Jessica Rabbit Busts Out at Disney Park

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Originally brought to Toon life in Gary K. Wolf‘s novel “Who Censored Roger Rabbit?”, Jessica Rabbit first appeared onscreen in Disney/Touchstone’s 1988 “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” motion picture but has been noticeably absent from Disney theme parks as a character you can “meet and greet”.

Until yesterday.

On May 24th, Jessica Rabbit walked around for the very first time in any Disney theme park. The photo above was taken in Disneyland Paris during the Disney Dreamers Event.

She’s not creepy, she’s just portrayed that way.

Jessica certainly wasn’t creepy looking on the old Pleasure Island sign at WDW…
and she still looks great in many animatronic depictions of her in Roger Rabbit’s CarToon Spin at Disneyland.

But this walk-around of Jessica Rabbit in the park is a bit creepy looking because with this particular mask face she seems like a blow up doll. It would be better to have the same outfit below the neck but with a beautiful real woman face character (with padding in her costume as necessary). Also, change the wig to cover her right eye most of the time, as in the Roger Rabbit movie. And the look can be achieved with humans portraying Jessica, as in this photograph courtesy of Hyracoden Photography Studio:
It would be more interesting if Jessica could talk, which is easier if she’s a face character. There might be fewer passes and pawing by too-excited males if she’s allowed to say snarky lines at them and occasionally slap a face when necessary, too! There just needs to be an advisory sign at the meet and greet area, similar to ones at Splash Mountain but with the wording slightly changed to “CAUTION: YOU MIGHT GET SLAPPED.”

For more about the Jessica Rabbit walk-around character see The Jessica Rabbit Debate – Park Character Under Heavy Scrutiny.

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10 Responses to “Jessica Rabbit Busts Out at Disney Park”

  1. 1 disneyphilip May 25, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    “It would be more interesting if Jessica could talk, which is easier if she’s a face character. There might be fewer passes and pawing by too-excited males if she’s allowed to say snarky lines at them and occasionally slap a face when necessary, too! There just needs to be an advisory sign at the meet and greet area, similar to ones at Splash Mountain but with the wording slightly changed to “CAUTION: YOU MIGHT GET SLAPPED.””

    And that’s why they’re NOT going to make her a face character!!! She’s better off being a “fur” one!

  2. 2 disneyphilip May 25, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Plus, the fact that she won’t be as likely to receive that kind of “unwanted attention” in the form they made her in, combined with making her look a little more “wholesome” for the Disney parks.

  3. 3 ImNotBad May 25, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I agree the mask looks strange. It lacks expression. It simply needs to be tweaked. I wish people would present a valid argument of why she should be a face character, other than an excuse to show some skin. While the woman in the photo you posted looks great – that outfit is in no way appropriate for Disney parks, nor does a woman really “look” like Jessica by merely putting on that dress.

    • 4 Rich Koster May 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      I was trying to say that if you imagine a choker style necklace on that character, have the woman inside the costume’s own upper neck and face above the choker, with that costume as is below the choker. In that way you’ll see facial expressions and vocal interactions during meet and greets. Jessica could give out some very funny lines!

  4. 5 ImNotBad May 25, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    That’s what they used for the Disney On Ice Show in 1991. Since she doesn’t wear a necklace, it means adding an element for the sake of costuming needs. Also, notice how the skin tone of the bodysuit doesn’t quite match the woman, this will happen if Disney uses different women to play her. I’m not sure they pulled off the look well in 1991. I’m glad people want to see her in the parks now and I hope Disney can figure this one out.

  5. 6 disneyphilip May 25, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    You tell ’em, ImNotBad!

    So, Mr. Koster, to quote Pleakley from Lilo & Stitch, “Educate yourself!”

    • 7 Rich Koster May 25, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      By the way, Gary K. Wolf, the creator of Jessica Rabbit, agrees with what I wrote:

      “First, let me say any Jessica is a good Jessica.”

      “However, I think this could be a better Jessica. In this rendition, she does look a lot like a blow up doll.”

      “I wouldn’t mind if they had a real woman playing her. That would not compromise the Toon/human concept for me. I would keep the same outfit below the neck. Use a beautiful woman face character. Plenty of those in Paris! Put her in a wig that always covers her right eye.”

      “It would also be more fun and more interesting if she could talk.”


      And when I emailed him my thoughts before I wrote this blog post and before the imnotbad website got a quote from him, he replied to me in email: “My opinion exactly.” ^_^

  6. 8 ImNotBad May 26, 2013 at 12:22 am

    The time of a quote really has no bearing on the matter.

    If after all these years, this is what Disney put out there, my fear is, it’s this or nothing in their mind.

    If people want Disney to take note and make a change, the arguments have to be more thought out than what people are saying at present time. Constructive comments have been few. With all that immaturity, I feel Disney would rather forget about doing this altogether, and that is what frustrates me.

    The idea of a woman in a half suit is a workable solution – but most people around the internet have far less rational ideas of what they think is appropriate.

    • 9 Rich Koster May 26, 2013 at 12:28 am

      I agree about many others’ comments on the Internet not being helpful and constructive… And I’m glad to hear you think the idea of a woman in a “half suit” (as you call it, very descriptive) is a workable solution and a rational suggestion. As your website post pointed out, Disney has modified characters’ looks many times through the years. Let’s hope this will turn out to be another example of that and we’ll see Jessica around in Disney parks for many years to come.

    • 10 disneyphilip May 26, 2013 at 6:59 am

      In this case, let’s hope that Disney is ignoring the fanboys’ obvious immaturity, which is what they seem to do when dealing with other complainer-infested “no rational or constructive criticisms allowed” sites like MiceChat, WDWMagic and

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