Introducing the Toontown Preservation Project
Posted by The Toontown Team on June 2, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Get out the TNT-filled party poppers! Grab a slice of Birthday Cake! It’s Toontown’s 18th Birthday, and we have big things in store for today's celebration. As of today, we're officially launching the largest archive of never-before-seen Toontown Online history to date: The Toontown Preservation Project!
I'm Brad from the Toontown Team, and I'm one of the curators of this new project. My official jobs for Toontown may be Creative Writer and Social Media Specialist, but I tend to end up working on a whole mess of other things too. Today, I’m here talk about what the Toontown Preservation Project is, and how you can help us with our efforts to keep every bit of Toontown alive!
In case it's not obvious -- Toontown Online is very important to me. This game introduced me to some of my greatest friends, and helped me through the toughest of times in my life. To say that this game helped shaped who I am as a person would be an understatement. Thus, I didn't hesitate for a moment to be a part of this special project to give back to the Toontown community in the same way it's given back to me.
We never want the memory of Toontown Online to fade away, which is a large part of our goal of running Toontown Rewritten. The in-game portions of Toontown Online are just one piece of this, though -- Toontown stretches far beyond the reaches of our screens, and we wanted to find a way to preserve every single piece of it forever, for free.
To that end, we've spent a long time figuring out the best way to put together a mini-site to preserve all of the bits of Toontown Online that we can't preserve with Toontown Rewritten alone. Without further ado, I present to you The Toontown Preservation Project!
What is the Toontown Preservation project?
Right! That's probably an important thing to tell you. The Toontown Preservation Project is a mini-site dedicated to archiving the history of all things Toontown Online that can't be achieved with Toontown Rewritten alone. On the website, you'll find a digital museum of Toontown’s development history, promotional material, and more.
For most folks, you’ll be most interested in just browsing the digital museum to see all of the neat things we have on display. If that's the case, simply go to toontown.online and browse away!
If you’re interested in the archival process, or even have some Toontown history of your own that you'd like to contribute, keep reading onward for details.
Where did all of this come from?
All over the place! Many Toontown Team members have spent years digging up pieces of Toontown Online history to assist us with developing new content for Toontown Rewritten, and we've even had a few former Toontown Online developers send us donations of things they've kept around over the years.
For all of the physical material that we've collected, we pooled together funds to have everything professionally scanned by an archival service. This took a lot of time and money -- not to mention the effort to categorize it all afterwards -- but we wanted to make sure that this was all done properly before putting it out on the internet forever.
This museum isn't anywhere close to being complete, however. We're still digging around for artifacts of Toontown's history. Hopefully, we'll have even more content added in the future by Toons like YOU!
How can I help?
I’m glad you asked! If you have official Toontown Online material that we haven’t yet preserved, we would love to hear from you so that we can put it on display for the whole Toontown community!
The easiest way to contribute is by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, we just ask that you provide three things for us:
- Where your contribution came from
- A high quality photo or scan of your contribution
- How you'd like to be attributed on the Preservation Project website
Once everything is in order and we have a chance to review your submission, we'll host your contributions as soon as possible! Due to high volume, as well our limited volunteer hours that must be shared with other Toontown Rewritten projects, it may take several weeks for your submission to be posted.
Where can I view all of this?
Take a portable hole over to toontown.online! This serves as our separate mini-site that we'll be hosting for free as a community resource. Once there, be sure to read some of the Toon Tips on our home page to most easily browse the site.
With that, we hope that you enjoy everything that we've collected in the Toontown Preservation Project! Of course, we hope that this archive will keep growing with your help. Check back often to see what's new, and let us know about your favorite things on display in the comments.
Happy Birthday, Toontown!
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Glad to see the traditional ToonTown being held up.
This is TOONTASTIC!! Thank you so much to everyone who was involved in setting this up!
Happy anniversary Toontown!
This is such an incredible resource for the community as it allows fans to get a more in-depth look at what's next with the game as a whole!
Happy 18th birthday Toontown! i think Its time we got a surprising update. thank you for this project.
