- Who Framed Roger Rabbit has positively hilarious scenes, due to half of the cast being cartoon characters. One of the great examples is the singing scene:
: I'm through with takin' falls and bouncin' off the walls Without that gun, I'd have some fun I'd kick you in the — (vase hits him on the head)
Smart Ass: "Nose?" That don't rhyme with walls!
: No, but this
does! (Groin Attack that ultimately lands
Smart Ass in the dip)
- And when it comes to real actors:
Eddie: Probably looking for a good place to stick a knife!
- Earlier, when he's picking up his pants, Eddie bumps his head on Jessica's breasts with a hilariously chagrined "Sorry." Even funnier in that Bob Hoskins ad libbed that!
- The "boingy"/timpani drum sound effect they make when Eddie's head collides with them or when she pressed them against his chest.
- And before that is Dolores' perfect one-liner when she first walks in on the situation:
- Don't forget the scene with the Toon bullets:
Bullet 1: Eddie Valiant! You're a sight for sore eyes!
Bullet 2: I ain't seen you for nigh onto five years!
Bullet 1: Where ya been?
- A lot of Eddie's lines are this because of his Deadpan Snarker attitude.
- The scene where Eddie, handcuffed to Roger, takes a hacksaw to the handcuffs, and Roger holds the table steady... with both hands.
Eddie: Do you mean to tell me you could've taken your hand out of that cuff at any time?!
- Note that Roger is explaining this in total Sincerity Mode.
- The smug look on Roger's face when Eddie says "I got no keys for these cuffs!" While we find out Roger could get out when he feels like it, it looks as though Roger doesn't care if he'll be stuck with him forever.
- Roger can't spell.
We're gonna be happy again! Got that? Happy! Capital H-A-P-P-I! (Impact Silhouette
- The record repeats itself, causing Roger to keeping smashing plates on his head. When Eddie stops it, Roger freezes and has a ridiculous expression on his face.
Roger: Look there is no pain— *smash* no pain- *smash* no pain— *smash* no pain— *smash* no pain— *smash* no pain— *smash* [Eddie stops record] no— [Roger freezes]
- Dolores begs Eddie to stop Roger for the sake of her plates. An annoyed and furious Eddie instantly intervenes...and pulls Roger off the counter, causing at least half of the plates to instantly crash on the ground. Her expression is just speechless horror.
- The behind-the-scenes documentaries show more, when the other plates fell Eddie sighs and just tossed the plate he had in his hand.
- The part where Roger sings "My buddy's Eddie V., a sourpuss you see", the camera pans to an annoyed and grumpy-faced Eddie just standing there.
- The club scene! "Nice monkey suit,"note "Scotch on the rocks, and I mean ice!"
- Then when Eddie gets the drink later, it has ice and a single rock in it. They clearly just couldn't help themselves.
- It may also be payback for when Eddie just grabs the menu and throws it at the plate the penguin was carrying.
- The entire Daffy Duck vs. Donald Duck piano duel. Animation's shortest temper versus its biggest Jerkass. Crazy Awesome doesn't even begin to describe it.
- Acme implies that these two have played 'Hungarian Rhapsody #2' at the Ink & Paint Club many times, and never been able to cooperate long enough to finish the piece.
- A Deleted Scene reveals that this was actually All Part of the Show. As Eddie sneaks in backstage, we see two piano movers coming in with a replacement piano. One of them laments that "it makes me sick to think of these beautiful pianos gettin' chopped into match sticks every night by those screwy ducks." Then when Eddie hides inside it, Donald and Daffy test out the new piano and interact quite amiably with each other as they try to figure out why it's out of tune.
"Those ducks are funny! They—they never get to finish the act!"
- "Nice booby-trap."
- "Eddie Valiant... you're UNDER arrest! Bl-bl-bl-bl—!"
(Roger was about to sit on Teddy's vacant chair.)
Eddie: GET OUTTA THAT CHAIR!!!
