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Fridge Brilliance

  • All toons seem to be crazy drivers - Roger can't drive and the weasels can't drive and we don't see Jessica driving. Think about it - if they're used to toon cars like Benny (who think of themselves as people anyway) doing their driving for them, no wonder they can't drive... not that Benny can drive either.
    • They can't drive by human standards: for humans a 45mph frontal collision is a potential tragedy, for toons it's wacky hijinks. Since toons can't die under normal circumstances, they don't have much incentive to be careful about driving — or about anything else, for that matter.
    • Or, since we do see Jessica driving, maybe Roger and Benny are just crazy drivers and driving skill varies as much as Real Life?
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    • For a toon, she probably drives rather competently, considering her luxury Packard is in mint condition, that is up until the toon truck dumps a large pile of overused toon gags onto it. Toons run on Rule of Funny, so wacky characters like Roger, the Weasels and Benny obviously can't drive since it is more hilarious to see them go insane on the street. But low-key toons like Jessica, possibly Betty Boop and so on are probably at least not life-threatening when they drive.
    • Cartoon cars run on their own Cartoon Physics. For example, they're almost always rubbery, elastic, and very bouncy. It's not that they can't drive or anything, they just aren't used to real world physics!
  • Judge Doom's insanity makes perfect sense given the timeframe. The theatric shorts would soon go into decline after the animation union got a 25% pay raise and a few prominent figures in the industry got blacklisted. The end result was studios closing down, and the bulk of their efforts beginning to be marketed towards children rather than adults. Doom's behavior is extreme to people primarily familiar with the aftermath of this, but before? Well, bear in mind that this was the same era in which Donald Duck nearly killed and ate Mickey Mouse, and Bugs Bunny's frequent opponents included some of the most offensive racial stereotypes set to film.
    • Baby Herman is a perfect example. Before the shift to children's cartoons, he likely had some less than wholesome cartoons under his belt.
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    • The Weasels also. Before the shift, they were easily able to secure jobs as gangsters with Maroon Cartoons fairly easily. After the shake-up, they don't have any work except as hired guns.
  • Judge Doom seems to have no degree of subtlety, dressing entirely in black and hamming it up a bit. Consider the fact that a toon wouldn't be expected to have any subtlety at all, then look at his reveal. It all makes a lot of sense and it's horrifying if you work it out.
    • Judge Doom's exaggerated and over-the-top behavior throughout the movie makes total sense once you realize he's a toon.
    • It may make sense on another viewing, but it's not something any first-time viewer would consider, since hammy, over-the-top villains are a pretty standard stock character in live-action thrillers. Not to mention hammy, over-the-top characters being a pretty standard stock role for Christopher Lloyd.
    • Also, Judge Doom doesn't sound like a realistic name now, does it?
  • Notice that Judge Doom puts on a rubber glove before dipping the shoe. Turpentine, acetone, and benzene are all ingredients in paint thinner, which would be harmless to humans... but fatal to a toon.
    • It takes on a double meaning when you consider that in theatre, gloves are symbolic of one hiding one's true identity. And Doom is a very theatrical character, no?
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    • Yes, it looks different in hindsight, but it would be normal for a human to prefer a glove to immersing his arm and clothing in the stuff. Turpentine is very irritating to the skin and lungs. You wouldn't want it on your shoes, either.
      • I see what you did there.
    • It's possible that what they're getting at with the glove was the fact that a.) he only put on one rubber glove for Dipping the shoe, and/or b.) he made no attempt to remove it after the Dipping.
    • Note the scene in the bar where a barrel of Dip gets dumped on the floor - everyone backs away from the puddle. Even if you don't know the ingredients, it kills the unkillable - definitely not something you want on your shoes (and something that should probably be in a well-ventilated area, at that). Still counts, though, as Doom invented it and thus would know it's not fatal to humans and would have no reason to protect himself otherwise.
    • Who says it's harmless to humans? Sure it wouldn't dissolve a human being like it does a toon, but it's still a very powerful thinner that would burn the skin of a human just as much as pure alcohol. The big bulky rubber glove, particularly when he starts waving it in Eddie's face after the kill, is as much theatrics as protection, which puts it right up Doom's alley.
