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Backstage: Touching Up Toontown

Posted by The TTR Team on September 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Hello, Toons of the world! It’s Kyla here, also known as "Cheesy" or "Beary Funny" inside the Tooniverse, ready to bring you an update on some of our most anticipated projects!

Myself and another fellow team member, Mike ("Lost Hero"), are two of the many texture artists on the Toontown Rewritten team. We've worked on a lot of things in the past year, and today we're ready to share all about how we've been...

Reviving Retextured

Before we show off our work, let me just backtrack a few steps: Have you ever heard of Toontown Retextured? Just in case you haven’t heard, Toontown Retextured is a project where we completely "Toon-Up" the original Toontown graphics making them all sharp and sparking. Our aim is to create new textures that fit the high quality standards of modern-day games while still keeping the original look of Toontown. Yep, we bring out our magnifying glasses and pick out every mistake to ensure our versions are as accurate as they can be!

In order to ensure all our textures are as accurate as possible, there's a highly intensive critique process to make sure everything looks like it came straight from Disney. After sharing our textures with the rest of the art team, everyone puts in their say about what looks right, what doesn't, and what little details could be added. Like they say, four eyes are better than two! Err... Six eyes are better than four? Bah, never mind.

An average texture undergoes revisions about three times before being passed on to another artist, who can continue with the critiques until we all agree on an outcome. It's a lengthy process, but thanks to the careful eyes of our artists, we've been able to make the game look as if it was created today, rather than over 13 years ago.

The Beautiful Brrrgh

If you attended OMG!Con or checked out our panels, you got the chance to see The Brrrgh like no one has ever seen before in wonderful high definition. Mike and I were the main artists who contributed to this particular playground, and we got one of our fellow art team members, Ziggy, to put a little video together for you to see with your own eyes how much the difference between old and new can be. Check it out!


A New Piece to the Project

But wait a minute, that's not all we have for you. I'm here to announce another part of our Toontown Retextured project! Have you seen those cardboard cutouts of lamps and other props scattered around Toontown? They were added a long time ago due to the lack of beans (and processing power) to use real looking ones.

In this day and age, however, using 2D images to represent a 3D object just doesn't happen thanks to how much better our computers have become. And because of this, we're going to be working to replace many of these 2D objects with 3D versions to make Toontown look even better than ever before.

Jordan ("Capn' McCrunchy") and Justin ("Captain Lollipop"), two of our talented new 3D artists, have been hard at work on this. It's no simple task, either! Just like the texture artists, they undergo several critiques where every polygon is examined to make sure it's completely accurate to the original look of the game.

The 3D modelers have it tough, though. They don’t have enough information to create a new object from! Looking at real world designs and other external resources are important, but they also get to incorporate their own vision of how it would look from all angles. Just because it looks pretty in one direction doesn’t always mean it will in another!



Although Toontown Retextured will be an optional update (You can keep using the "classic" graphics if you so wish!) we want to ensure that what we put out is nothing less than what the original developers would have created themselves. There's no estimated date for this very large project to be released, but we'll always keep you updated right here on the blog when we have new news to share.

Whew! Have I really been talking for that long? Golly, I should really wrap it up! I hope you all enjoyed having a glimpse into the work area of some of the artists on the team, and we hope to see you all at ToonFest!

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Destiny said on September 4, 2016 at 2:04 PM
The retextures just look beautiful! Keep up the good work!

Omi said on September 4, 2016 at 2:34 PM
This update seems amazing! I can't wait!

Madison said on September 4, 2016 at 2:39 PM
So cool ^ - ^

The Professor said on September 4, 2016 at 6:20 PM
Wow. You guys are doing wonderfully! I've never seen anyone put so much effort into something like this, it's very inspiring to see. Keep up the good work, Toonians!

