In a long and varied Reddit thread exploring some of the saddest deaths of fictional characters, one answer received more attention than any other answer. After all these years, fans of Who Framed Roger Rabbit still want justice for the cute little shoe that was brutally destroyed after being doused in a mixture of turpentine, acetone and bleach, a deadly cocktail of Judge Doom’s creation as “The Diving.” In the tale, toons are characterized as happy beings who exist to bring joy to the world, so it’s hard to see the innocent, sentient shoe being unraveled for no reason.
“Those little shoes in Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” wrote Reddit u/Fantastic_Love_9451. Other users expressed similar sentiments, such as Reddit u/katspresso saying “I forgot about that! While the scene shows how far Doom is willing to go in his twisted quest for justice, viewers are still haunted by the Shoe’s demise. “The poor little shoe’s red color made it look like blood,” chipped in another user, noting how the hapless figure transformed from a fully formed being into a puddle of mud in a matter of seconds.
Thankfully, the shoe’s suffering is short-lived. While the scene is memorable for an uncomfortable reason, it serves a clear purpose in the story. Although Eddie and Roger couldn’t save the shoe, by the end of the film they are able to give Doom a taste of his own medicine.