“ Genre: Children's DVDs / Theatrical Release: 1988 / Director: Robert Zemeckis / Actors: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd ... / DVD released 08 September, 2003 at Touchstone Home Video / Features of the DVD: Animated, Collector's Edition, PAL „
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is one of my favourite films of all time, I remember watching it from my childhood and I still watch it once a year! The combination of cartoons and reality makes it one of the best films in my opinion, and adds to its different and cute charm.
I got it for £5 from HMV while it was on sale, and I've seen it with this price in many other stores to. However, sometimes it is on television, so you could always wait for it then. I also think it is on Netflix, I recall passing by it at some point.
The plot focuses around Eddie (played by Bob Hoskins - great acting as Eddie!)in 1940s, where cartoons and real people live together, and he is hired by R.K.Maroon to find out about Jessica Rabbit, the wife of Roger Rabbit. Eddie has a grudge towards toons due to the death of his brother, so he's not exactly the happiest to be around toons all day.
Eddie goes on a hunt to find out the truth on whether she is cheating on this cute cartoon rabbit, and soon finds out there is something fishy going on in ToonTown thanks to evil villain Judge Doom.. .So he and Roger head out to solve it, leading to a ridiculous amount of adventures and mishaps in both reality and the cartoon world.
The storyline kept me interested for the entire time that I was watching, it never gets predictable and there is always a new twist occurring somewhere or other. My favourite part in the movie is that they also throw in quite well known cartoons such as Betty Boop, so it was good watching through it and spotting the ones that I know of!
In my opinion, the thing that kept me watching was the great partnership of Eddie and Roger, as the two of them just seem to cause so much trouble and while they don't have the functional of most relationships, you do start to see them getting fond of each other. I also love the fact that Eddie just seems to hate Roger, but you can tell that really he does care for him and his silliness! Judge Doom was played really well, and I loved the way Christopher Lloyd managed to play him so creepily, he really is a great villain!
The addition of cartoons are great, and while they don't look as amazing as all the fancy ones that you see now in movies, I think they still look great in the movies and add to its overall look. It blends in great with reality and it does look like the real life actors are actually interacting with characters that are there.
Overall, I definitely think this is a film that everyone should watch, a film with everything in it, a bit of cartoon fun, romance and action - there's something everyone in the family can enjoy. A great film which will be a longlasting favourite!
Who framed roger rabbit is a film I very much remember from my childhood. It was released in 1988 so I was 3 when it came out. The film predates decent CGI but this adds to it's charm, reinforcing visually the zany and whacky content of the film.
Based around a book by novelist Gary K Wolf, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was apparently produced right here in England after Richard Williams, the director of animation, refused to work in Los Angeles, as protest against the Disney corporations penchant for dragging their feet and interupting the creative process.
On completion of production, Micheal Eisner (head of Disney Corp in the 80's) expressed a profound reluctantance to release WFRR in it's current form, but as the films director (Robert Zemeckis) retained the final cut privileges (or put another way was legally allowed to have the last word) the film made it to release without change.
Disney may have owned the rights bought from the early 80's novelist but creative control was handed to Zemeckis, which stopped the film being watered down and kept it free from the taint of "Disney-esque Beurocracy".
The story centers on a P.I called Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) who is hired by the owner of maroon cartoon studios, R.k Maroon, to investigate whether the wife of one of his cartoon stars (Roger Rabbit) is cheating. Set in a very different 1947, Cartoons actually live alongside humans in a small district known as Toontown.
When Valiant obtains photographic proof that Jessica Rabbit is indeed being unfaithful to her husband Roger with the owner of Toontown Marvin Acme, the rabbit flips out and disappears. Shortly after Roger Flees, Acme is found murdered. It's down to the comically balky partnership of Valiant and Rabbit to get to the bottom of whats going on.
While WFRR is primarily a childrens film I still get a kick out of watching it now (at the tender age of 24). Granted I was rather drunk the last time I saw it but I remember viddying it a few years ago sober and I still enjoyed it then.
It's just a really fun experience, a brilliant mixture of reality and cartoon, blended seemlessly together. Perfect for a night in with the popcorn. In fact one of the films most exciting qualities is it's mass appeal, wholly catering to a wide ranging audience, whether settling down with your family on a rainy sunday afternoon, whacking it in the dvd player with a few cold beers and some good friends or simply chuckling away by yourself as an entertaining means of killing 104 minutes.