Deutsche Hund said on September 4, 2016 at 6:24 PM
Beautiful! I have a little OCD problem myself about the quality of types of videos, games, and movies especially TTR! but thankfullty this update satisfies my HD-Freak and hopefully others too! :) Keep up the good work TTR! :D

Trixie Wonderswirl Rewritten ( Pink Cat 109 Laff ) said on September 4, 2016 at 8:02 PM
Ooh! I cant wait for these retextures in Toontown! They look A-MAZING! Maybe they'll come at Toonfest, or before then! :D

Honeybear said on September 4, 2016 at 9:32 PM
Without a doubt, the staff deserves a standing ovation for taking on this huge project of retexturing toontown. Simply amazing the drive you have to make toontown rewritten the best it could ever be, better than the original. I can't wait to see the final version and upload it. Applause, applause to you all! With the expertise, the creativeness, your knowledge, new graphic developments, ingenuity, artistic skill and eyes, along with your time and devotion is greatly appreciated! A Toontastic Thank You could goes out to each member of the TTR Staff.

Super Fluffy Crunchensocks said on September 4, 2016 at 9:44 PM
Wow! This looks so cool!

Rusty said on September 4, 2016 at 10:17 PM
I like how you're keeping up with modern day demands, while keeping in touch Disney's classic roots. I await this update to be released.

Captain Tricky said on September 5, 2016 at 12:52 AM
Wow the retextures look amazing. I'm glad that my childhood game is getting better and better every day! Thanks Toontown for working hard to make this game even better. The images in the game are a lot smoother and cleaner now, which definitely makes an impact on the game as a whole. Keep up the hard work!

Wraith said on September 5, 2016 at 1:12 AM
A graphics update, while keeping the spirit of the objects? Nice!

Granny Jeeperdoodle said on September 5, 2016 at 5:50 AM
My, oh my! This is such a wonderful touch-up! I love the new graphics. Looks awesome.

Blizzard said on September 5, 2016 at 7:14 AM
The new textures look so sharp and precise! It's modern, but also has that "Toontown" look to it! Thank you, thank you, thank you for working so hard on this game to make Toontown Rewritten its best. Keep up the good work! :)

Sunburst Ohuru said on September 5, 2016 at 8:11 AM
So pretty! Even the little details make a huge difference. ^^

Cloover said on September 5, 2016 at 8:23 AM
Whoooaaa, good job, guys! A round of applause for me for multiplying this game's awesomeness tenfold! Super excited for this update to come to the rest of Toontown!

Lady Valentine said on September 5, 2016 at 9:05 AM
There is literally no words to describe how amazing you guys are. All of us toons really appreciate the hard work that you guys put in and you guys are doing an awesome job. Keep up the amazing and beautiful work!!

Sweetie said on September 5, 2016 at 9:10 AM
Wow! It looks awesome! Keep it up!

Epic Duck said on September 5, 2016 at 9:12 AM
The retextures are epic!

Lollipop Sparkletwist said on September 5, 2016 at 9:19 AM
The Retextures are just so Toontastic!!!

Ikaros said on September 5, 2016 at 10:41 AM
Now THAT is an update that really blows me away!! I never comment on anything but this is awesome! Those pixelated, unsharp objects and stuff have always been bothering me.

Peaches said on September 5, 2016 at 10:57 AM
Updating seems very nice! I hope it turns out great!

Priscilla said on September 5, 2016 at 11:25 AM
First off - Niceeeeeeee work guys! Coming from someone who used to play Toontown growing up and now AGAIN as an adult, seeing all these new updates and whatnot, is super cool! Congrats on the retexturing I can't even imagine how much time and work goes into doing that! I do have a question though. Will the new retexturing update effect how the game in all runs? (Lags?) But again great work! ^.^

Ricky Funnygadget said on September 5, 2016 at 11:37 AM
Awesome retextures thanks TTR can't wait :D!

