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Cartoon History Lesson #34: Mrs. Jessica Rabbit

“I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.”

According to DisneyWiki:

Jessica Rabbit is Roger Rabbit‘s human Toon wife and the tritagonist in Touchstone’s 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. 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 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.

Several attractive Toon females (specifically Betty Boop) apparently consider Jessica to be incredibly lucky to be married to Roger.

“I love my husband.”

Character

Jessica Rabbit is beautiful, passionate, sexy and glamourous. She is slender and fair-skinned. She has blue eyes, red pouty lips, purple eyelids, long red hair that covers her right eye, aqua earrings, long purple opera gloves, and shiny red pumps. She claims to Eddie Valiant, “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.” She adores her husband Roger, and claims she married him because he “makes her laugh.”

Appearances Beyond “Who Framed Rodger Rabbit?

Got milk?

Spin-off short films

Tummy Trouble

Jessica appears as a nurse, pushing a cart carrying baby drinking bottles.

Roller Coaster Rabbit

Jessica appears as a damsel-in-distress.

Trail Mix-Up

Roger fantasizes over Jessica as a park ranger, calling her a ‘babe in the woods’ and panting like a dog.

Comics

Jessica 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.

Trivia

  • Jessica’s dress was originally going to sparkle all through the film, but this would have been too expensive, so it was done for only her “Why Don’t You Do Right” scene, and put down to stage lighting.
  • Jessica was based on Veronica Lake, and even fashioned her famous “Peek-A-Boo” hairstyle.
  • In 2008, Jessica Rabbit was selected by Empire Magazine as one of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
  • Jessica Rabbit debuted in Who Hired Roger Rabbit (the 1980 prototype version of Who Censored Roger Rabbit), but her appearance was slightly different. Her face was never shown throughout the entire book, only the rest of her body was seen.
  • 57 year-old British grandmother, Annette Edwards, has spent thousands of pounds on plastic surgery and more to turn herself into the living embodiment of Jessica Rabbit.
  • Babs as Jess

    The Nostalgia Critic put Jessica Rabbit at #1 in his episode of the “Top 11 Hottest Animated Women”

  • In the first Tiny Toons episode Babs turns into Jessica and Buster mentions Roger Rabbit.
  • Jessica Rabbit has her own website at imnotbad.com
  • The “Oh My God” music video featuring Lily Allen as an animated femme fatale is based on the famous “Why Don’t You Do Right” scene.
  • According to Grey Wolf, the original creator of Jessica Rabbit in his book “Who Censored Roger Rabbit,”, Jessica is based on Red Hot Riding Hood, (a cartoon character he lusted after as a boy), Tinker Bell, (her attitude) and Marylin Monroe (her design.)

Lola

  • Lola from Shark Tale has similiarities to her.
  • A scene from “All Dogs Go To Heaven 2″ called “Count Me Out” sang by Sheena Easton, has similiarties to Jessica Rabbit’s “Why Don’t You Do Right” scene.
  • There is an old photo seen in the background in the movie, revealing what Jessica Rabbit was really supposed to look like. In the photo, she is given a dress that covers her cleavage and neck, shorter gloves and Kathleen Turner’s features and hair.
  • While a sequel for the Roger Rabbit movie was being considered in the 90′s, Jessica Rabbit was going to be shown as a Nazi spy, before she later becomes Roger Rabbit’s wife, thus a star.
  • While Jessica is very attractive, there are a few male characters who don’t show an attraction to her, such as Eddie Valiant, Judge Doom, Baby Herman, Smarty, Psycho, Wheezy and Stupid.

Don’t touch. She’s HOT!

  • Ariel‘s hairstyle is similar to Jessica’s hairstyle.
  • In the original of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Their was brief nudity from Jessica, when Judge Doom tipped over the dip on the road and Benny the Cab drove into it, Jessica and Eddiewere flying out of him. As they were flying Jessica nudity was briefly seen.

 

And now Jessica stars in …

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