10 Darkly Disturbing Disney Movie Theories

10. Who Framed Roger Rabbit Is About Racial Segregation

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The most revelatory thing that’s come out about multi-Oscar-winning Disney-Touchstone animation Who Framed Roger Rabbit in recent years isn’t that it features a sneaky nude crotch shot of Jessica Rabbit but rather that it’s probably a thinly-veiled metaphor for racism and racial segregation.

Set in 1947 during the height of Jim Crow-era segregation, the film focuses on Toontown – an animated neighbourhood of Los Angeles where cartoons reside segregated from their human counterparts that’s at risk of destruction at the hands of Judge Doom who plans to replace the town with a freeway for LA’s wealthy human inhabitants. A plot not too unlike the gentrification of predominantly non-white neighbourhoods in many Western societies.

Then we have Jessica Rabbit, the most humanlike of Toontown’s toons, who private detective Eddie Valiant finds very attractive despite his self-proclaimed hatred of cartoons which according to the theory symbolises the confused desire many white males felt towards women of colour despite viewing them as lesser.

And there’s the evil Judge Doom who, it turns out, is actually a cartoon disguised in human form – an Uncle Tom type sell-out who betrays his own in order to benefit from his assimilation into human society. The difference is that there’s a happy ending in Who Framed Roger Rabbit whereas some parts of the US are still racist cesspools today.


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