Monday, June 20, 2022

 How Jessica got her look!

Even though I wrote the novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? which introduced Jessica Rabbit, I'm a writer, not an artist.  I saw Jessica only in my imagination. I had never seen her for real, never drawn her.  Because that's a skill I don't have.  Luckily, Oscar-winning animator Richard Williams had that skill in abundance. He sat down with me and together we drew the Jessica which had previously existed only in my mind.  Dick exaggerated her proportions - the teeny tiny waist, large chest, larger bottom - so that other animators would know that she hadn't been rotoscoped.  That's a perfectly acceptable animation technique in which animators film a live action person and then draw over the photo.  That could not happen here.  There's no real person with Jessica's impossible proportions. Nobody we could possibly have filmed in live action and traced over.  Dick did a magnificent job bringing my wishful thought to life.  Jessica, as I saw her and as Dick drew her, is now regarded as one of the premiere sex symbols of all time.


Saturday, June 18, 2022

 Hey, Toontownians.  Welcome to my new blog, Rabbit Tales!!!  Over the next couple of weeks I'm going to be talking about a lot of Roger and Jessica Rabbit stuff.

As you all know, I created the character of Jessica Rabbit, widely regarded as one of the foremost sex symbols of all time.  I based her on some real women that I fantasized about in my youth: Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, and Veronica Lake, the woman with the peek-a-boo hair style.  Those were my real-world inspirations.  My fantasy inspiration was Tex Avery's Red Hot Riding Hood.  If you don't know who or what Red Hot is, check out one of her cartoons on You Tube.  You'll see Jessica's Grandmother strutting her stuff.

Tomorrow, we'll talk about how Jessica came to look like she does.

In the meantime, if you want to read Jessica's origins story, and find out where Toons come from, check out my novel, Jessica Rabbit: XERIOUS Business, on Amazon.com.

https://www.amazon.com/Jessica-Rabbit-XERIOUS-Business-Roger-ebook/dp/B09ZHXZRLG/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2G0W6H7JQMFLT&keywords=XERIOUS+Business&qid=1651830976&sprefix=xerious+business%2Caps%2C99&sr=8-1



 How Jessica got her look! Even though I wrote the novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? which introduced Jessica Rabbit, I'm a writer, not a...