Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American fantasy crime-comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and released by Disney's Touchstone banner. The screenplay by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman is based on Gary K. Wolf's 1981 novel, which depicts a world in which cartoon characters interact directly with human beings and animals, the movie won 4 Academy Awards.
In 1947 Los Angeles, A Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect. The groundbreaking interaction between the live and animated characters, and lots of references to classic animation is one of the selling points of this movie.
Why It Rocks
- Both Disney and Steven Spielberg had the ultimate collaboration.
- The success of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? led the creation of the Disney Renaissance.
- The film is known to crossover Walt Disney and Looney Tunes characters in various iconic scenes, the most well-known scene is where Eddie is falling in Toontown and he meets Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny, making it the only time we see the two most famous iconic things in cartoon history from rival companies be together in one place, another example is a scene where Donald Duck and Daffy Duck are playing the piano, only for Donald to start having one of his anger attacks because of his strong dislike for Daffy, but characters from other studios appear, which is pretty creative.
- Very creative, inspired and beautiful animation which was drawn by Richard Williams.
- Speaking of which, Roger Rabbit is a perfectly well-drawn and established, toon protagonist to work along side the more serious-minded Eddie in a plot about an crime which resolves with saving toons.
- Great acting.
- Judge Doom, the film's main antagonist, is a well-known character who was a toon, who was very scary for children that, a few years later, they remembered him as one of the greatest villains.
- Awesome and convincing effects to combine both of the animation and live-action, thanks to Industrial Light & Magic making it look incredibly imaginative.
- The characters are capable of delivering a lot of fun and strong memorability.
- There are many Easter eggs in the film that can be spotted.
- It is a love letter to cartoons, film noir, and the Golden Age of Hollywood along with the Golden Age of Animation.
- Fantastic musical score.
- The "That's All Folks!" gag in the end of the movie fits the cartoony appeal of this movie.
- Memorable quotes like STOP THAT LAUGHING!
- A very rushed ending.
- The film hasn't aged well, and most of its jokes, especially the sexual innuendos with Jessica Rabbit, are deemed inappropriate nowadays. As another example, the character of Baby Herman, a baby who likes to smoke and who at one point slaps his nanny in the butt for not doing what he asked her, is not a character you can put in a film of today's world.
- The scene in which it's revealed that Judge Doom is a toon, as previously mentioned, is quite scary for younger viewers and is known for terrorizing an entire generation of children in the late '80s.
- The scene where Judge Doom outright dips a Toon Shoe to death to prove his point of him wanting to murder lawbreaking Toons could be distressing for younger viewers.
- There's a missed opportunity for cameos of some popular classic cartoon franchises due to the filmmakers unable to get the film rights to use them; for instance characters from MGM's Tom and Jerry, UPA's Mr. Magoo, Famous Studios' Little Audrey and most of the Terrytoons characters are notably absent from this film due to legal issues.
It generally received positive reviews, becoming one of Disney's most popular movies of the 1980s.