The acting (on the human side) is pretty good with Christopher Loyd playing an excellent cartoon style villain called Judge Doom, a bitter and severe looking fellow with a hatred for Toons. Bob Hoskins (who I can usually take or leave) provides a convincingly surly performance as the straight man to RR's caperings. He also has a look about him that lends itself well to the 1940's.
On the cartoon side Roger's performance is spectacular ; P, with great voice acting from Charles Fleischer. As well as the jaw dropping Jessica Rabbit (is it just too sad and tragic to say I've got a massive crush on her???).
As well as being a light hearted and entertaining watch, WFRR has also made cartoon history by being the first and only time that Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse have appeared on screen together.
If you remember this one from your youth then I definately reccomend giving it another watch, if you've never seen it I reccomend checking it out.
If your a big kid who refuses to grow up like me then WFRR is one to watch, but nostalgia aside for a second it still very much stands up on it's own merits, It's interesting, it's immersive, it's well written and acted and above all it's a whole heap of fun.
***You can find out so much through Dooyoo, long forgotten products or even the upcoming release of exciting stuff. While doing some research for this review I came across a definative source that says a sequel will be released sometime after 2012, I'm already looking forward to it, Roll on WFRR2***
Its hard to believe this is a movie of the 80's , I watched this DVD last night after buying it from Amazon at the ridiculous price of £2.99 , in my opinion this movie does not deserve to be confined to 'bargain bin' status
The movie is set in 1947 and focuses around 'toon town' and failing animated actor Roger Rabbit , who's boss employs drunken PI Eddie Valiant played by Bob Hoskins , to prove to Roger his wife is having an affair
The mixture of live action and animation is surprisingly good considering we are now all used to CGI effects , throughout the movie the plot moves along at a good pace using humour and familiar crime detective movements, it gives off a positive enjoyable ride, which is suitable for the young and not so young to enjoy as a family movie
One of my favorite moments in the movie has to be when Valiant visits the toon club where Jessica Rabbit will be performing the bit that makes this scene so superb is the all too brief duet of Liszt's second Hungarian rhapsody performed by none other then Daffy Duck and Donald Duck , Im not going to go into too much detail as there would be no point watching the movie then !
The DVD comes in the bog standard plastic case and has bonus material along with language selection from a series which includes Polish and Russian , the bonus material involves such things like The Roger Rabbit shorts; Who Made Roger Rabbit and trouble in Toontown, there is also a game to play , whilst I looked at the bonus material I never made much use of it so wont comment upon how good or poor they are
Roger Rabbit is a failing movie star, working in Hollywood during its golden period he is losing his place in the pecking order.
His wife (the voluptuous Jessica Rabbit) is playing away, Roger is on the verge of losing his job and has a lot of people ready to stick the knife into his back.
Roger is a man (Well Rabbit) alone and hires shoestring detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to help him get his wife and his career back on track. Valiant is at first reluctant as he despises toons (You have to watch the film to understand why), but when the studio head Maroon is found dead, Roger is the prime suspect and Valiant agrees to help this stressed out little bunny.
Eddie enters Toontown, a place where cartoons live freely and in some cases decadently and begins to get over his own hatred of these cute little characters whilst trying to save the reckless Roger Rabbit.
Bob Hoskins ... Eddie Valiant
Christopher Lloyd ... Judge Doom
Joanna Cassidy ... Dolores
Charles Fleischer ... Roger Rabbit / Benny The Cab / Greasy
Stubby Kaye ... Marvin Acme
Alan Tilvern ... R.K. Maroon
Richard LeParmentier ... Lt. Santino (as Richard Le Parmentier)
Lou Hirsch ... Baby Herman (voice)
Betsy Brantley ... Jessica's Performance Model
Joel Silver ... Raoul
Paul Springer ... Augie
Richard Ridings ... Angelo
Edwin Craig ... Arthritic Cowboy
Lindsay Holiday ... Soldier
Mike Edmonds ... Stretch
Directed by Roger Zemeckis this live action mix of actors and cartoons was groundbreaking and I don't think I've ever seen it surpassed or anyone attempt it as well. I love the film as the era it portrays is the twenties and thirties the golden age of cinema and it's a delight to watch the nuanced acting, environment and the Toons. The toons are the star of the show, seeing these characters away from the cartoons we see they are boozers, womanisers, drunks and as stupid as the rest of us, Bob Hoskins' Eddie Valiant is our window into their world and Hoskins does a great job when you know he probably did most of his acting against a green screen.
