[[caption-width:350:[[BlatantLies This won't hurt one little bit, Rog.]]]]

Following the smashing success of the 1988 [[FantasticComedy fantasy / comedy]] film ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', {{Disney}}, [[Creator/StevenSpielberg Spielberg]], and [[Creator/RobertZemeckis Zemeckis]] saw an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: promote the new {{Disneyland}} attraction "Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin" on the one hand, and revive the great tradition of animated theatrical shorts (dead since [[TheSixties the nineteen]]-[[TheDarkAgeOfAnimation sixties]]) that ran before the feature film, where the trailers are today, on the other. So they produced a series of three [[RogerRabbitEffect partly live-action, mostly animated]] short films starring the {{Toon}} characters from the feature.

All three shorts follow the pattern set by ''Something's Cookin''' [[ShowWithinAShow (the film within the original film]]) and, supposedly, what the titular lagomorph's big-screen escapades were generally like in [[TheVerse the world of the movie.]] In each one, Roger is trusted to babysit Baby Herman by his imposing mother, who threatens Roger with some outrageous punishment should anything happen to her little darling. Inevitably, Baby Herman gets away from his caretaker and innocently puts himself in grievous harm's way, prompting Roger to leap to the rescue and get [[BadlyBatteredBabysitter badly battered]] in the process. At the end, Roger will ruin the take in some amusing way (such as setting his feet on fire or ''[[EarthShatteringKaboom accidentally deflating the planet]]''), infuriating the live-action human director and stage crew.

It's Disney-quality animation with Creator/TexAvery style gags. And it's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome just as awesome as it sounds]].


These are the cartoons, and the film they opened for:

* ''Tummy Trouble'' - ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' (1989)
* ''Roller Coaster Rabbit'' - ''Film/DickTracy'' (1990)
* ''Trail Mix-Up'' - ''A Far Off Place'' (1993)

A fourth film, ''Waiter, There's a Hare in My Soup'' was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen planned, but never produced.]] Though it ''is'' mentioned in the [[WhoCensoredRogerRabbit novels.]]

Needless to say, the revival did not succeed (which may have had something to do with the movies they opened for), although all three shorts are available in the Vista Series DVD set of the movie.

See also: PixarShorts


* AbsurdAltitude - The roller coaster in ''Roller Coaster Rabbit'' and the log flume in "Trail Mix-Up"
* AdultFear
* AmusingInjuries
%% * BadlyBatteredBabysitter - Roger.
* TheCameo - Droopy Dog and Jessica Rabbit both get one per cartoon.
* CartoonBugSprayer: Roger uses one in "Trail Mix-Up"
* ChainedToARailway - Droopy has Jessica Rabbit chained to a roller coaster in ''Roller Coaster Rabbit''.
* GenreThrowback - to the pre-feature animated shorts from TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar - All over the place:
** ''Roller Coast Rabbit'' has Baby Herman chase a red balloon underneath a bull. He sees something bright red and bulbous under its belly and [[GroinAttack grabs...]] During the live-action scene at the end of the short, the balloon finally pops, startling a female fan of Baby Herman's, and he laughs lasciviously and says "Whatsamatter, toots? Afraid of a little...''bang''?"
** In ''Trail Mix-Up'' there are two instances of it; when Roger warns Baby Herman not to burn his 'weenie' at the fire (when he has a hot dog), and when he says he was so scared he almost 'dropped a log'' while they're in a sawmill.
* HereWeGoAgain - In ''Tummy Trouble''.
* HospitalHottie - Jessica in ''Tummy Trouble''.
* InfantImmortality
* {{Isophagus}} - After Roger swallows Baby Herman's rattle in ''Tummy Trouble''.
* JawDrop - Roger, reading Baby Herman's medical bills in ''Tummy Trouble''
* MissingEpisode - ''Waiter, There's a Hare in My Soup'', the un-produced short.
* NiceCharacterMeanActor - Pretty much the entire gag behind Baby Herman.
* NoEnding - ''Roller Coaster Rabbit'' ends with Roger messing up the scene and being scolded by his director. ''Trail Mix-Up'' ends with Roger messing up the scene and [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds destroying the planet]]. ''Tummy Trouble'' on the other hand, ran smoothly and ended quite well.
* {{Pun}} - "That was bracing!" in ''Roller Coaster Rabbit''
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld / CantGrowUp - Baby Herman, who's really 50 (36 in the books).
* RogerRabbitEffect
* RushmoreRefacement - In ''Trail Mix-Up''.
* ShockinglyExpensiveBill - At the end of ''Tummy Trouble''.
* SuddenlyShouting - When Mrs. Herman threatens something bad on Roger, she will always shout this. It happens in every short:
** In ''Tummy Trouble'':
-->"Uncle Roger will take good care of you, and everything will be just fine. NOT LIKE [[WhoFramedRogerRabbit LAST TIME!]]"
** In ''Roller Coaster Rabbit'':
-->"Roger, you stay here with baby, or it's RABBIT STEW FOR DINNER!"
** In ''Trail Mix-Up'':
-->"Baby Herman is staying with you, and remember, if you get into any trouble, RABBIT SEASON OPENS TODAY!"
* ToonPhysics - They had some fun with it too.
* WildTake - There's a definite Creator/TexAvery influence in these shorts.