- “Welcome to Spoonerville, an average town with an average population in an average part of the country!
It has houses, streets, and sidewalks, places for kids to play and adults to relax.
Spoonerville is a nice place to be an adult. It's a great place to be a kid. And it's a quiet, peaceful place to live... most of the time...”
- ―Opening narration description Spoonerville from "The Power of Positive Goofing"[src]
It is named after layout artist J. Michael Spooner, who designed many of the backgrounds layouts of the town seen in Goof Troop.
Spoonerville has been given a widely diverse history across various mediums. In the pilot episode of Goof Troop, Goofy briefly mentions that the town was "built on a reclaimed swamp in 1932," but this was never again mentioned afterward.
In the April 1995 issue of Disney Adventures magazine, a Goof Troop comic strip titled "Losted Founder's Day" tells a completely different origin for Spoonerville. In this comic, Max's teacher explains that the early history of the valley where Spoonerville resides (named Spooner Valley in this comic) is largely unknown, a mystery wrapped in the claims of forklore, tradition, and hearsay. Some say it was gold prospectors who first came to the valley back when it was a dry desert, while other say it was settlers, with a man named Farmer Spooner being the first.
Max, however, recounts a version of Spoonerville's origin that combines all of the various claims together, which he had learned from his father, Goofy, who had himself been told it by his own grandfather: In the 1800s, two prospectors named Sourdough Goof and Grubstake Pete came out to the valley where Spoonerville would later be in order to mine it for gold. Meanwhile, a farmer named Spooner had also come out west to start up a farm in this valley. While Sourdough and Grubstake were unsuccessful at finding any gold, Farmer Spooner used their efforts to help himself unearth a large underground reservoir of water that shot up to the surface and formed Spooner Lake. He then started his farm and eventually founded the town that would come to be known as Spoonerville.
Though no gold had ever been found, the episode titled "Fool's Gold" reveals that there is indeed a rather large deposit of gold buried very deep beneath the surface of Spoonerville; a deposit so large that it has been proven realistically unfeasible to excavate it in its entirety.
In the November 1992 issue of Disney Adventures, another Goof Troop comic, titled "Hamming It Up!", has Goofy state that, before Spoonerville became a city, there used to be a lot of farms in the area back when he was little. This fits with how, in the present day, there are still some farms seen in the areas around Spoonerville, with one particular rural community dubbed the Spoonerville Heartland in the episode "A Goof of the People", and whose cow herds are even registered voters.
In the April 1995 issue, #6, of The Disney Afternoon comic book series, titled "Dog Days", it is revealed that the site where the Goofs' house currently stands used to be occupied by a hot dog establishment called Tut's Doghouse.
Spoonerville has also been the home to traditional events that have occurred year after year for several years. The episode "Tub Be or Not Tub Be" sees Spoonerville holding its tenth annual Water Carnival, in which one of its biggest events is the Bathtub Race that runs all through and outside of the town. In "Mrs. Spoonerville", the titular Mrs. Spoonerville Society Semi-Biannual Househelper Contest take place. And in the aforementioned "Hamming It Up!" comic, it is yet again the time of year for Spoonerville to have its big county fair.
The exact location of Spoonerville has never been concretely defined in any of its appearances. What is known is that it is located somewhere in the United States both on and around a peninsula that lies within a great wooded valley surrounded by mountain ranges and a river that runs into a large body of water. Its winters are cold and snowy (as seen in "Winter Blunderland", "Gymnauseum", and "A Pizza the Action") while its warmer weather can be intensely hot (as seen in "The Ungoofables", "Bringin' on the Rain", and the July 1993 comic strip "Chill Out!")
The most common assumption is that Spoonerville is located somewhere in the state of Ohio, based on how, more than once in A Goofy Movie, the road map used by Goofy for his and Max's trip from Spoonerville to Lake Destiny, Idaho indisputably shows the map's route to begin somewhere in Ohio. This theory is further supported by the Goof Troop episode "Wrecks, Lies & Videotape" in which TV personality Biff Fuddled (who is shown to be local to Spoonerville in his other episode appearances) briefly mentions that the TV station at which he hosts The World's Most Painful Home Videos is located in a place called "Contusion Tower, Ohio, 4270119".
