Monday, April 21, 2008

The Toontown Field Guide: Toby Tortoise

In films, Toby Tortoise was a long distance runner and a boxer; in Disneyland's Toontown, he is a private investigator and a proprietor of soup products.

Toby was one of the early stars of Walt Disney's Silly Symphony series of cartoons. He was introduced along with co-star Max Hare in 1935 short The Tortoise in the Hare, a retelling of the Aesop Fable. The pair returned a year later in the sequel Toby Tortoise Returns, this time squaring off against each other in a boxing match.

Toby made a cameo of sorts in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? In an alley in Toontown, a poster lining a brick wall advertises Toby's Turtle Soup. Imagineers reproduced that set piece for the queue area of Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin in Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland.

Nearby in Mickey's Toontown, a window advertises the services of the Toby Tortoise Detective Agency with its motto, "Slow & Steady Solves the Case."


Anonymous said...

Toby also appears in crowd scenes in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit".

He can also be spotted in an often-reused crowd scene in "House of Mouse".