Budgie said on September 5, 2016 at 1:10 PM
Can't wait to play it :)

Super Poppy Pickleswirl said on September 5, 2016 at 1:15 PM
Amazing work, its absolutely amazing

Princess Star Sparklepaws The Kitten 120 Laff said on September 5, 2016 at 1:27 PM
Nice! The Ice Blocks Look Cool! :)

Crazy Charlie said on September 5, 2016 at 3:09 PM
I'm so excited. This will freshen up everybody's experience. CAN'T WAIT! APPLAUSE TO ALL THE HARD WORK! <3

Rainpaw said on September 5, 2016 at 3:17 PM
These new textures are bright and beautiful! Also, it will be interesting to see 2-D lamps and other objects become 3-D. Good luck!

Doctor Blake Ruffton said on September 5, 2016 at 4:44 PM
Wow, so amazing! You guys are great!

Blue little berry said on September 5, 2016 at 6:20 PM
Oh boy! I cant wait for the update ^.^

Leo Squiggletoon said on September 5, 2016 at 6:32 PM
Woah, this is amazing! Keep up the great work!

Lady Valentine said on September 5, 2016 at 7:20 PM
I honestly cannot wait! You guys are doing an amazing job!! Keep up the great work. We toons appreciate the hard work ?

Katia said on September 5, 2016 at 10:26 PM
This looks amazing! Thank you all so much for such hard work and dedication.

Midnight Charm said on September 6, 2016 at 5:56 AM
Wow Kyla, I'm really impressed. These look fantastic and I can't wait to see what you and the rest of the art team have for us in the future! :)

B. Pawsitive said on September 6, 2016 at 6:08 AM
As a (qualified) ToonTown vet, I can say that this brings a tear of happiness to my eye. Seeing ToonTown undergoing remodeling to fit the styling of newer games is going to be phenomenal, and without a doubt will bring players to the game. I think most of the community can agree with me on this, but ToonTown Rewritten, is now the Official ToonTown server. Keep up the steady pace, guys. We don't need new content, just run it out cleanly like you have been and we'll be around for a long time.

Smartytoon said on September 6, 2016 at 7:05 AM
The new texturing sounds good and all but i'm looking forward more to the 2-D to 3-D thing. The 2-D rendition of 3-D Objects was getting old.

Weird Cricket said on September 6, 2016 at 7:55 AM
It would be cool to take a gander at the brand new look that you guys have been working on. Cant wait to see it!

Luckygadget said on September 6, 2016 at 8:00 AM
wow ttr team! you guys are doing great

Roy said on September 6, 2016 at 8:56 AM
Great post! Can't wait to see how the other playgrounds look.

Cheeseman said on September 6, 2016 at 9:04 AM
Cant wait for the new textures keep up the good work

Bolts said on September 6, 2016 at 10:16 AM
This is just... beautiful from start to finish! Thank you, TTR Team! I cannot wait to see Toontown to look THIS amazing!

Princess Rosie said on September 6, 2016 at 11:25 AM
Is this an ingame setting or and update? I just can't decide which one I'm gonna stick with!

Penny said on September 6, 2016 at 11:40 AM
Those textures look toontastic! Keep it up TTR!

Sir Squeaky Whiskermelon said on September 6, 2016 at 12:30 PM
3D objects!? Boy, that snowman will surely turn freaky once in 3D, but some things will surely look good! Anyways, pie ya later!

starlight said on September 6, 2016 at 12:40 PM
:3 love it

Captain Lily said on September 6, 2016 at 1:34 PM
Amazing y'all!

loopy pizza pop said on September 6, 2016 at 3:08 PM
this looks nice, testing the game now on windows 10! ill comment the results!

Melody said on September 6, 2016 at 3:10 PM
As someone who always obsesses over details (in game or real life xD), these retextures are simply stunning! The amount of effort being put into it is astounding and I appreciate all the work you and the rest othe team are putting into the game. *claps* Keep up the good work!

Aphrodite said on September 6, 2016 at 3:19 PM
seems awesome i cant wait! keep up the good work

Princess Bella said on September 6, 2016 at 5:45 PM
Awesomeness! You guys rock!

Fat Harry Superstink said on September 6, 2016 at 7:35 PM
Im an artist myself who has done work for many computer indie games and was just thinking earlier how I want to reach out to someone here and offer the idea and my services. SO EXCITED to learn its already started. Looking forward to the outcome.

