Monday, June 15, 2015
Roller Coaster Rabbit 25th Anniversary
Tracy M. Lee, he revealed that (much like Jessica's nurse outfit in Tummy Trouble) she was again going to be dressed differently. The outfit that appears to have almost been selected was a fun, and brief, summer shirt and shorts combo. It's all complete with bow in her hair. There are a few examples found in pencil art of Jessica in different poses, and one animation cel which shows her in color. The shirt is pink with white polkadots, with a matching bow. Her shorts are white. Her shoes with straps are blue which matches her belt and collar. These types of art were often found on display at the Disney MGM Studios Animation Tour since this short and Trail Mix-Up were both created right there in the studio. The outfit was never used but years later it was made into a Limited Edition statue. It was available in different colors - pink, green, blue and purple shirts.
The cartoon opens with Roger Rabbit, Baby Herman and Mrs. Herman at a colorful and chaotic carnival(full of sight gags and easter eggs for the audience to spot). Mrs. Herman decides to leave Roger with Baby Herman, again, and he soon slips off in search of a red balloon. Anxiously searching for Baby Herman in his empty carriage, Roger finds a Playtoon magazine and opens to the centerfold to find Jessica Rabbit in a swimsuit - who gives him a flirtatious wink.
Roger chases after Baby Herman and suffers all kinds of abuse. Once Roger gets to Baby Herman, they happen to be inadvertently stuck on a roller coaster. This cartoon roller coaster reaches impossible proportions, twisting and turning so much that watching it in the movie theater almost made it feel like you were on a motion simulated ride. We see Jessica Rabbit helplessly tied to the coaster tracks - softly saying "Save me." As Roger and his car approach, he yells to her to repeat what she said. Jessica completely changes character and screams angrily, "SAVE ME!"
Roger reaches out his arms to scoop her up, but tips over the car. It begins to tumble and happens to bounce right over her. As Jessica watches them continue on, she turns to Droopy Dog who dressed as a villain, exclaiming in his monotone voice, "Curses! Foiled again."
Roger and Baby Herman coast right off the track and right into the real world for the live action segment. Roger causes the film in the camera to come out and be destroyed. The director demands Roger film the scene again, to which he states to the bald director, "Not this hare,Q-ball." Roger runs off and we see a woman give Baby Herman his red balloon. Now out of his "baby" character and smoking a cigar - which he uses to pop the balloon and says, "Afraid of a little bang?" This no doubt earned the cartoon it's PG rating, unlike the other two which were rated G.
According to IMDB.com, there was a cut scene with all of the classic Disney characters appearing in this film, but there is no other information to know if this is true. All the voice actors returned for this short, including Kathleen Turner performing as Jessica.