(Roger freezes, terrified and places his hand on his heart.)
Eddie: It's my brother's chair.
Roger: Yeah, where is your brother anyway? He looks like a sensitive and sober fellow.
Eddie: That's it, I'm calling the cops. (grabs a phone and starts dialing)
Roger: Go ahead! Call the cops! (head towards a door) I came here for help and what do you do? You turn me in! No, no, don't feel guilty about me! (opens the door) So long, and thanks for nothing! (slams the door, files fall to the floor)
Eddie: That's the closet! Stupe!
- Eddie sneaks up on Maroon, and startles him.
Maroon: Valiant, what are you tryin' to do, gimme a heart attack?!
Eddie: You need a heart before you can have an attack.
Maroon: [pulls his gun out] Let me see that will.
Eddie: [about to have a drink] I told you, I got it.
Maroon: I wanna see it NOW! [smacks the drink from his hand, Eddie quietly grabs the seltzer as Maroon reads] "How do I love thee, let me count the ways"? Is this supposed to be a joke!? [crumbles the paper and puts it in Eddie's pants]
Eddie: No! This is... [sprays water at his face]
- Even better... that WAS the will!
- The newspaper reads that Acme didn't leave his will to the Toons as he promised, but the will is clearly visible in his pocket◊. Quite the glaring oversight.
- Eddie mocking Bongo the Ink and Paint Club bouncer:
: (taps shoulder while Eddie is listening at Jessica's door)
Whaddya think you're doin, chump? Eddie
: Who you calling a chump, chimp?
to Eddie getting thrown into a pile of trash) Bongo
: And don't lemme catch your peepin' face around here again!! Got it?! Eddie
: (scratches right armpit with right hand)
- Eddie convincing Roger to take a drink to save him from getting dipped.
- Pretty much the entire opening cartoon that starts the film, which is a master class in animated Rube Goldberg slapstick. The scene suddenly ends when Roger gets yelled at for going off-script by producing Circling Birdies instead of stars after getting hit by a refrigerator. Roger then tries to convince the director that he can see stars, but he still can't get it right after repeatedly bashing himself over the head:
"I can give you stars! Look!" *thunk* (circles and triangles) "LOOK!" *thunk* (bells) LOOOOOOOOOK!!!!" *thunkthunkthunk* (cuckoo clock, butterflies, nothing)
- This line, coming from an otherwise-innocent Baby Herman who, a few seconds ago, was acting like a typical baby in the cartoon being filmed:
Baby Herman: (deep, gravelly voice) WHAT THE HELL WAS WRONG WITH THAT TAKE?!
- "Hey Roger, what do you call the middle of a song?" "Gee I dunno, a [about to crash into a] BRIDGE!!!"
- After Marvin Acme sprays (disappearing-reappearing) ink onto Eddie's shirt with a fountain pen and starts giggling about it, Eddie responds with:
Eddie: You think that's funny?
Acme: Oh, it's a panic!
Eddie (seizes Acme's tie): You won't think it's funny when I stick that pen up your nose!
- Roger hides in Teddy's desk, while he and Eddie are handcuffed together.
Roger: Hide me, Eddie! Pl-pl-pl-pl-please! [Jumps into the bottom side drawer. Then he sticks his head out of the top drawer.] Remember, you never saw me.
Eddie: GET OUTTA THERE!!
- Eddie keeps hitting his head on the ceiling lamp in the bar's secret room.
Roger: Jeepers Eddie, that almost killed me!
Eddie: [BONK] Ow!
Eddie: [grabs Roger by the ears] Crazy toons! [BONK] Oof!
Roger: Watch your head!
Dolores: I thought you said you'd never take another toon case again, Eddie. What do you have, a change of heart?
Eddie: Nothing's changed! Somebody's made a patsy out of me and I'm gonna find out [BONK] why!
- In the same scene, Roger trying out the spy-hole and knocking over a bottle with his eyes.