Roger is a neurotic mess, Jessica Rabbit (Voiced by Kathleen Turner) is a siren to rival Rita Hayworth and the whole thing is a crazy fast paced detective thriller with cartoons as the main suspects.
I loved and still love this film, its original, funny, fast paced, keeps you watching, the characters are three dimensional (Well ok their not but you know what I mean) and its just something totally different.
The dvd is available on Amazon for £2.99 and is well worth it, it's a timeless film for the whole family with loads of fun for the kids and enough film references or adult behaviour to make the parents chuckle.
A combination of cartoon and live action wasn't that much of an easy thing to do in 1988. Nowadays, it would be a walk in the park, and although it might cost a bit, marketing and commercial appeal would easily claw the cost back. Rmour has it, were it not for the cost and the struggle to create a script as good as this first film, a sequel would have been on the cards.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? was one of my favourite films, growing up. It's a crime thriller with murder galore, yet filmed as a comedy and featuring a mix of cartoon, with a host of familiar characters who were already established at the time; and real live action, with Bob Hoskins playing the cop who needs to try and solve a murder.
Set in a world and a time where the integration of cartoon characters (toons) and the real is almost regarded like racial integration, Hoskins' character, Eddie Valiant, is still reeling from the loss of his brother, killed when a toon dropped a piano on them, killing his brother and breaking Eddie's arm. Now, Eddie comes across hyperactive toon rabbit, Roger, married to the hottest toon (Jessica Rabbit) and being framed (or so he says) for the murder of a business tycoon who owns Toontown. Thus ensues a tale where Valiant mixes it with the toons in an effort to try and prove Roger's innocence, whilst protecting him from the clutches of the vicious Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) and his toon stooges, the Weasels.
Everything about this film screams attention to detail, especially where the cartoons are concerned. You get your familiar characters such as Daffy, Donald, Bugs and Mickey, as well as Betty Boo and the occasional recognisable Disney voice, particularly where some bullet characters are given voices - I could swear I've heard them somewhere before. Clever plays on words and surprising characters mix very well with the live action, and although it's quite hard to believe for real, you really can see the real people trying to act at the same time as pretending that there's actually someone, whereas the truth is that the cartoons had to placed in separately. This does make it somewhat stuttered, but in an endearing way, it adds to the magic and the feel and appeal that the film brings with it.
The magic of the tale is matched by the magic of the characters, whether it's the Weasels and their inability to stop laughing, Roger Rabbit's ridiculous hyperactive antics, or the worryingly sexual appeal of cartoon Jessica Rabbit. Her animation is very well done, using the then sassy voice of Kathleen Turner to make her as sexy as possible. The character has been said to be one of the hottest women in history were she real, and she has even featured on Top lists of the most attractive women in cinema. It's very clever artwork and voice allocation at its best.
Director Robert Zemeckis gives us a right rollocking mix of real life and animation here, and I love this film. It's something I can watch more than once and really enjoy. The talents of Bob Hoskins and Christopher Lloyd are well used, as are the toons integrating with them throughout the film. If you get a chance to watch this, do so, as it's brilliantly done. I recently read an interview article with the powers behind it, and they hadn't yet ruled out the possibility of a sequel. If they go for it, I'll be in that queue, waiting to see what the modern age can add to it. Highly recommended!
I can't believe it was over twenty years ago now that I watched this great film by Touchstone pictures when it was released in 1988. I'd almost forgotten about it until someone gave me this DVD for Christmas and was thrilled to watch it again.
For me this is still one of the best if not the best movie I've seen over the years that combines live action with cartoon animation. It was done before in a small way in films but not on this scale and to this length before. To make a feature length movie was major breakthrough for all those concerned. Plus, to make it last about 1 hour and 40 minutes and make it look seamless and flawless throughout is no mean feat I would imagine.
The movie is set in Los Angeles in the 1940s and stars Bob Hoskins in the lead role as dodgy looking private detective Eddie Valiant. He is pretty grumpy and really doesn't like Toons who inhabit Toontown which is a subub of Los Angeles. He really has a big issue with these cartoon characters for some reason and does his best to avoid them if he can.
Therefore, he is not very pleased, as you can imagine when he is hired by film studio boss Marvin Acme played by Stubby Kaye, to check up on the activities of one of his stars, namely the sexy cartoon character Jessica Rabbit, whose voice is done by Kathleen Turner. He is even less impressed when he meets her very excitable husband Roger who is the star of the show really, voiced by Charles Fleischer.
