The sultry theme of Jessica Rabbit, the mournful yet refined jazz number that is Valiant and Valiant... and the wacky toon-inspired medly that is Merry Go Round Broke Down.
In 1988, Touchstone Pictures (Disney) and Warner Bros combined to produce a film that has yet to find its rival - never before or since has there been a unity of two major film studios in a single movie. Disney was responsible for the animation, Spielberg was responsible for the live action; essentially two movies in one.
While it is true that Eddie Valiant could solve the case without music, it is this score of film noir and toon review that sells the story. Jessica Rabbit's siren song of Why Don't You Do Right is here in its full length, the inspired high-speed chase on a toon taxi through downtown Los Angeles keeps the story moving, all up to the driving and relaxing toon finale, Smile Darn Ya Smile. Alan Silvestri combined and contrasted all the elements of the film (toons, reality, and drama) very well to create a lasting and memorable theme that stands alone even without video.
If you love classic films, you'll love this soundtrack.
Mr. Delzer is the author of The Buccaneer of Nemaris.The Buccaneer of Nemaris