- "Dolores. Dolores! DOLOOOOREEEESSS!!!!"
- Well it couldn't be helped that the Red Car was drowning out his voice in the first place.
- Eddie wonders how Roger found out about his office.
Eddie: Anybody know you're here?
Roger: No one! Not a soul! Except...
Roger: Well, you see... I didn't know where your office was, so I asked the newsboy - he didn't know! So I asked the fireman, the green grocer, the butcher, the baker - they didn't know! But the liquor store guy - he knew!
Eddie: In other words, the whole damn town knows!
- Because of course the liquor store guy would know where Eddie's office is.
- Funnier if you consider the alternate meanings of the last line: Either everyone knows because Roger asked everyone, or they all know because Eddie is an alcoholic and the liquor store owner is a gossip hen.
- This exchange.
Roger: Let me get this straight. You think that my boss, R.K. Maroon, dropped a safe on Marvin Acme's head, so that he could get his hands on Toontown?!
Eddie (as he finally gets out of the cuffs): Yep, that's my hunch. (to Dolores) Uh, can he stay here for a couple of days?
Dolores: He's not going to do anything crazy, is he? (pan to Roger, who's cleaning his ears with a metal file, chuckling)
- Eddie, with Roger handcuffed to him, has to smuggle Roger to the diner by keeping him stuffed down his trench coat, but Roger can't breathe. So when the rabbit pushes his head out the collar for some air, Eddie manages to stuff him back down before anyone can see him. Except Dolores:
Dolores: Hello, Eddie. Is that a rabbit in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
Eddie: Cut the comedy, Dolores, I've had a very hard day.
- Confronted with a sword-wielding Judge Doom, Eddie seizes a nearby box labelled "ACME Singing Sword" and whips out...a cartoon singing sword (singing Frank Sinatra's "Witchcraft" no less). Doom is amused, and continues to advance with his actual sword.
- Even better when, after staring in horror for about half a minute, Eddie angrily throws it away mid-lyric.
- Even Jessica Rabbit who isn't as loony as other toons expresses her humor in her own ways. Just like when Eddie saves both her and Roger, it looks as if she's about to praise him (saying "my hero"), but instead she pushes Eddie aside and praises Roger for his "heroism" (calling him a "pillar of strength") who was screaming and cowering beside her the whole time.
- The exact moment Jessica reveals that, for all her looks and sophisticated femme fatale wiles, she deep down has the personality of a Toon:
Oh no. Where's Roger?! Eddie:
Roger? He chickened out on me back at the studio. Jessica:
No he didn't. I hit him in the head with a frying pan and put him in the trunk. So he wouldn't get hurt. Eddie:
... Makes perfect sense
- Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny encounter Eddie while he's falling to his doom. (They're parachuting. Just coincidentally.) Eddie desperately asks if they have a spare. Mickey mentions that Bugs does. And Bugs concedes that he does have a spare... but he doesn't think Eddie will want it. Eddie assures them he does, accepts a large bag marked 'Spare' and the two cartoon characters pull their cords and vanish upward. Eddie pulls open the bag and discovers that it contains a spare tire. And continues falling to his doom.
- Baby Herman actually crying like a baby (albeit with his raspy voice) after Eddie causes him to drop his cigar. Eddie smiles as he goes inside his office.
- When Benny instructs Eddie to pull a lever that'll enable the cab to dodge the oncoming Toon Patrol, Eddie and Roger can't find it, prompting a sign reading "THIS LEVER, STUPID" to pop out and point to it.
- What makes it even funnier is that we get a view at the interior of Benny during that moment. There is literally just one lever.
- Roger doesn't quite know what Eddie and Dolores are talking about when she asks Eddie to check the probate for information on Marvin Acme's will:
Yeah, check the probate! Why, my uncle Thumper
has a problem with his
probate, so he had to take these big pills and drink lots of water...
Eddie: Not "prostate", you idiot! "Probate"!
