19 items from 2013
It would take a certain kind of script to make a great Who Framed Roger Rabbit? sequel, but you can't say the audience isn't ready for one. With so much to say about the evolution of animation since Roger's 1988 big-screen debut, a follow-up could be this great bridge between what we used to be and what we are today. Plus, who wouldn't want to watch Roger bumble his way through some adventure, while Jessica Rabbit woos a new generation of horny preteen boys? Any Roger Rabbit sequel today might even involve motion capture, but back in 1988 we were still a few years away from that kind of technology. Though the character of Roger Rabbit was completely animated, he was voiced by a real dude: Charles Fleischer. The funny thing about Fleischer was that he insisted...
- Erik Davis
In case you weren’t convinced that Beyond Fest is just a wacky ball of fun, this past Friday Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight was paired with Joe Begos’ Almost Human. The result was a throw-back trip.
I was going to let this screening slide by with nary a word on the topic until I realized that Tales From The Crypt can always use more of the spotlight. Based on the violent and sexed up EC Comics of the 1950′s, the comic-inspired anthology film from 1972 starred Peter Cushing, Joan Collins, and Ralph Richardson as the eponymous Cryptkeeper. A sequel, The Vault Of Horror, followed in 1973. The series truly took off in 1989, when Tales From The Crypt came to TV, and John Kassir took over the character of the pun-tastic Cryptkeeper, who could very well be considered the best horror host of all-time.
The show lasted for 7 seasons and is »
- Andy Greene
A Two Coreys Halloween: The Essential Horror Movies of Haim and Feldman
On October 29, just two days before Halloween, St. Martin's Press will release the long-awaited Corey Feldman biography Coreyography: A Memoir. It is a must-read for any fan, as it delves deep into the trials and tribulations of this actor's young life in Hollywood. Some of it is funny, some of it is heartbreaking and a great big portion of it is truly scary.
In the book, Feldman talks in great length about his best friend Corey Haim. In the coming weeks, you'll hear a lot about what happened to the two teenagers behind closed doors, and a lot of it's not that pleasant. Instead of dwelling on that in our own review, we'd rather look at the work Haim and Corey Feldman have left behind. Specifically, in honor of the season, their horror movies. The pair met on »
On a scale of one to ten, how scary has your Monday been so far? Whatever your score, never fear: we're about to make it scarier for you. The original and best A Nightmare On Elm Street is getting a one-night-only re-release this Halloween, and there's a new trailer to support it, which you can see below. brightcove.createExperiences();The classic horror sees the horribly burned, knife-gloved Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) prey on teenagers in their dreams. And when you're killed in these dreams, you wake up dead! Cue caffeine overdoses and some of the scariest moments of the '80s. Look out for the scene where a young up-and-comer called Johnny Depp faces off with the monstrous Krueger.A Nightmare On Elm Street was directed by Wes Craven, and also starred Heather Langenkamp, Nick Corri, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss, Joe Unger and Charles Fleischer. It will hit UK cinemas on October 31, for maximum spookiness. »
The 25th anniversary of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? was celebrated at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 with a panel featuring producer Don Hahn, voice of Roger Rabbit Charles Fleischer, animator Andreas Deja and more. Check out the full video from this exciting Q&A.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? was released June 21st, 1988 and stars Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer, Stubby Kaye, Alan Tilvern, Richard LeParmentier, Lou Hirsch. The film is directed by Robert Zemeckis. »
Of all the ’80s slasher films, a group crowded with all sorts of efforts, Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street still reigns supreme as one of the more imaginative of the entire bunch. Nightmares have been fodder for many horror films over the decade, but here they’re particularly insidious and memorable. The film basically turned its producing studio, New Line Cinema, into a major player, gave a fresh breath of life into a genre that had grown stale, boosted the career of Craven, turned its scarred bogeyman Freddy Krueger into a pop culture icon (hat, red & green striped sweater, designer glove and all), made Robert Englund (as Krueger) a bona fide genre star, and provided a key early role for Johnny Depp. The impact A Nightmare On Elm Street has made in about 29 years is undeniable. The story, for those out there who have lived under a rock all this time, »
- Tom Stockman
Written by Jeffrey Price and Peter Semen
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Visual effects have come a long way since the 1920s when pioneering directors the likes of Carl Theodor Dreyer and Jean Renoir, amongst many other notable filmmakers, attempted to marry real life actors and sets with added optical illusions, bridging the gap between the real and the artificial. Today, the meshing of effects work and live action has reached the stage where the actor becomes the effect through the popularized motion capture process. A strong proponent of the technique is director Robert Zemeckis, but before dabbling in it he started out pushing the boundaries of visual effects in one of the most impressive and visually unique projects of the 1980s, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, a film that has actors like Bob Hoskins and Christopher Lloyd constantly interact with two dimensional animated creatures. »
- Edgar Chaput
Every now and then an anniversary comes along and it makes you pause and realize just how much time has passed and how much the world has changed. Twenty-five years ago, the idea of mixing animation and live-action was nothing new, but using computer-enhanced animation was a fresh approach. Then there was the mind-blowing idea of mashing up every animated icon from the golden age of animation. Yes, Disney and Looney Tunes side by side. The Fleischer Studios creations hobnobbing with the others. It had never been attempted before and was cause for celebration.
