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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

 -  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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Storyline

'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>

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


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22 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Toons Don't Pay Bills  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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$154,222,492 (USA)
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Trivia

Writers 'Jeffrey Price' and Peter S. Seaman admired the film Chinatown (1974). There was to be two sequels to that film, the first was The Two Jakes (1990), which was later filmed. The second was to be about the corruption in Los Angeles when the streetcar system was removed and freeways were built to replace them. It was to be called "Cloverleaf." Though it is an animated comedy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) pretty much tells the story of this dark period in Los Angeles history. See more »

Goofs

After Roger blows his nose on the handkerchief, it's obvious R. K. Maroon didn't grab the handkerchief out of his hand. It appears he was reaching down to get the handkerchief. However, Maroon's handkerchief would have presumably been dirtied by Roger's tears and nose blowing. A person would normally try to retrieve such a handkerchief by taking it gingerly by a place presumed to be unspoiled. This reaction is further verified by the fact that Maroon immediately places the handkerchief in the wastebasket. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Referenced in Full House: Cutting It Close (1988) See more »

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Merry-Go-Round Broke Down
Written by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin
Performed by Charles Fleischer and Bob Hoskins
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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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