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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Crime  |  22 June 1988 (USA)
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A toon hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stubby Kaye ...
Alan Tilvern ...
Lt. Santino (as Richard Le Parmentier)
Lou Hirsch ...
Baby Herman (voice)
Betsy Brantley ...
Paul Springer ...
Edwin Craig ...
Lindsay Holiday ...


'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect. Groundbreaking interaction between the live and animated characters, and lots of references to classic animation. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's the story of a man, a woman, and a rabbit in a triangle of trouble.


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Release Date:

22 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Toons Don't Pay Bills  »

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Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)


$154,222,492 (USA)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joel Silver's cameo as the director of the Baby Herman cartoon was a prank on Disney chief Michael Eisner by Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg. Eisner and Silver hated each other from their days at Paramount Pictures in the early '80s, particularly after the difficulties involved in making 48 Hrs. (1982). Silver shaved off his beard, paid his own expenses, and kept his name out of all initial cast sheets. When Eisner was told, after the movie was complete, who was playing the director - Silver was nearly unrecognizable - he reportedly shrugged and said, "He was pretty good." See more »


When Roger crashes through the window, there are only two fragments left at the bottom of the frame. In the next shot (when the blind falls off), the pane is complete except for a Roger-shaped hole. See more »


[first lines]
Mrs. Herman: Mommy's going to the beauty parlor, darling, but I'm leaving you with your favorite friend, Roger. He's going to take very, very good care of you, because if he doesn't... HE'S GOING BACK TO THE SCIENCE LAB.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits: "Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Tweetie Bird, Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, Porky Pig, Acme, and all other Warner Bros. characters are trademark of Warner Brothers Inc. Copyright 1988 Warner Bros. Inc. used by permission." See more »


References The Wise Little Hen (1934) See more »


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User Reviews

Nothing short of miraculous
2 March 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Stop and think about this movie for a minute, and you realize that we are unbelievably fortunate that it even exists.

Think about all the different cartoon characters who have cameos here. Think about how their respective owners had to put aside decades of competing against each other for gags that would last a few seconds of screen time. Realise that, before this movie, the idea of combining fully rendered animated characters with live action footage was considered impossible. And how the hell do you market a movie that includes both murder plots and fuzzy little cartoons?

This movie is a miracle.

I absolutely loved it as a kid, and although parts of it flew over my head I really did not care. I did know that this is what animation can do when all the "rules" are totally ignored. And why shouldn't they be?

Now, as an adult, I appreciate "Roger Rabbit" for its gutsyness. There is absolutely *nothing* like this anywhere. It gets a solid Ten.

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