However, many other episodes completely contradict the Ohio theory. In a number of episodes, a local TV station is shown to be named "KBOB T.V. Spoonerville"; call signs beginning with K are for stations located west of the Mississippi River, while states east of the river (like Ohio) have stations with W call signs. Moreover, "The Good, the Bad and the Goofy" in particular has Goofy, in referencing Akron, Ohio, state "It's a long way back to Ohio," from where he is at the time that he says that, which is shown to be be an old gas station situated on a vast, dry desert road that a local news report declares to be either part of or near Spoonerville. And many other episodes (including that one) do indeed show Spoonerville to be within reasonable driving distance of desert areas, with the aforementioned comic strip "Losted Founder's Day" even declaring Spooner Valley itself to have once been a dry desert valley located "out west". As there are no deserts in Ohio, this would instead suggest Spoonerville to reside somewhere in the Western United States.
Further supporting this is how, in the episode titled "O, R-V, I N-V U", Pete takes a road trip to Las Vegas that he seems to complete in less than a single day. Plus, in the comic strip titled "Woolly Bully" (published in the July 1995 issue, #9, of The Disney Afternoon comic book series), the car Pete drives in that story sports a front license plate that reads "California 414". And, the Disney Adventures five-part crossover comic storyline "The Legend of the Chaos God" declares Spoonerville to be far enough away from New York that it takes "many days" for Edger the Crow to fly from that city to reach the particular spread interstate highway that leads directly to Spoonerville. Subsequently, the same comic storyline also implies Spoonerville to be within a single night's driving distance of Duckburg, which is traditionally located in the (fictitious) state of Calisota, which itself is generally considered to be located where Northern California would be in the real world.
And yet, further episodes also contradict both of the above theories by sometimes presenting Spoonerville as a coastal city. While the large body of water that borders Spoonerville is shown in some episodes to be a large lake (Spooner Lake), other episodes instead present it as a bay that leads out to sea. The episode "Slightly Dinghy" even names it Spooner Bay, and features a coral reef structure far off the coast named Scarrier Reef, where lies the legendary sunken treasure of the pirate Nearbeard, guarded by a fish called Tiny Tuna (a saltwater fish). And, "Calling All Goofs" features the Spoonerville Harbor, where Goofy attempts to travel by ship from Spoonerville to a place called Tierra del Foongo (which is presumably outside the U.S. since it's a parody of Tierra del Fuego), where he and Max originally attempted to travel by airplane.
The Goof Troop video game likewise referred to the town as being near the ocean, along with the game's main setting being on a volcanic island named Spoonerville Island, whose resident islanders speak with stereotypical Jamaican accents.
And then, there is Goofy's original claim from the pilot episode that Spoonerville had been "built on a reclaimed swamp in 1932," which suggests the town to be in a wetlands state. While the aforementioned "Woolly Bully" comic strip from issue #9 of The Disney Afternoon has the characters go out of town to visit a dude ranch that Pistol emphasizes as being "out west", as though Spoonerville itself wasn't out west.
In the end, all of these conflicting sources make it virtually impossible to pinpoint exactly where Spoonerville is supposed to be, as it could be literally be anywhere in the country that the plots of whatever episode/movie/comic/etc. needed it to be, regardless of all of the inconsistencies that came about as a result of such flexible storytelling.
- “Entering Spoonerville, built on a reclaimed swamp in 1932 and home of the world's worst-dressed store window, and on your right the drive-in, the drive thru, the drive up, the dry cleaners! Museum's got the slowest snail, seediest grape, and the only known prehistoric gopher skeleton. On your left El-Bobbo Burgers, home of the Double-Cheesin' People-Pleasin' Ton o' Fun on a Bun! Got your high school, grade school, preschool, summer school, cemetery, aviary, and the home of Chuck Berry.
