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No matter, the rabbit won't get far. My men will find him.
Judge Doom before the Weasels enter[src]

The Toon Patrol are a gang of anthropomorphic toon weasels and the secondary antagonists of the 1988 live-action/animated film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. They serve as henchmen to Judge Doom.

Background[]

In the film, the Toon Patrol are the law enforcers of Toontown, although they behave less like law enforcers and more like gangsters and crooks due to their personalities. Judge Doom hired them to arrest Roger Rabbit for supposedly murdering Marvin Acme. Their vehicle is a real-life black 1936 Dodge Humpback panel truck, which serves as a paddy wagon. The vehicle is fitted with the official City of Los Angeles "Toon Patrol" decals on the front doors.

Like all the other toons in the movie, the Toon Patrol are invincible to physical body harm, except the toxic chemical blend called the "Dip".

In the case of the weasels, it is shown that prolonged laughter is also lethal to them; while Eddie Valiant jokes around in front of them during the climax of the film, all except their leader, Smart Ass, die from laughing at him. Smart Ass meets his demise after Valiant crotch-kicks him into a vat of the Dip. Whether or not the weasels knew that Doom was a toon himself is never confirmed, but their relationship with him may hint that they had no knowledge of such.

The design of the Toon Patrol and their switchblades were inspired by the weasels in the 1949 Disney cartoon segment The Wind in the Willows.

The Weasels[]

Smart Ass (a.k.a. Smarty, Smart Guy, or Wise Guy) is the leader of the Toon Patrol, and is ranked a sergeant by Judge Doom. He was voiced by late David Lander.

Of all the weasels, Smart Ass is the smartest and most consistently serious and does his best to keep his mind on the job. Despite this, he has a sarcastic attitude and will also laugh at anything he finds funny, although he has more control than the other weasels. Whilst the leader of the Toon Patrol and despite his intelligence, he has a poor vocabulary and commits a malapropism almost every time he speaks. He seems to have no regard for others and even his own colleagues receive little compassion from him, though they will also offer no consolation to him when he suffers in any fashion.

Smart Ass has brown fur with sienna markings on his muzzle and underbelly. He wears a light pink double-breasted zoot suit coat with a matching fedora and a white dress shirt. He has various accessories such as a gold chain in the left pocket, a bejeweled hot pink tie, and spats on his bare feet. His weapon of choice is a .44 revolver, although in the bar scene, he is shown attempting to attack Eddie Valiant with a switchblade.

Greasy is allegedly the second-in-command of the Toon Patrol. He is voiced by Charles Fleischer.

He has a thick Puerto Rican accent, though he curses in Spanish when he is caught in Jessica's "booby trap" and when rocketed into the air by Roger's entrance. Greasy seems to be the most aggressive of the weasels and is the most eager to fight. He is also a pervert, evident as he takes the opportunity to molest Jessica's breast cleavage when the weasels are tasked with frisking her.

Greasy has long, greasy black hair slicked back and dark brown fur with tan markings. Greasy often appears overweight and sports a small potbelly, though this is inconsistent with his appearances when he had a slim figure. He wears a green zoot suit-styled trench coat, a white dress shirt with a partially obscured pink tie and a matching fedora that often obscures his eyes. He wears white spectator shoes with single black stripes and trousers hiked up to his chest, making him the only weasel to wear pants. He appropriately resembles a zoot suit gangster from the L.A. "Zoot Suit Riots" of the 1940s.

His weapon of choice is a switchblade, though he also uses a .44 revolver.

Psycho is the most insane weasel of the Toon Patrol. He is voiced by Charles Fleischer.

Psycho is the most insane of the weasels, hence his name. He is constantly heard letting out insane laughter. He gets excited by the concept of killing, as he is heard gleefully laughing when Judge Doom kills the Toon Shoe in the bucket of Dip. He is nearly drooling in anticipation as Smarty attempts to drive into Benny the Cab, and he takes it upon himself to shoot the Dip at Roger and Jessica.

Psycho wears an unbuckled straitjacket, implying that he had previously done time in an insane asylum. On a few occasions, it is implied that he enjoys pretending his straitjacket is buckled by hugging himself tightly, namely when he exits the Toon Patrol's car in his first appearance and while laughing after Eddie stuffs a bar of soap into Smartass's mouth; though this might also imply that he is not entirely used to having his straitjacket unbuckled.

Psycho has brown fur with frizzy hair, yellow swirls in his eyes, and gangly yellow teeth. His only clothing is an unbuckled straitjacket to exemplify his insanity. His weapon of choice is a straight razor, which he is often carrying in his mouth or jabbing in someone's direction.