The mismatched pair are plunged susquently into an hilarious journey through the world of murder and blackmail and they are tangled up right in the middle of it. As much as he doesn't like it Eddie must work with Roger to find out what's going and uncover the truth.
I found it extremely witty and funny and the relationship between Eddie and Roger is great as he hates him but grows to get on with him as he has to. Roger is extremely annoying and always in his face and reminds me a bit of the character of the donkey in Shrek. He is loveable but too excitable and annoying in many ways.
In addition it is action packed from the start and you won't be bored with all the antics that go on in the movie. If you've never seen this it's great to watch with the family.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a film which, in my opinion, has remained unsurpassed by other films attempting to combine live action with animation. The crew have clearly worked so hard in combing the actions of animated characters with real life objects, something that until this was made had not been created in such a successful and visually dynamic way. Yes it's enjoyable for kids and adults alike but to get some of the superbly written dialogue you have to understand the context, for instance: the animated character Jessica Rabbit says the line "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way". Taking a line like that, which wouldn't get a laugh unless said by a cartoon to a human, is just too brilliant to not enjoy.
The film's set in 1947 and Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), who's fallen into a bad patch in life, is hired to take pictures of Marvin Acme playing hanky-panky with the luscious Jessica Rabbit, wife of the cartoon sensation, Roger Rabbit. The same night Acme is found murdered and all evidence points conclusively to one possible killer, Roger. Roger seeks out the toon-hating Valiant to help him prove his innocence and find the real killer. Valiant begins to uncover scandal after scandal and eventually realises that his case is much bigger then a homicide, the whole of Toontown is under threat.
The most enjoyable scene occurs when Valiant visits the toon club where Jessica Rabbit will be performing in front of the crowd among which is Marvin Acme. The bit that makes this scene so superb is the all too brief duet of Liszt's second Hungarian rhapsody performed by none other then Daffy Duck and Donald Duck. This is without doubt one of the best moments of the film, if only simply because it's the only time you'll ever get to see the Warner and Disney creations together and of course they don't get along brilliantly. Another moment like this is seeing the two symbols, of Warner's Looney Toons and Disney's animated characters, Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse falling from a building and talking to each-other. There's just something magical about bringing all these worlds together in harmony to create a great motion picture.
Special features include; The Roger Rabbit shorts; Who Made Roger Rabbit and Trouble in Toontown. Available to listen to in English or Russian, with subtitle available in English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Russian and English for the hearing impaired.
A wonderful cast of human actors and cartoon characters alike is sure to bring smile to everyone's face as we remember all the great past toon creations, many of which have lived on well into the present day. Christopher Lloyd is brilliant as the devilish character Judge Doom and Charles Fleischer gets a chance to prove his voice talents as he voices several characters including Roger Rabbit. Then we see appearances from the likes of Goofy, Betty Boop, Pinocchio, Droopy and even Dumbo.
Since Gene Kelly appeared with Jerry the mouse in, what became an iconic moment in animation with live action history, people have been trying to bring the two worlds together in a believable single world. Roger Rabbit is the defining moment of the success in this. When you hear the lines, that have been quoted again and again throughout the years since its release and see the interactions between every possible object and scenery with cartoons, from guns to water, you will have no regrets of watching one of the greatest, most original, visually vibrant, comically perfect, movies ever made.
In Los Angeles of 1947, animated cartoon characters cohabit with humans and live in a section of the city known as "Toontown". Roger Rabbit is a star of "Maroon Cartoon"
but Roger cannot keep his mind on work and forgets his lines, delaying the production. Studio head R.K. Maroon hires private detective Eddie Valiant to find out what is bothering Roger. Valiant, whose brother Teddy was killed by a Toon years ago, reluctantly takes the job.
Valiant, hired to find proof that Marvin Acme, gag factory mogul and owner of Toontown, is playing hanky-panky with femme fatale Jessica Rabbit, wife of Maroon Cartoon Superstar, Roger Rabbit. When Acme is found murdered, all fingers point to Roger, and the sinister, power-hungry Judge Doom is on a mission to bring Roger Rabbit to justice. Roger begs the Toon-hating Valiant to find the real evildoer and the plot thickens as Eddie uncovers scandal after scandal and realizes the very existence of Toontown is at stake!
This film was released in the UK on 2nd December 1988.