Here we have the suburbs, a chicken in every pot and a boat in every driveway!”
- ―Goofy's "10-cent-tour" of Spoonerville[src]
Spoonerville is the setting of the 1992 Goof Troop TV series, in which it debuts and serves as the hometown of Goofy, Pete, and their respective immediate families. Goofy and his son Max begin the series by living in a trailer park located in another city (quite possibly Mouseton), from which they move to Spoonerville and into the house next door to Pete in the pilot episode. Goofy notes that he is specifically moving back to Spoonerville after a presumed long absence, since he, Pete, and Pete's wife Peg all act like Goofy had been gone from Spoonervile since high school, while Max is strongly implied to have never lived in Spoonerville before his moving there with his father.
Despite this, several episodes of the series would instead treat Goofy and Max as having always lived in Spoonerville, next door to Pete, for multiple years, with only two episodes ever referring back to the pilot episode's original status quo for the Goofs.
Max starts off as a preteen who attends Spoonerville Jr. High School along with Pete's son P.J., while Pete's daughter Pistol attends a Kindergarten class at a local preschool. Goofy, Pete, and Peg are old high school friends, having previously attended Spoonerville High twenty-five years prior, and from which they graduated together along with fellow alumnus Mrs. Wanda Jean Schmeltzer. Goofy and Pete in particular are old childhood friends, having grown up together. In the present, Goofy has earned his diploma for the degree of Widget Waffler Deluxe, while Pete is the owner of Honest Pete's Used Cars and Peg runs her own real estate agency, Peg-O-My-Heart Realty.
Various adventures and misadventures take place in and around Spoonerville throughout the full course of the series, whether such events are confined to the homes of Goofy and Pete or spread to other places within the city limits.
The city is populated predominately by anthropomorphic dog people like Goofy and Max, but is no stranger to a few other anthropomorphized animal species like cats (namely Pete and his family), pigs, rats, and cows/bulls. It is also shown to have its own class of high society, with such upper class citizens as Mr. Farnsworth in "Waste Makes Haste" and Mrs. Willoughby in "Goofin' Up the Social Ladder" residing in wealthy mansions. The latter of whom lives on South Hill with other rich folk, and her estate is identified as the Minx Mansion in "And Baby Makes Three", but which is also seen in "Where There's a Will, There's a Goof" to instead be occupied by a different owner. A skyscraper in the downtown area named Huge Tower is occupied by the wealthy Mr. Howling Huge, as seen in "Where There's Smoke, There's Goof".
The city is governed by a mayor and a city council. The most widely seen mayor in the series is Mayor Baba, while a different-looking mayor appears in "Window Pains", and Goofy himself is elected to mayor in "A Goof of the People". Dutch Trecker is the district attorney, and there is a chief inspector who works (or worked) at City Hall, while the police department is headed by a no-nonsense police chief. Conversely, the fire department is run by a rather absent-minded fire chief.
Local television faces include news reporters Danielle Wrathmaker, Dan Blather, Sandee Seznee, Roland R. Havacheque, Mutt Tanner, and another unnamed female reporter. TV personality Biff Fuddled works at KBOB T.V., hosting such shows as Odd Facts, Strange Stuff, and Things Too Weird to Fake and The World's Most Painful Home Videos. He also reported the news once and hosts the Mrs. Spoonerville Society's househelper contest. Harmen Bleach, meanwhile, hosts The Lifestyles of the Up and Crusty. The city's newspaper is the Spoonerville Times.
Outside the city in a remote sector of its surrounding woods is the Spoonerville County Militia Armory and Surplus Depot, where the U.S. Army keeps and stores obsolete and out-dated equipment like tanks and trucks, and which can be accessed by retired brigadier general Robert E. Lee Sparrowhawk (Peg's uncle).
