Hollywood originally had low expectations for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Many derided it as another Howard the Duck, a film that fizzled out two years earlier. The film, however, became a huge hit, taking the box office by storm. Disney and Amblin Entertainment soon rushed to take advantage of the film's success by putting cartoon shorts into production. The first one was released into theaters one year later before Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
Tummy Trouble featured a sick Baby Herman being rushed to the hospital after swallowing a rattle, much to the consternation of the harried Roger Rabbit. It would be the first of a series of shorts.