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June 23

June 23, 1989 – The Roger Rabbit Short Film Tummy Trouble is Released to Theaters

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“Don’t worry about a thing! I’ve learned my lesson! I’m a reformed rabbit! A better bunny! A happy hare!”

On June 23, 1989, the Roger Rabbit short film Tummy Trouble was released to theaters. It was the first short Disney had worked on in 24 years, and featured the characters from the hit film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Tummy Trouble was the first in a series of three Roger Rabbit shorts, with a fourth one planned but cancelled. A Hidden Mickey can also be found in this short film. The animation was directed by Rob Minkoff, with the live action directed by Frank Marshall. It starred Charles Fleischer as Roger, April Winchell as Mom and Baby Herman, Lou Hirsch as Baby Herman, and Kathleen Turner as Jessica Rabbit.

The short begins with Uncle Roger being asked to take care of Baby Herman again, though he is warned to not mess things up like the previous time. After his mother leaves, Baby Herman starts wailing and throwing a tantrum, but Roger is prepared with a baby rattle. Unfortunately for Roger, Baby Herman swallows the rattle, and Roger screams out to call 911. At the hospital, Roger cries out that he wished this tragedy had befallen him. He then gives a hungry Baby Herman his bottle, and when Roger burps him, several things pop out, including the kitchen sink. The rattle then pops out, but Roger ends up swallowing it by accident. Baby Herman starts to cry, but is cheered up when Roger starts dancing, as the rattle shakes inside. Roger, instead of Baby Herman, is wheeled into surgery to remove the rattle. Meanwhile, Jessica is walking down the hall with a cart full of bottles, and Baby Herman follows her, hoping to retrieve a bottle. He then starts chasing one that has slipped from her cart and bounces down the hallway.

Roger tries to dodge his surgeons, but finds himself quickly captured. They pull out a chainsaw to cut him open, but soon leave for lunch. Baby Herman enters the room, still chasing a bottle, when he gets distracted by what he thinks is a giant bottle, but is really a large surgical laser. Baby Herman ends up causing more chaos within the room, sending hypodermic needles flying across the room and sending the pair flying across the hall into an elevator shaft. Baby Herman manages to save himself (though does accidentally swallow the rattle again) while Roger is crushed by the elevator. When looking for Herman again, the pair are caught on the rocketing laser, and fly into a pile of highly flammable chemical tanks. The pair are blasted into the sky, and the pair are both free of the rattle. Roger is ecstatic – until he sees the hospital bill. Even worse, Baby Herman swallows that rattle again. The short ends with Jessica taking Roger home to play a game of patty-cake.

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March 12

March 12, 1993 – The Roger Rabbit Short Film Trail Mix-Up is Released to Theaters

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“Have a nice lunch, boys. And remember, only you can prevent forest fires.”

On March 12, 1993, the Roger Rabbit short film Trail Mix-Up was released to theaters alongside A Far Off Place. It features the animated characters from the Touchstone-Spielberg collaboration Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and was produced at the Disney-MGM Studios. It was directed by Barry Cook, with story by Cook, Rob Minkoff, Mark Kausler, and Patrick A. Ventura. The short stars Charles Fleischer as Roger Rabbit, Kathleen Turner as Jessica Rabbit, April Winchell as Baby Herman’s mother and young Baby Herman, Lou Hirsch as Adult Baby Herman, Corey Burton as Droopy Dog, and Frank Welker as the Beaver and the Bear.

It’s a beautiful day at Yellowstain National Park, although the park itself is crowded and covered in litter. Roger Rabbit is carrying a giant load of supplies for Baby Herman and his mother, when he trips on a pinecone; luckily, everything lands in its proper place, save for the cookie jar, which breaks and causes Baby Herman to cry. Baby Herman’s mother gives Roger one more chance after his slip-up before deciding to go hunting, and leaves Baby Herman with Roger. Park Ranger Jessica shows up to help Roger, and distracts him while he tries to build a fire. In the end, he ends up blowing himself up. Roger then freaks out after seeing a bug, and destroys the forest with his super-duty bug spray. As Roger tries to find something for the pair to eat, Baby Herman is already climbing up a tree to play with a beehive. The branch he is on breaks, and the beehive lands squarely on Roger’s head. The bees then attack Roger, who lands in a lake he thinks is shark infested.

Baby Herman becomes enamored with a beaver, not noticing the danger he is in while following it

Baby Herman becomes enamored with a beaver, not noticing the danger he is in while following it

As Baby Herman follows after a fast-eating beaver, Roger tries to save him from a falling tree, but ends up getting squashed himself. He continues his chase of Baby Herman, and finds him getting caught in a sawmill. Baby Herman manages to escape getting chopped up, but the same cannot be said for Roger, who is able to put himself together to save the baby, only to end up riding down a dangerous log flume, and are joined by a fishing bear. As the quartet falls over a highly steep waterfall, Roger is able to use his ears to send them back up, only to fall again and land in the Old Predictable Geyser. The geyser erupts, sending the four flying out of the studio where the filming for the short film is taking place, and landing on Mount Rushmore, destroying it. Baby Herman yells at Roger about destroying a national monument, and when Roger places a makeshift flag in the ground, he ends up destroying the world on top of it all.

January 26

January 26, 1994 – The Disneyland Attraction Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin Opens

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“Steer and spin a runaway taxicab through the wacky streets of Toontown as you follow the adventures of Roger Rabbit.”

On January 26, 1994, the Mickey’s Toontown attraction Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin opened. It is notable for being the first dark ride to be built at Disneyland in about ten years. Based on the film Who Killed Roger Rabbit?, guests are taken through the streets of Toontown while riding in Lenny the Taxicab, exploring a back alley while working to avoid the toxic concoction Dip being poured by the villainous weasels. Guests have the ability to steer their cab a full 360 degrees so they can gain control through the ride, even riding the attraction backwards if they would like. The attraction features 17 Audio-Animatronic characters, 59 props, and 20 special effects. A version of this attraction was opened in Tokyo Disneyland on April 15, 1996.