Jessica Rabbit gets politically-correct makeover from iconic femme fatale to trench coat-clad private eye for revamped ride Disneyland ride
- Disneyland is giving Jessica Rabbit a politically-correct makeover as a private investigator on the Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin ride
- Under the park’s plans, Rabbit will wear a trench coat and a fedora instead of the scantily-clad red dress she donned in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- A scene featuring her tied up in the trunk of a car has already been replaced
- Disney Imagineers are also planning on updating other scenes featuring Jessica Rabbit and the weasels, and the final scene of the ride
- The news upset some fans on Twitter, claiming Disney does not understand her character and overstepped its bounds
Disneyland is giving Jessica Rabbit a politically-correct makeover as a private eye – ditching her famous low-rise red dress with a trench coat and a fedora – in one of its iconic rides.
Rabbit is being redesigned to be more empowered and less scantily-clad on Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin ride, Yahoo News reports, as the ride’s backstory is updated to make her a private investigator trying to fight a rise in crime.
The ride originally opened in 1994 in Mickey’s Toontown section of the Anaheim, California theme park and featured guests catching a taxi and following Roger Rabbit and Benny the Cab as they race through Toontown looking for Jessica Rabbit, according to Inside the Magic.
But under the park’s plans, the ride will get a ‘more relevant’ reboot with a new plot that features Jessica as a trench coat-wearing private investigator.
‘Citing the return of the Toon Patrol Weasels as the main driver behind the recent sharp rise in crime statistics throughout Mickey’s Toontown, Jessica Rabbit has determined it is past time to throw her fedora into the ring by starting her own private investigation service,’ a poster inside the revamped ride will read.
‘While taking inspiration from longtime friend and legendary Toon Detective Eddie Valiant, Jessica shows that she certainly means business.’
Jessica Rabbit, left, debuted in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin ride at Disneyland will be revamped to feature Jessica Rabbit as a private investigator instead of a femme fatale
A Car Toon Spin Ride scene featuring Jessica Rabbit and the weasels with an automobile, as well as the final scene of the ride are being updated under the plans, the Orange County Register reports.
One scene featuring her tied up in the trunk of a car has already been updated, one park-goer pointed out on Twitter, with the damsel in distress replaced by barrels of cartoon-erasing paint thinner.
Jessica Rabbit first debuted in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, in which she is accused of murder and must turn to detective Eddie Valiant to find the killer.
The character will not be changed in the movies.
Still, the news upset some fans on social media, with one person writing that Disney ‘does not understand the concept of Jessica Rabbit,’ including a picture describing her as ‘the most wholesome character in this movie’ and an ‘intentional subversion of the femme fatale trope in noir films.’
Another called the move: ‘Disney blindly stumbling into the objectification vs. sex positivity debate by saying Jessica Rabbit needs to have a masculine job and wear masculine clothes in order to be empowered,’ while a user ‘Lukinator’ said: ‘The PC police have struck again.’
Other users asked, ‘Why does Disney hate sexy people?’ and ‘Is it just me, or is Disney basically just slut shaming Jessica Rabbit?’
One user on Twitter noticed that Jessica Rabbit had already been replaced with barrels of cartoon-erasing paint thinner in one scene of the ride
Some fans took to Twitter to criticize the decision
The news comes as construction continues at the park, with the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway trackless ride set to open in 2023, and many attractions remaining closed since Disneyland reopened from an extended coronavirus closure in late April.
The park has previously revamped some of its rides to make them more politically appropriate for the 21st century.
In June, the Walt Disney parks unveiled a revamped Jungle Cruise ride that removed ‘negative depictions of native people,’ according to Yahoo News, and last summer, the theme parks vowed to completely redo its Splash Mountain ride – based on the controversial 1946 film Song of the South – and replace it with a ride based on the 2009 film Princess and the Frog, which features Disney’s first black princess.
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