  • There's brilliance in how Judge Doom uses Dip on a cartoon shoe. Given Eddie was close to his brother Teddy, it seems Doom is no stranger to killing one half of a pair.
  • There's that moment in the warehouse when he slips on the fake eyeballs and falls over. Even aside from the subtle foreshadowing being pretty clever on its own, he gets up holding his hand over one eye. He just fell on his face, so it seems reasonable before the reveal that he'd just hurt his eye. Then it turns out to be exactly the same kind of fake eyes he uses for his disguise. He didn't hurt his eye when he fell, one of his fake eyeballs fell out of his socket—which went unnoticed by the audience when it popped out since he's standing in a pile of them—and he's hiding his real one.
    • The film's audio commentary notes an even more genius bit tied to that; not once do you ever see Doom blink. While the movie itself pulled off the effect via makeup (and some very impressive focus on the part of Christopher Lloyd), in-universe, Doom's unnatural pallor and unblinking stare make sense as something more than just a dramatic aesthetic, once it's revealed what you've been seeing was prosthetic eyes and a rubber mask. Christopher Lloyd came up with the idea on set and they loved it as it shows the eyes are just fake, a clue right in plain sight.
  • Even earlier, a strong suggestion that Doom's a toon appears as a plot point, but the dialogue to follow is so rapid that it blazes past without giving audiences time to think about it. When Jessica saves Eddie from getting shot, we see the would-be shooter's shadow flip back out of view, as if knocked down by Jessica's bullet. Yet when Judge Doom, her target, reappears running down the alley and at the warehouse, there's no sign he was ever injured. Pure toony invulnerability!
  • Why does Judge Doom just stand there and stare when the Dip is about to engulf him? Because that's exactly what a toon would do.
  • Judge Doom is the sole stockholder of Cloverleaf Industries, the logo of which looks suspiciously like a freeway interchange.
    • Cloverleaf interchanges had been around for over a decade, pre-dating the freeway system.
  • It could be argued that anachronistic cartoon characters had always existed as residents of Toontown; they just hadn't started working for animation companies until a few years later.
  • The infamous 'booby trap' scene. The Incredibly Lame Pun is obvious, but adults can appreciate it on a different level, too.
  • Judge Doom being a toon also explains most of the bad guy cliches he does throughout the movie (explaining his plan rather than killing Eddie and the Rabbits right away, running Eddie over with a slow deathtrap like a bulldozer rather than stabbing him, going for a giant, evil looking dip truck rather than using other methods to get rid of toons, etc.) As a toon, presumably he's psychologically forced in some way to act as if he's inside a movie.
    • Being forced to operate on Rule of Funny doesn't stop toons from being Genre Savvy when they're "off the set". But Judge Doom also has an excuse for holding the Villain Ball even with that considered. His All There in the Manual backstory is that he was once an innocent toon actor who usually played the villain. But something happened that caused him to think he was actually evil. He subconsciously let Eddie win, because his character always loses.
  • For a time, no human was able to figure out how to successfully kill a toon (not that they necessarily wanted to), they're basically invulnerable to any weapon or natural hazard. Of course, it figures that only a toon (like Judge Doom) would know their own vulnerabilities as one and find a way to kill their kind.
  • During the crowd scene at the end, we see cartoon characters such as Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, who weren't around in 1947. Is this a case of Anachronism Stew, or have they just not been employed yet?
    • It would be the former if they used an earlier script, where we see Roger driving like a psycho and passing by Wile E. Coyote, saying that "he loved his work" and is a fan.
    • Maybe some of them, like Wile E., are involved in show business in some respect, just aren't in film cartoons. After all, the movie itself shows Donald, Daffy, and Jessica as stage performers in a club. Maybe he does something similar and Roger became a fan from that.
  • When Judge Doom and the weasels die at the end, Roger's quote rings well.'"My philosophy is this: if you don't have a good sense of humor, you're better off dead!"'. And of course they all turn out to be deranged toons with a very twisted sense of bad humor and die because of it. Judge Doom dies by his own Dip because he found too much enjoyment in killing which backfires on him fatally.