* Best Film Editing
* Sounds Effects Editing
* Best Visual Effects
* Academy Special Achievement Award
- 3 Additional Nominations
* Best Art Direction
* Best Cinematography
* Best Sound
Touchstone Pictures and Steven Spielberg present a Robert Zemeckis film.
Produced in association with Silver Screen Partners III.
Music by Alan Silvestri.
Executive Producers - Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy
Based on the Book "Who Censored Roger Rabbit?" by Gary K.Wolf
Screenplay by Jeffrey Price & Peter Seaman
Produced by Robert Watts and Frank Marshall
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
The success of Who Framed Roger Rabbit led to a moderate degree of merchandise for the film. In October 1989 McDonalds made a Halloween themed certificate offer for a free VHS copy of the film as well as a Roger Rabbit Doll. Other items included cookie jars, music boxes, snow globes, and pin back buttons.
***MAIN CARTOON CHARACTERS***
* Roger Rabbit
* Jessica Rabbit
* Baby Herman
* Benny the Cab
* Lena Hyena
* Toon Patrol
*Bongo, the Ape Bouncer of the Ink & Paint Club
***CAST - HUMAN CHARACTERS***
Eddie Valiant - Played by Bob Hoskins is an English Actor & also appeared in Hook.
Judge Doom - Played by Christopher Lloyd is a three time Emmy award winning American Actor.
Dolores - Played by Joanna Cassidy is an American actress and has been active in television and film most of her career.
R.K Maroon - Played by Alan Tilvern also starred in Dad's Army, Doctor Who & The Lord of The Rings.
Marvin Acme - Played by Stubby Kaye is an American Comic Actor.
Lt. Santino - Played by Richard LeParmentier is an American Actor best known for starring in Star Wars Episode IV: A new Hope, which was his third film.
Angelo - Played by Richard Ridings is a British Actor known in the ITV television dram 'Fat Friends'.
Director Raoul J. Raoul - Played by Joel Silver is an American Hollywood Film Producer and inventor of the sport of Ultimate.
Teddy Valiant - Played by Eugene Guirterrez
Jessica's Performance Model - Played by Betsy Brantley, who's most famous role was perhaps her portrayal of Neely Pritt in the cult classic 'Shock Treatment'.
Augie - Played by Paul Springer
Arthritic Cowboy - Played by Edwin Craig has played many supporting roles in many Hollywood Movies.
Stretch - Played by Mike Edmonds is a British Actor with Dwarfism.
* The Roger Rabbit Shorts
* Who Made Roger Rabbit
* Trouble in Toontown
This film is a PG and contains Some mild language, some mild references of Sex/Nudity, and some Mild Violence.
I haven't watched the Special Features so I can't comment on them at the moment.
This is available from any good stores such as HMV, Zavvi, Woolworths and Amazon. Prices start from £4.49 (from HMV).
I enjoyed this classic film as a child and I still enjoy this film today. It had a great plot/story line, which kept me guessing through-out the film. It was full of action and great characters and it kept me entertained throughout the film. I remember first watching this film when I was a child and it made me enjoy the film even more, as the cartoon characters as well as the real cast make the film quite unique and different.
I would recommend this film to anyone and think it should be one which should be watched at least once. I think as its got cartoon characters in it and at the end of the film we get to see the more popular cartoon characters such as Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig, this makes it more enjoyable and appealing to children.
Who made the film:
It's based on the novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary wolf in 1981. At $70 million (U.S. Dollars), Roger Rabbit was one of the most expensive film for time of its release. The Gross revenue for this film was $329,803,958 worldwide. The film won four Oscars at the 61st Academy Awards ceremony in 1989 (Best film editing, Best sound effects editing, Best visual effects, Special achievement in animation direction.). The overall running time is 103 minutes and rated a PG. Produced by
Amblin Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company in 1988 it mixes animation and live action. Also :
Steven Spielberg ( the executive producer) know for making such films as Men in black, Casper, E.T, and many more.
Touchstone (Production Company) know for films such as Pretty women, Gone in sixty seconds, coyote ugly, and many more.
Robert Zemeckis (director) know for films such as forest Gump, back to the future part two, death becomes her, and many more.
Harrison Ford, Robert Redford, Ed Harris and Jack Nicholson was considered for the lead role of Eddie Valiant but Bob Hoskins was choosen. So heres the cast then:
Bob Hoskins, famous for his roles in Mario brothers, Hook and Unleashed, he plays Eddie Valiant (main character). Eddie is a failing private detective and has trouble trusting "Toons" after one dropped a piano on his brother's head.
