Nightmare Fuel / Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Judge Doom: Remember me, troper?! When I haunted your nightmares, I looked JUST... LIKE... THIIIIIIS!!
- The appearance of the Toon who killed Teddy Valiant.
Judge Doom: Remember me, Eddie?! When I killed your brother, I talked JUST... LIKE... THIIIIIIS!!
- Now in G-Major. Sweet dreams.
- Made even more terrifying by the fact that Doom was so serious and sane compared to the rest of the cast for most of the film, until his reveal as a Toon, suddenly smiling and not the good kind. And those Cartoonish eyes, oh God, those eyes that can't even stay in one design for an entire scene. And that insanely high pitched voice. No wonder he's not in the ride!
- The worst part is, normal toons always cause Amusing Injuries because they don't try to harm anyone and are in it for the laughs; Judge Doom, on the other hand, can and does harm people using Toon Physics. It's a good thing Eddie dodged that buzzsaw when he did.
- And he did all this by only revealing his eyes, hands and voice. Don't even begin to imagine what the rest of him looked like under that Latex Perfection mask. Good thing he got dipped before he could show that ...
- The graphic novel sequel, Roger Rabbit: The Resurrection of Doom offers this◊ as Doom's true Toon form, complete with a Slasher Smile just to ensure sleep-deprivation.
- Originally in What Could Have Been: He was going to have even much scarier features like his real Toon mouth and RED HANDS WITH LONG NAILS, and was going to have more lines like the above and he was going to played by Christopher Lee.
- Tim Curry was turned down from playing Judge Doom because he was so scary in his audition that Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy were all scared out of their minds of him, and considering how he played Pennywise, it's better if he didn't.
- Speaking of Judge Doom, let's talk about the substance he creates, known as the Dip. Any toon that comes into contact with it dies instantly — in fact, they are permanently erased.
- The first time we see the Dip in action, it's when Judge Doom kills a friendly Toon shoe slowly with it, while it whimpers and screams piteously. If you pay attention, the other guy talking to Eddie looks away during the execution. Even in-universe this is terrifying them.
- Made even worse in the original script where it's a talking gopher that accidentally bumps into Doom and subsequently dipped. Not to mention, the gopher dies pleading for its life!
- The nickname that Judge Doom gives the Dip in the original script is called The Final Solution.
- What makes the above Dip scene look more scary is that the shoe is now nothing but red paint on Doom's glove. If not for what we saw, anyone would have mistaken that for blood. Even knowing that it's dissolved red paint, it's still quite symbolic of blood.
- "Remember how we always thought there wasn't a way to kill a Toon? Well, Doom found a way. Turpentine, acetone, benzene. He calls it 'the Dip'." It's the tone that sells it.
- Jessica Rabbit is normally calm, cool and suave, but the horrified face she makes upon seeing the Dip was quite an alarming change.
- "Oh my God, it's DIIIIIIIP!!!"
- And then there's Judge Doom's ultimate plan, which is to flood the whole of Toontown with the stuff. Toontown is home to all toons, no matter the animation studio. If Judge Doom had succeeded, Snow White, Mickey, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Donald Duck, and every other cartoon character kids love would be dead forever. Your childhood and that of everyone else would've literally dissolved.
- "They're not kid gloves Mr. Valiant. This is how we handle things down in Toontown, I think you, of all people, would appreciate that". That line suggests that Doom and his cronies dip innocent Toons in Toontown at any given time.
- Many scenes in Toontown.
- The sequence where Eddie Valiant meets Tweety Bird, Bugs Bunny, and Mickey Mouse (while falling from a skyscraper. They're less than helpful).
- Though Mickey felt sorry for Eddie. And Bugs did warn Eddie he wouldn't want the "spare".
- The singing trees...
- The straitjacketed weasel Psycho is practically a Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant. Just listen to him coo, "Time to kill the raaaab-biiiiit..." He even turns the Dip on Jessica and Roger AFTER HE'S DEAD. His ghost was that invested in killing them.
- Watching Doom being crushed by a steam roller.
- And watching him peel himself off the floor and totter around, giggling wildly. For a Toon, that's really, really not a funny way to recover from physical trauma.
- Then screaming as he melts from his own Dip after revealing he's a Toon. Of course, considering how much of a horrid monster Judge Doom really is (Such as killing an innocent cartoon shoe earlier), he pretty much deserves it.
- Judge Doom in general, seeing as how he was intentionally meant to invoke Uncanny Valley (makeup was used to make his skin look unnaturally white and flawless, and he never blinks onscreen).
- The scary thing is that he's played by Doc Brown — so you would expect he was Crazy Awesome and good-hearted — instead he's Ax-Crazy and capable of any monstrous act he could get a shot at doing. It's the same kind of feeling a Whovian gets when seeing David Tennant in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire or especially in Jessica Jones.
- When describing his ambitious plans for the freeway project, he does sound a bit like Doc Brown.
- Judge Doom in general is just A Nazi by Any Other Name. His company starts buying off major businesses in Los Angeles, creates the dip, The only thing able to kill toons, and then reveals his plan to use the dip to destroy Toon Town so he can build a freeway. What a dick.
- The "Pighead" deleted scene.
- Roger's reactions to shots of strong alcohol (rocketing into the air while shrieking like a steam whistle, shattering everything breakable in Maroon's office/the bar).
- Eddie driving into Toon Town a land of eternal sunshine and everything is alive and happy and singing. Being a real person in a land of cartoons is just creepy.
- The opening cartoon. It played out exactly like a slapstick cartoon from the Golden Age... except that it was highlighted with horrifying, tense music and dramatic, dizzying camera angles. The whole thing was just nerve-wracking.
- When Wheezy is dying, his angelic soul floats out of him. Coughing, he desperately reaches out for it, but it flies away and he dies.
- Anyone else find Roger chewing out Eddie over whether or not to find a new girl after seeing the Patty Cake pictures, kind of creepy?
R.K. Maroon: Roger, I know this seems pretty painful now, but you'll find someone new. Won't he, Mr. Valiant?
Eddie Valiant: Good looking guy like that? Dames will be breaking his doors down.
Roger Rabbit: Dames? What dames?!
[Angrily grabbing Eddie by the lapels]
Roger Rabbit: Jessica's the only one for me! You'll see! We'll rise above this piddling peccadillo! We're gonna be happy again! You got that?! HAPPY! CAPITAL H-A-P-P-I!!!
[Runs through window]
- When Eddie causes the Weasels to die laughing, their souls leave their bodies. When he kicks Smart-Ass into the dip, his soul doesn't. The Dip destroys their very souls.
- More likely, its that the souls is the sign of a "funny death" like in a cartoon, while the Dip is the sign of a serious, painful death which isn't meant to be funny, and thus no cartoony souls with harps and wings.
- It could possibly mean that the other weasels are still "alive" in a sense, but Smart-Ass is Deader Than Dead.
- That's probably what it means since several old cartoons have characters appear as angels/demons after a comedic death only for them to be perfectly fine in the next scene.
- There's some doubt they are still alive, though. Eddie later floods all the Acme factory with Dip and the weasels' bodies have probably been all melted away.
- Here's a frightening bit of Reality Subtext for you: those chemicals used to create the "dip"? Those were used in the earliest days of animation studios, who would cut costs by washing off painted cels after they'd been photographed to be reused in future films. As a result, physical artwork from many of those films have been Lost Forever. In-universe it's suggested that toons are made of ink-and-paint, meaning that once dipped they are as well.
- "Shave and a Haircut..."