Thank you so much for this!
Happy birthday, Toontown! Thanks for all the fun stuff you guys do!
After reading through the enitrety of "Toontown Online Design Document" (being made back in 2000!) I can say this game has gone through a LOT! Thank you Toontown Rewritten team for sharing these with us and continuing to keep the game alive to this day, and happy birthday Toontown!
WOAH!! This is TOONTASTIC!! And Toontown is an adult now! This project is amazing and I can't wait to spend time looking at it! I am so grateful to the TTR Team and those who contributed!
Thank you for this wonderful resource! For the community to be able to view an accessible archive of old concepts, design documents and the game's history in general is amazing and something i am so grateful for. Happy birthday Toontown!
Happy 18th birthday, Toontown! Wow! The amount of hard work and dedication the TTR team has to preserving and keeping the Toontown spirit alive is astonishing! I'll be checking it out right now! My undying respect goes to you, TTR, simply wonderful...
happy birthday toontown!!
You got me nostalgic ...
This is Toontastic! What a great way to celebrate Toontown's birthday :D Thank you to the TTR team and all of its partners for all you do for this game we love <3 Happy birthday Toontown, and many more!!
I have a ton of news letters in storage, I use to have 4 memberships so I'd get 4 copies of news letters which at the time I found to be useless so I kept them sealed. I won't have access to this stuff for another few months due to life stuff but as soon as I can, I'll sort through it & see if I have extra copies of things you don't already have. I also have a bunch of Toontown screenshots from 2004/2005 if you want some sent over that are obviously dated like orange name tags & gag pages pre-level 7s.
Hey this is awesome do you have to have any special abilities to join?
Cool! I can't wait to see your new site! Happy 18th birthday Toontown! Keep up the great work!
This is one of the coolest things to come out in 2021, an online museum where everyone can look at the history of Toontown's creation and submit any findings to contribute to the search!
Amazing! Happy birthday, Toontown! I've often considered applying for a job for TTR, as it's been a part of my life since I was 5 years old. I can credit my reading skills to your wonderful game, actually! This project serves to show how dedicated the team is to keep it as beautiful as ever.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOONTOWN!!!!! so happy you were created :) made my whole childhood
This Toontown project is the best I love toontown and I love the artwork they do.
Nice! Preservation is a serious must to everyone who yearned to keep playing Toontown and keep working on it beyond years to come, and this project will surely help out. Let's hope we get to see plenty of all the work went into creating Toontown, including storyboards that helped shaped a lotta things here. Also, Happy 18th birthday, Toontown!
Thank you guys so much for releasin' this! I was always into Toontown's history and seeing so much of it being released, is makin' me so happy! I will always be keepin' an eye out for future additions for the Preservation Project from here on out! Also, only two more years until Toontown turns 20!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOONTOWN!!
This is awesome! It's so cool to see the effort, planning, and ideas that went into Toontown's creation! I love all the artwork.
Okay but these archived clothes NEED to come back to TTR! PLEASE!!!! They're so iconic.
Let's flicker back to the nostalgic development, there we're going to be lawbot field offices along with cashbot, what about bossbot? the original names of field offices we're cog domiums. The team gathers ideas and use the unused ideas into their game to make it nostalgic! I am hyped about the field office update and I cannot wait to see field office beta ideas! I'm glad the toontown community is still alive to this very day!
Wow! This is really cool! Toontastic! Happy anniversary Toontown! May silliness continue for years to come!
Dang, I'm so glad we finally found out the origins behind funny farm. I can't believe it wasn't supposed to be a playground but a place the toons go when they're sad, it makes so much sense considering it's all black and white. I wish they would kept it in but made it easier to get out
i love toontown
Will forever LOVE TNT!! <3 (: Happy Happy Birthday dear friend!!
This is so nice and lovely!! Happy Birthday to Toontown!! ^^
This is just an incredible, fantastic resource! I'm so happy to dive into it as someone who LOVES the art & development of this game while also loving to draw in its style.