Things About Who Framed Roger Rabbit You Only Notice As An Adult

You may remember Who Framed Roger Rabbit as
a beloved animated film from your childhood, but if you watch it as an adult, you might
be shocked at its explicit content. “So I took a couple’a dirty pictures, so kill
me.” “I already got a stiff on my hands, thank
you.” From the movie’s colorful language to its
varied pop culture references, to the bodacious Jessica Rabbit, here are some fascinating
things about Who Framed Roger Rabbit you only notice as an adult. Pervy Herman As kids we may have known something wasn’t
right about a cartoon baby smoking a giant cigar, but the sexual predilections of Baby
Herman may have gone over our innocent little heads. “My problem is I got a 50-year-old’s lust
and a three-year-old’s dinky.” Baby Herman might look sweet, but that’s just
a part he plays in the movies; Herman is a total perv. When we first meet him, he takes a peek up
a crew member’s skirt, and when Herman goes to see Eddie, Herman slaps his lady friend
on the butt. Not exactly the kind of things you’d want
kids to emulate. Pattycake When Eddie captures Jessica Rabbit and Marvin
Acme playing “pattycake” in her dressing room, he thinks he’s struck gold to convince Roger
that his wife is cheating on him. “Pattycake, pattycake, pattycake!” Later, the pictures show that Jessica and
Marvin really were playing pattycake, but judging by Roger’s reaction, they may as well
have been playing bury the carrot instead. Whether or not pattycake is the toon equivalent
of sex, if you were under the age of 12 when you saw this movie, hopefully the entire bit
would’ve been lost on you. Bad rabbit As Jessica Rabbit says, “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.” And in one case, that’s definitely true. On the original Laserdisc version, when Jessica
and Eddie are in a high speed chase and thrown from the taxi, there’s a moment where her
dress reveals a little more than you’d expect in a kids’ movie. But of course, nothing about Jessica Rabbit
is exactly “family friendly.” “Nice booby trap.” Alcoholic Eddie Eddie Valiant spends much of the movie in
Dolores’ bar, and when he’s not there, he’s back in his office, drowning his sorrows. Eddie’s brother, who was also his partner,
was killed by a toon, and it’s obvious that Eddie is self-medicating his pain with the
help of booze. Watching the movie as an adult, it’s obvious
that Eddie is a full-blown alcoholic. But the movie at least tries to warn its younger
audience members about the dangers of alcohol. When Roger is given a drink after discovering
Jessica’s infidelity, the results are pretty messy. Probate problems In the scene where Eddie’s trying to get his
handcuffs off, Eddie suggests that Dolores go downtown to check the probate on Acme’s
will, a word Roger clearly misinterprets. “My Uncle Thumper had a problem with his probate
and he had to take big pills and drink lots of water!” Chances are you had no idea what a prostate
was when you were a kid. Apparently neither does Roger. Inhuman Doom The infamous shoe-melting scene in Who Framed
Roger Rabbit is one of the most traumatic cinematic moments of our childhood. Thanks to Christopher Lloyd’s terrifying performance,
Judge Doom goes down in the history books as one of the scariest movie villains ever. It’s hard to spot through his glasses—and
he has some animated help at the end of the movie—but hardcore fans of the film may
have noticed that Lloyd does something inhuman in every scene he appears in: he never blinks. Terrifying. Invisible Harvey When Judge Doom storms the bar looking for
Roger, one of the patrons seems like he’s about to give up Roger’s hiding spot. And then he does this: “Say hello, Harvey.” It’s a pretty random joke… unless you get
the reference. The man at the bar was referring to Harvey,
a 1950 comedy about an invisible rabbit starring Jimmy Stewart. And it just so happens that the main character
is an alcoholic like Eddie who spends most of his time in a bar. Singing Sword Looking for a weapon in the final showdown
with Judge Doom, Eddie grabs a prop out of a box in the warehouse: the singing sword. “Oh, I know it’s strictly taboooo!” Older viewers probably recognized the sword
as none other than Frank Sinatra. But that’s not the only pop culture reference
packed into this short bit at the end of the film. Eddie’s last name, Valiant, is a reference
to the Prince Valiant comic strip of the late 1930s and 40s—in it, Prince Valiant’s weapon
of choice is… you guessed it, a singing sword. Hand-drawn racism Who Framed Roger Rabbit is packed with adult
themes, one of the biggest of which is its depiction of racism in Hollywood. Cartoons are definitely being treated as second-class
citizens, especially under the reign of Judge Doom, who is overtly racist against animated
figures. In the movie, the toons work as performers
and waiters at the club where Jessica sings, but the only patrons are humans. In the end, Roger Rabbit’s achievements in
animation are only bolstered by this extended metaphor on racism and segregation. It’s fascinating to re-watch the movie as
an adult while keeping this metaphor in mind. “The best part is, they work for peanuts.” Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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100 thoughts on “Things About Who Framed Roger Rabbit You Only Notice As An Adult