  • Eddie's dance number at the climax that offed the Weasels seems out of place and too well done for this guy, until you remember the tear jerking sweep of Teddy's desk. One of the pictures show the Valiants in their former work as police officers, dressed as circus clowns.
    • It goes back even further than that: there's another picture of both Valiants as kids, dressed up as clowns with their father, with the descriptive text explaining that they're "on the road" with their dad... in the circus. This rather neatly explains why the Valiant Brothers were so willing to help toons. The pratfalls, the make up, the limelight, the silly antics; clowns are as close as a human can get to being a toon. Each toon they meet probably brings back happy memories of their father and the circus. Well, until a piano was deliberately dropped on Teddy's head at least.
  • Why does everyone in the know seem to consider it Jessica who married up to Roger? Toons run on Rule of Funny... and Roger is much funnier than Jessica is!
    • Also, Roger is a rich, big-name comedian. Jessica is a lounge singer. This makes perfect sense to humans, as Jessica's Impossible Hourglass Figure makes her a prime "trophy wife". But despite her keen mind, sense of the absurd and general Crazy Prepared-ness, Jessica's looks keep her from being funny - this makes the relationship as insensible to toons as a hunky football player marrying some mousy nerd. When she's lamenting, "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way", it's the same as a human woman lamenting her looks.
    • It gets better than that: Jessica is drawn to design to what human men think is sexy, not what toons would find attractive in a woman. It's a comedic example of Deliberate Values Dissonance; both humans and toons look at Jessica and Roger as a mismatched couple, but their rationale as to who is the better catch is completely different due to their basic core values.
    • Or it could be something much more simpler as Jessica Rabbit shares the same last name as Roger Rabbit... You guys can inhale your MST3K Mantra pump now.
  • Building on from the Deliberate Values Dissonance of Jessica's sex appeal to humans vs. that of toons, that's also why Betty Boop flirts with Eddie and remarks on how lucky Jessica is. It's not just because Jessica married up to Roger, it's because Betty, as a fellow cartoon sex symbol designed to be attractive to human men, probably has the same trouble finding a toon love interest as Jessica did before she met Roger. And that is why they both work at the Ink & Paint Club.
    • Well, Betty did have a relationship of some kind with a dog named Bimbo, but he'd been phased out of Betty's cartoons by the time the Hayes Code went into effect, which also greatly impeded Betty's career in films, and she'd be out of the movie business long before '47. So to come back to the original point, either Betty and Bimbo were just paired by the studio and didn't really see each other after Bimbo was phased out of the Boop cartoons, or a long dry period without work broke them apart.
    • It was actually the other way around; Betty was originally an anthropomorphic poodle, and was Bimbo's girlfriend. She, much like Popeye in his original comic strip, eventually ended up taking over the act, and the original character was largely forgotten... which definitely could break up a relationship between performers.
  • Toons are generally driven by whatever is the funniest thing to do in the context of the scene, so to a large extent they don't have much control over how a scene will unfold. For example, Roger usually waits until something is very funny, building up the suspense and humor. Similarly, as soon as there is a timeline placed on Acme's will appearing, the toons unwittingly do everything in their power to stretch it out right to the last minute because it's so much funnier to do so. It must have been frustrating for Eddie, but at the back of his mind he probably knew that everything was going to work out alright as soon as he walked into the final showdown. All he had to do was bide his time and keep the toons busy. This is also the reason that Roger failed so spectacularly in the final scene. It just wouldn't have been funny to win so easily with 15 minutes to spare, so he unwittingly stood under the bricks and delivered a lame pun.
    • Oh, it's more than just a lame pun... it's comic genius. Not only does he speak of bricks, just before they get dumped over his head, Roger makes a Brick Joke out of the beginning of the movie. As a toon and comedian, how could he resist a multi-layered joke like that?
    • Even better, even if he had actually lost his temper and unloaded the gun on Doom, Doom is a Toon. That's not a Black Comedy style reveal, that's a "horror movie monster takes off its mask" style reveal. Definitely not funny.