In the two and a half decades that have passed, Disney’s attempt to turn Gary K. Wolf’s protagonist into a cartoon perennial has petered out. Roger Rabbit was first born in Wolf’s 1981 novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? and was turned into a major player thanks to Robert Zemeckis’ ambitious adaptation followed by a »
- Robert Greenberger
Chicago – When “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” was released 25 years ago, it was a revolutionary critical and commercial smash on its way to four Oscars, including a special Academy Award created just for its amazing technical achievement (live-action and animation may be as common as McDonald’s commercials now but not in 1988). However, not every film from the late ’80s has held up well. In fact, most of them work more as nostalgia than anything else. (Case in point, the recent-to-Blu-ray “Willow”). Does “Roger Rabbit” still work? Does it ever. Watching the film on this long-overdue Blu-ray release, I was stunned by how great it still works in every way. It’s a classic.
Why has Robert Zemeckis’ classic held up while others have not? I think the lack of ’80s-specific references really helps the piece feel timeless and the performances and fantastic script would work in any era. “Roger Rabbit” is just a fun, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is celebrating its Silver Anniversary this week with a brand-new 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray, which is in stores now! To celebrate this long-awaited release, we caught up with Roger himself, Mr. Charles Fleischer, to talk about his long history as the man behind the bunny. Charles isn't only a stand-up comedian and actor, he is also a published scientist and inventor who recently did a study on Gamma-Ray bursts for Cornell University. He talks about this, the inspiration behind Roger, and more in our exclusive interview.
Will we see Roger on screen again in the near future? Will Moleeds save mankind? Here is our very interesting conversation with the man of many talents, Charles Fleischer.
Charles Fleischer: What kind of recorder are you using? Are you using your computer?
No, I am »
Late last year, Disney released CGI animation "Wreck-It Ralph," and thanks to its wide selection of cameos from videogame legends, barely a review passed without comparison to another Disney film from the past -- 1988's "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," which included dozens of brief appearances from classic cartoon characters. Sadly, for all of the charms of "Wreck-It Ralph," the comparison didn't do it many favors. On Blu-Ray this week, ahead of its 25th anniversary later in the year, Robert Zemeckis' 'Roger Rabbit' is a loving, beautifully crafted and inventive picture that's barely aged a day since its release. Long in development, and featuring the might of Disney, producer Steven Spielberg and director Zemeckis (at that time white-hot off the success of "Back To The Future") the family-friendly film noir is set in a 1940s L.A. where cartoons are real and have their own Hollywood suburb called Toontown. Roger »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The voice actor told ComingSoon that he would "more than like" to reprise the role, but insisted that talk of a follow-up is merely rumour.
"I would say that the update is that there are rumours. Because I'm not an executive at Disney studios - or at least I wasn't before this interview - the answer would fall outside my canon," he said when asked for an update on the rumoured sequel.
"If it were within my decision-making capacity, I would more than love to do more with Roger. I think there's a lot of people that would too, and that leads me to believe that it could happen. If something happens once, it might happen again."
