Friday, May 31, 2013

A Roger Rabbit 25th Anniversary Celebration Next Month By

Close to 1,000 photos from the archives of and around the internet are waiting for the big 25th Anniversary. There will be some fun posts on here next month, but over at Jessica Rabbit World, the Tumblr page, each day will bring something new - so check often and relive the nostalgia of Who Framed Roger Rabbit all over again. Here is a list of what to expect all through the month of June on Jessica Rabbit World:

1 - Intro
2 - Promotional Art - posters, art and other material
3 - Roger Rabbit Appreciation - Roger park photos
4 - Jessica Rabbit Appreciation - Jessica park photos
5 - Promotional Photos
6 - Jessica Rabbit Concept Art
7 - Disney MGM Studios Photos
8 - Toontown Denizens - Lena Hyena, Ink and Paint Club crew, Dancing Shoes and the cartoon cast of Who Framed Roger Rabbit
9 - Roger Rabbit Concept Art
10 - Jessica's - The Jessica Rabbit store and merchandise
11 - Disneyland - Toontown, Car Toon Spin queue, ride photos and art
12 - Cartoon Co-stars - Benny the Cab and Baby Herman
13 - Parody - Spoofs of Roger and Jessica Rabbit
14 - The human cast of Roger Rabbit - Dolores, Eddie Valiant and more.
15 - Roger and Jessica Rabbit Creator Gary K. Wolf and Original Jessica Rabbit Pins by Wendy Gell
16 - The Villains - The Weasels and Judge Doom
17 - Jessica Rabbit Mattel Doll Designer Lisa Temming and Jessica Sign Artist Mark Marderosian
18 - The Making of Roger Rabbit, Storyboard Art, Behind the Scenes
19 - Roger Rabbit Comics
20 - Tummy Trouble, Roller Coaster Rabbit, Trail Mix-Up and the unreleased Hare In My Soup photos
21 - The Roger Rabbit cast and crew
22 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit Photos and Collages
23 - Deleted Scenes - Jessica's Dressing Room, the Pig Head Scene, and more.
24 - Roger Rabbit merchandise
25 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit merchandise
26 - Jessica Rabbit merchandise
27 - Baby Herman, Benny the Cab and The Weasels merchandise
28 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit costumes
29 - Jessica Rabbit Costumes
30 - That's All Folks!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Special Roger Rabbit Anniversary Custom Wall Plaque

This custom Roger Rabbit wall plaque was created by SuspendedAnimationNY and is being made available to the readers of THIS site first. Our beloved cartoon star, Roger, is crafted by hand and is popping out of a gold glitter embellished frame. If you are celebrating the Who Framed Roger Rabbit 25th Anniversary, head on over to that link for the opportunity to own this beautifully made piece.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Jessica Rabbit Debate - Park Character Under Heavy Scrutiny

For all these 25 years since Who Framed Roger Rabbit was released, I had hoped for the day when somehow Jessica Rabbit would be a walk-around character in the Disney parks. It seemed very much improbable. Pretty darn close to every Disney character has been included over the years. However, regardless of popularity, ANY character omissions are very noticeable. Jessica was one of those characters, from a ground breaking and critically acclaimed movie, to never be seen walking around the parks. On May 24 2013, Jessica Rabbit made her first ever character debut in the Disneyland Paris park, which was part of the Disney Dreamers Event. The photos got a lot of attention, very VERY negative attention. People were not at all pleased with how Jessica looked.

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The big argument around the internet was that Jessica should be a face character. This is not technically the first time there was a real Jessica character by Disney. They did toy with the idea back in 1991 for their Disney On Ice show, making that her only live appearance until now. The Jessica character for that show was a woman in a Jessica costume. While it was great the character was included, there is something that didn't hit the mark - and that brings us to the face vs. masked debate.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Breaking News: Jessica Rabbit Has Debuted In Disney Parks

It's happened folks! It's true. Jessica Rabbit has made her debut in Disney parks. Word is this is Disneyland Paris.

More news to follow as it comes in!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Jessica Rabbit Merchandise Review #62 - Disney Traditions Jim Shore Statue

At long last, folk artist Jim Shore added Jessica Rabbit to his extensive library of work. Inspired by quilt patterns and a rosemaling style, Jim Shore's work is easily recognizable. Disney and Enesco teamed up to create the Disney Traditions line, and it has been very popular for many years. Jessica Rabbit joins the list of other characters such as Tinker Bell, The Muppets, Winnie the Pooh, Aladdin, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Does the Jim Shore Jessica Rabbit statue live up to expectations? Find Out!!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Pin Release - Soda Bottle Jessica

The Soda Bottle series was released at the Disney Soda Fountain and Studio Store today - and one bottle of Ginger Ale featured Jessica Rabbit. The bottle is in a clear green fill with bubbles that can be seen through it. Ginger Ale is written in red - the "i" dotted with a heart - and the famous cartoon ginger herself is on the front of the bottle. The pins are a Limited Edition of 300 and sold for $10.95 each.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pin Preview - 4th Of July Jessica

The preview for Disney Soda Fountain June Pins are up - and Jessica will again make an appearance. On Saturday, June 29th, the 4th of July Jessica pin will be released. Jessica is holding on to a lit firework rocket - complete with a kiss mark on it - and is waring a red, white and blue top hat. The pin will sell for $12.95 each and will a Limited Edition of 400.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Merida Makeover Debate