Wheezy is the gunman of the Toon Patrol. He is voiced by June Foray.

Wheezy has an unhealthy addiction to cigarettes and is often smoking several at once, causing his voice to become dry and raspy. He rarely speaks and his laughter always devolves into hacking and coughing. Much like the other weasels, he begins laughing uncontrollably at funny sights and will eventually die from the laughter, which occurs to most of the weasels except Smartass. He appears to be afraid of dying, as he is seen unsuccessfully trying to pull his soul back into his body, although when it breaks free, it does not appear regretful. He only has two lines in the film, both of which are barely coherent. The first is "Let's go!" when Eddie and Roger escape with Benny. The second is "Move it!" when he is about to tie up Roger and Jessica in the Acme Warehouse.

Unlike his colleagues' collective brown furs, Wheezy has smoky-blue fur with lighter grey markings, pink bloodshot eyes, and yellow nicotine-stained fingers, which all tie in with his chain-smoking addiction. He is never without an absurd number of cigarettes, particularly possessing several in his mouth. He wears a white pork pie hat in which he carries an additional stash of cigarettes, a black vest, a loose tie, and a wrinkled shirt. His weapon of choice is presumed to be a tommy gun, though he is only seen using it once.

Stupid is the dumbest member of the Toon Patrol. He is voiced by Fred Newman.

As his name implies, he is so stupid that he is seen hitting himself over the head with his own weapon while laughing. He is also shown to be very childlike, as shown from his movements during his only line in the film when he excitedly informs Judge Doom that Toontown is on the other side of the wall in the Acme Factory, which he and Wheezy are drilling open. Despite his stupidity, he does at least try to stop Valiant in the bar and later, is put in charge of the Dip Machine's controls, showing a small bit of competence.

Stupid is clearly overweight, while all the other weasels are fairly slim. He has a very childlike wardrobe, wearing a blue and gray striped T-shirt, a red beanie with a propeller, and dingy blue sneakers with untied laces. His weapon of choice is a baseball bat with a nail through it, though he only ever uses it on himself.

During production, there were going to be seven weasels rather than five, much like the Seven Dwarfs. The other two were named "Slimy" and "Flasher." Other names considered were Crazy, Sleazy, Scummy, Itchy, and Twitchy. However, only Slimy and Flasher made it to the sketch stage, and no voice work for them was ever completed. Slimy was a black weasel with 1950s greaser attire who puked slime (and, just by looking at his concept art, could also be playing in it) and carried a blackjack as a weapon. Flasher, as his name implies, wore a trench coat but did not carry a visual weapon. The conceptual art of these characters is included in the 15th anniversary DVD edition of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Slimy, Flasher, and a third weasel known as Ragtag appear in the comic The Resurrection of Doom. Since Slimy and Flasher appear somewhat differently in this comic, it is possible that they were different weasels that happen to have the same name.

Also, there is an unnamed weasel in Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin. He is a dark brown weasel who wears a gray baggy hat, a white button-up shirt, and dark cadet-blue baggy suspenders. He was voiced by Will Ryan. His origins are unknown, though some names have been suggested by fans, notably "Sleazy". Sleazy was also a name mentioned on the movie's commentary.

Role in the film[]

The Toon Patrol first appear when they drive their paddy wagon into the Acme Factory, the scene of Marvin Acme's murder. As they exit their vehicle, Smart Ass, the leader, assures their boss Judge Doom of their task's success, stating that their many "deformants" (informants) around the city will help them find the murderous suspect Roger Rabbit. During the demonstration of the Dip on an innocent Toon shoe, the weasels all laugh with sadistic glee in spite of the horrific properties of Dip and its effects on toons.

Using their contacts, the weasels soon track Roger Rabbit to Eddie Valiant's office. Smart Ass bangs on Valiant's door and calls out to him repeatedly, demanding entry, but when they receive no response, Wheezy uses his tommy gun to destroy the lock on the door so they can enter. Finding the room apparently empty, Greasy believes that Roger and Valiant have already left, although Smart Ass is (correctly) convinced that Roger is still hiding somewhere in the office, as he pulls out his own revolver. Smart Ass soon finds Valiant washing his clothes in the sink and questions him on Roger's whereabouts (unaware that Roger is indeed hiding in the sink underwater due to being handcuffed to Eddie), while the other weasels are tasked with searching the office. When the interrogation slowly goes south, Valiant shoves a bar of soap in Smart Ass's mouth and the other weasels laugh at him. Smart Ass hushes them and abuses them to warn them against laughter (spitting the soap at Wheezy and sending him soaring into the window blinds, whacking Greasy and Psycho over their heads with a plunger before finally sealing Stupid's mouth shut with it), before they eventually leave to search elsewhere, but not without Smart Ass warning Valiant that they will deal with him next time if he interferes in their investigation again.

