Jessica Rabbit is no longer a victim after Disney gave it’s Roger Rabbit’s theme park ride a re-vamp.
The cartoon character – seductress wife of Roger Rabbit – has been removed from the opening scene of the Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin ride at Disneyland in California, where she previously appeared trapped in the trunk of a car.
But Jessica Rabbit – voiced by Kathleen Turner in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit – is no longer painted as a damsel in distress – instead finding a new role as the boss of her own private detective agency.
Disneyland News Today announced recently that following refurbishment Jessica Rabbit had been removed from the car trunk scene at the start of the ride, and replaced with barrels of the infamous cartoon-destroying ‘dip’.
The original description of the ride when it launched in 1994 said: “The attraction revisits the story of Roger Rabbit as he attempts to rescue his beloved wife Jessica Rabbit from the evil henchman known as the Weasels.”
But the new twist sees Jessica becoming a detective herself, declaring: “‘Enough is enough. The good toons of our neighbourhoods are afraid to come out at night, and it is getting worse by the day! Those Weasels are up to something big… I am going to find out what it is, and put a stop to it!’ Watch out, Weasels, you’re reign of terror is over!”
New images show her wielding a mallet over a weasel as she fights back herself.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit – directed by Robert Zemeckis and blending live action with cartoon – was set in 1940s Hollywood, starring Bob Hoskins as private detective Eddie Valiant who is asked by Roger Rabbit to help prove his innocence when he is wrongly accused of murder in Toon Town.
It is not the first Disney theme park ride to have been updated.
The Pirates of the Caribbean ride replaced the Wench Auction section which advertised ‘Take a Wench for a Bride’ to a sign that reads ‘Auction, Surrender Yer Loot.’
Spokeswoman for Disneyland Resort Suzi Brown said in 2017: “We believe the time is right to turn the page to a new story in this scene consistent with the humorous, adventurous spirit of the attraction.”
And earlier this year Disneyland announced plans to update the Splash Mountain ride by replacing characters from 1946 animation Song of the South – which has been criticised for its offensive stereotypes of African Americans – with those from 2009’s The Princess And The Frog.
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