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Heartwarming / Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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Awww! Such a cute couple!note 

  • You must admit, despite the fact that they are goofy toons, Roger and Jessica's happy marriage is very endearing to watch. "He makes me laugh."
    • And if you look carefully during the climatic warehouse scene: when Roger and Jessica are tied up, even when they're struggling to not get sprayed by Dip, they don't let go of each other's hands the whole time.
    • Jessica complimenting Roger on his bravery in the face of Doom and the Toon Patrol, particularly when she calls him her "hero". D'awww.
    • When Toon Doom reactivates the Dip, Roger has tucked Jessica onto his lap, lifting her away from the Dip. He's ready to put his life on the line if it means his wife gets a little longer to be saved.
    • After getting rescued by Eddie and untied by him, Jessica rushes to Roger, kisses him over and over again and calls him a pillar of strength. It's so cute.
    • "Roger, I love you. I love you more than any woman's ever loved a rabbit." Admittedly, it's a bit of an Overly Narrow Superlative, but the sentiment's still very sweet.
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  • The fact that Angelo and the other skeevy barflies didn't end up selling out Roger and Eddie...because Roger made them laugh and brought some happiness into their lives.
    Roger: A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in life, it's the only weapon we have.
  • The first (and sadly only) teamup between Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny was a wonderful little thing.
  • After Eddie saves Roger's life the second time by tricking him into taking a drink (and firing a Chekhov's Gun in the process), Roger commends Eddie on his quick thinking.
  • This may not seem like much, but maybe the first heartwarming moment was when Eddie met Betty Boop in the Ink and Paint Club as a cigarette girl. He's shocked to see her there, and Betty explains that works been a bit slow for her since technicolor cartoons have become the norm. But being who she is, Betty keeps an upbeat attitude giving him her trademark 'boop-boop-be-do-boop'. Eddie, the guy who at that point despised any and all toons that he met, actually gives her a genuine smile and remarked, "Yeah, you still got it." Says a lot for the guy that early on.
    • It's easy to miss, but Eddy has a Betty Boop toy in his office (and the only piece of toon merchandise on his desk), which implies that she is a cartoon that he fondly remembers from his childhood and that he still values their friendship.
  • This part of the scene where Eddie and Dolores are hiding with Roger in the movie theater gets me every time:
    Eddie: You oughta go find yourself a good man.
    Dolores: But I already have a good man.
    • Followed by Roger in full-on Shipper on Deck mode, his ears even forming a heart.
    Roger: Pb-b-b-blease! Don't mind me..!
    • Even before Dolores shows up, after Roger asks Eddie straight-up about what happened to him that led to his hatred of toons, Eddie decides to come clean and reveals what happened to his brother, Teddy. This is heartwarming for two reasons:
      • 1.) Despite how he's treated Roger up to that point in the movie, Eddie (at least on some level) seems to feel comfortable enough around Roger to tell him something extremely personal (and something that's implied to have happened relatively recently).
      • 2.) Roger's got nothing but sympathy for what Eddie's had to go through since his brother died—Roger's also horrified that it was a toon that killed Teddy, especially since (as previously mentioned at earlier points in the movie) toons are meant to be funny and make people laugh and feel happy.
    • And before that, they were watching a Goofy short, where Roger is in hysterics and hails Goofy as a comedic genius. When you remember that in this universe they are actors working for rival studios, it is heartwarming to see such praise from one artist to another. It's even more relevant since—if the comments of the other characters can be believed—Roger is considered to be a superstar and thus at least equal to Goofy in-universe, if not above him.
  • Benny the cab may very well be a real Jerkass and a roadhog (and a sidewalk hog, but that was just a couple of miles). But he'll always come be there for you if you stick out your thumb, and even when you don't.
  • The final scene of the film where Porky Pig and Tinker Bell get to close out the film together in their distinctive ways, bringing this unique team-up of animation companies to end in the most charming way possible.
    • This was Mel Blanc's second-to-last performance before his death the following year. He not only gets the last line of the movie, but also got to close out his career with one of his most famous characters saying, arguably, his most famous catch phrase.
    • In the same scene you can also see Wile E. Coyote with his arm affectionately around the Road Runner's shoulders. It's an incredibly sweet contrast to the attitude normally portrayed in their shorts.
  • When Eddie, well-established as an alcoholic, decides to take a drink before entering Toontown, but then visibly toughens his discipline and instead uses the bottle of whiskey as target practice.
    • He probably was going to use it as target practice anyway, but the heartwarming part is that he dumped the whiskey out rather than drinking it.
    • Eddie decides to turn over a new leaf, give up the booze, and do something worthwhile. And why does this toon-hating detective decide to do these things? To save his friend—WHO'S A TOON.
      • As a Freeze-Frame Bonus, a little engraving on the case of the toon gun reveals Eddie received it from Yosemite Sam, who gave it to him as a thank-you-present for "getting him out of the hoosegow" (prison).
      • Speaking of the gun, when Eddie opens the lid for the bullets, they are mentioning how they haven't seen him in five years. Are they angry that he's ignored them all this time? Nope! On the contrary, they are overjoyed to see him again and when he opens his gun, they readily jump in with an excited yell.
  • Herman defending Roger, saying that he doesn't think Roger's a murderer and even calling him a good friend of his. What really makes this touching is that Herman simply can't stand Roger sometimes, what with the latter frequently screwing up their scenes together during filming.
  • Eddie flipping through the photos of him and Dolores on vacation. It's one of the few times Eddie actually smiles. Then he gets to the photos of Teddy and we're treated to a pan-over of photographs and newspaper clippings that tell the story of how much the two brothers loved one another.
    • Related to the above: one of the newspaper clippings showed how Eddie and Teddy solved a kidnapping of Donald Duck's nephews (Huey, Louie and Dewey), and to celebrate their return, they threw a party which all of Toontown attended.
  • Marvin Acme may be a bit of a Manchild, but like his buddy Roger, all he wants to do is make people laugh. He sprays in disappearing/reappearing ink on Eddie, but is quick to apologize when he sees Eddie doesn't find it funny. Even his will refers to the toons as "those lovable characters!"
  • Eddie Valiant showing he still has a sense of humor.
  • If there were ever a song to describe how great cartoons are, it'd be "Smile, Darn Ya, Smile."
  • It's brief, but there's a scene where Eddie gets onto the back of a streetcar and two kids are trying to do the same. Without hesitating, he gladly helps them up onto the back of the streetcar with him.
    Boy: Hey, mister! Ain't you got a car?
    Eddie: Who needs a car in LA? We got the best public transportation system in the world!
  • At the very end of the film, in the background, you can see Eddie shaking Dumbo's trunk, thereby solidifying his changed attitude towards toons.



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