Eddy aka “Proto-Malco”. 

I thought I’d have some fun and redraw my first original creation. Yes, this is the first initial design for Malco back in 2003. Before he became an adventurer, he was a small, energetic, goggle-wearing goofball with a love of flight. The stylistic influences in his design are pretty obvious.

His color was loosely based on Farfetch’d (the under-appreciated duck pokemon):

His goggles, Daxter from Jak and Daxter:

And everything else is of course… 

As for his new name, that was in tribute of one of the main characters of my favorite movies at the time of his creation… Who Framed Roger Rabbit. 

In a strange way, despite all of the comparisons I had gotten in the past, I almost regret abandoning this design. But who knows, maybe I’ll have something planned for little Eddy in the future. 

After all, “Cartoon characters never die”.

Saying “So Long” to the brilliant Bob Hoskins today - Who Framed Roger Rabbit has always been one of my favorite movies, I watched it so much as a kid I’d mute the TV and say all of the lines (I bet I still can! I shouldn’t… I will). 

So long, Mr Valiant - and thank you <3

Eddie: "You mean you could’ve taken your hand out of that cuff at any time?"
Roger: "No, not at any time. Only when it was funny."

[EDIT: I’ve been asked quite a few times if there will be prints of this drawing - There won’t, my aim isn’t to make a profit from this tribute piece - I’m just showing love and respect in my own way. Please feel free to download a high res version for your personal use right here - Thank you!]


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The Roger Rabbit You Never Saw

Before Richard Williams directed the animation for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, there was an earlier attempt at Disney, from 1981 to 1983, to adapt Gary K. Wolf’s book “Who Censored Roger Rabbit.” Some of the scenes here are straight out of the novel. The director was Darrell Van Citters.

DVD video: John Culhane takes us behind the scenes of the unmade Darrell Van Citters version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 1983. With animator Mike Giamo and producer Marc Sturdivant.

Youtube video

Nearly 200 Images from the unmade Darrell Van Citters Roger Rabbit, 1981-1983.

Disney 1981-1983. Animators: Mike Giamo, Chris Buck, Mike Gabriel. Paul Reubens as Roger Rabbit. Peter Renaday and Mike Gabriel as Eddie Valiant. Russi Taylor as Jessica. Unknown as Captain Cleaver. Screenwriters Peter Seaman and Jeffrey Price. Producer Mark Sturdivant.

While Roger was a villain in the book, trying to solve his own murder, this Roger is a loveable goofball in white fur and red overalls - a prototype for the final film. Baby Herman is glimpsed only briefly, and Jessica Rabbit appears to be the villain of the piece. Still, this version clearly laid some groundwork for the Zemeckis/Williams production a few years later.

The prototype Roger Rabbit appears cheering in the stands in the featurette “Sport Goofy in Soccermania.”

More information:

The Roger Rabbit You Never Saw