Sir crumblesnoop said on September 7, 2016 at 8:49 AM
That looks like an amazing texture! I wonder if they are going to do mor4e textures around the toon Universe ( Minnie's Melody Land and the others ) but I'm very curious about the sellbot HQ Style !

Sir Trickalot said on September 7, 2016 at 9:24 AM
That does look cool and promising :D Keep up the work with this and hopefully it gets published soon :)

Bex said on September 7, 2016 at 10:27 AM
Awesome! :P

Andrea said on September 7, 2016 at 10:59 AM
Wow! Things are really getting high tech these years! These are nice looking touches to the game. :-)Nice work! :3

Quacky Hero said on September 7, 2016 at 1:26 PM
Wow! Toontown Rewritten, you've have done so much for all of us! Keep up the toontastic work! :D

Tooned Mango said on September 7, 2016 at 2:38 PM
Wow! This looks toontastic! i can't wait for these HD retextures, they look really beautiful, i also wonder what else toonfest 2016 will offer!

Sheriff Chewy CuddleBrains said on September 7, 2016 at 4:08 PM
Hi good job! the more retextures the more players! Keep up the work and stay toony!

Green Spider Happy Tapatio said on September 7, 2016 at 7:57 PM
I think that this is can maybe being more people to come on how amazing it looks in the modern age.

Leo Destructotoon said on September 7, 2016 at 8:10 PM
All the details I saw got me so excited! I can't wait until this comes out.

Fireball Lemon Bouncer said on September 7, 2016 at 9:02 PM
Keep up the good work!

Pearl Wildcorn said on September 8, 2016 at 2:51 AM
Woah, so COOL Get it?

dukes said on September 8, 2016 at 4:19 AM
looks awesome! keep up the good work pls!

Evil Yeti said on September 8, 2016 at 6:25 AM
These retextures are absolutely gorgeous, far better than any texture pack I've ever seen. Thank you TTR Team for taking the time to do this!

Bluematt24 said on September 8, 2016 at 6:47 AM
I wanted to ask something though, and it's been bothering me for quite a while: When are you guys going to add back in the Super Squirts and the Super Throws back (aka fire hydrants and mailboxes), the ones that Toons can use when in battle next to them.?

Master Popcorn said on September 8, 2016 at 7:19 AM
Can't Wait To See The New Re textured Update.

Prof. Electroquack said on September 8, 2016 at 10:39 AM
I wonder, does this also happen to mean you'll be re-texturing toons, and updating models in the games as well, such as cog and toon models?

Bacon Taco said on September 8, 2016 at 11:01 AM
Wow, you guys are really profesional =)

LoudBD said on September 8, 2016 at 1:50 PM
Wow! You guys are absolutely talented! Amazing everyone give them applause! *applause* *applause* *applause*

Charming said on September 8, 2016 at 2:21 PM
The retextures look very nice! Will the 3d Objects be the same for the trees as well? I really like trees!

Miss Rosie said on September 8, 2016 at 2:38 PM
This update looks awesome

AlexWave said on September 8, 2016 at 4:42 PM
Sooooo amazing!!!! Keep it up!!!

Captain Lucky said on September 8, 2016 at 6:14 PM
You guys are really amazing, honestly, I think you guys are better than the original toontown staff! o_O

Salty Cheezypretzel said on September 8, 2016 at 7:43 PM
This would be amazing. The low-resolution 2-D trees always irritate me, so it would be glorious to see new ones! This update couldn't come soon enough! But even that's not soon enough.

Twinkleberry123 said on September 8, 2016 at 8:49 PM
I love it! So flabbergasted by the differences! Now I feel like I'm currently playing the game with my glasses off. :') Haha. If you toons know what I mean.

Woof-O-Meter said on September 8, 2016 at 8:53 PM
I've played this game since last November! I'm glad I joined when I did! I'm SO excited for Toonfest, and I'm getting TOON enough for it through these updated blog posts. You've been keeping it well organized, and I feel like I'm reading a new chapter each time I see this blog. Maybe Flippy can say something? Like, he found a secret note from Slappy? I don't know. Keep it Up! Maybe we can write fan fiction stuff.

