Who Framed Roger Rabbit
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The concept and story are well known: cartoon characters are not drawings, but are living entities who work in the film industry, and when Maroon Cartoon star Roger Rabbit is accused of murdering Marvin Acme (Stubby Kaye), he turns to private detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) for help. Trouble is, Eddie hates "Toons." After all, one of them offed his brother, and Eddie hasn't been sober since. The concept is a clever one, and the story could have gone in any number of directions--but ROGER RABBIT hops down a completely unexpected trail. Set in 1947 Los Angeles, the film uses classic "noir" elements (and references everything from THE MALTESE FALCON to CHINATOWN); it also makes considerable sly social commentary on racism, with the "Toons" performing in a Cotton Club-like nightclub, literally working for peanuts at the studios, and more or less confined to living in "Toontown," which might easily be read as social ghettoization. And all of these sidelights are interesting and entertaining. But the most attractive thing about ROGER RABBIT is that it is just plain fun to watch.Read more ›
Seeing the film again reminded me how impressed I was with the audacity and accomplishment of Bob Zemeckis and his collaborators on bringing off with care and intelligence, a sharp & funny film that plays to both children & adults. Who would have thunk it?
Taking a Chinatown-like story of early Los Angeles with some basis in fact (destroying the Red Line to make way for freeways) complete with murder & intrigue & marrying it to the screwy conceit that cartoon figures, aka Toons, actually lived and worked as live actors and inhabited a section of LA called Toontown is such a manifestly dopey idea that it would take enormous inspiration, intelligence and attention to detail to make it even nominally work. All of those qualities were present, as the extras demonstrate, in abundance here, and the result was movie magic.
Made prior to CGI coming into its own, the characters were brought to the screen brilliantly. As one of the animators pointed out, even early CGI was rejected because the film-makers wanted the characters to maintain their cartoon look, only brought into 3 dimensions. The hows and whys of what they did to achieve this magic are worth a look.Read more ›
That same director also mentioned three scenes that were cut. Namely, the "Aaah! I'm a pig!!" scene (which was in commercials for the movie during its theatrical run!) that has since been shown on network television (and is included on this dvd), the scene leading up to that one: Eddie Valiant being caught...in Jessica Rabbit's dressing room, I think...by Jessica, Judge Doom, the Weasels and the Gorilla Bouncer, and gag tycoon Marvin Acme's funeral, featuring Forhorn Leghorn delivering the eulogy (which are not!)!!
Also, I was fortunate enough to be acquainted with voice-over actress Norma MacMillan who recorded lines for "...Roger Rabbit" as Casper, The Friendly Ghost!! But where WAS the little guy?? Perhaps at the aforementioned funeral?? Why isn't this scene included?? Even a 'rough' animated pencil test of it would be MORE than welcome!!Read more ›
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Who doesn't love Roger Rabbit? This was such a fantastic movie when it came out. Very tongue and cheek funny with lots of innuendo. Read morePublished 2 days ago by seywhut
This great combination of live action and animation is as fresh and enjoyable today as it was when it was originally released! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Yankee Mike
A fun and classic movie, combing live action with animation, this pre-CG movie makes the animated characters really come to life!Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I wasn't aware that you needed a special DVD player for this DVD until after I purchased it.Published 6 days ago by D. Iarossi
I have one of the ol' region 1 version of the DVD and I LOVE IT!!!! This movie is amazing! It combines humour with mystery as deftly as it does live action and animation. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Rose Tyler
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Don't know if you still want to know, but it has a Spanish language audio track, but it does NOT have Spanish subtitles.
Jul 17, 2007 by Kiwi Kenobi | See all 2 posts
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So, will the region 1 be released at about the same time?
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