"I'm not just another rabbit," Charles Fleischer jokes at the tail-end of our interview. It's true. Even though he's best known for voicing Roger Rabbit (as well as Benny the Cab and two of the weasels) in Robert Zemeckis' 1988 neo-noir masterpiece Who Framed Roger Rabbit , Fleischer's multihyphenate falls somewhere along the lines of actor-comic-scientist-inventor. While his most famous on-screen performance is now available for the first time on Blu-ray, curious fans can also check out his 2005 Ted talk in the player at the bottom of this page, view the patent for a toy egg that he invented and, if you really want to feel like you should have been paying more attention in school, read his recent scientific paper, "Can Sequentially Linked Gamma-Ray Bursts Nullify »
Interview conducted by Tom Stockman March 6th, 2013
It all began in 1986 at the Comedy Store in La where director Robert Zemeckis saw Charles Fleischer perform his stand-up comedy act. The act consisted of a lot of voices and sound effects, but what most impressed Zemekis was what he called ”his vocal presence.” And so when auditions began for the human star of Zemeckis’ upcoming live action/animated hybrid murder mystery noir film Who Framed Roger Rabbit — the part eventually played by Bob Hoskins — they called Fleischer. Not to read for that part, but to read with the actors auditioning for that part. Fleischer eventually got the part providing the voice for Roger.
That was 25 years ago. Charles Fleischer went on to voice Roger in some Roger Rabbit shorts and has acted in movies such as Dick Tracy, Straight Talk and Zodiac and recently provided one of the voices in Rango. »
- Tom Stockman
In February, we reported that Walt Disney Studios was moving forward on a remake of the 1952 comedy The Stooge starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Only in this version, Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit would be the leads in what was described as a mix of CGI and live action that also featured cameos from Walt Disney himself and Orson Welles. This news came directly from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? creator and writer of the original novel upon which the movie is based, Gary K. Wolf.
This morning, we somehow managed to get the reclusive Roger Rabbit himself (aka published scientist and comedian Charles Fleischer) on the phone to talk about the Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Blu-ray coming out March 12th, and he called this news a little white lie.
"I would say the key word of the phrase is 'rumor'. Yes. It is unsubstantiated. I would say that any »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a new digital restoration of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will feature a post-screening onstage discussion with director Robert Zemeckis and members of the cast and crew, including actress Joanna Cassidy, voice actor Charles Fleischer, supervising animator Andreas Deja, screenwriter Peter S. Seaman and associate producers Don Hahn and Steve Starkey. The panel will be moderated by director Rich Moore, who received an Oscar® nomination for Animated Feature Film for “Wreck-It Ralph” this past year.
A masterful blend of live-action filmmaking and classic animation, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” boldly announced the rebirth of the Disney animation studio. The film endures as an inventive tribute »
- Michelle McCue
Roger Rabbit: Zemeckis' classic blend of animation and live action will have a 25th anniversary screening at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in April Upon its release in 1988, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was called a landmark mix of animation and live action; the Robert Zemeckis-directed movie also marked the beginning of the renaissance of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, which had hit rock bottom in the '80s after decades of steady decline. In celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary, the Academy will present a new digital restoration at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at its Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. (Pictured above: a youthful-looking Zemeckis and pal Roger Rabbit.) Zemeckis, who has since made his mark in performance capture animation features (for instance, 2004's The Polar Express, with Tom Hanks and 2007's Beowulf, with Angelina Jolie), will be present for a post-screening onstage chat about his movie. »
- Andre Soares
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a new digital restoration of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will feature a post-screening onstage discussion with director Robert Zemeckis and members of the cast and crew, including actress Joanna Cassidy, voice actor Charles Fleischer, supervising animator Andreas Deja, screenwriter Peter S. Seaman and associate producers Don Hahn and Steve Starkey. The panel will be moderated by director Rich Moore, who received an Oscar® nomination for Animated Feature Film for “Wreck-It Ralph” this past year. A masterful blend of live-action filmmaking and classic animation, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” boldly announced the rebirth of the Disney animation studio. The film endures as an inventive tribute to animation’s golden age that also set a new standard for what the medium could achieve. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Hollywood News Team)
Gary K. Wolf, the writer and creator of groundbreaking classic, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, has confirmed via his official website, that Walt Disney Studios is moving forward with a new 3D animated/live-action project, which will see the return of his loveable lisping bunny.
The project will see Walt Disney’s still-beloved character Mickey Mouse and the wacky Roger Rabbit appear together in a remake of the 1952 comedy, The Stooge. It’s most probably the closest we’ll get to a sequel to Robert Zemekis’ 1988 classic, comic-noir (which starred Bob Hoskins), for the foreseeable future.
Both the cartoon characters will take on the roles originated by the iconic collaborating duo, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, which told the story a Broadway performer who finds success with a new act, although (much like their Martin and Lewis’ on-screen partnership), it is mainly because his “stooge” captures most of the limelight. Mickey Mouse »
- Craig Hunter
19 items from 2013
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