The Inquisitr reports that one Annette Edwards of Worcester, UK is the world record holder for breeding the largest bunny rabbit, a Continental Giant named Darius. This would be more newsworthy if Annette Edwards had not also bred Alice, the rabbit Darius took the title from now that he is longer than four foot three inches. This would be less newsworthy if rabbit breeder extraordinaire Annette Edwards had not also undergone plastic surgery to look as much like Jessica Rabbit as possible.
For those of you wondering who Jessica Rabbit is, she was the va-va-voom girlfriend of the accused cartoon bunny in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? was ground-breaking in its mix of live action from human actors and animation from Toon Town. Director Robert Zemeckis has made extensive pioneering use of special effects technology in a spectrum of movies including Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Death Becomes Her, Polar Express, and Beowulf. In Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Roger’s honey Jessica is a curvy redhead who claims she is not bad; she is just drawn that way. Jessica has a sexy smoky voice, probably voiced by an oddly uncredited Kathleen Turner, and exactly what you’d expect from a dame in a noir frame-up. So anyway, that is who Annette Edwards is channeling with her plastic surgery.
I’m sure I know more than a few people who would like to look as much like cartoons or comic book characters as possible. Yet, is it just me or is it kinda weird for someone to keep trying to breed bigger and bigger rabbits . . . while making themselves look more and more like a cartoon rabbit’s sexpot cartoon girlfriend? Like, is breeding rabbits a sex thing for her? Is she trying to grow one big enough to mate with? I took care of rabbits occasionally, as a kid, because a sibling had them in kindergarten and the children took turns taking care of the bunnies during vacations. As I recall, rabbits will occasionally kick you really hard with their hind legs, while making disturbing noises, for no particular discernible provocation or reason. I thought one of the bunny rabbits we pet sat for was big, but it was like one foot. I’m just imagining what it would be like to get kicked by a four foot plus animal with those kind of haunches.
Full disclosure: I seem to recall having once consumed snacks backstage at a Smashing Pumpkins show with Charles Fleischer, who voiced Roger Rabbit, but I don’t think this biases me on this story. As a kid, I also really liked the book Watership Down.