Saturday, September 20, 2014

The First Jessica Rabbit Animation Test

Video has surfaced of a Disney television special from 1983 which features a section on a brand new film in the works at that time, Who Framed Roger Rabbit!. The animators discuss the plot, story and characters for this new film and we are treated to concept art and test animation. This version is a bit different than the one we know, with the character designs for Roger and Jessica Rabbit in their earliest original stages. This version of Jessica is a lot more cartoony, with a distinct early 80's feel. She seems to resemble Lauren Bacall with the attitude of Bette Davis. Her face design is more of a caricature; with harder edges and dramatic lines. Her proportions don't nearly match that which we see in the movie. She is given an ample chest, but isn't as shapely or curvy. She's wearing a dress which does not resemble the one in the movie at all - a tight, long-sleeve, light blue top and full dark blue skirt. In one of her original sketches (below left) she's wearing a turtleneck sweater - a very big difference indeed. We're treated to a more in-depth look at Jessica, and even her first ever test animation.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Flashback Friday - Amblin Entertainment Artist Interview

With Roger and Jessica Rabbit concept art finding it's way to the internet, it appears there is so much more of our favorite characters that we have never seen before. Who Framed Roger Rabbit went through many changes in plot and in character design. Jessica was especially difficult for artists to create, with having many different looks and styles before the got to the big screen. Read this Exclusive interview with David Russell, who worked as a concept artist for Steven Spielberg's company Amblin Entertainment. He also worked on other films such as Return of the Jedi, The Chronicles of Narnia, Batman, The Color Purple and X-Men Origins. - A Jessica Rabbit Site: Exclusive Jessica Rabbit Artist Interview - David Russell

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pin Release - Jessica Rabbit DCA Pins Collection Five

A fifth series of Castmember Jessica Rabbit pins was released some time in September 2014. The uniforms she is dressed in consists of Space Mountain, Tomorrowland 1, Tomorrowland 2, Fantasy Faire, Small World, Guest Relations, Emporium, Disneyland Railroad and Market House. The pins are a Limited Edition of 150 and as usual for this set are Walt Disney Imagineer Exclusives and were only sold to Disney employees. The previous set of pins sold for $14.95 each, so these were probably the same.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Once Upon A Time Returns This Month

The summer is over, and the cold might be arriving quicker than you think. One of ABC's breakout shows, One Upon A Time, will be adding the characters from Frozen to the live action fairytale series. While I avoided watching this series at first, it was only in the last few months I began to watch it - and found myself already caught up on all three seasons. It's not a typical fairytale drama - it has the deeper storytelling appeal of Lost combined with the action and colorful theme similar to the Hercules and Xena TV shows.

The series begins with The Evil Queen casting a dark curse on the land and its inhabitants, which actually brings them into the real world and left them forgetting who they really were. The colorful cast of characters do come from Disney's library - such as Aurora and Ariel - while others haven't been featured in Disney movies, like Rumpelstiltskin and Red Riding Hood. They all have a back-story and are fleshed out as real characters with very intricately woven storylines.

The first season dealt with the curse, and finding the savior of the town - which happened to be Snow White's daughter sent to the real world as a baby in hopes of one day breaking the spell. Season two included Wonderland and it's characters, while season three was set in Neverland and also had the likings of the Wicked Witch of the West causing havoc in the town.

The acting, characters and writing are entertaining on many levels and new Disney favorites keep getting added to this magical town. Once Elsa arrives, there's no telling what's going to happen and many people are anxious to find out if she's going to be friend or foe. Once Upon A Time returns on Sunday, September 28th at 8pm on ABC.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Jessica Rabbit Style Halloween Costumes

This Halloween, you might want to dress up as Toontown's favorite cartoon diva. Every year people are on the search for the perfect Jessica Rabbit Halloween costume. has a stunning Jessica Rabbit-style costume, complete with long red dress and purple gloves - a must have for your Jessica Rabbit look. Take a moment to visit the Halloween Costumes website for tons of costume and accessory selections.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Flashback Friday - The Smallest Jessica Rabbit Figure

Not all Jessica Rabbit statues are big, tall, expensive pieces that you have to handle with white gloves. In the early 2000's Disney started to release small mini-figures of just about every character you could imagine. These tiny figures were similar to Disneykins which had been made in the 1960's. Take a look at this teeny Jessica: - A Jessica Rabbit Site: Jessica Rabbit Merchandise Review #36 - Collector Pack Figure

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pin Release - Pin Trader Delight Jessica Rabbit 2014

The Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Disney Studio Store have released a new batch of Pin Trader Delight characters on Tuesday, September 9th 2014. The set includes Jessica Rabbit, Santa Jack Skellington, Maurice from Beauty and the Beast and The Grand Duke from Cinderella. Jessica and Jack are Limited Editions of 500. Maurice and The Grand Duke are Limited Editions of 300. Jessica is sitting with her dress flowing out under her and both legs showing. She's holding a spoon in one hand and an ice cream sundae in the other. There are small Mickey icons in the ice cream. These pins come with the $14.95 purchase of the Pin Trader Delight ice cream.