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 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 (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 Toontown is at stake! WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT is deliciously outrageous fun the whole family will enjoy.
The handsome Vista Series double disc is set up exactly the way it should be. Disc 1, labeled "Family Friendly," contains a full screen version of the film, an enjoyable game, and a dandy 10-minute, over-easy look at the making of the film. Plus it includes all three Roger Rabbit shorts, which have been hard to find over the years. Disc 2, "Enthusiast," offers the widescreen version of the film, which can be viewed with on-screen facts (which obliterate much of the frame) and a lively commentary from director Robert Zemeckis along with the producers and writers. Like Zemeckis's DVD set of Back to the Future
, the extras often repeat the same facts, especially the enormous scope of the project (it was done without computers, youngsters). Most intriguing is the making-of footage showing actors working with puppets or, more often, thin air. The new 35-minute documentary pulls everything together nicely, but an outside perspective would have been more intriguing. The film looks great but it's not a huge improvement over the initial 1999 DVD release (yet both are vastly better than anything shown on TV). --Doug Thomas