Who Framed Roger Rabbit's Jessica Rabbit was recently reported to be getting a new look and backstory for the Disneyland attraction Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin. Fans of the iconic character have seen the redesign and flooded social media with strong reactions both for and against it.
Some believe the redesign -- which swaps Jessica Rabbit's famous glittering red dress and gloves for a trenchcoat and fedora -- is too conservative and was created without understanding, while others view it as a positive change for the character and necessary for the representation of women in the media.
Disney does not understand the concept of Jessica Rabbit... pic.twitter.com/shD7aO6zge— TrueUnderDawg (@TrueUnderDawg1) September 17, 2021
1) Can we *please* stop calling these things "updating for a modern audience"? As if you enjoy this stuff, you're "out of time" or some bullshit.— Alex "The Hatman" Baldwin (@TheHat2) September 22, 2021
2) I feel like this is more of a prudish move more than removal of the damsel in distress trope. https://t.co/NhdJhNqyh9
The whole point of Jessica Rabbit was that she dressed provocatively FOR HERSELF. She is sexy because she wants to be. She is an asexual icon and this is erasure. https://t.co/gPs2dPN3Ya— Em, like the letter (@ebriff24) September 22, 2021
She’s becoming a private eye, which is nice way to honor Bob Hoskins, who died in 2014.— Brianna Wu (@BriannaWu) September 22, 2021
We’re taking the most trivial steps to represent women better in media, and men are stressing their kink for a children’s cartoon. https://t.co/QL1vUAocXN
No Disney is not removing Jessica Rabbit, they're just replacing an animatronic in a ride— 🎃LoZza🎃 (@CocoaFox023) September 15, 2021
Also imagine being mad at a potential sexy milf in a trenchcoat (yes I said it 😏) pic.twitter.com/l9Izr6JjME
Oh no.— Chelsea D. LaLicata #BlackLivesMatter (@DemonRin) September 22, 2021
They took Jessica Rabbit and drew her with the same exadgerated extremely sexy proportions but put her in a PI coat...
"Anti-EssJayDubyuus" on Youtube whining about feminism ruining sexy characters in 3...2...1... https://t.co/2AvnH59Ppx
detective jessica rabbit hello!!! pic.twitter.com/bBjRX7UuhU— gillian (@thenavalkyrie) September 15, 2021
It is worth noting that the announced change only applies to the Disneyland theme park ride's animatronic. With regard to the character's story, it was previously reported that changes will include making Jessica a private detective tasked with hunting the Toon Patrol Weasels, the criminals behind a sharp rise in crime in Mickey's Toontown. The new Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin description reads, "Jessica Rabbit has determined it is past time for her to throw her fedora in the ring by starting her own private investigation service. While taking inspiration from longtime friend and legendary toon detective Eddie Valiant, Jessica shows that she means business."
Jessica Rabbit was created by Gary K. Wolf for his novel, Who Censored Roger Rabbit, before being adapted to film by Richard Williams, Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman for 1988's Who Framed Roger Rabbit, in which she helps Eddie Valiant clear Roger Rabbit of murder. The film featured a wide variety of cartoon characters from Disney properties and Warner Bros. To date, it marks the only meeting between Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit received widespread critical acclaim and is known for sparking a renewed interest in the Golden Age of American animation, paving the way for the Disney Renaissance. It grossed $329.8 million at the box office on a budget of $50.6 million. However, it has seen its fair share of controversy. After the film was released on laserdisc, viewers uncovered certain frames exposing Jessica Rabbit, inserted into film without the intention of having viewers notice it.
Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution will release the 4K UHD version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit on Dec. 7 with a collection of bonus features, including three animated shorts, deleted scenes and audio commentary from director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriters Jeff Price and Peter Seaman.