  • A YouTube comment once posted an interesting anecdote of the appearance of Lena Hyena. At the Terminal Bar, Judge Doom reminds the Weasels of how their "hyena cousins" died from fatal hilarity. Considering how toon humans and toon animals could have relations, it's possible Lena is perhaps the widow or, at least, a relative of one of those cousins. This of course is just speculation and there is really no concrete evidence supporting it, so it could be just a coincidence.
    • Probably not. Lena Hyena was a character from Li'l Abner, who was renowned for being hideously ugly.
  • Doom says that it is impossible for a toon to resist the old "shave-and-a-haircut" bit, yet he shows no compulsion to finish it when tapping it out on the wall. He doesn't need to finish it, for 2 reasons:
    • 1. Roger showed that a toon can break the rules when it is funny to do so, and it's funnier for Roger to blast out of the wall and interrupt the bit than for Doom to start singing.
    • 2. He couldn't resist the song. He was the one that started it in the first place! Furthermore, he doesn't resist. By the time Roger cracks, Doom has started singing the words himself, if quietly.
    • Another possibility? Good old-fashioned Loophole Abuse; In this instance, he's playing The Straight Man to Roger, adopting a classic comedy role that rarely gets the punchline, allowing him to set up a classic routine without actually having to finish it.
    • Or maybe he simply completes the rhythm via silent gestures, as evident by his exclamation after the first tapping that "No toon... can resist the old 'shave and a haircut' trick!".
  • When you first see the movie, Doom's line "I bought the Red Car so I could dismantle it!" seemed like the ridiculous Toon villain scheming Doom is known for. But it sounds remarkably similar to the General Motors streetcar conspiracy— they bought the Red Car (through a front company) so they could dismantle it. Which makes Valiant's line that the freeway idea could only have been thought up by a toon even more funny somehow.
  • Roger's improvised lyrics for "Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" is foreshadowing Eddie's antics during his confrontation with Doom at the end of the film:
    My buddy's Eddie V.
    A sourpuss, you see
    But when I'm done he'll need no gun
    What a joker he will be!
  • Roger and to an extent toons reacting violently to Alcohol seems strange on the surface. However, turpentine is one of the main ingredients for Dip, and that has alcohol in it. So the reason why Roger reacted to it the way he did was because his body was trying to violently reject the alcohol that was harming him.
    • That theory may actually help explain another point: Doom's odd willingness to go along with Roger's "last request." He says it's because he doesn't mind "prolonging the execution." Maybe he realized that alcohol had an especially toxic (or at least painful) effect on toons, and he thought it was a way to torture Roger further. He just didn't calculate that it would be so disruptive it would enable Roger to escape. Granted, alcohol suitable for human consumption is not the same alcohol used in turpentine.
    • It may very well explain when Roger picked up teetotaller habits, though. Back during Prohibition, the majority of illegal alcohol was cleaning solutions denatured with various forms of poison, which resulted in a "chemistry war" between the prohibitionists and bootleggers using various methods to remove the poison. A few years earlier, that shot of whiskey very likely could have dissolved Roger's face — not because it was paint thinner, but because it was meant to kill anyone who drank it.
  • Why Marvin confided to Jessica Rabbit in regards to Judge Doom's plan aside from obvious reasons? Because she was the only sane toon of the bunch that could take the news seriously.
  • Acme squirted Eddie at the Ink and Paint Club as a subtle means of conveying what he used to write his will.
  • Jessica knocking Roger unconscious to "keep him from getting hurt". Eddie makes a sarcastic remark about how that "makes perfect sense", and it seems to be intended to show the audience that the humanoid Jessica actually has some toonier/illogical tendencies. But konking Roger on the head to keep him from harm actually does make perfect sense; physical violence can't hurt toons, and Jessica was trying to protect Roger from someone carrying Dip, the one thing that can hurt a toon.
    • Not to mention, Roger constantly runs around at high speeds, makes loud noise and puts himself in danger. Really, he's his own worst enemy when trying to avoid attention, and when the stakes are this high, locking him in a car trunk IS the best way of keeping him safe.
