Tuesday, December 29, 2015

ImNotBad.com 2015 Year End Review

This year was the slowest in Jessica Rabbit news in a very long time. Not since the mid 1990's was there so little of Jessica to be seen. The pin selections were slim, and the merchandise even slimmer. To make up for the empty space ImNotBad.com had a Jessica Rabbit Pin of the Day post, revisiting many of the past Jessica Rabbit pins released over the years. With over 600 released to date, there were certainly plenty to choose from. The pins were often themed to the month and can be seen HERE. It was a daunting task searching through my files of pins, art and scans, so in September it was changed over to Pin of the Week.

There was some new artwork that had appeared on the Disney Dream cruise ship which was created by famed Disney Illustrator Don "Ducky" Williams. It features Jessica and Roger dressed in United States Navy uniforms and the cruise line logo in the center.

Disneyland hosted a special Artist Showcase and Signing for Valentine's Day in the Wonderground Gallery. There was a new Jessica Rabbit print available that day by artist Liana Hee. An art event in California called Tiki Toons showcased a huge selection of one-of-a-kind artwork on display, and for sale, featuring different cartoon characters with a tiki theme. Characters like The Misfits from Jem, Scooby Doo, Frozen, Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Betty Boop, Spongebob, Cruella, Stitch, The Flintstones and more were all the subject of this event. Jessica Rabbit in particular had two stunning pieces available.

Jessica Rabbit did have a new bust created by Grand Jester Collection. This is their second statue of her and it does not disappoint. It features Jessica in a quarter sculpt wearing her iconic red dress and purple gloves. She has one hand on her hip and the other holding lipstick. The base below her includes all sorts of little details, like a framed picture of her husband, Roger! The Jessica Couture de Force statue was also released in the beginning of the year.

There were a few Christmas ornaments released, one from Disney Parks with Jessica giving Roger a kiss under the mistletoe, and the other from the Disney Store was a new Sketchbook Ornament from the Ink and Paint Club with Roger on one side and Jessica on the other. The bigger surprise was the release of the first ever Jessica Rabbit Vinylmation figure. It was to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland and showed Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin including Roger, Benny and Jessica.

The Jessica Rabbit costume was a bigger hit this Halloween. Heidi Klum made heads turn when she had a custom body suit made to transform into the cartoon diva. Sharon Needles of RuPaul's Drag Race channeled the look as well. The Simpsons even parodied the costume for a Halloween episode. There were even reports all over social media of women who were attempting to look like Jessica Rabbit through extensive plastic surgery.

Even though news was slow, ImNotBad.com celebrated a milestone with One Million page views! There were also some Anniversaries to celebrate. Roller Coaster Rabbit, the second cartoon short, was released in the summer of 1990 before the film Dick Tracy. Pleasure Island is now a thing of the past with Disney Springs the new theme of the area - but even though it is gone, the Jessica Rabbit store was not forgotten and celebrated its 25th Anniversary in Disney History. You can read an in-depth article about it taking a look at merchandise, guide maps and artwork: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.