- Jessica Rabbit
- Toon Town
- United States
- Her Tall Frame Consists Of [[Kathleen Turner|Kathleen Turner's]] Speaking Voice [[Betty Grable|Betty Grable's]] Legs [[Marilyn Monroe|Marilyn Monroe's]] Torso And Buttocks [[Jayne Mansfield|Jayne Mansfield's]] Breasts [[Rita Hayworth|Rita Hayworth's]] Red Hair [[Marlene Dietrich|Marlene Dietrich's]] Eyes And A [[Judy Garland|Judy Garland-like]] Singing Voice.
Jessica Rabbit Jessica Rabbit in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
Jessica Rabbit is Roger's human cartoon wife in the book and movie. In the book, she was an amoral, up-and-coming star and former comic character, over whom her estranged husband, comic strip star Roger Rabbit, obsessed. She is re-imagined in the film as a sultry, but moral, cartoon singer at a Los Angeles supper club called The Ink and Paint Club. Here, she is one of several suspects in the framing of her husband, who is a famous cartoon star. She is voiced by actress Kathleen Turner. Amy Irving was cast to sing Peggy Lee's "Why Don't You Do Right" for Jessica's first scene in the movie. She was based on actress Veronica Lake, and even fashioned her famous "Peek-A-Boo" hairstyle. Jessica is one of the most famous sex symbols on animated screen.
She claims to Eddie Valiant, "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." When asked why she loves Roger, she says, "He makes me laugh."
After the film, Jessica also appeared in the Roger Rabbit/Baby Herman shorts Tummy Trouble as a nurse, Roller Coaster Rabbit as a damsel in distress, and Trail Mix-Up as a park ranger. In Tummy Trouble and Roller Coaster Rabbit she made no impression, but in Trail Mix-Up Roger fantasizes over her, calling her a 'babe in the woods' and panting like a dog. She also appeared frequently in the Roger Rabbit comic book series, and she had her own feature in most issues of Roger Rabbit's Toontown such as "Beauty Parlor Bedlam," where she comes face to face with female weasel counterpart, Winnie.
With the success of the film and upon the opening of Disney's MGM Studios on May 1, 1989, the film's characters featured prominently in the company. After taking the Backlot Tram Tour, various props decorated the streets including two different photo opportunities with Jessica: a glittery cardboard cutout and "The Loony Bin" photo shop which allowed you to take pictures in costume standing next to an actual cartoon drawing of characters from the film. There was also a plethora of merchandise including Jessica Rabbit rub-on stickers called "pressers".
Disagreements between the Disney Company, Amblin Entertainment and Gary Wolf (jointly owning rights to the characters) made it difficult for any merchandise or projects to get off the ground and caused the halt of the short film, Hare in My Soup, and the next film Who Discovered Roger Rabbit. In this prequel, Roger meets his bride-to-be, Jessica Krupnick. A completed score by Alan Silvestri is said to exist as well as test footage and computer generated versions of the characters. Also cancelled was an animated TV series, which was replaced by a show called Bonkers about a feline cop. Many park attractions never got out of development, such as Roger Rabbit's Hollywood.
In 2000, Disney - MGM Studios stopped using any character memorabilia in the park, though some props are still present. Across from the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular show, a Maroon Cartoon sign with Roger, Jessica, and Baby Herman still remains.
Jessica Rabbit Jessica Rabbit Store
The Jessica Rabbit Store, entitled Jessica's, was once part of Pleasure Island, Disney’s nightclub attraction and shopping area. The store featured nothing but Jessica Rabbit merchandise, from her own signature nightgowns and jewelry to shower curtains and beach towels. A giant two-sided neon Jessica sign with sequined dress and swinging leg sat atop the light purple colored building. A floor to ceiling windowed corner of the store allowed light to shine in during the day. Another corner of the store had a large stage door with Jessica’s name on it. The inside was art deco in style and was very similar to designs used in the films Ink and Paint Club scene. There was a cardboard cutout of Jessica reclining above the cash register area and another of Jessica, Roger, and Benny the Cab. Cast members wore regular uniforms, and there were no special shopping bags or print material for the store other than mention in the Pleasure Island guide map where they invited people to visit. The store was abruptly closed some time in 1992. The large neon Jessica sign was relocated to another area of the park alongside a Pleasure Island Tonight! sign where it stayed for many years until it was removed in June of 2006. Tomart's Disneyana Magazine #66 featured a special article about the store complete with merchandise pictures and interior photos.
Jessica Rabbit Jessica's appearance on the Car Toon Spin ride
Jessica can first be seen in the beginning tied up in the trunk of Smart Ass Weasel's car and then later with a giant mallet making her escape at the ride's end.