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If you ever wondered what Roger Rabbit would sound like if he was voiced by Pee-wee Herman, we now have the answer, thanks to the recently unearthed episode of Disney Studio Showcase above showing Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in its strange, black-and-white infancy (via Slashfilm). "Roger Rabbit is a live-action picture in which half the cast is made up of animated characters," a Disney producer explains. "It's based on the premise that cartoon characters really live and are not drawn. They exist in this world just like human beings do. »
Before Robert Zemeckis brought Charles Fleischer, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd and Kathleen Turner to the screen in 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Disney crafted an early version of the Gary K. Wolf adaptation starring Paul Reubens as the voice of the eponymous rabbit. Rights to the hardboiled tale set in a city where humans and cartoon characters coexist were purchased shortly after the book Who Censored Roger Rabbit? was published in 1981. Disney saw dollar signs and set about hiring Darrell Van Citters for the job, casting the soon-to-be Pee-wee Herman as the lovable rabbit. Peter Renaday (The Aristocats) was cast as detective Eddie Valiant, and Russi Taylor (Disney’s current Minnie Mouse) became the dangerously curvaceous Jessica Rabbit. The early test...
- Alison Nastasi
Before audiences saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in 1988, Walt Disney Productions had tried to make the film several years earlier after initially getting the rights to Gary K. Wolf's novel on which the film is based. In fact, animation director Darrell Van Citters actually shot some test footage, but not with Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valiant and Charles Fleischer as the voice of Roger Rabbit. Instead, it was Pee-Wee Herman star Paul Reubens (though he wasn't known as that character yet) voicing the titular rabbit with Peter Renaday and Mike Gabriel as the human detective. Now that footage has surfaced. Watch below! Here's the early 1980s test footage from the first attempt to make Who Framed Roger Rabbit?: The footage above was shown on The Disney Channel in 1983 on a program called "Disney Studio Showcase" but it was never seen again. Thankfully, Thief Archive (via SlashFilm) has unearthed »
- Ethan Anderton
Before director Robert Zemeckis, animation director Richard Williams and company brought Roger Rabbit to the screen with 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Walt Disney Productions spent two years between 1981 and 1983 attempting to adapt Gary K. Wolf’s novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit?.
Thanks to The Thief Archive, we now have an insight into this early attempt at Roger Rabbit, thanks to a behind-the-scenes video which delves into its development. Take a look…
The post Go behind the scenes of Disney’s unmade Roger Rabbit movie appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
Years before Robert Zemeckis directed the revolutionary live-action/animated hybrid Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in 1988, an earlier version was mounted at Walt Disney Studios between 1981 and 1983, which had Darrell Van Citters set to direct. Today, an eight-minute video has been unearthed that shows John Culhane taking viewers behind-the-scenes of this unmade version, which featured Paul Reubens as the voice of Roger Rabbit and Russi Taylor as the voice of Jessica Rabbit.
The video also shows a number of concept art images, that show how vastly different the earlier versions of these characters were, and we have a few split-screen photos with the 1981-1983 artwork next to the finished characters from the 1988 film. Take a look at the video and photos, then read on for more information, where you'll see that one of the animators is Frozen and Surf's Up director Chris Buck.
Between 1981 to 1983, Disney made its first attempt at adapting Gary K. Wolf’s book “Who Censored Roger Rabbit.” Below, is an eight-minute video that contains test footage and concept art. It looks a bit different from Robert Zemeckis' final version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which hit theaters in 1988. Most the obvious differences are with the final looks of two of the main characters, Roger Rabbit and Jessica Rabbit. This is because the animated in the footage below was directed by Darrell Van Citters, but the animation in the 1988 version was directed by Richard Williams. You'll also notice that Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman) voiced Roger Rabbit, Peter Renaday and Mike Gabriel as Eddie Valiant and Russi Taylor voiced Jessica Rabbit. Why don't you do right, like some other men and women do and watch it. It's 1947 Hollywood and Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a down-on-his-luck detective is hired »
Following the immense box office success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this weekend, fans can delve through the 30-year history of these heroes in a half-shell with the new documentary Turtle Power: The Definitive History of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, debuting on DVD August 12.
Before picking up the release in stores and online today, we have an exclusive clip that showcases the voice actors from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated TV series, including Townsend Coleman (Michelangelo), Barry Gordon (Donatello), James Avery (Shredder), Renae Jacobs (April O'Neil), Pat Fraley (Krang)) and Peter Renaday (Splinter).
Go behind-the-scenes and beneath the streets to discover the real origin story of four of pop culture's most enduring heroes in the captivating new film Turtle Power: The Definitive History of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, debuting on DVD, VOD and Digital HD August 12, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Written and directed by Randall Lobb, »
7 items from 2014