Christopher Lloyd, famous for his roles in Back to the future, Addams family values, Denise the menace, plays Judge Doom is the enforcer of law in and around Toon town, punishing Toons for crimes with the penalty of death.
Joanna Cassidy, famous for her roles in Ghosts of Mars, under fire, vampire in Brooklyn, plays Dolores a waitress in a bar that is in love with the main character Eddie valiant.
Charles Fleischer, famous for back to the future two, Dick Tracey and A nightmare on Elm Street, plays the voice of Roger Rabbit. Roger is a toon actor that is framed for murder and seeks the help of Eddie valiant.
Kathleen Turner, famous for her roles in Crimes of passion, the jewel of the Nile, Undercover Blues, plays Jessica Rabbit also a toon character. Wife of famous actor Roger, Jessica is forced to help her husband when he is set up for murder.
David L. Lander famous for his roles in A Bug's Life, Tom and Jerry the Movie, A League of Their Own. He plays the voice actor for the Leader of the weasels, (Smartass). The weasels are the hench men of Judge Doom, called the Toon patrol. They are also toon characters.
Mel Blanc famous for his voices for Walt Disney he plays the voice of Sylvester the Cat, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Porky Pig, all of which has miner roles through out the film.
Mae Questel: famous for the voices of Olive Oyl in popeye and Betty Boop who she also stars as in roger rabbit.
The film is set in a fictional world of 1947 Los Angeles, where animated characters (referred to as "Toons") live and work alongside humans in the real world.
Eddie Valiant (Bob hoskins) is a private detective that has a grudge against Toons because one drop a piano on his brothers head and got away, he is hired by R.K. Maroon (producer of toon films) to take photos of Marvin Acme (the owner of Toon town) for reasons not told.
Eddie Valiant then follows Acme to a bar where he takes pictures of him with Jessica Rabbit. Jessica rabbit is the wife of famous actor Roger rabbit who works for R.K. Maroon. Maroon shows Roger the photo's he has just aquired and Roger in a fit of denial run's away.
The next day Marvin Acme is found dead, all fingers point to Roger. Eddie Valiant goes back to his office to find Roger waiting for him and Roger tells him his side of the events.
Valiant believing Roger teams up with him to learn the secrative plot that unfolds through out the story, but with the Judge Doom hot on there trails can they find out in time before Roger is caught.
The blurb says:
"It's 1947 Hollywood and Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a down on his luck detective, is hired to find proof that Marvin Acme, gag factory mogul and owner of Toon Town, is playing hanky-panky with female fatale Jessice rabbit, wife of Maroon cartoon star, Roger rabbit. When Acme is found murdered, all fingers point to Roger, and the sinister, power hungry Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) is on a mission to bring Roger to justice. Roger begs the Toon-hating Valiant to find the real evildoer and the plot thickens as Eddie uncovers scandal after scandal and realizes the very existence of Toon town is at sake! Who framed roger rabbit is deliciously outrageous fun the whole family will enjoy."
The filming to this film was done months before the animation was added, this ment that the live actors had to interact and talk to invisible points in the air. They had the voice actors of the Toon cast on the set to help with the scenes.
A robot was used to simulate the animations movement and cleverly hid later on when adding the toon characters over the top. All the animation was added by hand drawing them on top off each frame this ment that altogether the film clocked up 83,000 individual drawings.
Once all the film was finished and put together it was then sent to the george lucas studio where they put the finishing touches of shade and depth to the animated characters.
A plastic single dvd case. The front cover is a cartoon background with Jessica and roger rabbit in Benny the car (Benny's a Toon taxi) with Bob Hoskins driving above them is a red banner with Who framed roger rabbit writen in it in yellow writing.
The back cover has the usual PG rating, cast, directors, walt disney logo etc at the bottom of the cover. At the top is Roger rabbit holding what looks like a black progector screen with the blurb and a little screen with special features- The roger rabbit shorts, Who made roger rabbit and trouble in toon town. (See speacial features below)
The Roger rabbit shorts: These are fully animated stories, sort of like Tom and Jerry there are three episodes spanning from seven to eight minutes each.
Who made Roger rabbit: This is where Charles Fleischer (Roger rabbit) takes you through the process of the making of the film. He shows you the order of the films production from storyboards to the sketching of the animated characters.
Trouble in Toon town: This is a game where you throw pies at the weasels and hit them with a giant cartoon hammer, which you control with your remote.
