Jessica Rabbit, “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way!” Make Up Tutorial!

Jessica Rabbit

Jessica Rabbit (Photo credit: San Diego Shooter)

In 2008, Jessica Rabbit was selected by Empire Magazine as one of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. In March, 2009, a UK newspaper voted Jessica Rabbit the sexiest cartoon character of all time, with Betty Boop in second place and the Cadbury’s Caramel Bunny in third.

Jessica Rabbit

Jessica Rabbit (Photo credit: auntie rain)

Jessica Rabbit is Roger’s human Toon wife in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Jessica is one of the most famous sex symbols on the animated screen. Inspirations are from Hollywood “screen goddesses” Veronica Lake, noted for her famous “Peek-A-Boo” hairstyle, Lauren Bacall, and Rita Hayworth in Gilda (1946). She claims to Eddie Valiant, “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way,” which has become a popular quote. Writer Gary K. Wolf had based Jessica primarily on the cartoon character Red of Tex Avery‘s Red Hot Riding Hood.

Pin-up photo of Lauren Bacall for the November...

Pin-up photo of Lauren Bacall for the November 24/26, 1944 issue of Yank, the Army Weekly, a weekly U.S. Army magazine fully staffed by enlisted men. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Screenshot of Rita Hayworth as Gilda ...

English: Screenshot of Rita Hayworth as Gilda in the trailer for the film Gilda (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake (Photo credit: twm1340)

In the book, she was an immoral, up-and-coming star and former comic character over whom her estranged husband (comic strip star Roger Rabbit) became obsessed. She is re-imagined in the film as a sultry, but moral, cartoon singer at a Los Angeles supper club called The Ink and Paint Club. She is one of several suspects in the framing of her husband, who is a famous cartoon star. She is voiced by Kathleen Turner. Amy Irving was cast to sing “Why Don’t You Do Right?” (a blues song made famous by Peggy Lee) for Jessica’s first scene in the movie. According to animation director Richard Williams, other than being a really hot female human toon temptress, she deeply loves her husband Roger. She even calls him her honey-bunny and darling. She claims that he makes her laugh, is a better lover than a fighter and that he makes a more fitting husband than Goofy. As proof of her love she tells Eddie that she’ll pay any price for Roger and she even helps prove him innoccent by helping in the investigation.

Even though she’s a human toon, she is shown to have a few of the comedic cartoon antics typical of other toons. One such example was her cleavage having a hammerspace ability as one of the weasels searched her (with obvious perverted intent) for Marvin Acme’s last will and testament, only to comically get his hand caught in a bear trap and Valiant commenting on the event with a pun (“Nice booby trap”).

Jessica Rabbit

Jessica Rabbit (Photo credit: San Diego Shooter)

Another could be her restrained “wild take” (as she shouts, “Oh, my God, It’s DIP!”) seeing Judge Doom’s scheme involving the Dip, while a subtle effect was added by animator Russell Hall: The bounce of Jessica’s bosom was reversed from that of a real woman so that it would bounce up when a real woman’s breasts bounce down and vice versa. Furthermore when she blows kisses (as seen to Eddie in one scene) the lip-kisses are also done in a cartoonish style.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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