The weasels later track Roger to the Ink & Paint Club terminal bar and summon Doom. When they all arrive, the weasels look on as Doom offers a $500 reward to the bar patrons for any information on Roger's whereabouts (which fails when the patrons make a joke about it) before turning his attention to a record player still running. After examining and sniffing the record, he concludes that Roger is indeed present in the bar and throws the record to the weasels; however the record is lodged into Stupid's mouth, prompting the other weasels (including Smart Ass) to laugh at him, much to Doom's anger. Striking Smart Ass, Doom orders them to stop laughing, reminding them of their "idiot hyena cousins" who had died previously from prolonged laughter. Smart Ass then offers to have his team "dis-resemble" (disassemble) the area, but Doom declines and instead resorts to tapping his cane to the tune of "Shave and a Haircut" to temp Roger out of hiding. Roger, who is hiding in the bar's hidden room with Valiant, cannot resist finishing the tune and bursts into the room, leading to his capture by Doom. Smart Ass and Greasy hold Valiant at knifepoint, while Doom prepares to execute Roger with his Dip. Fortunately, Roger is saved when Valiant tricks him into drinking a shot of Bourbon (which Roger has a strong reaction to), leading to a brief fight between Valiant and the weasels, which Valiant wins before fleeing the bar with Roger. The weasels then pursue Roger, Valiant, and their newest toon companion, Benny the Cab (whom Roger and Valiant free from the weasels' paddy wagon while trying to hijack it), on a wild car chase through the city, but the trio is finally able to elude them.

The Toon Patrol later appears in Toontown in pursuit of Valiant, Benny, and Roger's voluptuous toon human wife, Jessica Rabbit, who reveals that Doom had murdered Acme and, more recently, R.K. Maroon, the owner of Maroon Cartoon Studios. Doom and the weasels soon capture Valiant and Jessica and take them to the Acme factory, leaving the "unconscious" Benny behind after Doom blew out his Toon tires with the Dip and Benny crashed head-on with a lamppost.

At the factory, Smart Ass, Greasy and Psycho are tasked by Doom to search Valiant and Jessica for Marvin Acme's will — which grants ownership of Toontown to the Toons — but only find Roger's love letter to Jessica. During this time, Greasy eagerly volunteers for the task of searching Jessica and immediately begins fondling her cleavage, before being caught in her "booby trap" and panicking with a bear trap hanging from his hand. While the weasels laugh as he hops around and wails in pain, Doom hits him into a pile of boxes with his cane. Meanwhile, Stupid and Wheezy drill open a hole in the wall leading to Toontown, which Stupid informs Doom of.

After Doom unveils his Dip Machine, which he plans to use to obliterate Toontown to build a freeway in its place, Psycho, Stupid and Wheezy are later seen prepping the vehicle. Smart Ass holds Valiant and Jessica at bay with a revolver as Doom continues to explain his plan to them. Roger suddenly emerges from a manhole in the middle of the factory, intent on saving his wife and Valiant, but Greasy drops a hanging pile of bricks on him after being launched onto it from the manhole cover he was standing on from where Roger emerged. Wheezy, Stupid and Greasy are later seen tying Roger and Jessica together to a large hanging hook operated by Doom, before they return to operating the Dip Machine; Psycho eagerly points the vehicle's mounted spray cannon at the hanging toon couple. When Doom accidentally slips on some false eyeballs spilled from a fallen box, the weasels all laugh at him. Agitated, Doom proclaims that they will eventually "laugh themselves to death", indirectly giving Valiant an idea. Doom then orders Smartass to kill Valiant once Roger and Jessica were dipped before taking his leave, an order Smartass happily complies with.