  • Jessica's comment about Roger being a "better lover than a driver" rings very differently once you remember what types of characters cartoon bunnies are often associated with...
    • As well, he is a rabbit, who in Real Life are known for their frequent copulation.
  • Why are the toon weasels working for Doom if he wants to wipe out Toontown and all the toons in it? Because toons make people laugh, and since too much laughter is fatal to the weasels, of course they want to make the world a less funny place.
  • Lt. Santino tells Eddie that Judge Doom got his position by buying votes in the last election. And just how did he get the money to do that and start Cloverleaf? Through the money he got in the robbery that killed Eddie's brother.
  • Some more foreshadowing concerning who Doom really is. During the Duck Season, Rabbit Season routine in the bar, Eddie insists that Roger "drink the drink," Roger declines with "But I don't want the drink!" and Doom interjects, "He doesn't want the drink!" Which is exactly what another toon would do in that situation.
    • It could also explain why he didn't call out Eddie for employing the trope before Roger downed the bourbon glass.
  • Despite having a huge prejudice against toons, Eddie greets Betty Boop with genuine kindness and respect. He's genuinely happy to see her. Why? There's a doll of Betty on Teddie's side of the desk. It's possible that Teddie and Betty were actually friends or even dating.
  • The Humans Are Flawed trope is in full effect here, displaying that people are complex but not truly evil. Eddie Valiant doesn't like toons due to what happened to his brother, but he's willing to risk his neck for Roger. Acme wants to have an affair with Jessica, even though she's a married woman, but he also intends on turning his ownership of Toontown to the toons. Eddie is certain that Angelo the barfly would turn Roger over to Judge Doom in a heartbeat but, when exactly that scenario arises, he covers for Roger and mocks the Judge for good measure. R.K. Maroon is a Corrupt Corporate Executive who had sleazy pictures of said affair taken to sabotage Roger's relationship and blackmail Acme, but his love for toons overrides his greed when he finds out his actions could result in the destruction of Toontown. It makes Judge Doom, who has no such redeeming qualities, stand out even more and is a hint that he isn't human at all.
  • The whole sub-plot of Roger and Jessica's on-the-rocks marriage seems to be completely forgotten outside of moments like how Roger has wrote Jessica a 'love letter'. The Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you realize that, if Roger hadn't gone to apologize to Jessica, and hadn't written his terrible love letter on the first piece of paper he found, the Will would have still been in Marvin Acme's office where Judge Doom could have easily found it, destroying it or otherwise making it null and void, and his insane plan to erase all toons would have gone unopposed, due to the fact there would be no will to find!
  • Jessica Rabbit's character design resembling a pin-up girl makes a lot of sense. She probably literally was an animated pin-up girl.
  • Anyone notice that Judge Doom's glasses didn't break in the bar after Roger took the shot of bourbon? Seems like a sign that he's wearing fake glasses, considering all of the glass bottles shattered during that scene, which in turn is evidence of what he really is.
  • The fact that Acme wrote his will in invisible ink doesn't make much sense at first; after all, if your property was in danger of falling into the wrong hands, you'd want to make an intended beneficiary known as soon as possible. But when you take into account the fact that the will named Acme's beneficiary as the toons, added onto the fact that Judge Doom is a toon, it makes sense that Acme wrote his will with Disappearing Reappearing ink. It was all in the name of defying the trope of Loophole Abuse; ensuring that Judge Doom was disposed of before the will was revealed so he couldn't claim himself as a beneficiary by being a toon.
  • When that box full of shoes was knocked over, one of the pairs of shoes was what appeared to be a pair of Goose Stepping Jackboots. considering that the film takes place not long after WW2, it is possible these were used for Propaganda cartoons. but this could delve into fridge horror when you think about the toons who played the Japanese in those Looney Toons cartoons and other characters in WW2 Propaganda.
  • The Toontown scene contains at least two references to Disney's Alice in Wonderland (1951) with the doorknobs on Lena's floor resembling the Doorknob in the film and the "Allyson Wonderland" Bathroom Stall Graffiti. At first they seem rather random, however those references might be an allusion to how Eddie, like Alice, has also entered a fantastic world completely devoid of logic and reasoning after following a rabbit down a tunnel (though not an actual rabbit in this case, but a cartoon human with the last name Rabbit).
