Sad news for the fans of Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Flip in Toontown at Disneyland, as it appears to be the latest in a series of “diversity & inclusion” updates to various park rides. Fan favorite character Jessica Rabbit has apparently been removed from the ride as plans are underway to re-theme the ride to have Jessica covered up in a trench coat and will become the main star of the attraction, seemingly pushing her husband aside.
This update was most likely due to the third party diversity & inclusion consultation group that the company has recently been using for the parks. A number of changes to classic rides from Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise and most of all Splash Mountain have caused some fan backlash yet the executives disregard the protests. Jessica Rabbit is now set to star as the lead character in the attraction as a detective, covered up to be de-sexualized and no longer needing her husband to be more “independent”.
The 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, based on the 1981 novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit by Gary K. Wolf, is considered today to be a classic in the lineup of Disney films. A dark and twisted story taking place in 1947 Hollywood about a detective trying to help a toon that had been framed for murder filled with tons of laughs, emotional storytelling and all of your favorite classic characters from various different companies.
With the character’s popularity Roger Rabbit appeared all across the theme parks on various stage shows, merchandise and even an attraction in Disneyland’s Toon Town section where guests could experience the events of the movie themselves on a wild “car-toon” ride. His appearances were later less frequent as a dispute between Michael Eisner and Steven Spielberg over the rights caused Eisner to cancel various projects, even a TV series which was eventually reworked into Bonkers.
No news has been given as to when these changes will be fully implemented, but you’d better hurry on over to Toon Town in California before all the changes have been made.
Source: KRON 4
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