  1. I still love this movie! Although I do realize now that younger kids shouldn't watch it lol
    Also, I never got the Harvey joke until now because I had no idea of the other movie. Pretty smart reference. This is a great movie and the animation is amazing even today!

  2. How naive you have to be in order not get that Eddie likes his drink and the baby likes women?! – I watched the movie as a kid and these things were clear to me since they were just shown – not much space for interpretation!

  3. To be honest, I got much of that stuff – even as a kid. The last few bits were too deep though, so that's why I am here.

  4. Racism huh? Gee, maybe the statute of limitations hasn't run out yet and the toons can protest Hollywood.

  5. Another thing you may not have noticed, which opened the door for a discussion of the film's inconsistencies: a title in the first scene in R.K. Maroon's office that reads "Hollywood – 1947." It almost negates the references to "Harvey" (a 1944 stage smash before it was a 1950 movie) and "Annie Get Your Gun" – as in "What do you know about show business, Mr. Valiant?" "Only that there's no business like it – no business I know" (that musical opened on Broadway in 1946)…but does not excuse the song "Witchcraft," which was written in 1957.

  6. It's not a G rated movie. So, what's the problem. Hey let's take the kids to a rated R movie then complain it wasn't for kids.

  7. I was under 12 when I first saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit – but I understood that the joke was implying sex, and the funny thing was that it was literally patty cake.

  8. This movie was not a kids movie. It was never intended to be a kids movie nor was it ever advertised/marketed as such. So all this talk about you wouldn't want kids seeing this or emulating that is irrelevant.

  9. Umm, the Prince Valiant comic strip of the 30's and 40's in still in production, and it's darn good. A few years ago, my local paper tried to drop it, there was such an uprising from the readership they quickly reversed their decision, and printed all of the strip we had missed.

  10. Who Framed Roger Rabbit was made for adults not kids.
    Now you could take a kid to it because the jokes would go over a kids head.
    Keep it up Looper ya make me happy I unsubbed .

  11. I love the modern PC interpretations. Sure the movie was aimed more at adults than kids and the kids would not have known any of the suggestive implications until the same modern PC minded miseries explained the meanings and utterly destroyed the normal childhood for a lot of children. Anyone who drinks is declared an alcoholic even though the majority of the characters do nothing more than have an occasional drink and the suspect drinkers mainly drink under stress. Another modern PC viewpoint usually made by people who happily promote the use of drugs included class A drugs while moaning about people who drink alcohol. Also the mention that Jessica shows more than is appropriate. Exactly what? She is a cartoon and nothing resembles flesh and blood especially the physical anatomy. Finally we hear the over used declaration of racial discrimination (Something practiced by EVERY race and colour in in the real world). Have we lost the plot? These are cartoon characters, not real, and this is a part human and part animation film. There is no such thing as racial discrimination against cartoon characters. I feel sorry for Tom and Jerry. A great cartoon series (the older ones) now to some extent banned by the same people who love to tell children that there is no Santa Claus and that fairy stories and nursery songs are all lies!

