, 2023
It has been claimed in interviews that the name "PaRappa" is a pun on "parappa", a supposed Japanese word meaning "flat" or "paper-thin", and the English word "rapper". This appears to be a slight mistranslation, as the word "parappa" does not exist within Japanese, but the word "パラパラ" (para para) seems to be a more likely origin, a Japanese term for flipping through a book, which would have flat pages. The term is also used for a Japanese form of disco dancing, which could also be seen as part of a pun, given that the series takes influence from a lot of different genres as opposed to just rap, with PaRappa the Rapper 2 having a noticeable disco influence.
Contributed by Rocko & Heffer on November 29, 2023
Masaya Matsuura came up with the idea to allow CD-generated levels in Vib-Ribbon after receiving letters from PaRappa the Rapper fans asking for spin-offs based on their favorite musical genres.
Also Appears On: Vib-Ribbon (Game)
Despite retaining "the Rapper" in its title and its source material being a music game, PaRappa only ever raps once in the anime adaptation of the PaRappa the Rapper franchise - that being the penultimate scene of the final episode, with the song sung being a rendition of PaRappa the Rapper 2's final stage, Always Love.
Also Appears On: PaRappa the Rapper 2 (Game)
Sunny Funny, Katy Kat, and PJ Berri already existed in Rodney Greenblat's art before PaRappa the Rapper entered development.
Also Appears On: PaRappa the Rapper (Game)
Attachment Before he was made a dog, earlier ideas for PaRappa the Rapper's species included a shrimp, clam, onion, reptilian kaiju, bee, and fox.
Also Appears On: PaRappa the Rapper (Game)
Contributed by Rocko & Heffer on November 2, 2023
PaRappa the Rapper co-creator Rodney Greenblatt had a bittersweet response to PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, appreciating that PaRappa was in a new title and finding the game fun, but disliking the presence of PaRappa in a battle game with lots of realistic weaponry.
Also Appears On: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (Game)
Attachment One of the background characters in the "Fire Fire!" stage of Um Jammer Lammy, a blonde-haired and beige-furred firefighter dog with a crop top, is shown in various PaRappa the Rapper spin-off media as being PaRappa's mother.
Also Appears On: Um Jammer Lammy (Game)
Contributed by Rocko & Heffer on October 28, 2023
Dred Foxx, who voices Parappa, rapped the lyrics for "Unknown from M.E." (Knuckles' Theme) in Sonic Adventure.
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