- This article is about the fictional city of toons. For the themed land, see Mickey's Toontown. For the online game, see Toontown Online.
- “What's wrong with Toontown? Every joe loves Toontown!”
- ―R.K. Maroon to Eddie Valiant.
Around 1947, Toontown was the target for Judge Doom who planned on destroying it in order to replace it with his own freeway. In order to accomplish this, Doom murdered Marvin Acme (owner of the Acme Corporation and Toontown) who was going to give the ownership of the town to the Toons with his will. Toontown was accessed via a tunnel just outside of Los Angeles as well as right behind the Acme Warehouse.
Doom later murdered R.K. Maroon (owner of Maroon Cartoons) for almost revealing Doom’s plans to Eddie Valiant, the brother of Teddy Valiant who was killed by Doom five years ago at that time. However, after showing his Toon form to Eddie Valiant, revealing who he was, Doom’s plan on destroying Toontown was put to an end.
DescriptionIn the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the whole city of Toontown is cartoonish, except for anything foreign to the city such as people and objects from the real world, outside of Toontown. Real foriegn objects have also been known to become animated once being exposed to the Toon environment.
Not only does the city appear illustrated (drawn and painted) and animated, but the whole environment has an imaginary, fantasy, almost dreamlike atmosphere. Not only do cartoon characters live in Toontown, but even the buildings, cars, plants, and such are all animated with their own personalities, speech patterns, stylistic movement, and other anthropomorphic traits that are impossible in reality.
Furthermore, Humans are, more or less, able to experience cartoon physics or perform feats that contradict the laws of physics in the human world, seen with Eddie when he was flattened in the elevator. Due to the eratic nature of the Toon World, Toontown was considered to be both remarkably fun and extremely dangerous for a human.
In the television show Bonkers, Toontown is depicted as a portal from the real world to an alternate dimension known as the “Tooniverse”.
Residents of Toontown
With the exception of the characters appearing or created specifically for the movie, all cartoon characters ever created (ranging from the 1900s to the present) live in Toontown.
Behind the Scenes
Toontown is a cartoon city created by author Gary K. Wolf. It was present in his 1981 novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit, but only in brief mentions. Toontown served as the central setting and reached a wider audience in the novel's loose 1988 Disney film adaptation Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The film won four Academy Awards, and Roger Rabbit was featured in three subsequent animated shorts, 1989's Tummy Trouble, 1990's Roller Coaster Rabbit, and 1993's Trail Mix-up.
Toontown served as the setting for Disney's television series Bonkers and House of Mouse. It could be possible that Toontown was the setting for the scenes in The Lion King 1½ where Timon and Pumbaa are watching the film, due to the appearance of several other Disney characters joining to watch it with them at the end.
Toontown has been reproduced in Disney theme parks as Mickey's Toontown. Some suggested rides for Mickey's Toontown were suggested around in 1990, many of them featuring the characters from the film. However, only one ride came out, Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin. The other rides suggested at that one plan included:
- Toontown Trolley, a ride that would have introduced a new fantasy dimension to the simulator technology made popular by “Star Tours.” Roger Rabbit will take guests on a wild ride through Toontown, first seen in the Touchstone Pictures release, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" executive-produced by Steven Spielberg.
- Baby Herman's Runaway Baby Buggy Ride, inspired by the misadventures of Baby Herman and Roger Rabbit in the Disney cartoon short "Tummy Trouble," that was going zoom through the sets of Toontown Hospital, fly down stairs, crash through doors and bound over beds.
Commercial bumpers featuring a Toontown-based appearance were used on Toon Disney from its start on April 15, 1998 through September 1, 2002.
Disney's game Toontown Online, the first MMORPG for children, which takes place in a cartoon world populated with classic Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. The game was introduced in 2003 and was said to bring the Roger Rabbit franchise online, though it did not include characters introduced in the film due to Wolf and Disney being engaged in a lawsuit over royalty payments at the time.
- Due to the similarities between Toontown and the similar-named Toon World (the world that Mickey Mouse, his friends, and other Disney characters live in the Epic Mickey series), it's possible that both worlds are meant to be the same. But unlike in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the cartoons living in the Toon World appear to be oblivious to the fact that they are cartoons made for people to watch (though this is occasionally contradicted within the game itself).
|Who Framed Roger Rabbit|
Characters: Roger Rabbit | Jessica Rabbit | Eddie Valiant | Dolores | Judge Doom | Toon Patrol | Smarty | Greasy | Wheezy | Psycho | Stupid | Baby Herman | Benny the Cab | R.K. Maroon | Marvin Acme | Lt. Santino | Bongo the Gorilla | Toon Bullets | Singing Sword | Toons
Disney Parks: Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
Characters: Bonkers D. Bobcat | Lucky Piquel | Miranda Wright | Fall-Apart Rabbit | Dilandra (Dyl) Piquel | Marilyn Piquel | Leonard Kanifky | Fawn Deer | Skunky Skunk | W.W. Wacky | Ludwig Von Drake | Mad Hatter | March Hare | Toots | Harry Handbag | The Mean Old Wolf | Jitters A. Dog | Pops Clock
Villains: The Collector | Ma Parker | Wooly and Bully | Chick and Stu | Wacky Weasel | Wolf | Mikey Muffin | Mr. Malone and the Ape | Scatter Squirrel | Mammoth Mammoth | Warris and Donald | Hoagie, Knuckles, and Chumps | Mole | Al Vermin