Spoonerville is also the home to a number of sporting events and teams. The Spoonerville Sparrows are the town's Major League Baseball team, with Lefty McGuffin as one of its southpaw pitchers. The town's Little League Baseball team is the Spoonerville Sluggers, coached by Coach Roach, and on which Goofy and Pete used to play as kids thirty years prior. The Spikers are a football team presumably local to Spoonerville in the National Football League. Spoonerville Amphitheater is used for such events as the aforementioned Mrs. Spoonerville contest and Wrestling for Dollars matches featuring Spoonerville's resident wrestling champion Myron "The Incredible Bulk" Brogan. Other televised gross-out sports programs include Goontown Gladiators and Grosserama II, the latter of which once featured The Mighty Ralph going for his fifth straight international belching title by melting first the windshield of a semi truck in fifty feet and then a stained glass window.
Unfortunately, Spoonerville also has its fair share of crooks, crime lords, and ne'er-do-wells. In "Counterfeit Goof", a counterfeiting ring is run by a Mr. Braxton, while in "Goof Fellas", Larry "No Thumbs" Noodleman (A.K.A, "Mr. Big" or sometimes just called "Hey, You") heads "one of the toughest, roughest, meanest, rudest gangs in all of Spoonerville". Robber duo Spud and Wally pop in and out of Spoonerville a couple of times to steal things, and small-time teenage thug Leech is always looking to cause trouble, whether it's frisking children for their lunch money, pick-pocketing bystanders, or shoplifting local stores (as seen in "Maximum Insecurity").
Similarly, Southside Spoonerville is a rather dreary, urban area filled with so-named roads as Bleak Street and Nowhere Avenue, the intersection of which is where bullies can be found committing shakedowns on hapless innocents.
Certain episodes like "Big City Blues" and "Nightmare on Goof Street" show Spoonerville to be within driving distance of another, much larger, and more upscale city that lies just down the interstate, and which may or may not have been the same other city from which Goofy and Max moved to Spoonerville back in the pilot episode.
Spoonerville is also the setting for all printed media related to Goof Troop, including the three Goof Troop storybooks (the Junior Graphic Novel, "Goin' Gold-Fishing", and "Great Egg-Spectations"), and all of the Goof Troop comics published in Disney Adventures, Disney's Colossal Comics Collection, and The Disney Afternoon. It is also setting of the French-original La Bande à Dingo comics published in Le Journal de Mickey and the Disney Club graphic novel "Le Visiteur De L'Extra Temps".
La Bande à Dingo: Le Visiteur De L'Extra Temps
In this French-original graphic novel, the city of Spoonerville (or "Loufoqueville", see "Trivia" below) is explored even further. Namely, the story declares that Spoonerville is not just a city, but specifically a municipality.
A different-looking mayor from any of those seen in the TV show is featured, and the City Council makes its first, last, and only appearance in this story. The council meets in a large lavish Council Chamber inside City Hall and is comprised of at least thirteen men, all but two of which seem very lethargic. The two others are presumably the presiding council member (who is not the mayor) and a retired Army officer named General Boxer. By the story's end, General Boxer resigns from his position on the City Council.
A local television station is given in the story as Canard Plus, whose leading reporter featured heavily in the story is Ray LeParkey. He and a number of other press reporters interview General Boxer about recent events from within the Information Room at City Hall. A TV game show Pete watches is named L'Introuvable ("The Unfindable") and the city's newspaper featured in this story is named the Loufoqueville Soir ("Loufoqueville Evening").
The downtown area of the city is depicted as a rather up-scaled area with lots of skyscrapers clustered together, and a large number of smaller stores and shops in its immediate surrounding area, with residential zones placed further outward. One particular neighborhood of great significance in the story is one named Bellevue.
Bellevue starts off as the location of old yet well known quarries that collapse in a landslide near the beginning of the story. Max and P.J. mention how they had played near the quarries in the previous week. Prior to the quarries' collapse, Bellevue was to have been the site of a new real estate complex named "Les Collines de Bellevue" ("The Hills of Bellevue") built by developer Al Bétone. But after the collapse of the quarries, the mayor deems the site unsafe for construction. By the story's end, it is decided by the mayor that a new park will be built on the property instead, one that will feature a track for skateboards and mountain bikes, as well as a garden decorated with life-sized dinosaur statues.