Toon town confidential: This feature takes you through the film and it'll explain all about the insides, such as the facts on the making of the film, quotes from people involved, in-jokes explained etc.
Deleted scenes, these are the scenes that sadly didn't make it into the film.
My favourite part of the film is near the end when Eddie is making the weasels laugh, he sings "I'm through with taking falls, im bouncing off the walls, if i had that gun, il'd have some fun and kick you in the...' before he can finish a vase falls on his head. Roger shouts 'Nose', which Smartass replys ' Nose, that dont ryhme with walls', at this point Eddie has got to his feet and says 'No but this does', and kicks him square between the legs.
The humour in this film knows no bounds due to the animation; falling gags, fighting gags and many more hilarious moments. I love the humour used for this film very slap stick yet there are moments that just make you howl with laughter.
The animations are very detailed and interact great with the cast it looks like some think out of a dream world, it's what Disney world should look like.
This is a great film for the whole family with the mix of live action and animation; personally I think its one of the best films ever and one of my favourites. You can view a trailer at the following link: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=zG37ysSqgq8.
You can buy this film for around about 5 to 10 pounds new but you can get it next to nothing used well worth the money I'd say. There is a follow up to this film called Roger Rabbit two: Toon Platoon. But I have never watched this one. Overall an entertaining film for anyone to watch at least once.
Yes I know, the chances are everyone who reads this review will have already have seen the movie hundreds of times...more if they have children, but seeing as all the reviews in the category only had a Useful rating, I thought I'd try to do a little better. ;o) Its a pretty wacky affair of live action mixed seamlessly with cartoon animation set in the 1940's. Here, humans live alongside the 'toons' as the are distainfully called but not exactly harmoniously. The 'toons' are relegated to a ghetto area known as Toontown, are overworked, underpaid and generally treated like dirt by their human counterparts. When the human boss of Maroon Cartoons is found murdered, the finger of blame is pointed at the studio's main star Roger Rabbit. In desperation to clear his name he turns to human PI Eddie Valiant(Bob Hoskins), who hates toons because one of them murdered his brother, to crack the case and find the real killer. Initially hating Roger, Valliant finds that he can not help but like him in the end and the pair follow a trail to the evil Judge Doom... This is a superb movie, and must have been an enormous technical headache for director Robert Zemeckis to undertake. It must also have been pretty damn hard for poor old Bob Hoskins, who had to interact with thin air for virtually every single scene he is in, with the animation being drawn in some months later. Technically however, despite these difficulties the movie is absolutely superb, and Hoskins' performance is as good as ever despite his obvious difficulties. I love the characterisations of some of the toons and the obvious film noir overtones but most of all I love how this movie manages to go completely over the top for more 1h43m and still never become annoying. We are pretty much used to Disney cartoon features and their ilk reaching screening times of this length, with their serious issues etc. rather than a piece of zany, madcap and basically dumb-and-loving-it
style of cartoon movie making doing it as well. It should annoy the hell out of us, but it doesn't. Instead, its a joy from start to finish, for both young and old, but ultimately a piece of fluff which disappears from the imagination as quickly as it captured it. If you have somehow managed to miss this movie, then check it out now and if you have children and forgot it existed then add it to you 'must buy' list because they will love it - keeps them quiet for ages believe me ;o).
If I had had this video when I was 8 or 9, I think I would have watched it as much as or more than I watched any other video that I had at the time. It's quite an extraordinary film. I'm 21 now, and I found it very exciting and involving throughout. The only problem is that it always seems like the episodes in the film happen a bit too quick, making it pretty obvious that it was adapted from a much longer novel. Episodes that seem very important only last for three minutes or so. And they never did free the rabbits in the pen at the farmhouse. Still, it's a great movie. While not for the very young children (there is a bit of violence and gore), I think any kid 8 or above would really love this film. Learn that you don't have to just buy videos of recent films for children. Some of the older films are much better.
This film is a good film to watch over a few times only if you are a child i personally think. Adults may want to watch it once maybe twice. It is very funny having humans and toons in the same film, it gets me thinking about another good film space jam done the same way. In this film Bob hoskins plays a detective from Chinatown, who is asked by Roger Rabbit to find out if his wife, who is the lovely slinky Jessica rabbit is having an affair. He gets used and then he uncovers an crooked real estate conspiracy. The role of the evil villain is well played by Christopher Lloyd. His evil plan is to dismantle the public transport system in place of a highway. We find out that judge is in fact a lunatic when he goes on about the virtues of his planned highway, That must go through toon town, So it must be destroyed. You go from normal film into toon land on and off through the film. You see Bob riding a toon car when he vowed never to go into toon town or have anything to do with them. As a toon killed his brother with a piano many years ago. You find out the villian who wants to build the highway is actually a toon and was the one who killed bob's brother. You see bob fire a toon gun with character bulllets which made me laugh. Many other things happen in this film this is just name a few of them.
