Tuesday, July 1, 2008


When I first began dabbling in the Toobworld concept, I figured that TV cartoons should exist within the same dimension. (I guess I was inspired by Sgt. Whiskers of "Last Action Hero" at the time.) My plan was to say that cartoons were just artistic representations of the "real life" in the TV Universe.

But I soon learned that it would be nothing but a headache, what with all of the talking animals and other logistical problems which would have to be integrated into Earth Prime-Time - like the fact that Superman is dead in the main Toobworld, but alive in present day cartoons.

And so the Tooniverse was born.

The people in the main Toobworld are aware of the existence of these cartoon characters and that they actually exist. This helps splain why flesh-and-blood humans don't freak out when pen-and-ink characters show up in their lives (Daffy Duck on 'The Drew Carey Show', Superman in Amercian Express blipverts).

But the majority of the human population of Toobworld knows about cartoons AS cartoons, just as they do in the real world. This is why there are so many references to Scooby Doo, from 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' and 'Lost' to 'Doctor Who'.

In a roundabout way, 'In Plain Sight' touched on this with their character Raphael Ramirez.
Mary's on-again/off-again boyfriend is a shortstop, who was playing Triple A ball in Albuquerque when he got called up to play the "Show" with the Florida Marlins. (He's back now, however, since he tore his ACL.)

This means that he was playing for the Isotopes in Albuquerque, which is the Triple-A affiliate for the Marlins.
The Albuquerque Isotopes got their name after respondents to a contest held by the team overwhelmingly chose the same name for the team found in the Albuquerque of the Tooniverse. Previously they played in Springfield on 'The Simpsons', but then moved to New Mexico. So when a team was established there and they asked the general public for a name, fans of 'The Simpsons' made their voices heard.

More than likely that splainin for the name of the Albuquerque Isotopes stands in Earth Prime-Time also, so that 'The Simpsons' is considered a cartoon there as well. We've also seen this addressed in an old episode of 'L.A. Law' when a guy dressed as Homer Simpson (played by Dan Castelleneta, by the way, who also plays Homer on 'The Simpsons') needed the services of MacKenzie-Brackman.

And yet, Bart and Lisa Simpson dropped out of the Tooniverse in one episode and ended up in the Real World, right on the set for 'Live With Regis And Kathy Lee' ("Treehouse Of Horror IX").
So US Marshal Mary Shannon must know about 'The Simpsons' as a cartoon. But in a perfect Toobworld, she may one day have to transport Fat Tony across the dimensional vortex and get him into the WITSEC program.

Just sayin', is all......

Toby OB

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