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Not to be confused with "Tummi Trouble", a Gummi Bears episode.

Tummy Trouble is a 1989 short, starring Roger Rabbit and Baby Herman, that was shown before the film, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids in the United States and before the animated film, The Little Mermaid in the United Kingdom.

This is the first of three animated Roger Rabbit shorts, produced after the 1988 Touchstone Pictures film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It was made by Walt Disney Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.


The cartoon begins with Baby Herman about to cry as his mother is about to leave for an hour. Mrs. Herman leaves her infant son under the care Roger Rabbit, who gives a stern warning to make sure everything is just fine unlike the last time. Once Mrs. Herman leaves the house, Baby Herman starts breaking into a crying fit, so Roger decides to cheer the baby up with a rattle. Unfortunately for Roger, as soon as Baby Herman starts playing with the rattle, he swallows it on a whim and is rushed to the hospital for surgery.

At the hospital, as Baby Herman lies on his bed, Roger arrives and expresses how much he feels bad about Herman's situation. Suddenly, while drinking some milk, Herman burps out the rattle, but the bubble carrying it pops, causing Roger to eat it, making Herman cry once more. However, the baby becomes happy when Roger starts dancing, as it would allow him to hear the rattle. Unfortunately, the doctor arrives at that moment and mistakes Roger for Herman, where he's promptly strapped to a table and taken to the emergency room. Meanwhile, Herman spots milk bottles on a cart being pushed by Jessica Rabbit and begins chasing after one stray bottle.

Back in the surgery room, before the doctors can cut open Roger, they leave for their lunch break, and Herman immediately arrives. Herman grabs the bottle, but mistakes a radioactive container for a bigger bottle, and begins crawling toward it. As Roger, still strapped to the table, tries to stop Herman, Herman lands on top of a laser cutter on the ceiling, and activates it, causing the laser to cut itself from its mount and rocket towards Roger and Herman. What follows is a prolonged chase throughout the hospital, where Roger manages to spit out the rattle, only for Herman to eat it again, and vice versa. By the end of the chase (which involved flying the laser into a pile of explosives and crashing through every floor in the hospital), Roger is happy that they got the rattle back. Unfortunately, Roger's victory is short-lived, as a man presents Roger with the hospital bill, causing him to faint from its high price. The cartoon ends with Herman climbing onto Roger to get his rattle back... and once again swallow it.

After flashing the "The End" card, Herman, who is revealed to have hated the gag of swallowing the rattle, threatens trouble to the crew if he should have to do it again, and Roger, meeting up with his wife, decide to head home to play patty-cake.



The cartoon characters that make cameo appearances in this short include:


  • The title card at the start of the film states that this film was made in 1947, the year Who Framed Roger Rabbit was set in.
  • Although Benny the Cab does not appear in this short, an anthropomorphic ambulance vehicle resembling him can be seen briefly, taking Baby Herman to the hospital at high speed.
  • When Mrs. Herman warns Roger Rabbit to make sure everything is going to be just fine for Baby Herman unlike the last time, her line "NOT LIKE LAST TIME!!" could possibly be a reference to the previous Roger Rabbit/Baby Herman short "Somethin's Cookin'" as seen at the beginning of the original film, even though that short ended abruptly within the film when the director Raoul J. Raoul yells "CUT!" due to Roger failing to follow the script for the 23rd time in the film.
  • The hospital is called "St. Nowhere", a parody of the TV series St. Elsewhere.
  • Mickey Mouse’s trademark shoes and shorts can be seen adorning the changing screen in Baby Herman's hospital room. Nearby is a diagram of a mouse’s skull, in Mickey’s design, on the weights there is a moneybag. When the scene cuts back the clothes are gone and the diagram has been replaced with a Rabbit’s Brain, which is represented by a peanut.
  • When Baby Herman burps after his milk break, it is revealed that the Baby Herman had previously swallowed an empty can of yams, an old fishing boot and an entire kitchen sink prior to swallowing the rattle.
  • When Roger climbs back up the elevator shaft, there's a mouse hole with Mickey Mouse's ears.
  • The hospital doors that Roger passes as he is moved through the hospital are: Pathology, Urology, Proctology, Gynecology, Biology, Radiology, Geology, Theology, Archaeology, Zoology, Egyptology, Astrology, Musicology, Physiology, Pharmacology, Phraseology and finally Burbank.
  • The items in the pile of explosives read: Gas, Flammable, Toxic, P.U., Ammonia, O2, Diaper Pail and Human Waist.
  • Before the atomic hare-splitter slams into Roger, there is some text on the device that reads "Made in Glendale".
  • Droopy's one line ("Gruesome, isn't it, folks?") was actually an outtake from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The voice is that of Richard Williams, animation director on that film.
    • On that note, Roger's exaggerated wild-take reaction to the Hospital Bill at the end is directly lifted from Butch the Irish Dog's freak-out at the ending of the Droopy cartoon "Droopy's Double Trouble" (1951).
  • This is one of the two Roger Rabbit short films to be rated G by the MPAA; the other being Trail Mix-Up.
  • This was the only Roger Rabbit/Baby Herman cartoon that ended successfully (even having an ending card after the iris out).
  • This short film marks Disney's only animated project scored by James Horner, who has also scored a few live-action films made by Disney, such as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (which the short was attached to), The Rocketeer, and Mighty Joe Young.
  • This short was filmed at Disney MGM Studios in 1988.
  • The short has been featured in comic book format at the end of the graphic novel Roger Rabbit: The Resurrection of Doom.
  • The remastered version seen on the Who Framed Roger Rabbit: 25th Anniversary Collection 2013 Blu-Ray/DVD release as well as on the Disney+ streaming service features the short with a greenish-blue tint over it, as opposed to the prior VHS and Laserdisc releases and the original Vista Series DVD. [1][2]
    • On that topic, on the widescreen version of this short film seen on Who Framed Roger Rabbit Vista Series 2003 DVD release, the 1985 Walt Disney Pictures logo seen at the opening appears to be cropped at the top and bottom from the 4:3 full-screen version of the logo [3][4], resulting the highest flag of the logo to get cropped off in the process. In addition, this opening logo is also silent and cut-short.[5]
    • When this short film was released on The Best of Roger Rabbit 1996 VHS/Laserdisc release, the 1985 Walt Disney Pictures logo seen at the opening is replaced by the 1990 Walt Disney Pictures logo.[6][7]
  • This is the only Roger Rabbit short to be included on the home video release of the film it originally accompanied.

Home video releases[]



  • The Best of Roger Rabbit





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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

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

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Deleted: This Only Happens in the Movies

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