Al Bétone himself is presented as a real estate developer who used to run the famous Le Cirque Betone ("The Betone Circus"), having garnered the nickname "Monsieur Loyal" ("Ringmaster") for himself. His lawyer, Joris Prudence, used to be a clown in his circus. By the story's end, Bétone quits the real estate business to relaunch his circus.
In or near to the city is an Army base, where General Boxer's friend General Terrier works as a member of the general staff. Of note is how this base is a different place from the Spoonerville County Militia Armory and Surplus Depot.
To the west of the city is an area known as the Baie des Dragons ("Bay of Dragons"), a large craggy and sandy area that lies along the city's coastline.
In the story itself, Spoonerville is thrown into a mass panic after a misunderstanding inadvertently caused by film director Steve Splitscreen, as well as by General Boxer's hasty decisions, leads the townspeople into thinking that the city is set to be attacked by a hoard of dinosaurs. Everyone attempts to evacuate, causing traffic jams in the downtown area. In the wake of the chaos, the city is left completely deserted by all but the story's main characters. The citizens presumably all return home and resume their normal lives once the crisis is put to rest.
A Goofy Movie
As a spinoff of Goof Troop, the 1995 feature film A Goofy Movie (and all of its printed media adaptations and tie-ins) naturally sees Spoonerville as the setting for its first act and its final scene, though the town is unnamed in the movie.
Max and P.J., now high schoolers, attend Spoonerville's local high school, while Goofy and Pete now work at The Children's Portrait Studio in a department store at the town's mall. In this movie, much of Spoonerville's teenage population are fans of music superstar Powerline, and when Max tells his crush Roxanne that he and Goofy will be performing onstage with Powerline at a concert in Los Angeles, word of this spreads around the town, turning Max himself into a local celebrity.
When Goofy decides to take Max on an impromptu cross-country road trip in the movie's first act, he and Max hit the road and leave Spoonerville, but not without first passing through a neighboring big city along the way, which may or may not be the same city that was previously seen in "Big City Blues".
At the film's conclusion, Goofy and Max return home to Spoonerville from their vacation.
An Extremely Goofy Movie
Spoonerville is only briefly featured in An Extremely Goofy Movie, the 2000 direct-to-video sequel to A Goofy Movie, as the majority of the film instead takes place at the State college located outside of Spoonerville (which is again unnamed in this movie).
With Max and P.J. now high school graduates bound for college, the two of them move out of their respective homes and leave Spoonerville, along with their friend Bobby Zimuruski, to attend the State college. Meanwhile, Goofy is now employed as a factory worker at Beekins Toy Company, but it is not known if Beekins is located in Spoonerville or not. Goofy loses his job and eventually joins Max at the college to finish his own education and get a college degree so that he can seek a new job.
At one point, Goofy returns to his home in Spoonerville to confide in Pete after Max, in a fit of anger, had disowned Goofy as his father. Once Goofy regains his focus, he returns to the college to make things right with his son, his education, and his new girlfriend Sylvia Marpole.
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
While it goes unnamed in this special, the town that Goofy lives in seen in the "Christmas Maximus" segment of Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (and its graphic novel adaptation) may very possibly be Spoonerville.
Max, now a young adult living in another city up north, is returning home for Christmas to introduce his lady friend Mona to Goofy. Max and Mona take a train to Max's hometown; Goofy meets them at the train station to pick them up and bring them back to his house, where they spend their Christmas together.
