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Not to be confused with "Tummi Trouble".
Tummy Trouble is a 1989 short, starring Roger Rabbit and Baby Herman, that was shown before the feature Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

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.


Baby Herman swallows a rattle and is rushed to the hospital for surgery. Roger is shocked and sad about this. The rattle comes falling down into Roger's mouth after the baby burps it out after his milk break, and Roger swallows it. When the surgeon comes in to get Baby Herman ready for surgery, he thinks Roger is the patient that swallowed the rattle and much zany madness breaks loose. Roger and Herman both go to an out-of-order elevator, and fall down, but Baby Herman uses a diaper as a parachute, and it makes it to the 2nd floor (after he swallows the rattle again), but Roger gets crushed. As the elevator gets back up, Roger opens the doors and then a bomb enters. Finally, he caught Baby Herman and declares that from now on, they are "smooth sailing", only to fall upward and back down, during which, Baby Herman burps up the rattle and Roger swallows it again and falls from one hospital floor to another. As he lands on the bottom floor, Baby Herman falls upon him, and he spits out the rattle. After Roger is shocked to see such a large bill, Baby Herman swallows the rattle again.

Finally, during the ending part, which is animated-live-action, Baby Herman spits out the rattle, revealing that he didn't like the rattle-swallowing idea and never wants to do that again. Roger then goes home with his wife, Jessica, to play, not tiddlywinks, canasta or parcheesi, but rather 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Droopy's one line ("Gruesome, isn't it?") was actually an outtake from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The voice is that of Richard Williams, animation director on that film.
  • 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.

Home video releases



  • The Best of Roger Rabbit




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Films and Television: Who Framed Roger Rabbit | Roger Rabbit II: The Toon Platoon | Mickey's 60th Birthday | Tummy Trouble | Roller Coaster Rabbit | Trail Mix-Up | Bonkers | Video
Music: Soundtrack
Video Games: 1988 video game | NES game | Game Boy game

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Roger Rabbit | Jessica Rabbit | Eddie Valiant | Dolores | Judge Doom | Toon Patrol | Smarty | Greasy | Wheezy | Psycho | Stupid | Baby Herman | Benny the Cab | R.K. Maroon | Marvin Acme | Lt. Santino | Bongo the Gorilla | Toon Bullets | Singing Sword | Toons | Lena Hyena | Toon Shoe | Lenny the Cab | C.B. Maroon | Angelo | Baby Herman's Mother
Deleted: Captain Cleaver | Voltaire
Comic Books: Rick Flint | Nightwing


Why Don't You Do Right? | The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down | Smile Darn Ya Smile | This Only Happens In The Movies


Toontown | Cloverleaf Industries | Maroon Cartoons | Los Angeles | Valiant & Valiant | Acme Corporation | Terminal Bar | Ink and Paint Club


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