Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Release year: 1988
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Screenwriter(s): Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman, Gary K. Wolf
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Christpoher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer (voice), Stubby Kaye, Kathleen Turner (voice)
Ratings: 4 Oscars: Best Film Editing, Best Sound Effects, Best Visual Effects, Special Achievement Award. 3 Oscar nominations: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound. 3 Saturn Awards: Best Fantasy Film, Best Director, Best Special Effects.
Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) hates toons but money trouble lures him into accepting a job from the animation studio that involves snooping on Jessica Rabbit (an uncredited Kathleen Turner), wife of Roger Rabbit (Charles Fleischer). The pictures he takes on the job of Jessica and Marvin Acme (Stubby Kaye) stirs all kinds of trouble and soon Valiant finds himself in the middle of them.
A wonderful mixture of cartoon, comedy and film noir, Who Framed Roger Rabbit has survived the test of time and still manage to engage and amaze. Today we are spoiled when it comes to special effects, there are not many limits to what can be done, but at the time Roger Rabbit was made this wasn’t the case. Yet the effects of the movie works better than some computer effects made 15 years later and leaves you wondering how they did it! Special effects aside, this is a brilliant story with amazingly well written characters. The way we slowly hear about Valiants background is genious, and the pure charm of the likeable Roger, whose only wish is to make people laugh, makes the unlikely friendship between the two believable. Hoskins (Hook 1991) is a perfect cast as the quickminded detective with his head a bit too deep in the bottle. He manages to let Valiant’s vulnerability shine through his tough facade and it is hard to believe someone else were ever considered for the part ( director Robert Zemeckis and producer Steven Spielberg originally wanted Bill Murray but didn’t mange to get in touch with him at the time). There are endless great gags and fantastic scenes in the movie, from the first moment we see Jessica Rabbit (and yes, one of the hottest female stars ever is a cartoon character!) to Roger Rabbit’s eyes tipping over beer bottles, not to mention the fabously Benny the Cab and all the beloved cartoon characters making an appearance. My biggest problem with this movie must be to not quote it all the time while seeing. it. The action and suspense is more than capeable to balance the sweetness and with a bunch of humour added you are left with a timeless classic to be enjoyed no matter your age. If you have never seen this terrific masterpiece, then do yourself a favour and make it the next one you watch.
Though the title is formed as a question, no questionmark is added, as that is believed bad luck by the film industry.
Picture copyright: Disney