Places of Interest
- The Goof Family House, 365 W. Main Street
- The Pete Family House, 367 W. Main Street
- Huge Tower
- The Minx Mansion
- Mr. Braxton's mansion
- Mr. Farnsworth's mansion
- Larry "No Thumbs" Noodleman's mansion
- The home of Chuck Berry
Schools & Education
- Pistol's preschool
- Spoonerville Elementary School
- Spoonerville Jr. High School
- Spoonerville High School
- Alpha Humanities School of Street Theatre
- A summer school
- A ballet school
Food & Entertainment
- Eikleberry Park
- Goony Golf
- Behemuth Burger Drive-in Restaurant
- Happy Dog Food Emporium
- Gorilla Burger Drive-in Restaurant
- Pizza Palace
- Alex movie theater
- A closed circus
- Spoonerville Museum
- El-Bobbo Burgers
- An aviary
- Spoonerville Amphitheater
- A diner run by Myron Brogan
- A horse race track
- The Spoonercaddie Arena and Stock Yards
- Tut's Doghouse (formerly, now its site is occupied by the Goofs' house)
Stores & Shopping
- Bob's Market
- Wall Paper Inc.
- Laundroplex U-Wash & Dry Cleaners
- The Great Garbonzo's magic shop
- Honest Pete's Used Cars
- Earl's Auto
- An electronics store
- Knives Я Us
- Norton Drugs
Civic & Other
- A courthouse
- A police station and jail
- A hospital
- A church
- Beverly Acres
- Spoonerville Harbor
- Fire Station No. 1
- SlimeCo (formerly, replaced by a ballet school)
- A cemetery
- In other languages where its name is changed, Spoonerville is known as "Loufoqueville" (French, meaning "Goofyville"), "Vovsekøbing" (Danish, meaning "Doggieville"), Hundshausen (German, meaning "Dogsville" or "Houndsville"), and "Hopolan" (Finnish, meaning "Goofyville").
- Spoonerville is also presumably where Goofy and Max live in the 1994 Mouse Works storybook "Me and My Dad", but there's really nothing to say about it in that story since it mostly takes place at a beach away from their home.
- Though not seen, Spoonerville is briefly mentioned alongside St. Canard in the 2017 DuckTales TV series' first episode, "Woo-oo!", in which both cities are said to be among the expanding markets of Scrooge McDuck's ever-growing business empire. However, of all of the cases that Spoonerville has appeared or been referenced in fiction, its mention in this series is the only one that is definitely in a separate continuity from all the others. Though, Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas may be separate as well due to the continuity issues of that special (see the Trivia section of that special's article for more).
- ↑ Granted, this car of Pete's is also a very different one from the car he owned in the Goof Troop TV series, as opposed to how, in the Goof Troop comic strip titled "The Toys of Summer" (published in the May 1995 issue of The Disney Afternoon, #7), Goofy's own automobile is shown to be the very same one from the TV show (albeit, miscolored purple instead of red). It is entirely possible that the different-looking car Pete drives in "Woolly Bully" could be a rental car, as he and the other characters were out of town visiting a dude ranch that Pistol emphasized as being "out west" as though Spoonerville itself wasn't out west.
- ↑ Where Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers is considered to be set.
- ↑ Albeit, still a great distance away, as Scrooge McDuck irately utters "all the way from Spoonerville!" as though the distance between the two cities was of a considerably costly length.
- ↑ The lake was alternatively named "Fossil Lake" in the storybook adaptation of "Great Egg-Spectations".
- ↑ So named in the storybook adaptation of "Slightly Dinghy"
- ↑ This probably means little as far as the island's location is concerned since Jamaican accents are a common stereotype of island natives in a lot of cartoons. The Goof Troop TV series itself even once featured an islander with a Jamaican accent in the episode "Cabana Fever".
- ↑ See the Trivia section of Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas for more on this.
- ↑ It is entirely possible that the mayor seen in this episode was supposed to be Mayor Baba, and that the animators used the wrong character model (one belonging to a background civilian character seen in multiple episodes) by mistake.
- ↑ The French name for Goof Troop, meaning "The Dingo Band"; with "Dingo" being Goofy's French name
- ↑ English: "The Visitor of Another Time"
- ↑ In this case, "goofy" as in "ridiculous" or "farcical", rather than the name of the Disney character.
- ↑ This time the name is derived from Goofy's Finnish name, "Hessu Hopo"