  12. Umm… this is a strange POV, kind of like saying "things about Platoon you only notice as an adult". Of course the jokes in it were over kids' heads – it was never a kid's film. It was controversial at the time it came just for being PG instead of R; somehow, I remember reading, it squeaked in under the wire.

  13. The racial overtones to me became clear with lines like "There's no justice for toons anymore" ,"A toon has killed a human, surely you can appreciate the magnitude of that! ".

  14. If I recall correctly, the movie Harvey was actually released two years after the year Roger Rabbit was set in…and I don't see the drunk guy being a fan of theatre, so that's a sin. Ding

  15. meh….I was agreeing with everything until it came to the racism….  I guess sick sad and lonely minds can find racism in a slice of bread.  Really left a bad taste in my mouth when idiots spout racism for the inequities of the world.

  16. I remember Who Framed Roger Rabbit when I was toddler and small boy in the early 90's.
    I watch it a lot and use to have the book of Disney Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

  17. Now watching maybe again, and six years ago in my mid 20's I watch Who Framed Roger Rabbit; realize it could been a PG-13 movie than PG.
    Didn't you know that late 60's, 1970's and 1980's the rated era for movies are rated PG and G are edgy in those time.
    Like sexually, cussing, killing, doing drugs or drinking alcohol, horny, adult jokes, and other for not for kids and children.
    I don't know if Hollywood are targeting early teens and teenagers for movies are rated PG and G for them mostly. That is edgy for PG and G on movies for kids and children.
    PG-13 would do more than PG and G for children, kids, early teens and teenagers as edgy.

  18. What about Hollywood in Who Framed Roger Rabbit!?
    If you said something, isn't that some kind message of history of Hollywood in early time in 1910's, 1920's and 1930's when Hollywood got away with everything like Whitewashing, racism, stereotypes and other in those time.
    In Who Framed Roger Rabbit as twisted. That is some message in that movie.

  19. The movie is basically an expose of corruption in LA and Hollywood, all based on real events (even the building of the freeway).

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is one of the most brilliant films of all time.

  20. There's actually as slight goof with the 'Harvey' gag, since this movie was set in 1947, but Harvey wasn't made until 1950.

  21. Since WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? takes place in 1947 or '48, the reference to "Harvey" would have been to the play HARVEY, which opened on Broadway in 1944 and was hugely popular. Jimmy Stewart took over for Frank Fay in the Broadway company before making the movie.

  22. Um,… totally missed the Harvey reference. Yes, when the guy at the bar makes this reference you're right! He is referring to the invisible rabbit named Harvey. The problem is, the famed Jimmy Stewart movie was released IN 1950! If you actually pay attention, the movie takes place in Hollywood in 1941. Long before the movie happened, Harvey was a theater production that came out in the late 30s/early 40s. I actually got the reference right about the second or third time I watched the movie because I actually never saw Roger Rabbit as a kid.
    The high school that me and my sister did the stage production. She managed to get the role of the older sister. Everyone from her high school class had a blast doing the play. During one of my sister's scenes on stage while using the phone, she actually slammed the thing back down on the receiver that she actually broke the phone! One of her finer moments, 😉

  23. I'm a kid and I'm very excited about that but I watched it and it wasn't it wasn't that bad liar Liar I'm a real kid okay you got that mister

  24. Does having a bias or a predilection against Cartoons technically fall under "Racism"? When did cartoons become identified as a race??? So are Cleveland and Peter from Family Guy the same race??? Just goes to show you have overwhelmingly overused the "Race" card is.

