Where Are They Now?
What happens to childhood cartoon characters when they no longer appeal to the next generation? Jessica Rabbit tells her story and gives a sneak peek at others’ lives after their heyday.
Everyone gets nostalgic every once in a while but, if you’re not a cartoon, you probably haven’t faced the cruelty of the animated entertainment business and seen how far rock bottom can go. This is the story of Jessica Rabbit, now with a gruff voice and about five times her original size. She intimates that she and Roger had moved into the ghetto in the early 90’s, when he couldn’t get any work and after gambling all the money away. Something that her fellow cartoon friends are also faced with – tough financial times after the entertainment industry casts old cartoons aside.
No longer skipping in magical forests, chasing after road runners, pouncing on mushrooms in videogames, or solving criminal mysteries with gadgets and bionic body parts, cartoon characters of yesteryear are now working in construction, janitorial services, general contractor services, or handing out magazines on the streets. It’s a harsh reality that’s reflected on every face, every six o’clock shadow, every pair of bags under the eyes, every look of malaise, and every sagging buttocks. Those who used to play evil characters are now either corporate geeks like Skeletor or cheeky supermarket cashiers like Mumm-Ra.
Only a few have remained successful by either staying the course like Garfield, who now requires a kitty litter box the size of a bed and a forklift to move him to his next mountain of lasagna, or by pursuing a deeply held passion, outside of being a cartoon character, like He-Man, who now designs lingerie, has transformed his muscle into fat, and shares a drink with Man-At-Arms, by the poolside.
As Jessica continues to reflect about how she loved the 80’s, because “everything stayed up by itself back then,” she admits to not knowing where Roger is nowadays, not having seen him in a while, and how she sometimes misses him. As she looks at the empty armchair that Roger used to regularly sit at, she laments of not having known what she had until it was gone.