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Changes Are On The Way To The Cartoonival!

Posted by The Toontown Team on September 28, 2022 at 2:00 PM

Hey there, Toontown! We hope that you’ve all been having an absolutely Toontastic time at Cartoonival. As we celebrate nine amazing years of Toontown Rewritten, we’ve been listening to community feedback and working on enhancements to make this party even better. We have some exciting updates to share, so let’s jump right into it!

Image: Cleff sitting with the words 'Toontown Rewritten: Update' to the side of him.

Addressing Cleff & The Duck Tank

To begin, we wanted to thank everyone who brought to our attention over the years how Cleff’s Jamaican accent is offensive in nature, and concerns over his placement in a dunk tank. When we conceptualized the Duck Tank many years ago, we picked Cleff as an NPC due to his role in the Minnie’s Melodyland ToonTask that requires Toons to deliver a Whole Cream Pie. In our shortsightedness, we thought it would be fun to deliver that Whole Cream Pie back in the form of a classic carnival game.

What we failed to recognize, however, were the racist connotations of a black-coded NPC being placed within a dunk tank. Additionally, Cleff’s Jamaican accent from Toontown Online was based on a stereotype that we should not have continued in Toontown Rewritten. We failed to follow our due diligence and put in the proper research to ensure something like this didn’t happen, and for that we deeply apologize. We can’t undo these mistakes, but we are committed to taking steps to make this right to those who were hurt by this harmful stereotype.

In short, in this update, we have made changes to Cleff’s dialogue for both Cartoonival and his ToonTask in Minnie’s Melodyland. We sincerely apologize that it has taken us years to address the Cleff issue, and rest assured that we hear you. We strive to ensure that Toontown is a safe and inclusive environment for all walks of life, regardless of race, gender, orientation, or otherwise.

We believe that this change is a step in the right direction, and will hopefully help correct our past mistakes. We hope you enjoy his new dialogue -- we certainly do!

Furthermore, we’ve received feedback regarding other diverse items within the game as well, such as the Native American themed items, and some concerns of us possibly removing diversity from the game. We won’t just remove things from other cultures -- don’t worry, your sombreros are safe! We would love to showcase and celebrate a variety of diverse cultures within Toontown as much as we possibly can. That being said, though, we want to do it right. Not all representation is good representation. Caricatures and stereotypes can have the opposite effect to our goal of inclusivity and can instead harm others, which was the case with Cleff.

We intend to do the research required to address each case properly, and want to add new diverse items, NPCs, and even holidays to Toontown in the future! We hope to be guided by the feedback and suggestions of our BIPOC (or Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) players -- we would love to hear from you! Please contact us at support@toontownrewritten.com if you have any ideas to share with us.

The Cartoonival Gets Toonier (And Roomier)!

Given that the Cartoonival is such a popular time of year and Toons all around town are participating in the festivities, Token Taker booths can get quite crowded. To alleviate booth congestion, we’ve added two new booths -- one Merry Multipliers booth and one Pie Purchases booth. Let nothing stop you from spending your hard-earned tokens!

Speaking of Merry Multipliers...

After some (merry) multiplication, we’ve made it to where you can now extend the duration of Merry Multipliers, up to a cap of 48 hours. To coincide with this change, we’ve adjusted the price of the one hour and three hour multipliers to better put them in line with the other multipliers. With this tweak, you can stack Gag XP and Promotion XP multipliers. These are, however, mutually exclusive from All Battle XP multipliers, and purchasing an All Battle XP multiplier will overwrite your previous multiplier(s). No refunds!

(P.S. How many times do you think we can say “multiplier” in one paragraph ‘til it stops looking like a word?)

Feelin’ Lucky?

Remember when you were stuck on that one ToonTask, because you just couldn’t get those rotten Cogs to drop the item you needed? Your misfortune is no more! We’ve sprinkled some extra lucky Pixie Dust on certain ToonTasks. You are now guaranteed to recover an item after a certain amount of failed attempts. Bad luck, be gone!

We would like to thank you all, both new and old players, for sticking with Toontown Rewritten for all these years, through the good and the not-so-good. Toontown is such a special place because of all of you: The players. Without you, your valuable feedback, and your dedication to busting Cogs, we wouldn’t STILL be here today.

Here’s to many more years to come! And never forget…

YOU are Toon Enough!

September 28, 2022 [ttr-live-v3.5.1]

• Cleff has gotten a radical new set of dialogue. Check him out in the Cartoonival and in the Melodyland!
• Riggy's Token Taker crew has constructed additional Pie Purchases and Merry Multiplier booths.
• Merry Multipliers can now be extended by purchasing an additional multiplier! This caps out at 48 hours in total.
• Earning Cartoonival Tokens now counts towards Silly Meter progress.
• Plus, you can have both Gag XP and Promotion XP Merry Multipliers active at the same time! Grabbing the double-pack will cancel out your existing Multipliers -- be careful!
• Adjusted pricing of a few Merry Multipliers.
• Fish will no longer be sold for 0 Cartoonival Tokens, now at a minimum of 1. Even the lightest of Balloon Fish are worth at least a Token!
• Addressed a visual issue that could cause Riggy to appear underground. It's not hibernation season yet, Riggy!
• Fixed four different client crashes in the Cartoonival.

• Added a new mechanic to improve Toon luck in recovery ToonTasks.
• Fixed an issue with the Options Menu remote in Pick-a-Toon.


