What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that some of the nuances of the storyline and much of the film's innuendo-laden humor will go right over children's heads. Several scenes feature cartoon violence including one where characters are thrown into "the dip" (an acid-like concoction that will "erase" toons). A live-action character is shot on screen (no blood), and someone is run over by a steamroller. Also, adult language used by the live-action characters includes "son of a bitch" and "bastard." Silly double entendres proliferate ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way.") and Jessica Rabbit is highly sexualized.
- Families can talk about the mix of live action and animation, which this movie pioneered. Did you like seeing the mix of animated and live-action characters? What do you know about how the film was created? As successful as this film was, why are there not more similar films?
- Did the violence in the movie ever feel scary? Does violence with animated characters seem less dramatic? If so, why is that?
- What was your reaction to Jessica Rabbit's character? Is she playing a stereotype? What is the effect of sexualized female characters in the media?