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Thursday, September 23, 2021 

Disney changes Jessica Rabbit's dress to a woke one

Breitbart says Robert Zemeckis' famous blend of animation with live action movie from 1988, one which may never get a sequel with the way things are now going at Disney corporation, has been dealt a new blow in a park ride based on Roger Rabbit:
Disney has revamped its Jessica Rabbit scene at Disneyland’s “Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin” ride, dumping the cartoon’s classic sexy, scantly clad character.

The revamped — or perhaps devamped — character will no longer be as suggestively dressed as the famed animated sex symbol in the classic 1988 film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? And instead of being in constant peril, Disney says the new Jessica Rabbit will be more empowered and “more relevant” to today’s age, according to Yahoo News.

In the ride, which originally debuted in 1993, Jessica Rabbit was kidnapped by the evil Toon Patrol Weasels. And in one segment of the ride, she was seen tied up in a car trunk. But recently, Disney nixed the scene and replaced Jessica Rabbit with barrels of acid.

Jessica Rabbit now appears dressed in a trench coat and fedora instead of her brilliant ruby-red, low-cut dress
. And according to reports, a new sign was placed in the ride to inform visitors of Jessica Rabbit’s new role.
So she can't be a detective while wearing her strapless dress? Basically, that's what they're saying when they ditch it for the would-be detective gear, which pales by comparison. It's one thing to depict her less as a damsel in distress. But why they seem to think the bustier-style dress inherently symbolizes distress is mystifying. Yet it does decidedly make clear what they really think of Wonder Woman's bustier if this is how they approach the image of Jessica. It all reminds me of a recent irony reported by Hello magazine, about Brie Larson, the star of Capt. Marvel, produced by what's long become an affiliate of Disney studios, who's done some photography where she can be seen wearing a bare-midriff exercise outfit while doing fitness workouts. Now why is it okay to do fashion-model pictures like those, and attend gala conventions wearing fancy dresses, but not wear anything remotely similar in the movie? And why are they allowing this mindset to affect even an animated character? All this does is point out their increasing hypocrisy when it comes to sex and symbols, and why you should save your money and not visit Disneyland anymore.

And if no sequel to Zemeckis' classic film is planned, that only makes clear what a sad joke this is turning out to be.

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Oddly enough, Ada Wong had something similar occur in the Resident Evil 2 remake, where she donned a detective outfit in lieu of her trademark dress (and completely altered her role in the game by having her be a fake FBI agent when originally, she was looking for her boyfriend, the guy who wrote one of the files in the original game). Of course, that said, Ada at least ultimately kept the dress by the second half, unlike Jessica from what I heard.

As far as Jessica, definitely nuts that they'd demake her like that (almost like what Dark Queen was subject to, though fortunately they didn't subject her to CalARTs yet). Though I guess it could have been worse, where current management of Disney basically "restored" Jessica Rabbit's original depiction from the book under the delusion that would make her a "strong woman." (for the uninitiated, in the original book, to paraphrase a saying of hers, she was indeed as bad as the way she was drawn, where she was an explicit porn star who frequently cheats on Roger, basically used him to elevate herself to stardom in Hollywood with absolutely NO regard for him whatsoever, and was overall depicted as an amoral, gold digging jerk.). I'd argue the reason why Jessica was that beloved right now was not just her sexualized design (though it IS part of it), but also the fact that Disney tweaked her overall character to, while still very much sultry, also be explicitly loyal to Roger Rabbit and a surprisingly dedicated wife, being surprisingly family values-oriented (especially for what was technically a more adult film).

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