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Princess Ginger said on September 28, 2022 at 2:08 PM
This is a really good update! Nice to see things finally changing :-)

Nice Bear said on September 28, 2022 at 2:13 PM
thanks for the update 3.5.1.

Princess Lollipop said on September 28, 2022 at 2:15 PM
Well, isn't this interesting? I didn't realize Cleff's dialogue could be offensive. Kudos to the TTR team for making things right and listening to the community! :strikethrough: Wouldn't be surprised if that feather headband accessory was removed from the game at some point, to be honest :strikethrough:

Sir Porker said on September 28, 2022 at 2:17 PM
Happy to see this update! Thank you for caring as well as putting in the effort! <3

Kaz said on September 28, 2022 at 2:21 PM
10/10 update, thanks TTR :)

General Pawtton said on September 28, 2022 at 3:07 PM
Honestly, I can see why this was changed and although it never bothered me, I could see why it would bother certain people and that's fair, so good on y'all. However, regarding things like the feather headband and other Native American items, yeah, I'd appreciate if they weren't removed because by doing that, it's effectively removing that culture from the game. Legit concerns should be addressed like with Cleff, but I hope it doesn't go overboard.

Dynodoodle said on September 28, 2022 at 3:50 PM

Tolouse said on September 28, 2022 at 3:58 PM
Good on you, team. Can we get rid of the stereotypical Native American items next?

Barget Wondersnout said on September 28, 2022 at 4:44 PM
Thanks Toontown for making Toonfest (Cartoonival) a little more fun! :D

Rollie said on September 28, 2022 at 4:46 PM
"Addressed a visual issue that could cause Riggy to appear underground." Thanks, now I won't have to see Riggy rising out of the earth each time I go to toonfest, lol XD

Bananasnooker said on September 28, 2022 at 4:54 PM
I kinda like Cleff's Jamaican sayings, they were pretty fun. But I'm interested to see his new sayings, and I'll bet they'll be fun too!

Savannah Banana said on September 28, 2022 at 5:02 PM
Awesome stuff! Keep it coming - thank you so much!

Barget Wondersnout said on September 28, 2022 at 5:19 PM
Thanks for the updates on the Merry Multipliers! This'll really help, since I'm so close to maxing lure and trap, my last two gag tracks!

Orange Cat said on September 28, 2022 at 7:20 PM
I really appreciate the open-mindedness shown by the TTR team. You are a fantastic group and you've been making amazing improvements, big and small!

Weird Curly Megaquack said on September 28, 2022 at 7:47 PM
Wow, I feel humbled. I've always found Cleff fun and literally had no idea there was any racist connotation to him being the one in the dunk tank. I'll miss his more colorful accent, but I understand why the TTR team made this change. Kudos for their sensitivity.

Princess Kitty White said on September 28, 2022 at 10:24 PM
Thank you ToonTown Rewritten team!! You are appreciated <3

Alvin McDoodle said on September 28, 2022 at 11:21 PM
I look forward to seeing Cleff's new dialogue! Thanks for this well needed update!

Gulliver said on September 29, 2022 at 2:23 AM
this is a really nice update to see overall, really makes me feel confident to keep playing since this was the one detail that bothered me about cartoonival . thanks lots team, excited to see more of this kind of stuff in the future :-)

Gatta have style said on September 29, 2022 at 4:49 AM
Ty so much ttr for being aware and inclusive. Tyvm for all your research and hard work that you all do.

Lucky Cuddles GlitterSparkles said on September 29, 2022 at 5:33 AM
The new luck is gonna be so helpful :D

Ami said on September 29, 2022 at 10:17 AM
I was absolutely stunned when I saw another booth for pie purchases. This was a great adjustment made to the game. Thanks, TTR staff!

Dr. Ozzie Frazzlewhatsit said on September 29, 2022 at 10:44 AM
The accent always seemed a bit awkward to me, to say the least. My respect to the team for being upfront about it.

Blitzen said on September 29, 2022 at 11:33 AM
This is fantastic to hear! I'm glad y'all are taking the necessary steps in the right direction (which, from a workload standpoint, I'm sure can't be very easy). I look forward to these future diverse items and holidays!

Barney Wondersnout said on September 29, 2022 at 12:16 PM
Thank you for another step in the right direction for our Toontastic game! <3 Also that bug with Riggy was hilarious while it lasted. R.I.P. Riggy Ma-Mole

Master Fireball Gigglebrains said on September 29, 2022 at 5:17 PM
Glad to see the story of Toontown continues to be Rewritten, so it can be Toonier and more inclusive for everyone.

Miss Biscuit said on September 30, 2022 at 12:53 PM
This is an amazing change!

Feather Anne said on October 1, 2022 at 8:31 AM
If the feather headband accessory goes away, my heart will sink.

Chase said on October 1, 2022 at 9:46 AM
I love your updates a lot

Ginger Sparklesticks said on October 2, 2022 at 11:02 AM
Awesome, thanks TTR Team for all you do! :) <3

Lime-Berry said on October 3, 2022 at 10:03 PM
Hi, Indigenous toon here — Personally the items in the catalogue (if that’s what you’re referring to) do not bother me or anyone else I know in the slightest. They’re cartoons based on the 30’s and 40’s, it’s just sort of a part of the time if anything. All I’ve seen is headdresses, and that’s okay.
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