Valiant then unexpectedly activates a nearby music machine, getting the attention of the surprised weasels — as well as Roger and Jessica — and begins performing a comedic musical number, causing the weasels to literally die laughing in following order: Stupid laughs and falls off a ladder he was standing on, before suddenly dying and holding a lily over his body as his spirit ascends into the sky. Shortly afterwards, as Wheezy laughs, his spirit also begins leaving his body, despite his desperate attempts to pull it back inside. Eventually, his spirit ascends and his body falls along with the ladder he was standing on. Smart Ass also continues laughing until he is suddenly distracted by a flaw in the lyrics. After correcting it, Valiant kicks Smart Ass in the crotch and launches him into the Dip Machine's large vat, instantly dissolving and killing him. This causes the remaining weasels to laugh even harder, so much that Greasy, who is driving the vehicle, dies next and falls out, letting go of the brake and leaving the vehicle to roll forward uncontrollably. Psycho, still laughing, starts dancing around and accidentally hits a lever to fire the Dip cannon, only rarely missing Roger and Jessica. He eventually loses his balance and hangs from another switch that turns the cannon away from the hostages, before falling into the spinning brush in front of the vehicle. As an angel, he begins ascending before pushing the switch to turn the cannon back towards them, before bidding farewell and giggling to himself.

Trivia[]

  • The Toon Patrol was intended to be a crude parody of the Seven Dwarfs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, hence why there were initially seven to begin with. The deleted character Voltaire was also supposed to be based on the vultures from the same movie.
    • The Toon Patrol filled in for many of the things Voltaire would have done if he remained in the film.
  • In early drafts for the film, the weasels would have been unnamed and all have similar personalities, and there would have been at least ten of them. All the weasels would die laughing (compared to Smart Ass being killed by the Dip). Additionally, instead of Judge Doom killing R.K. Maroon himself, one of the weasels would have done so while disguised as Roger Rabbit.
  • Despite the weasels each having official names as shown in the end credits, none of them are addressed by one another or any of the other characters in the film by name, the latter simply referring to them as "the weasels"; Roger is the only character to call them the "Toon Patrol", though only once when he is handcuffed to Eddie.
    • Also, if any one of the weasels is heard speaking off-screen, closed-captioning does not use the name of the weasel in question, instead simply calling him "Weasel".
  • Doom yells at the weasels that they will die laughing if they do not stop, just like their "idiot hyena cousins". This is completely inaccurate, as weasels and hyenas do not belong to the same animal family. However, since they are cartoon characters and not real animals, it could be that their relationship with the hyenas was a legal one, rather than a biological one.
  • While all the weasels "die" at the climax of the movie, Smart Ass is the only member of the Toon Patrol to die permanently, being kicked into the Dip rather than dying from laughter.
  • The 1936 Dodge Commercial Panel was briefly driven by Wheezy, but throughout the entire movie, it was mostly driven by Smart Ass.
  • In some media, Smart Ass’s name is censored via renaming due to the profane nature of said name:
  • Wheezy's color palette is completely different from his movie counterpart in Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, with a brown coat of fur and a yellow shirt rather than the gray he wore in the movie.
  • Greasy makes a cameo in the Bonkers episode "Of Mice and Menace". He appears in a couple of mugshots on a computer, implying that the weasels are criminals in the series.

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Miscellaneous[]


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Media
Films and Television: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (video/soundtrack) • Mickey's 60th BirthdayTummy TroubleRoller Coaster RabbitTrail Mix-Up

Video Games: 1988 video gameNES gameGame Boy game
Cancelled projects: Roger Rabbit II: The Toon PlatoonHare In My Soup

Disney Parks
Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

Entertainment: Once Upon a Mouse
Parades: Disney's FantillusionDisney's Party ExpressDisney Carnivale ParadeDisney on Parade: 100 Years of MagicDisney Classics ParadeSpectromagicTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Fireworks: Remember... Dreams Come True
Christmas: A Christmas Fantasy Parade
Cancelled projects: Roger Rabbit's Hollywood

Characters
Film: Roger RabbitJessica RabbitEddie ValiantDoloresBaby HermanBenny the CabJudge DoomToon PatrolR.K. MaroonMarvin AcmeLt. SantinoAngeloBaby Herman's MotherBongo the GorillaToon BulletsLena Hyena

Comics: SunshineNightwingC.B. MaroonRick Flint
Deleted: Captain CleaverVoltaire
Other: Lenny the CabList of cameos in Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Songs
Film: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2Why Don't You Do Right?The Merry-Go-Round Broke DownSmile Darn Ya SmileWitchcraft

Deleted: This Only Happens in the Movies

Locations
ToontownCloverleaf IndustriesMaroon CartoonsLos AngelesValiant & ValiantAcme CorporationThe Ink and Paint ClubHollywood
Objects
DipDip MachineMarvin Acme's WillToon RevolverPacific Electric Railway
See also
Bonkers