  • Most of the toons act similarly in real life to how they act in their cartoons, but Roger in particular takes it further; his Baby Herman cartoons are all about him going through extreme physical and emotional stress while attempting to reclaim a loved one, which is just what he goes through- in a more serious form- in the movie itself.
  • Roger seems to be the only one who doesn't know about the death of Eddie's brother, still believes that Eddie is a "friend to toons", and is shocked by those revelations. Not a minute after learning the truth, he gets distracted by the movie screen... and then immediately checks out when he realizes it's "just the news". If he wasn't paying attention then, why would he pay attention to the news before?
  • Tinker Bell's appearance at the very end may seem anachronistic at first. However, it actually makes sense. Peter Pan was actually in development as far back as 1941, as seen in The Reluctant Dragon, where maquettes of her and Captain Hook are visible, along with maquettes of Lady and the Tramp characters. Both films were ultimately delayed to the 1950s due to the outbreak of World War II, so perhaps Tink was actually just trying to get work while waiting for her film to exit Development Hell.
  • During Daffy and Donald's piano play-off, Eddie is the only person in the club not in hysterics, and then flinches when Donald is about to blast Daffy apart with a cannon. Naturally, both toons survive the act, but Eddie watches in uncomfortable awkwardness. Why? Because he is reacting to his brother's death when a piano was dropped on them by a toon. A human wouldn't be able to get up and walk away from having a heavy piano dropped on their head, while a toon could. The violent slapstick is a lot less funny when you've directly witnessed someone dying in front of you, let alone a murder.
  • At the Darkest Hour, Eddie is unarmed, outnumbered by many sociopaths with guns, and Roger and Jessica are strung in front of the Dipmobile with Toontown soon to follow — and then Doom screams out the Toon Patrol that they're going to "laugh themselves to death just like your idiot hyena cousins!" Eddie has an Eureka Moment; just like Roger said the day before, "A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in life, it's the only weapon we have." So he engages Doom and the Toon Patrol in an extended comedy skit. Eddie's resulting demonstration of Toon Physics awareness (and his rapid improv when he discovers that Doom is a toon using Black Humor instead of slapstick) demonstrates just how spectacular Eddie used to be as a detective operating in Toontown.
  • Related to the above: if Doom was the first toon to use Black Humor to kill a human being, then wiping out Toontown makes perfect sense; As far as he knew, if he was the last toon, then as they passed from living memory it would become increasingly unlikely that anyone would discover an unkillable monster walked among humanity, let alone the tropes necessary to counter him. He came very close to becoming an evil god, tormenting humanity for fun and profit forever. Of course, Doom failed to realize a human comedian could do the same thing; QED Eddie Valiant disposing him via the comedy that in fact preceded Toontown.
  • The toons' ability to withstand injury and their obsession with humor is why toon/human race relations are relatively relaxed compared to the vicious racial divide of 1940's America. They may not interact as equals, but as far as anyone was aware, neither side could actually hurt each other; humans couldn't hurt or kill Toons, and Toons had no inclination to do the same to humans since it wouldn't be funny. Until Roger heard about the death of Eddie's brother, he didn't even think it was possible for a toon to inflict lasting damage on a human, let alone deliberately causing a human's death. It makes a weird kind of sense that Judge Doom, the inventor of Dip, was also the first toon to realize he could kill a human — via Black Comedy.

Fridge Horror

  • Well, more like Fridge Squick, but hey: The pattycake thing becomes instant Squick when you see a cartoon which features small children playing it. (Lisa Simpson has played it with a friend onscreen, among other cases.) One can only assume that either the humorously metaphorical type is just a specific variation on the game and that toons can tell the difference, or it's just Roger and Jessica sharing a Conveniently Common Kink.
    • Or such characters are actors and are old enough to be of legal age. After all, the very young-looking Baby Herman is 50, so who says that Lisa Simpson can't be above 30 or more? In fact, considering how long The Simpsons has been running, the Animated Actors playing the Simpson kids are probably at least middle-aged.
