Who Framed Roger Rabbit was a go-to film in the late ’80s and early ’90s, wearing out VCRs all over the world. For every dueling piano between cartoon ducks, there are a lot of adult jokes in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. If you haven’t watched the movie in a while, take a look. Surprisingly, it says a lot about how dirty money worked its way into the civic planning of Los Angeles (like Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, but with cartoons). Don’t worry about that, though. This list breaks down all of the adult Who Framed Roger Rabbit jokes, from winking innuendo to sophisticated wordplay.
If you know anything about the history of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, dirty jokes are basically the bread and butter of the original author, Gary K. Wolf. His surreal brand of dark humor gave birth to the somewhat watered down style of the film. The finished product isn’t just a textbook example of the hero’s journey, or an intersection of high and low cultures.
The adult humor of Who Framed Roger Rabbit includes some of the smartest dumb jokes you’ll ever see or hear, and even if you know about some of the more famous adult bits, there’s no way you caught them all. Thank goodness you have this list to help you find all of the dirty jokes in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Jessica’s Booby Trap
Is That a Rabbit in Your Pocket?
The Writing on the Wall
The men’s room wall that is. In an out-of-order men’s room in Toon Town, there’s a message to the gents that reads, “For a good time call Allyson ‘Wonderland.’ The best is yet to be.” There’s a lot to break down in to sentences, but Allyson Wonderland is obviously meant to be Alice in Wonderland, and “The best is yet to be” is simply a cleaned up version of “The best is yet to come” and if you don’t get that, then go ask your mother.
Eddie’s Artistic Pursuits
Roger Rabbit Is an Excellent Lover
Jessica Is Very, Very Good at Patty Cake
Baby Herman Is a Real Perv
Remember to Check Your Probate
That’s a Good Dishwasher
Dat Harvey Reference Doe
In a scene that’s so much more tense than any scene in a children’s movie needs to be, when Judge Doom is looking for Roger in the bar he asks if anyone has seen a rabbit, which leads head scumbag, Angelo, to introduce the Judge to “Harvey,” an invisible rabbit.
Any old-timer knows that Jimmy Stewart starred in a film of the same name about an alcoholic cartoonist with an imaginary rabbit friend. However, if you were 3 years old when this movie came out, there was a good chance you didn’t know why your parents were chuckling.
Who Doesn’t Like a Falling Piano?
Upon entering Toon Town, a crucial step on the hero’s journey for Eddie, he drives right into a truck labeled “Acme Overused Gags” that’s full of bowling balls, springs, banana peels, the usual.
It’s the sort of sly satirical commentary that makes a bit of slapstick work for grown-ups as well as children.
The Singing Sword Has More Backstory Than Needed
There are so many in jokes packed into the Singing Sword Gag that you almost need a diagram to explain it. In Prince Valiant, the knight uses a weapon called “the singing sword.” In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the lead character, Eddie Valiant, wields a “singing sword” to defend himself from Judge Doom.
If that wasn’t a big enough goof, the singing sword actually looks and sounds just like Frank Sinatra. Who else needs a drink?
How Often Do You Change Your Shorts?
Here are two quick jokes that you can only catch if you’re actively looking for them, but after Eddie uses Bugs Bunny’s “spare” and lands safely on the ground, the Toon Town Theater has a sign that boasts that they “change [their] shorts daily,” and that they’re showing “Willie the Giant.”
See kids, you too can grow up to be a cartoonist.
Eddie’s Method of Getting Around Town
The Toon Town Bear Poster
In a Toon Town alleyway there’s a poster for Braer Baer that features the slogan “Not too hard, not too soft, it’s juuuuuust right!” We’ll be taking that barf bag now.
Felix the Cat’s Cameo
The entrance to Toon Town, which is actually the Griffith Park bridge, features a tragedy-comedy mask on its emblem. Instead of the standard faces used by the likes of Motley Crue, Who Framed RogerRabbit opted to use two faces of Felix the Cat.
Though he’s been around since the 1920’s, Felix has lost a lot of cultural cache and his pretty much unknown to most children.
The Constant References to Eddie’s Alcoholism
Roger Rabbit Is Under Threat of Being Sent to a Lab
How Many People Corrugated That Evidence?
This is for the wordplay nerds in the audience (say HEEEEEY!): When the weasels are looking for Roger in Eddie’s apartment/office, one of them tells Valiant that they’ve got information that was “corrugated” by several people, when in fact it was actually corroborated.
You see, “corrugated” is when a material like metal or cardboard is shaped into grooves. Does anyone else hear a nerd alert?