Fantastic Family Fun (is what the FFF is all about, in case you are a little slow). A lively story about a Toon Town murder and an Oscar winning mix of live actiona nd cartoons. Bob Hoskins and Christopher Lloyd provide the human roles, through the voices of Kathleen Turner (as the sext Jessica Rabbit), Charles Fleicher and Amy Irving feature. The reason I rate this film so highly is that it is comedy, action, adventure which is suitible for children as well as adults, find that in another film. However, because they appeal to such a wide audience the quality of each is not top notch.
All of Robert Zemeckis' films are technically dazzling, but sometimes he collapses into a soft-centred sentimentality almost as sickening as that displayed by his chum Steven Spielberg. 'Used Cars' and 'Death Becomes Her' are favourites, while 'Forrest Gump' and 'Contact' drifted towards mush. With so much money riding on it, 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' isn't quite as vicious as his best work, or the Warner Brothers and Tex Avery cartoons whose style the film apes. Nevertheless, with such an onslaught of effects, the occasional slip into dewy-eyed slush can be forgiven. Bob Hoskins, keeping his cockney accent on a short leash, is Eddie Valiant, a washed-up LA private eye lured back into the world of Toons, cartoon characters who are living, breathing creatures. Attempting to prove that Toon star Roger Rabbit is not a murderer, he discovers a plot by Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) to destroy the Toon city Tootown, and finds clues about the death of his brother, which made him hate toons in the first place. There are about 3 gags a minute, cameo appearances from absolutely every cartoon hero you can think of (except perhaps Mighty Mouse, though I may have missed him), and the two crucial elements work perfectly. One, all of the new cartoon characters (the hyper Roger, his sex-bomb wife Jessica, the talking car, Doom's gang of weasels) work like a charm, and are genuinely funny. Two, most important of all, the effects, supervised by Richard Williams, are seamless. The Toons look solid, and tremendous performances from the human cast make them effortlessly believable. The happy ending is a bit twee, but 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' is a riotous entertainment, and well worth watching.
Technicaly Dazzling. This is one of the best animated films of all time, it is certainly different, but in a good way. It vaguely resembles detective movies, particularly 'Chinatown' and 'The Maltese Falcon'. It is one of the most entertaining movies of the 80's. Demanding of multiple viewings to spot all of the cartoon stars. The voices for the 'toons' are perfect especially Charles Fleischer as Roger Rabbit and Kathleen Turner as the sexy Jessica Rabbit. Filled with lots of memorable characters, stand-outs on the 'human' cast are Bob Hoskins and Christopher Lloyd. Great Entertainment. From a scale of 1-10 I give this movie a 9!
This zany, eye-popping, knee-slapping landmark in combining animation with live-action ingeniously makes that uneasy combination itself (and the history of Hollywood) its subject. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is based on classic Los Angeles private-eye movies (and, specifically, Chinatown), with detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) investigating a case involving adultery, blackmail, murder, and a fiendish plot to replace LA's once-famous Red Car public transportation system with the automobiles and freeways that would later make it the nation's smog capital. Of course, his sleuthing takes him back to the place he dreads: Toontown, the ghetto for cartoons that abuts Hollywood and that was the site of a tragic incident in Eddie's past. In addition to intermingling cartoon characters with live actors and locations, Roger Rabbit also brings together the greatest array of cartoon stars in the history of motion pictures, from a variety of studios (Disney, Warner Bros, MGM, Fleischer, Universal, and elsewhere): Betty Boop, Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Woody Woodpecker, Droopy Dog, and more! And, of course, there's Maroon Cartoon's greatest star, Roger Rabbit (voice by Charles Fleischer), who suspects his ultra-curvaceous wife, Jessica Rabbit (voice by Kathleen Turner: "I'm not bad; I'm just drawn that way"), of infidelity. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Contact), not since the early Looney Tunes' "You Oughtta Be in Pictures" has there been anything like Roger Rabbit. --Jim Emerson