Nuck Chuck said on September 9, 2016 at 3:55 AM
The graphics look so much better and amazing! I seriously can't wait for the update to launch! Keep up the awesome work guys! :)

Wolf said on September 9, 2016 at 10:07 AM
My eyesight is bad so I really can't see a difference, But I will take your guy's words that it will look better! Keep up the good work! :D

Lucky Melody said on September 9, 2016 at 10:27 AM
Woof! I can't wait!

Zinger said on September 9, 2016 at 11:03 AM
Love it

Little B.D. said on September 9, 2016 at 2:43 PM
awesome

Amy said on September 9, 2016 at 3:44 PM
This does look pretty cool. I just hope it doesn't crash my iMac. I'm still waiting for the mac version to get completely fixed.

Penny said on September 9, 2016 at 3:44 PM
WOW! This looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for all the hard work the team puts in to make it an even better gaming experience for us!!

Loopynoodle said on September 9, 2016 at 7:52 PM
wow ! i cant wait maybe this will come out at toonfest! or before !

Xd said on September 9, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Perfect

Katzdoodle said on September 9, 2016 at 8:23 PM
Wow, guys, this is great! Keep it up!

Peanut said on September 9, 2016 at 8:37 PM
Thats Toontastic! Keep up the good work!

Sir Lancelot said on September 9, 2016 at 8:49 PM
Excellent! Can't wait to see the new and improved Toontown Rewritten!!!

Crazy Alice Dandy Tail said on September 9, 2016 at 10:23 PM
Wow this looks awesome!!! Nice Job toon crew!

Pumpkin123 said on September 10, 2016 at 4:38 AM
I loved to play this game when I was little and I can't wait to play this again I am so excited!!!!!!!!!! :)

Mildew Whiskerfoot said on September 10, 2016 at 6:53 AM
I haven't visited Toontown in months, due to moving and work. Phew! It's been quite a haul. I'm so excited to see this updated Toontown!

superkid said on September 10, 2016 at 7:18 AM
same, the texture look really good!!!

Duke Flint Bagleloop said on September 10, 2016 at 8:04 AM
The old textures were bothering me. This is a great update! :D

SillyWallyRoboloop said on September 10, 2016 at 8:53 AM
Wow, it looks so much better with that update

Prof. Dudley Dizzenteeth said on September 10, 2016 at 4:24 PM
These look wonderful! Maybe now I won't need to wear my glasses walking down Pajama Place! (They're always a pain to keep pushing up my nose during those cog battles.)

Red Rewritten said on September 10, 2016 at 7:33 PM
The textures are looking fine. I just have one question- Are you planning to have Toontown run at 60 fps?

Little Domino said on September 10, 2016 at 8:00 PM
This is soooooooooooooo cool!

Shroom said on September 11, 2016 at 2:09 AM
This retexturing and adding models to toontown is a step in the right direction for keeping this game alive. I think that adding shaders and light effects to the game would also be a very nice addition and would make the game look even more amazing. Keep up the good work!

Mouseketeer said on September 11, 2016 at 2:33 AM
This is awesome!!!!

Crazy Jellyroll said on September 11, 2016 at 5:13 AM
These look great, though i think I'll still use the old textures for nostalgia sake

Blue Fire said on September 11, 2016 at 8:48 AM
This looks amazing! I can't wait to see these implemented into the game. :)

Whiskers said on September 11, 2016 at 9:53 AM
SO GOOD NICE JOB TOONTOWN KEEP UP ALL OF YOUR GOOD WORK AND OPEN THE PET SHOP AND PARTIES ALSO! HAVE FUN WORKING!

little olva said on September 11, 2016 at 1:10 PM
all I have to say is wow

Sir Tom said on September 11, 2016 at 1:36 PM
Can't wait for the update. Looking forward to it. Keep up the good work :-)
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