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This article is about the Toontown from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. For other Toontowns, see Toontown.

What's wrong with Toontown? Every Joe loves Toontown!
―R.K. Maroon to Eddie Valiant.

Toontown is a city near Los Angeles, California where animated characters, also known as Toons, live.

Around 1947, it was the target for Judge Doom who planned on destroying it in order to replace it with his own new freeway with his company Cloverleaf Industries. In order to accomplish this, he murdered Marvin Acme (owner of the Acme Corporation and Toontown) who was going to give the ownership of the city to the Toons with his will, with Toontown having been originally painted in his backyard to give the Toons a home[1]. It can be accessed via a tunnel just outside of Los Angeles as well as behind the Acme Warehouse. First, there is a Toon meadow with occasional anthropomorphic plants and trees and a smiling Toon sun. Drive or walk across the meadow and one heads into Toontown. The interdimensional barrier is so thin that individuals can very easily do both of these things.

Doom later murdered R.K. Maroon (owner of Maroon Cartoons) for almost revealing his plans to Eddie Valiant, the brother of Theodore Valiant, whom he killed five years before. However, after showing the eyes of his Toon form to Eddie, revealing who he was, his plan on destroying Toontown was put to an end.


Toon Town Street

A street in Toontown's downtown area; take note that the buildings are not anthropomorphic in this scene

In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the whole city of Toontown is cartoonish, except for anything foreign to it such as people and objects from the real world outside of it. Real foreign objects have also been known to become animated once being exposed to the Toon environment. However, the same cannot be said for Toon-based objects, such as the Punching Glove Mallet (a mallet/boxing glove combo weapon that Eddie uses to aim for the Dip sprayer when fighting against Doom).[2] At the time of the film, Toontown's look is that of a city in the 1940s. The total population of the city is widely unknown, nor its area.

At one point, a non-anthropomorphic airplane can be seen, revealing that Toontown has at least a few airports.[3]

Toontown AerialView

An aerial view of Toontown, showcasing a very tall apartment complex

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 animated characters live there, but even the buildings (some of them at least), vehicles (some of them at least), locomotives (some of them at least), boats (some of them at least), planes (some of them at least), plants (some of them at least), and such are all animated with their own personalities, speech patterns, stylistic movement, and other anthropomorphic traits that are impossible in the real world.

Furthermore, humans are (more or less) able to experience cartoon physics or perform feats that contradict the laws of physics in the human world, as seen with Eddie when he was flattened in an elevator. Due to the erratic nature of the Toon World, Toontown is considered to be both remarkably fun and extremely dangerous for humans.

In the television show Bonkers in the episode "Imagine That", 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 animated characters ever created (ranging from the 1900s to the present) live, some perhaps even born, in Toontown such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and many others. According to the Roger Rabbit comic series, they are separated in different areas of the town according to their age of creation: toons born during the black and white period live in a monochromatic zone, while colored toons like Roger live in another one with more tints; older toons belonging to the mute period have the peculiarity to not produce any sound, therefore their neighborhood is completely silent.

Several residents of Toontown are cartoon buildings where other residents enter, while other buildings are non-sentient, such as the apartment complex (where Droopy works as an elevator valet), Mickey's House and McDuck Manor.

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. It served as the central setting and reached a wider audience in the novel's loose 1988 Disney film adaptation Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It won four Academy Awards, and Roger was featured in three subsequent animated shorts, 1989's Tummy Trouble, 1990's Roller Coaster Rabbit, and 1993's Trail Mix-Up.

Toontown was reproduced in Disney theme parks as Mickey's Toontown. According to its fictional backstory, it was a Toon suburb that Mickey and his friends moved to in the 1930s, and had long secretly existed right behind Disneyland before Mickey eventually decided to allow guests to visit Toontown. Some rides were suggested for Mickey's Toontown around 1990, many of them featuring the characters from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. However, only one was actually completed - Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin. The others suggested 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 would take guests on a wild ride through Toontown.
  • Baby Herman's Runaway Baby Buggy Ride: Inspired by the misadventures of Baby Herman and Roger Rabbit in the Disney cartoon short Tummy Trouble, guests would zoom through the sets of the Toontown Hospital (confirming that Toons are indeed born like human children), fly down stairs, crash through doors, and bound over beds.

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. It 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.


  • According to the letters column in issue #13 of the Roger Rabbit comic book, the main unit of money in Toontown is called a simoleon. Before this, the city's currency was never revealed in the movie except for a line by Lt. Santino. The word itself means a United States dollar.
  • Outside of being mentioned in the theme song, the term Toontown is actually never used in Bonkers.
  • In the Mickey Mouse universe, there's a city that was inspired by this town from the film and the Disneyland selection Mickey's Toontown.
  • As mentioned before, the total population and area of Toontown are currently unknown.
  • The filming location for the tunnel to Toontown is the Mt. Hollywood tunnel, located in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California. It's also the location used for the Back To The Future films.



