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As for you, Valiant, step out of line, and we'll hang you and your laundry out to dry.
~ Smarty threatening Eddie Valiant.
"Nose"?! That don't rhyme with "walls"!
~ Smarty's last words before his death.

Smarty (originally named Smart Ass in the credits) is the secondary antagonist of Disney/Touchstone's 1988 hybrid film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He is the smart, humorous and wisecracking co-leader of the Toon Patrol. He is Judge Doom's second-in-command.

He was voiced by David Lander, who later played Thumper in Disney/Pixar's A Bug's Life.

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Description

Smarty is ranked a sergeant by Judge Doom. He has brown fur and sharp yellow teeth. He wears a buttoned-up light pink double-breasted zoot suit jacket with a gold chain in the left pocket, a white dress shirt with a hot pink bejeweled tie, matching hat, and spats on his feet. His weapon of choice is a revolver. However, in the bar scene, he is shown threatening Eddie with a switchblade. He does not appear to have a smoking addiction like Wheezy, but he does occasionally smoke cigars, as shown in his first appearance.

Personality

Though very sarcastic and contemptuous, Smarty is the straight-man of the group, possessing the most intelligence and self-control and the least "Toonish" attitude. While he is very antagonistic in the film, he seems to care about the other members of the Toon Patrol, being the first one to warn them about what will happen to them if they do not control their laughter. He is also quite abusive towards the other weasels when they laugh at something funny. However, like them, he still enjoys a good laugh himself, though he still remains the most serious member in spite of his occasional wisecracking.

He is also shown to commit frequent malapropisms, such as when he says that a tip on Roger's whereabouts has been "corrugated" ("corroborated") by several sources, ordering his henchmen to leave no stone "interned" ("unturned") when telling them to search in Eddie's office for Roger, or when he asks Judge Doom if they should "disresemble" ("disassemble") the bar in search of Roger.

History

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Smarty is the secondary antagonist in the film. He is Judge Doom's second-in-command and the co-leader of the Toon Patrol. He is the third weasel to die at the end of the film, even though not by losing control of his laughter like the others. Upon pointing out a mistake with the lyrics in the song that Eddie "entertains" the weasels with, Eddie kicks him in the crotch, sending him flying into the mixer on the Dip machine, where he dissolves and dies. His boss himself would meet this fate shortly afterwards.

Disney Parks

In the related ride Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, here referred to under the bowdlerized name Wise Guy, he can be heard at two points discussing his plans to get rid of Roger Rabbit, such as when Smarty orders Psycho to head to the Toontown Cab Co. to put Benny the Cab out of "contrition" ("commission") to stop Roger from leaving Toontown. Smarty also appears in the ride itself.

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Trivia

  • Smarty is the only weasel whose soul never appeared. This is because it is natural that when a toon dies in slapstick cartoons, their ghost would appear, but a toon getting "dipped" would cause them to die in the normal way, without a visible spirit, because all of their paint would be lost, including that of a toon ghost. Otherwise, the ghosts of Judge Doom and the Toon Shoe would have also appeared when they were dipped.
  • At one point in the movie, Smarty warned the other weasels that they could die laughing as a way to get them to stop. Aptly enough, this is exactly how Stupid, Wheezy, Greasy, and Psycho end up dying, though not Smarty himself.
  • Despite Smarty's high intelligence, he commits malapropisms five times in the film and once on the ride. He either may not care or does not notice his misuse of words or such usage was typical for gangsters of their period. He attempts to impress others with an "air of education", as few would actually know the proper words either.
  • Smarty has the most dialogue of all of the weasels in the film.
  • When Smarty and the rest of the Toon Patrol are chasing Eddie and Roger (who are driving in Benny the Cab), he says "I'm gonna ram him!". He references a line that Biff Tannen said in Back to the Future (another film directed by Robert Zemeckis).

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