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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The gag of the toon pelican falling off his bicycle came about by accident. Originally, the pelican would have ridden straight past the camera, but the effects technicians were unable to keep the bike upright. The filmmakers decided to let the bicycle fall and animate the pelican losing his balance. See more »


When Eddie Valient is first leaving R. K. Maroon's office, he looks to see the man playing the saxophone for the Fantasia brooms. Yet, the sax player is not moving his fingers, but merely holding the sax. He is not playing it at all, just moving around. 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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Written by Cy Coleman (as Coleman) and Carolyn Leigh (as Leigh)
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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"Who framed Roger Rabbit" is a classic
8 February 2004 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I was a little surprised that "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" wasn't on the top 250. Almost everyone loves this film. It was a major breakthrough for movies. The cartoon world meets reality.

Bob Haskins is to die for in this film, he plays such a great American detective and he didn't have much to work with. After all when he was talking to Roger, he wasn't really talking to anybody since it was a cartoon character. I love the way he develops his role so much, how he goes from this stick-to-the-book and all cartoons are bad to this lovable goofy guy due to Roger's insatiable love for life and cartoons. It's silly because it's a cartoon, but Roger and Bob clicked so well and are unforgettable.

Christopher Lloyd... shudder! This guy gave me so many nightmares as a kid from his character as the judge. The ending where he reveals his true form, he is just terrifying and effective. Jessica Rabbit is so cool and sexy for a cartoon. She's just too much fun for this movie and is wonderful as a cartoon. "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way". My favorite scene is without a doubt when Eddie(played by Bob) is looking for Jessica and meets the crazy look-a-like in Toon Town. Just great and hilarious.

Come on, fans! This is a terrific movie and deserves to be on the top 250 films of all time! It's a break through for cinema history and movies in general. It's a great one! I'd highly recommend this for the family and friends or just a Saturday with nothing to do.


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