Raoul: My stomach can't take this. This set is a mess. Clean this set up! Get [Roger] out of there! Or seal him up in it! Lose the lights! Say lunch!
Raoul: That's lunch! We're on a half!
- Drained of its dip, Doom's doomsday machine breaks through the brick wall into Toontown...and instantly gets run over by a bullet train.
- And seconds later... a hand cart going the other direction on the same track.
- Watch it frame-by-frame. There's a different murder occurring in each window of the car.
- Jessica's declaration of love to Roger: "I want you to know I love you. I loved you more than any woman's ever loved a rabbit." We're not gonna argue that.
- Toontown could have a page all it's own with the numerous Easter Eggs and gags to boot.
- The marquee at the movie theater reads "We change our shorts daily"; as in animated short films.
- "For a good time, call ALLYSON WONDERLAND, the best is yet to be"
- The poster for "Porky Pig's Beef Sausage"...
- A cartoon Dive Bar building is all drowsy and drunk annoying the adjacent buildings while the Toon Police Station next door looks at him suspiciously.
- Lena Hyena.
- Eddie's Oh, Crap! look when Lena reveals her face is quite amusing too.
- A very small, unnoticeable Freeze-Frame Bonus shows a Creepy Changing Portrait of a toon rabbit in Lena's room. When Eddie's peeps through the keyhole, the rabbit is happy and excited when Lena imitates Jessica, but after she reveals her face, the rabbit looks away in disgust.
- The Weasels shoot their way into Eddie's office, snooped around and found him at his sink.
Eddie: Hello boys. I didn't hear you come in.
- Also, Eddie's cover for Roger:
Smartass: (sniffs the sink) "What's in there?"
Eddie: (holds up a sock) "My laundry."
(Smartass hastily covers his nose)
- The "Pattycake Pictures". We are at first meant to assume that "Pattycake" is an Unusual Euphemism. Instead, it's actual pattycake.
- Even funnier in how Roger rapidly flips through the photos showing a tiny loop animation of Acme and Jessica playing pattycake.
- When Eddie is first taking the photos, he's shocked and astonished at the sight he's seeing. At first you'd think it's because he can't believe a human is actually having intercourse with a toon (given the sounds Jessica was making), but then you see it's because Acme wasn't having sex and was just literally playing pattycake with her. Eddie probably thought "he gets alone with a smokeshow like her on the regular and that's what he does?". Part of what makes it hilarious were Jessica's moans; she was actually getting off from it.
- When Eddie is leaving Maroon Cartoon studios, the hippo from Fantasia is sitting down on one end of a bench. The bench immediately breaks under her weight, sending the (live human) guy on the other end flying into the air.
- Droopy's cameo as the elevator operator.
- Eddie and Baby Herman:
Eddie: A ladies man, huh?
Herman: The problem is I got a 50-year old lust in a 3-year old dinky.
Eddie: Yeah, must be tough.
- When Judge Doom enters the bar in search of Roger, it sounds like Angelo (the drunk who made fun of Eddie earlier in the film) is about to give away his position, but...
Angelo: Hey...I seen a rabbit.
Judge Doom: Where?
: He's right here in the bar. (puts a hand around an invisible presence in the stool next to him) Say hello...Harvey
(everyone but the Judge erupts into laughter)
- "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You're telling me, that in a fit of jealousy, you wrote your wife a love letter?"
- The fact that the very first thing we see of Jessica Rabbit is her bosom poking out from behind a curtain, especially since Eddie is under the impression that she's a rabbit when he does. The look on his face when he sees she's a (human) bombshell is incredulous.
- That small moment during Jessica's number when she's on Eddie's lap and her face is mere centimeters away from his, Eddie, completely hypnotized by Jessica's beauty, actually tries to kiss her before she quickly puts his fedora on his face.
- Dolores' stone-faced, tearful read of "A toon killed his brother. Dropped a piano on his head," and the rest of the bar bowing their heads respectfully.