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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Bob Hoskins , Christopher Lloyd , Robert Zemeckis  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (513 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer, Stubby Kaye
  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Writers: Gary K. Wolf, Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman
  • Producers: Alan Dewhurst, Don Hahn, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Live, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 1999
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (513 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305531412
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,162 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" on IMDb

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79 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rabbit Gets Some Justice March 15, 2003
Format:DVD
Filmmakers have been combining animation and live action since the days of silent film--but 1988's WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT not only bested everything done previously, it set a standard that is unlikely to be surpassed. Although it has been available on VHS and in a mediocre DVD release for quite a few years, the film finally gets the star treatment in this "Vista Series" double DVD release, which includes the film in both pan-and-scan and letterbox formats and an assortment of extras, many of which are quite interesting.

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.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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One of the great joys of movie-going is to see a concept, that on-the-face-of-it is so goofy and off-beat that it should never work, but, in the end, does work and works in spades! So it was for me with Who Framed Roger Rabbit. This Vista Series DVD brings the film to us with a crisp & clean picture, THX sound, and a beautifully packaged set of extras that include a very clever interactive menu, plus loads of goodies presented smartly, with humor and surprises.
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.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pl-pl-pl-pl-EEZE!! I wanted MORE!! January 26, 2003
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First of all, sorry to contradict you, Luis Arturo Gutierrez Calv, but "...Roger Rabbit" does NOT have CGI effects! While I was living in Los Angeles shortly after the film was released, one of the animation directors for the film was a speaker at a special "...Roger Rabbit" symposium at an animation festival. He directly answered a question from the audience about CGI in the film by stating that even though some effects LOOK computer-generated (specifically, the reflective kitchen floor in the opening cartoon segment), everything (even the sequins on Jessica Rabbit's show gown reflecting light like minature flashbulbs) was done the old-fashioned way, by HAND!! Yes, Richard Williams (main animation director) is JUST THAT GOOD!!! As the speaker (whose name escapes me for now) put it: (and I'm paraphrasing by memory here) "the only time the animators used their computers was in figuring out equations" for camera angles and such!
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!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie! Classic one to add to the collection!
Published 2 days ago by felicia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny movie, one of my favorites.
Published 2 days ago by Patrick R. Mucha
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe I didn't already own this!!!
This is a classic and I purchased this for nostalgic reasons. I had to have it on BluRay and the price was very affordable. Read more
Published 6 days ago by D. Gibson
4.0 out of 5 stars good fun for the family
Fun to watch how live action is combined with animation. Enjoyed by 3 generations at our house.
Published 7 days ago by Stewart Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 7 days ago by Becky Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars it was my favorite film of all time
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a live action/animated feature that revolutionized filmmaking...if only slightly. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Baxter Cringleton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My grandchildren all loved it
Published 12 days ago by Georgette Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars great condition. Great movie for a great price
Arrived early, great condition. Great movie for a great price.
Published 14 days ago by Random Awesomeness
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
Excellent quality. The movie brings back memories from years ago, watching this as a kid. Seeing it as an adult certainly brings out the darker aspects of the movie, but I may... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite movies from childhood and have to admit the animation was pretty good for 1988!
Published 18 days ago by Michael S.
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Subtitles please?
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
Finally on Blu-Ray
So, will the region 1 be released at about the same time?
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