One of the most popular movie genres of Hollywood’s “Golden Age” of the 1930’s and 1940’s was Film Noir, which often centered on a gritty private detective trying to solve a mysterious case. Given that several of the themed areas of Disney’s Hollywood Studios (which celebrates it 28th anniversary today) draw inspiration from that era of Tinseltown history, it’s only natural that just such a gumshoe would have set up shop somewhere in the park. Located above the “Hollywood and Vine” restaurant in Echo Lake, this second story window marks the office of detective Eddie Valiant, the human star of 1988’s “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” played by Bob Hoskins. Valiant may have begun the live action/animated blockbuster with a strong disdain for toons, but his detective skills not only solved the film’s titular mystery but also saved all of Toontown from destruction at the hand of Judge Doom in the process.
While the outside of Eddie Valiant’s office is all that is visible at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, its inside was the location for several key moments in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” In one scene, a fugitive Roger, having snuck into the office, sought out the help of an unwilling Eddie but ended up handcuffing himself to the private eye just as Judge Doom’s weasel henchmen arrive. Later, Roger’s wife, Jessica Rabbit, paid an equally unexpected visit to the office, during which she delivered the iconic line “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.” When stopping by Eddie’s office for yourself, be sure to also look at the next window over for a rabbit-shaped clue that Roger has been there, but that’s a case for another day.