The internet has been buzzing over the newest princess to be inducted to the Disney Royal Court. Merida is the star of the movie Brave, and the character was celebrated for being just that. She also had a strong distaste for fancy dresses and it wasn't her style to be primped and frilly. However, Disney changed all that and has "princessized" Merida by giving her shapely and darker eyes, a slimmer waist, and a fancy dress. Her flowing hair even seems to cover up her rounder face more. People are insulted, outraged and disappointed in this new change - including the very writer/co-director of Brave herself, Brenda Chapman:
"Because of marketing, little girls gravitate toward princess products, so my goal was to offer up a different kind of princess — a stronger princess that both mothers and daughters could relate to, so mothers wouldn't be pulling their hair out when their little girls were trying to dress or act like this princess. Instead they'd be like, ‘Yeah, you go girl!’ Disney marketing and the powers that be that allow them to do such things should be ashamed of themselves. They have been handed an opportunity on a silver platter to give their consumers something of more substance and quality — THAT WILL STILL SELL — and they have a total disregard for it in the name of their narrow minded view of what will make money. I forget that Disney's goal is to make money without concern for integrity. Silly me.”

Disney's official statement on the matter reads:
"Merida exemplifies what it means to be a Disney Princess through being brave, passionate, and confident and she remains the same strong and determined Merida from the movie whose inner qualities have inspired moms and daughters around the world."

While I was not bothered by the makeover at first, the very idea that Disney would present a character in a way that goes against the values of what that character is about from her very own movie (Disney's movie) is extremely disappointing. Merida might not be your favorite character, but if this kind of thing happens now - it will happen again. All of the Disney Princesses have gone through a makeover, to have fuller hair and new gowns. Some people feel it is overkill, some don't mind the change, but everyone was left wondering why there was a need by Disney to make a princess even prettier.

If you don't agree with Disney's redesign of the Merida character and want to make a change, please CLICK HERE to view and sign the petition, which is rapidly nearing it's signatures goal.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Funko Wants To Make Roger Rabbit POP Vinyl Figures

While anticipating the lineup for series 5 of the Disney POP Vinyls, people were cheering for Roger and Jessica to squeeze into the series. Unfortunately they did not make the cut - but they had been wanted by the company!

During Toy Fair 2013, Vinylmation Kingdom conducted an interview with Brian Mariotti, President of Funko, and spoke to him about some of the future hopes and plans for the series. Here's what was said:

"Another property that came up was Roger Rabbit!!! I almost fainted. Brian has been working to get the rights to produce Roger, Benny, Jessica, and the rest for a while now. With Vinylmation finally releasing Roger in Animation [series] 2, I mentioned that perhaps this could be sooner rather than later. Sounded like Brian will be looking into it again this upcoming year."

So someone out there IS on the side of our favorite toons - and trying to get them into a new toy line with an all new likeness. Stay Tooned Folks, and keep your fingers crossed!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Pin Release - Jessica May Calendar

Disney Soda Fountain and Studio Store is on a roll with the Jessica Rabbit Calendar Series. The May calendar was released on Tuesday, May 7th and as always was a surprise release. Jessica is on the cover, which is in gold glitter fill. Inside, Jessica is celebrating Cinco de Mayo and dressed in a white, red and green Mexican style dress. Watch out for those maracas! The pins sold for $16.95 each and are a Limited Edition of 300.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Pin Release - WDI Armed Forces Day Jessica Rabbit Jumbo Medal

While we don't have anywhere near the amount of Jessica Rabbit pins as there had been a few years ago, they aren't in short supply. Another new pin was released, this time it is a Walt Disney Imagineering Exclusive. It comes on a red backer card with the WDI logo, year, and "Holidays" printed in gold. The pin is a dangle in the shape of a medal. The top portion is red white and blue. The dangle medal has a gold border with Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Air Force debossed around the perimeter - separated by stars. Jessica Rabbit is in the center wearing a uniform and saluting with the American Flag as the backdrop. This is a jumbo pin, a Limited Edition of 250 and was sold only to Disney Imagineers

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Pin Release - Big Thunder Mountain Event Roger and Jessica

An amazing and beautiful pin was released today at Disneyland Paris - Roger and Jessica Rabbit on Big Thunder Mountain. The pin was a surprise release part of the Big Thunder Mountain Event today. The pin is a Limited Edition of 400 and is called a mini-jumbo pin. The design is much inspired by the short cartoon Roller Coaster Rabbit. Roger and Baby Herman are in a wood cart on the Big Thunder Mountain ride (the cart still being appropriately numbered 13) and Roger has his arms stretched out to rescue Jessica. Jessica is tied to the tracks, taken straight out of the cartoon short. This is quite a pin. There is a lot of print work on it such as the ride logo at the bottom in yellow and red, as well as Jessica's eye, lips and glove. Roger and Baby Herman also have printed elements on them such as their eyes and they are a second pin-on-pin layer. I didn't expect we'd ever get to see a pin of Jessica Rabbit tied up from that scene, but naturally it's already quite popular to pin collectors here in the states.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Pin Preview - Who Framed Roger Rabbit 25th Anniversary

Finally some news of the Roger Rabbit 25th Anniversary kind! Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland will be releasing a Limited Edition pin to commemorate the Anniversary of Who Framed Roger Rabbit on May 30th. If you recall back to the 20th Anniversary, the Disney Store website was still cashing in on Jessica pins. Between there and the parks, twelve pins were released. This time around, we are at least getting one!

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year on June 22, 2013 and this limited edition commemorative pin features two of the films most memorable characters, Roger and Jessica Rabbit.

The pin features the Who Framed Roger Rabbit logo, 25th Anniversary and Jessica holding Roger from their famous ending scene in the movie in front of a red glitter filled background (which is also filled the same for Jessica's dress.) It is a Limited Edition of 500 and will sell at both park locations for $12.95 each.