Robert Zemeckis’ 1988 classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit remains one of the most significant films in Disney’s animated library. However, it isn’t as popular or as mainstream as it used to be back in the day.
Besides the film itself, the biggest high-profile reminder that Roger Rabbit is a Disney character is Disneyland’s Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. Now it seems Walt Disney has decided to give it a “more relevant” update to focus the story on iconic character Jessica Rabbit according to the OC Register.
“Walt Disney Imagineering is rebooting another Disneyland attraction with a female lead character and revamped backstory to make it ‘more relevant’ as the Anaheim theme park continues to update rides that have become culturally outdated. Some scenes in Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin featuring Jessica Rabbit are being updated to be more relevant and reflect a new twist in the character’s story.
Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin is the latest Disneyland attraction to undergo a major renovation to remove outdated and problematic scenes — joining Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, and Jungle Cruise… The updated Car Toon Spin storyline turns Jessica Rabbit into the newest private eye in Mickey’s Toontown on the lookout for Toon Patrol Weasels responsible for a rise in crime.”
Car Toon Spin originally featured Jessica, voiced by Kathleen Turner in the movie, tied up in a trunk. However, Jessica got removed and was replaced with barrels of ‘dip’ instead.
Naturally, fans took to Twitter and voiced their opinions regarding the change, with quite a few feel the need to change the character to be utterly unnecessary.
on the one hand, Jessica was NEVER portrayed as a damsel in distress, sans when she and Roger were captured together, and always proved herself more than capable in the film multiple times on the other hand more Jessica on the attraction makes me so happy
The pure irony of an attempt to make an attraction less problematic by reframing its narrative context around a “rise in crime statistics” in a fictional universe which was established in a film that is widely accepted as a racial allegory.
I’m not one to be outraged when Disney decides to change something in one of their attractions. And I’m not now. I’m just extremely confused on who the fuck actually had a problem with Jessica Rabbit other than maybe a couple pearl-clutching Karens?
did y’all forget that jessica kicked weasel ass by the end of the ride? she didnt just disappear in the trunk of the car. like, i get the reasoning here but it’s just dumb & ignores the original story and slaps on a new, more complicated story on the top of it all and its a mess
It remains to be seen how the new revamped version of Jessica Rabbit will be portrayed and how fans will react to it accordingly.
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