    • Also, it would appear that Acme is more than a friend to toons, if you follow my meaning. Especially since it was his idea to play pattycake. Raising the question if it is only Acme's kink, based on Roger's reaction to the photos. It's possible that pattycake is only Acme's kink, but that Roger knew that it was, so seeing his wife playing along and satisfying Acme's kink was pretty disturbing.
  • The Pattycake could be a Morse code, telling Jessica that Acme learned of Doom's plan.
    • This theory is actually very plausible. According to the scrapped prequel Toon Platoon, Jessica (rather unwillingly) spent time in Germany during World War II. She WOULD know something like Morse code
  • What happened to the studio crew member that was launched high into the air after the bench he was on collapsed under Hyacinth Hippo (from Fantasia)? We don't know if he came back down and a fall from that height is almost not worth the thought. The freezing high altitudes alone could've killed him. He may have ended up falling to Toontown, but that could have ended poorly.
  • When the Weasels die, they turn into toon angels and float away. Except for the one who fell into the vat of dip. Maybe the dip dissolved his soul. When Doom said that the Dip killed Toons, he meant that in every meaning of the word.
    • As mentioned by someone in the headscratchers, this also implies that the shoe won't go to heaven either. Poor little bugger. Even more tragically, shoes come in pairs. The shoe that's left is effectively a widow(er) in a race of virtual immortals.
    • Worse, not only will the shoe not go to heaven, the weasels will! Or at least they will make it to the pearly gates before being kicked down to the other place.
    • Maybe we just plain don't see them. We didn't even see Smarty as an angel. Maybe it's not true death, like humans.
    • The film makes a distinction between real death and toon death. Some of the toons can “die” without being dipped, because they’re not really dead in the human sense, they’re just simulating some stereotypical toon version of the concept. I suspect that even after the weasels “died” and became angels, if you looked around enough you’d probably find them on some toon cloud or something.
  • Forgetting Rule of Funny, but why did Bugs have a "spare tire" as a spare parachute? It's not like he and Mickey were planning to run into some poor detective on the way down, falling to his death. Unless, Bugs intended it to be given to Mickey, in case Mickey's parachute didn't open...
    • Sorry, but I think Rule of Funny can't be ignored in this case, because no one can plan something like that beforehand...except if you were a toon who would take every opportunity to be a 'stinka''! Bugs probably materialized that tire at that very second!
    • It's exactly the sort of thing Bugs tended to do in the early Loony Tunes, anyway, well before Character Development in later years turned him into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. To be fair, Bugs did warn Eddie.
    • Forgetting Rule of Funny while in Toontown is like forgetting the Law of Gravity or the Laws of Thermodynamics in the human world; if you ignore them, then the place cannot function at all. If you try to ignore them, the Laws don't care and keep functioning regardless.
    • They didn't forget the laws, in fact Mickey flat out said that Eddie could get killed by the fall he's taking.
  • Because toons just exist as normal people do... that means nobody has to draw them. Which means, no work for animators. *shudders*
    • There is worse fridge horror if you assume the toons were drawn, since that means that Roger Rabbit was created so we could laugh at his pain, and Jessica Rabbit exists for us to be aroused by, even though in universe they are fully sentient.
    • Perhaps hand-animation in that universe is like CGI today; for example you could have a real toon dragon in your film, with the fire breath drawn in by an animator due to safety concerns or a need for a bigger fire. There's some evidence for that in the movie itself; some of the props used in the opening scene are real objects that appear animated in the cartoon context, and Baby Herman's mother is played by a human actor on giant leg-shaped stilts. Animators might end up drawing over these things in post-production to make everything look consistent- presumably actual toon-world props aren't used because they might react in an unexpected manner during filming.
    • If this is the case then there never were any animators and the profession just never existed. Not exactly the stuff of nightmares.
  • Remember Jessica saying : 'I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way'. Well, that has to mean she was drawn by someone, doesn't it?
    • Could be a reference to God drawing her that way (which we have similar phrases for).
    • A comic explicitly shows a toon being drawn into existence. It was slightly more about involved than the creation of The Warner Siblings.