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Films and Television: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (video/soundtrack) • Mickey's 60th BirthdayTummy TroubleRoller Coaster RabbitTrail Mix-Up

Video Games: 1988 video gameNES gameGame Boy game
Cancelled projects: Roger Rabbit II: The Toon PlatoonHare In My Soup

Disney Parks
Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

Entertainment: Once Upon a Mouse
Parades: Disney's FantillusionDisney's Party ExpressDisney Carnivale ParadeDisney on Parade: 100 Years of MagicDisney Classics ParadeSpectromagicTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Fireworks: Remember... Dreams Come True
Christmas: A Christmas Fantasy Parade
Cancelled projects: Roger Rabbit's Hollywood

Film: Roger RabbitJessica RabbitEddie ValiantDoloresBaby HermanBenny the CabJudge DoomToon PatrolR.K. MaroonMarvin AcmeLt. SantinoAngeloBaby Herman's MotherBongo the GorillaToon BulletsLena Hyena

Comics: SunshineNightwingC.B. MaroonRick Flint
Deleted: Captain CleaverVoltaire
Other: Lenny the CabList of cameos in Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Film: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2Why Don't You Do Right?The Merry-Go-Round Broke DownSmile Darn Ya SmileWitchcraft

Deleted: This Only Happens in the Movies

ToontownCloverleaf IndustriesMaroon CartoonsLos AngelesValiant & ValiantAcme CorporationThe Ink and Paint ClubHollywood
DipDip MachineMarvin Acme's WillToon RevolverPacific Electric Railway
See also

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Heroes: Bonkers D. BobcatFall-Apart RabbitLeonard KanifkyFawn DeerSkunky SkunkCharles QuibbleLudwig Von DrakeMad HatterMarch HareTootsHarry HandbagThe Mean Old WolfJitters A. DogSlap, Sniffle and PlopCharlie PigMaggie ToonAltoMac the BassPops ClockRoderick LizzardTuttle TurtleTanya TrunkTinyLinda QuippsSgt. Frank GratingBucky BuzzsawSmartsGrumbles GrizzlyRitaBroderick the RadioPolice LightScribbleSnitch

The Wrights: Miranda WrightShirley WrightTimmy Wright
The Piquels: Lucky PiquelDilandra PiquelMarilyn Piquel
Villains: The CollectorMr. DoodlesMa ParkerWooly and BullyFlaps the ElephantChick and StuWolfBaabraMikey MuffinDr. BladeHelgaPittsMr. Malone and the ApeHolio KalimariScatter SquirrelKatya Legs-go-on-a-lotTurbo, Banshee and KapowMammoth MammothWarris and DonaldHoagie, Knuckles, and ChumpsToon PencilWeather ToonsMoleSeymour Sleazebottom and LimoSquash and StretchThe RatT.J. FingerGloomy the ClownMr. BigZ-BotNinja Kitties
Cameos: Mickey MouseDonald DuckGoofyPeteDumboHyacinth HippoBen Ali GatorTyrannosaurus RexChernaborgHonest JohnMonstroBr'er BearLadyTrampThe DoorknobBig Bad WolfJasper and HoraceMarsupilamiDarkwing DuckShere KhanGreasyFerdinand the Bull

Raw Toonage shorts and compilations: "Petal to the Metal" • "Spatula Party" • "Sheerluck Bonkers" • "Bonkers in Space" • "Draining Cats and Dogs" • "Get Me to the Church on Time" • "Ski Patrol" • "Get Me a Pizza (Hold the Minefield)" • "Dogzapoppin'" • "Trailmix Bonkers" • "Quest for Firewood" • "Gobble Gobble Bonkers"

Group One (Miranda Wright): "Trains, Toons and Toon Trains" • "Tokyo Bonkers" • "The Stork Exchange" • "Bobcat Fever" • "The Toon That Ate Hollywood" • "When the Spirit Moves You" • "Fistful of Anvils" • "What You Read is What You Get" • "Toon for a Day"
Group Two: (Lucky Piquel): "Going Bonkers" • "In the Bag" • "Hear No Bonkers, See No Bonkers" • "Out of Sight, Out of Toon" • "Is Toon Fur Really Warm?" • "Calling All Cars" • "Fall Apart Bomb Squad" • "In Toons We Trust" • "Never Cry Pig" • "Hamster Houseguest" • "The Cheap Sheep Sweep" • "The Day the Toon Stood Still" • "Weather or Not" • "Basic Spraining" • "Once in a Blue Toon" • "Luna-Toons" • "Time Wounds All Heels" • "Poltertoon" • "Hand Over the Dough" • "The Rubber Room Song" • "Tune Pig"
Group Three (Miranda Wright): "New Partners on the Block" • "Witless for the Prosecution" • "Do Toons Dream of Animated Sheep?" • "Quibbling Rivalry" • "Springtime for the Iguana" • "CasaBonkers" • "Love Stuck" • "Of Mice and Menace" • "Dog Day AfterToon" • "The 29th Page" • "Cartoon Cornered"
Group Four (Lucky Piquel): "The Good, the Bad, & the Kanifky" • "I Oughta Be in Toons" • "Frame That Toon" • "A Wooly Bully" • "Stay Tooned" • "O Cartoon! My Cartoon!" • "Color Me Piquel" • "Stand-In Dad" • "Cereal Surreal" • "If" • "The Dimming" • "Toon with No Name" • "Get Wacky" • "The Final Review" • "Goldijitters and the 3 Bobcats" • "Seems Like Old Toons" • "Miracle at the 34th Precinct" • "Comeback Kid" • "The Greatest Story Never Told" • "Fall Apart Land" • "Imagine That" • "A Fine Kettle of Toons" • "Stressed to Kill"

ToontownHollywoodRubber Room Toon ClubWackytoon Studios
Let's Go Bonkers!He's on the Beat
See also
Darkwing DuckRaw ToonageGoof TroopWho Framed Roger RabbitThe Disney Afternoon