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Meet the Minds Behind Toontown Online

Posted by The Toontown Team on July 8, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Here at Toontown, we’re eagerly preparing for the most Toontastic event of the year: ToonFest at ReplayFX 2018!  However, we're not the only Toontown Developers preparing for the event. You may remember them from last year, and this year they’re back again... Today, we’re officially announcing that Jesse Schell and Shawn Patton, two original developers of Toontown Online, will be returning to ToonFest!

We joined Jesse and Shawn for an exclusive pre-ToonFest interview at Jesse's studio, Schell Games, where they answered the internet's most searched questions about Toontown. Naturally, hilarity and countless antics ensued! Check out the video below.

Toontown Online Developers, Jesse Schell and Shawn Patton of Schell Games, take the Autocomplete Challenge!

Many Toons know of Jesse Schell for his ongoing efforts to officially bring Toontown back. Just last year, he and Shawn attended ToonFest at ReplayFX 2017, where they socialized with fans at our booth and answered countless questions at the live Q&A. The fun doesn’t stop there, as they're happily joining us again at ToonFest 2018 for more wacky moments!

About Jesse Schell

Jesse Schell of Schell GamesJesse Schell is not only one of the original developers behind Toontown Online, he was the lead designer who brought the Tooniverse to life. After developing Toontown, Jesse Schell left Walt Disney Imagineering to become Distinguished Professor of Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University.

In 2002, he also established his own game studio, Schell Games, which today is the largest full-service education and entertainment game development company in the United States. Jesse continues to follow Toontown and its fans, and is an active supporter of Toontown Rewritten

About Shawn Patton

Shawn Patton of Schell GamesShawn Patton first worked on Toontown in 2002 when he helped to develop Create-a-Toon and some trolley games, including Match Minnie and the Ring Game. After that, he was heavily involved in the creation of Toontown Parties, and worked on both the mini-games and the party editor.

Currently Shawn is Senior Designer at Schell Games, where he has been an important part of the design team for the last sixteen years. Most recently, he served as Design Director on the company's latest VR escape-the-room puzzle game I Expect You To Die and the game’s recent free expansion, First Class.

ToonFest at ReplayFX 2018 - CLICK HERE to Learn More!

Jesse Schell and Shawn Patton will be joining us at ToonFest on Thursday, July 26 from 4:00-7:00 PM EST at the Toontown Booth (which we like to call "Toon HQ"). Unfortunately, a scheduling conflict has prevented them from joining us for the Main Event on Friday, and they send their wholehearted apologies to anyone they won't be able to meet.

Don't worry, though -- even if you're not at ToonFest on Thursday, their time will be live streamed for all of Toontown to see! You can find links to the ToonFest livestreams right here on the Toontown Blog on each day of the event.


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The Legendary Donkey said on July 8, 2018 at 6:17 PM
Musical Instruments.

Jen said on July 8, 2018 at 6:25 PM
*musical instruments* You mean sound

May said on July 8, 2018 at 6:27 PM
Totally awesome! I love that the developers care enough to join in the celebrations <3

Lady Trixie Jeeperburger said on July 8, 2018 at 6:34 PM
This was so cool to watch! I had no idea that some of the people who made Disneyquest also made Toontown. Disneyquest was awesome. Thanks for setting up this interview Staff, it was very informative!

Little Rosie said on July 8, 2018 at 7:18 PM
Musical Instruments: The New Gag Track, coming soon to a theater near you XD

Cataclysmic Eclipse said on July 8, 2018 at 8:55 PM
Darn! Really sad that I can't attend. I hope Jesse will be around for future ToonFests. :(

Ginger Gigglebee said on July 9, 2018 at 4:53 AM
You all appeared to be enjoying answering the Googles as much as I enjoyed watching. Shawn you did a "thumb up" a few times but in my opinion the streaming deserves at least TWO Thumbs up. Thanks Jesse and Shawn.

Doctor Curly Crinklecorn said on July 9, 2018 at 6:30 AM
I loved that! its good to see that so many original team members still care about the game. also... MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

King Droopy Electrohoffer said on July 9, 2018 at 6:56 AM
I look forward to seeing them on the 26th. :)

Ethan said on July 9, 2018 at 8:13 AM
Wow, toons! Great moves. Keep it up. Proud of you.

Confidential Sunrise said on July 9, 2018 at 11:50 AM

Shadow Magic said on July 9, 2018 at 12:09 PM
Interesting. I didn't know Shawn Patton made virtual reality games. I tried I Expect You to Die. I got killed numerous times in different ways...) Anyway, this is good to hear! If only I could attend ToonFest...

Danny MacDoodle said on July 9, 2018 at 3:28 PM
Wish you guys would have a ToonFest for us West Coasters, either L.A. area or even Las Vegas would be cool. I'm sure a lot of people would go, the first ones at Disney studios were sure a blast.

Vitra said on July 9, 2018 at 5:33 PM
Moose-eecal Ins-truh-mints

Captain Daisy said on July 10, 2018 at 5:45 PM

Awesomedog said on July 11, 2018 at 5:47 AM
i love throwing musical instruments

Sophie said on July 11, 2018 at 4:37 PM
So true that the younger generation that played this is coming back for more! This game will always have a piece of my heart.

Captan Toon said on July 12, 2018 at 6:52 AM
So nice of them to come back!

Mo Mo Razzledazzle said on July 12, 2018 at 4:07 PM
musical instruments Sorry I just had to say that.

Barney Wondersnout said on July 12, 2018 at 5:20 PM
Toontown; whaaaat haaaapennnnnned XD

Barney Wondersnout said on July 12, 2018 at 5:31 PM
I found out what's under the cloud.... it's pretty shocking.... i looked through the cloud.... and it was MUUUUSIIICAAAL IIIINSTRUUUUMEEEEEEENTS

robgamertoons247788 said on July 12, 2018 at 6:23 PM
This game will live on!

Jennster said on July 12, 2018 at 9:59 PM
Love it!! Two of TTO's creators? Nice...

sonic71408 said on July 13, 2018 at 11:04 AM
Nice of the developers to come!

Fluffy bunny said on July 14, 2018 at 11:41 AM
Toontown is coming to a theater near you! What’s your favorite gag track? M U S I C A L I N S T R U M E N T S!????????????

Blue Paws said on July 14, 2018 at 6:52 PM
Musical Instruments. Me too.

Erika said on July 14, 2018 at 7:04 PM
Ahhh! So glad I'm gonna be able to go! Sadly, I'm only going on the day of the main event, but that's okay! I'll just watch the stream :P. I feel bad for everyone who can't make it, but I send my love to all of you! make sure to go next year if you can't go this, because it'll be just as, or even MORE Toontastic as this one!

Meteltron said on July 15, 2018 at 11:22 AM
These guys made Toontown? That's really cool.
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