  • How did Judge Doom know how the Dip worked if he was just a toon robber before becoming a judge without prior tests? And by "test", that mean victims. Remember how Bambi's mother's corpse was never found and the pheasant was extremely terrified of the hunter, going against the rationality of hiding and trying to fly the hell away from the hunter, only to be shot; meaning she saw something so scary that her first reaction was to flee. Read this scene while comparing Eddie's reaction to when you have time to watch the scenes where the pheasant and Bambi's mother died and why they've never shown up in any of Disney's current spin-offs. Read this until you can understand the meaning behind this.
    • In the logic of this universe, though, Bambi, the hunter, and the pheasant are all actors. It doesn't make much sense that they'd be filming Doom's attempts to get test subjects. Unless Doom tricked them that the bullets (probably loaded with Dip) were harmless. Thus Doom is not framed, and Bambi's mom dies. To make it worse, an early draft of the script had Doom be the one that shot Bambi's mother.
  • Just look for one second at the colossal damage these nearly-omnipotent toons can cause without even trying. In a cartoon watching Donald Duck pull a cannon out of nowhere is hilarious... in real life, in a real packed-out nightclub surrounded by real flesh and blood people? Oh my God. How much do you want to bet the government is probably secretly working on its own version of Dip in order to try and protect us against a race of people that have no other weaknesses?
    • Consider Roger repeatedly popping out of Eddie's coat while they're being pursued by Weasels armed with guns. Since the guns shoot regular bullets, not dip, Roger's in no danger... but Eddie is.
    • In fact, the toons could almost fit with the original terrifying versions of The Fair Folk - near-omnipotent, immune to practically everything, and motivated only by what they see as amusing. Cool World was originally intended to be a horror film, and the amount of Fridge Horror in Roger Rabbit could easily have been its inspiration.
    • Going the other direction, almost all toons are incapable of actually harming a human. Not that they don't feel the desire to, although that's likely also accurate, but outside of accidents it's widely believed a toon literally can't kill a human because it's so against their purpose. So that leaves us with an immortal invincible species that can be imprisoned but can't defend themselves. Gosh, hope nobody in that Universe ever thought over those implications.
  • When Eddie attempted to duel Judge Doom, he took out a singing sword by mistake and then tossed it aside, shortly after he flooded the whole room with dip which may lead you to thinking what happened to that that sword, (if it did or didn't end up like the shoe, Smarty and Doom.)
  • One that struck as a very young child first watching this movie. They had never heard of Toontown before, but had seen plenty of freeways.
  • Trail Mix-Up was the last of the three Roger Rabbit Shorts to be made. That's the one that ends with Roger popping a hole in the planet. What if the reason there aren't any more shorts or movies is that Roger actually destroyed the world?!
    • Except this is an in-universe short film, so the fact that it was completed implies that the world being destroyed was part of the performance. Also, in Toontown, very little of anything has consequences.
  • When describing what happened on the day Teddy died, Eddie mentions that he only "broke his arm" when the piano fell on them. How do we know Teddy didn't push his brother out of the way to save his life at the cost of his own?
    • "Teddy never made it."
  • Toons are immortal, but humans are not. Imagine living forever and watching your human friends grow old and die.
  • In the comic sequel, Judge Doom was just some actor who played a bad guy in TV shows and movies. A clunk on the head caused him to believe he is an actual villain. In other words, Eddie accidentally killed an innocent toon with amnesia.
    • Not that innocent. Even if he thought he really was a Toon villain playing out the role of a lifetime, he did murder non-Toon human beings, not just other Toons. So one can't excuse his crimes by claiming he thought it was just part of his role, because none of his villain roles would've involved killing humans, only battling Toon heroes.
  • Cartoons are said to cause kids to commit more heinous acts (a kid infamously burned down his home due to watching Beavis And Butthead) than what violent video games would do. So there could be Toons that can be as dangerous as Doom himself.
  • What happened to the Dip Truck, still full of Dip, after it got hit by the Toon train? What prevented it from spilling it's contents everywhere from the impact, destroying not all but a significant part of Toontown and killing dozens if not hundreds of Toons?

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