Milkcan.com (partially found promotional interviews; 1999)
The logo for the website Milkcan.com, which hosted four special animated interviews.
Status: Partially Found
UmJammer Lammy (also known as Um Jammer Lammy) is a rhythm-based video game that launched on the Playstation on March 18, 1999 in Japan. The story is about a guitarist named Lammy, who spends the duration of the story trying to make it to her bands' debut concert. It was a follow up to the video game Parappa the Rapper, which was released on the same console in 1996. To promote UmJammer Lammy, a website titled Milkcan.com was created. The website contained music, wallpapers, exclusive videos, and more centered around the game and its characters. Despite the websites' old age, almost all of the content featured on the site has been archived. However, there exists promotional material in the form of animated interviews that have been lost to time. As of the time of writing, only one out of the four interviews has been recovered.
Milkcan.com was a promotional website for the game UmJammer Lammy. McTV (Milkcan TV) was the second page on the website, where the viewer could watch four special animations. These animations were made exclusively for the website, not only as a way to advertise the game, but as a way to advertise a new album titled Make it Sweet! In these animations, interviews are being held with each individual member of Milkcan, the fictitious band of UmJammer Lammy. There is also a fourth interview with an "unknown" individual, although the website makes it quite clear that it's the character Chop Chop Master Onion. Out of the four interviews, only one has been recovered, that being of vocalist and bass player Katy Kat. The interview is extremely short, only clocking in at a little over fifteen seconds. One could assume that the other interviews were around the same length, but this is only speculation.
It is currently unknown what material was in the three lost interviews. Sources such as the Parappa The Rapper Wiki claim that characters Lammy and Ma-San each gave their reason to buy the album Make it Sweet! As the character Ma-San speaks in gibberish, it was unknown what her reason for buying the album was. Lammy simply thought that the album was good. The Wiki provides no sources for their claims however, so this information is currently up for speculation. No information has been provided as to what could have been in Chop Chop Master Onion's interview.
As stated previously, Milkcan.com was archived extremely well despite its old age. Although the Wayback Machine has archived the website from as far back as the year 2000, there are sources that claim that the website is much older than originally thought. Archived fan sites from the time of the websites launch point that the site was launched closer to June of 1999. The interview with Katy Kat was uploaded nearly a decade ago, and is in somewhat poor quality. As a result, there's now doubt that the three other interviews will surface. Sources such as Reddit claim that all four interviews were once hosted on YouTube back in 2010, but were taken down.
Thumbnails for the three lost interviews have been archived, giving us insight as to what their animations would have looked like.
- A Web Archive link to the Milkcan.com website. Retrieved 30 May '18
- A page on the Parappa The Rapper Wiki featuring information about the interviews. Retrieved 23 Sept '20