Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Toontown Field Guide: Country Living Issue 34.6

Mickey's Toontown Fair at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World is dense with details and rich with backstory. The area's various attractions and set pieces come together in a central point of connectivity in Minnie's House, by way of large framed covers of the magazine Minnie's Cartoon Country Living. A careful examination of these covers will reveal connections to characters and locations scattered throughout Mickey's Toontown Fair.

Issue 34.6 features Minnie as the "Toon Painter of the Year." This bears a very direct connection to one of the rooms in Minnie's House. The room is an arts and crafts studio and in it are displayed various works of art including paintings and sculptures. It is also the home of Minnie's sewing machine and a prize-winning quilt is displayed nearby. Quite a bit of crockery is displayed in the room, indicating that Minnie also has some skill with a potter's wheel. The view from the room looks out across Toontown Fair to Goofy's Wiseacre Farm. From this vantage point, Minnie must have bore witness to Goofy's cataclysmic plane flight that formed the basis of the backstory to the Barnstormer attraction. She is in the middle of capturing on canvas Goofy's fateful encounter with the farm's water tower.

One less obvious detail from the magazine cover involves the headline "New Toon Diet- ERASE THOSE POUNDS AWAY!" In the hallway just outside of Minnie's kitchen is a small table with a telephone. On the table is a note Minnie has received from Flora, Fauna and Merriweather, the good fairies from Sleeping Beauty. The note reads:

Dear Minnie,

We tried the diet you recommended in your Summer Issue and it works like magic!

Yours Truley,
Flora, Fauna & Merriweather

We will continue to explore the various covers of Minnie's Cartoon Country Living in future installments of the Toontown Field Guide. Stay tooned!


FoxxFur said...

Minnie's Country House is one of my favorite attractions in the Magic Kingdom and I personally think Mickey's Toontown Fair is put together with a great deal more thought and ingenuity than Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland. Beautifully conceived and laid-out parcel of land.