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Media
BonkersVideo game (Super Nintendo)Video game (Sega Genesis/Mega Drive)
Characters
Heroes: Bonkers D. BobcatFall-Apart RabbitLeonard KanifkyFawn DeerSkunky SkunkCharles QuibbleLudwig Von DrakeMad HatterMarch HareTootsHarry HandbagThe Mean Old WolfJitters A. DogSlap, Sniffle and PlopCharlie PigMaggie ToonAltoMac the BassPops ClockRoderick LizzardTuttle TurtleTanya TrunkTinyLinda QuippsSgt. Frank GratingBucky BuzzsawSmartsGrumbles GrizzlyRitaBroderick the RadioPolice LightScribbleSnitch

The Wrights: Miranda WrightShirley WrightTimmy Wright
The Piquels: Lucky PiquelDilandra PiquelMarilyn Piquel
Villains: The CollectorMr. DoodlesMa ParkerWooly and BullyFlaps the ElephantChick and StuWolfBaabraMikey MuffinDr. BladeHelgaPittsMr. Malone and the ApeHolio KalimariScatter SquirrelKatya Legs-go-on-a-lotTurbo, Banshee and KapowMammoth MammothWarris and DonaldHoagie, Knuckles, and ChumpsToon PencilWeather ToonsMoleSeymour Sleazebottom and LimoSquash and StretchThe RatT.J. FingerGloomy the ClownMr. BigZ-BotNinja Kitties
Cameos: Mickey MouseDonald DuckGoofyPeteDumboHyacinth HippoBen Ali GatorTyrannosaurus RexChernaborgHonest JohnMonstroBr'er BearLadyTrampThe DoorknobBig Bad WolfJasper and HoraceMarsupilamiDarkwing DuckShere KhanGreasyFerdinand the Bull

Episodes
Raw Toonage shorts and compilations: "Petal to the Metal" • "Spatula Party" • "Sheerluck Bonkers" • "Bonkers in Space" • "Draining Cats and Dogs" • "Get Me to the Church on Time" • "Ski Patrol" • "Get Me a Pizza (Hold the Minefield)" • "Dogzapoppin'" • "Trailmix Bonkers" • "Quest for Firewood" • "Gobble Gobble Bonkers"

Group One (Miranda Wright): "Trains, Toons and Toon Trains" • "Tokyo Bonkers" • "The Stork Exchange" • "Bobcat Fever" • "The Toon That Ate Hollywood" • "When the Spirit Moves You" • "Fistful of Anvils" • "What You Read is What You Get" • "Toon for a Day"
Group Two: (Lucky Piquel): "Going Bonkers" • "In the Bag" • "Hear No Bonkers, See No Bonkers" • "Out of Sight, Out of Toon" • "Is Toon Fur Really Warm?" • "Calling All Cars" • "Fall Apart Bomb Squad" • "In Toons We Trust" • "Never Cry Pig" • "Hamster Houseguest" • "The Cheap Sheep Sweep" • "The Day the Toon Stood Still" • "Weather or Not" • "Basic Spraining" • "Once in a Blue Toon" • "Luna-Toons" • "Time Wounds All Heels" • "Poltertoon" • "Hand Over the Dough" • "The Rubber Room Song" • "Tune Pig"
Group Three (Miranda Wright): "New Partners on the Block" • "Witless for the Prosecution" • "Do Toons Dream of Animated Sheep?" • "Quibbling Rivalry" • "Springtime for the Iguana" • "CasaBonkers" • "Love Stuck" • "Of Mice and Menace" • "Dog Day AfterToon" • "The 29th Page" • "Cartoon Cornered"
Group Four (Lucky Piquel): "The Good, the Bad, & the Kanifky" • "I Oughta Be in Toons" • "Frame That Toon" • "A Wooly Bully" • "Stay Tooned" • "O Cartoon! My Cartoon!" • "Color Me Piquel" • "Stand-In Dad" • "Cereal Surreal" • "If" • "The Dimming" • "Toon with No Name" • "Get Wacky" • "The Final Review" • "Goldijitters and the 3 Bobcats" • "Seems Like Old Toons" • "Miracle at the 34th Precinct" • "Comeback Kid" • "The Greatest Story Never Told" • "Fall Apart Land" • "Imagine That" • "A Fine Kettle of Toons" • "Stressed to Kill"

Locations
ToontownHollywoodRubber Room Toon ClubWackytoon Studios
Songs
Let's Go Bonkers!He's on the Beat
See also
Darkwing DuckRaw ToonageGoof TroopWho Framed Roger RabbitThe Disney Afternoon
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