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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>

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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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Release Date:

22 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Toons Don't Pay Bills  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)


$154,222,492 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Eddie takes Roger Rabbit into the back room at the bar where Dolores works to cut apart the hand-cuffs, the lamp from ceiling is bumped and swinging. Lots of extra work was needed to make the shadows match between the actual room shots and the animation for very little viewer benefit. Today, "Bump the Lamp" is a term used by many Disney employees to refer to going that extra mile on an effect just to make it a little more special, even though most viewers or guests will never notice it. See more »


When Roger Rabbit drinks the whiskey in the bar while being held at the neck by Judge Doom, the Judge briefly lets go of him, but Roger doesn't fall down. (The moment he let go was when Roger swallows the whiskey, so he presumably opened up his hand to allow space for Roger's neck to get bigger when the whiskey is swallowed. However he may have opened his hand too wide or the animation was not successfully drawn to match the hand movement.) 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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There are no opening credits after the title has been shown. See more »


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One of the best of all time
12 November 2004 | by (Newburgh, NY) – See all my reviews

When this original movie was conceived and released in 1988, it was seen as a movie for the kids, but it soon found its way into the hearts of moviegoers everywhere. This was a landmark movie, cementing skills from all areas of Hollywood, from the budding special effects industry, to the acting skills of Bob Hoskins, to the SUPERB directing skills of Robert Zemeckis, to create one of the most impressive movies in Hollywood.

While this movie was not the first of it's kind, it was definitely the first to have cartoons and real actors interact so seamlessly, and it is impressive that it was made over 15 years ago. Another impressive part of this movie is the soundtrack, using the classic 20's jazz song "Why Don't You Do Right?" to bring back the old jazz club scene, to make for a truly authentic feel from a cartoon character, as well as the detective music used all originally composed. All around, this movie is one that I Grew up with, and children and adults will be enjoying for decades to come, because Who Framed Roger Rabbit will be a classic in the movie world for a long long time.

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