Forever running cartoon program on television, the last non-Disney ABC Kids show, and the last non-Educational and Informational (E/I) Saturday morning cartoon on broadcast TV.
|Also known as||Roger Rabbit Shorts|
|Created by||Patricia Aakhus|
|Developed by||Hans Aanrud|
|Written by||David Aaron|
|Screenplay by||Rachel Aaron|
|Story by||Soazig Aaron|
|Directed by||Ben Aaronovitch|
|Creative director(s)||Alexander Aaronsohn|
|Presented by||Héctor Abad Faciolince|
|Narrated by||Christopher Abani|
|Theme music composer||Sait Faik Abasıyanık|
|Opening theme||"Roger Rabbit"|
|Ending theme||"The End"|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||251 (753 segments, plus 5 shorts and 2 films) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Carmine Abate|
|News editor(s)||Edward Abbey|
|Production location(s)||United States|
|Camera setup||byEdwin A. Abbott|
|Running time||7-11 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Walt Disney Pictures|
|Distributor||Buena Vista Pictures|
|Original network||Syndicated (1989-1993)|
|Picture format||Filmed color (1989-1993)|
|First shown in||United States|
|Original release||August 13, 1989 –|
November 27, 2002
|Preceded by||Tummy Trouble|
|Followed by||Roller Coaster Rabbit|
|Related shows||Trail Mix-up|
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Roger is placed in charge of watching Baby Herman when his mother needs to step out for an hour; as soon as she leaves, Herman breaks into a heavy crying fit which Roger doesn't seem to be able to break until he pulls out a bright shiny rattle, which immediately garners Herman's attention. After a brief second of shaking it, Herman swallows the rattle, prompting Roger to scream and call 911 and to rush the baby to the emergency room. Roger is overcome with guilt when he visits, but quickly realizes Herman wants to drink from a milk bottle in the room; after Roger burps Herman, he hiccups the rattle, but finds, that in Roger's joyous celebration he accidentally swallows it, causing Baby Herman to become upset he lost his toy. Roger begins to dance, and has his hips rattling with the toy and giving Baby Herman some amusement, but is stunned when a doctor bursts in and mistakes Roger for Baby Herman and preps him for emergency surgery.
While Roger is gone, Herman spies Jessica Rabbit pushing a cart of milk bottles and gives chase, eventually following a runaway milk bottle into the emergency room where Roger is strapped to the table while the surgeons had disappeared for a lunch break. Herman mistakes a large surgical laser for a bottle and climbs up onto it, nearly dissecting Roger in the process. The laser detaches itself from the ceiling and flings a table of scalpels and hypodermic needles at Roger, who avoids them, but is electrocuted in the process. The laser flies around the room and lodges itself under Roger's stretcher and sends him and Herman both ejecting from the emergency room and causing Roger to gag up the rattle, and when Baby Herman to again swallow it before crashing into a wheelchair, they then fly down the hall and into an open elevator shaft due to wet floors causing the wheelchair they landed on to skid out of control. Baby Herman's diaper parachutes him safely to a floor while Roger ends up getting crushed by an elevator while trying to catch Herman. Eventually they end up in a room with piles of gas pumps which are ignited and send them the pair launching miles into the air. As they fall, Herman coughs up the rattle, and causes Roger to swallow it again. As they crash back into the hospital, Roger crashes through several floors before landing smack down on the receptionist floor in the hospital. As he recovers, Baby Herman lands on Roger, causing him to cough up the rattle again, finally ending their adventure. But when Roger's celebration is short lived when he sees the bill for their rampant destruction and faints that he didn't win again, Herman then crawls over to the rattle and as the screen fades to black there is a gulping sound as he again swallows the rattle.
During the end credits, however, Herman spits the rattle out, and angrily threatens more trouble if he has to swallow the rattle again. After attempting to cool Baby Herman down Roger is greeted by Jessica who seductively suggests they go home and play a little patty cake, a love stricken Roger coos as they walk off.
- Jim Cummings as Roger Rabbit, (Carnival announcer)
- Kathleen Turner as Jessica Rabbit
- Lou Hirsch as Adult Baby Herman
- April Winchell as Mrs. Herman and *Young Baby Herman
- Corey Burton as Droopy
- Frank Welker as the Bull
Additional cast Edit
- Charlie Adler as the men's *voiceovers (uncredited)
Roller Coaster Rabbit (along with Trail Mix-Up) was produced at The Magic of Disney Animation located at Disney-MGM Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Rob Minkoff returned to direct the second short in the series.
Spielberg wanted the short to appear with Arachnophobia, Hollywood Pictures' first feature and a co-production between Disney and Amblin. However, CEO Michael Eisner opted to release the short with the US theatrical release of Touchstone Pictures' Dick Tracy, in hopes that the short would increase awareness to the film. Spielberg, who controlled a 50% ownership stake in the character, decided to cancel Hare in My Soup, the third short that had entered production.
This short was re-released with Toy Story in 1995.
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|Shorts||5 + film||May 16, 1988||August 19, 1995||Snydication|
|1||52||July 18, 1990||October 19, 1990||CBS
|2||65||52||August 19, 1991||November 20, 1991|
|13||September 20, 1992||December 21, 1992|
|3||65||52||October 21, 1993||Feburary 23, 1993|
|13||November 22, 1994||March 24, 1994|
|4||69||December 23, 1995||April 25, 1995|