  25. As kid I understood everything! Don't presume that I was innocent as kid! And don't underestimate kids ok? Speak for yourself, Looper! 😉

  26. Nah u messed up. The scariest movie villain ever id say could be leather face, it, the dude from the shining, the Batman that laughs, now that one does scare me but this guy. Nah he’s pathetic

  27. Nope, it's crap. Boring, very unfunny, actually quite a dark film. Ok, the live action and cartoon stuff was quite well done, but it never made the film great or even good. Just totally crap.

  28. December 12, 2018- I remembered this when I was a kid back in the 1980's era… it was funny.. i never understood it… This really wasn't for kids movie… It was more like an adults movie… This is just like similar to t.v. show "Family Guy." Only differences…

  29. Right on, Looper! Those who bother to do the research will come across a post-WWII concept: white roads through black neighborhoods! And, yes, the Judge WAS an uncle Tom reference. A self-hating toon pretending to be human so he can kill his own race! All you need to know is a series of short stories which included WHO KILLED ROGER RABBIT? That story would inspire the 1988 film ?

  30. Wow! As an 80s baby I thought (especially after seeing this film hundreds of times) that I hadn't missed a thing. Well, apparently I DID!

  31. Roger Rabbit was made for adults. A lot of parents took their kids thinking "Wow, its a cartoon with live action." The adult humor was there because it was made by and for adults who had grown up on these kind of movies and cartoons.

  32. That probate bit really got me cracking up now that I know what it means. Roger is so clueless and they just look at him like he’s crazy. You also realize the acting in this is really good considering they’re working with nothing before they animate Roger and his pals into the movie later on.

  33. They are called cartoon characters the kids will pay attention to them not what they do wear or drink it is a movie or what they say they pay attention to the drawing and the character and what movies have like Eddie valiant drinking or at the bar or the baby smoking they are called scenes and those are called actors

  34. The racist statement was illogical & completely ignorant. I don't even understand how you could possibly interrupt that scene as such. Sorry, only been an actor for about 6+ years now and been in over a dozen shows that results in over thousands of audience members. Other than that, good review and critique

  35. The thing to remember it was released by Disney under their adult label Touchstone Pictures. No way would it have been released under the Walt Disney Pictures label.

  36. You seem to be underestimating kids on a lot of these. My parents were very strict on what I could and could not watch but I still understood racism and sexual innuendo. (And my mom adores Harvey and musicals, so even those were easy.)

  37. That scene with roger and the patty cake pictures went over my head as a child, now it just hurts my heart.

  38. It's funny how he mentions by seeing Rodger rabbit drink it sends the message to kids not to drink…
    Kids are way more intelligent or at least I was then most people think…
    I picked up on all the sexual undertones as a kid even if I didn't fully understand it ,,it made me feel uncomfortable an some moments jus curious.
    Me seeing Rodger rabbit go ballistic drinking alcohol didn't help much. Be like me thinking my shoe was alive and if you dip it into acid it's going to start screaming and quivering and die… nice try adults.
    Same to be said about Pinocchio and the scenes where the kids do drugs and turn into jackasses I'm 34 I drink too much and I do feel like a jackass sometimes but the movies I watched did not prevent that whatsoever ,in fact they probably messed me up more than I realize ?

  39. I missed something you'd think kids would catch! I remember Roger alluding to an uncle with prostate problems. Thought it was Uncle Lester, or something. Didn't realize it was Uncle Thumper.

  40. I'm a bit disappointed. Not with the video, content but that I had already caught all those references as a kid, except the Harvey Reference since I never saw that movie, and the double reference with Valiant and the singing source comic. I feel vindicated that I wasn't an ignorant child though. Ha. I would like to watch this again soon. I think I recognize more cartoon characters now than I would have years ago. Like aren't the crows playing during Jessica's gig the same crow from Song of the South?

  41. My God, you can't be racist against toons because toon is not a race.

    That word is so overused I wish I could puke on the next person who uses it.

  42. wow, people nowadays are "offended" by practically everything. We can't enjoy anything anymore without putting serious effort into complaining, crying and getting offended about any pointless crap.

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