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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?


Several voice actors make cameos as the voice of the character(s) they have played before. These are Tony Anselmo (Donald Duck), Wayne Allwine (Mickey Mouse) and Mel Blanc (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety Bird). But most noticeable is Mae Questel as Betty Boop. Mae did Betty's voice from 1930 until the character was retired in 1939. Mae Questel then became Popeye the Sailor's friend, Olive Oyl. See more »


When Eddie and Jessica are driving out of toon town in the animated taxi cab, right before they crash into the post, one of the taxi's headlight's can be seen through the post. 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 »


Referenced in Terminal Velocity (1994) See more »


Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Composed by Franz Liszt
Performed by Tony Anselmo and Mel Blanc
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User Reviews

Great fun for kids and adults alike.
9 January 2000 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I'm a fan of both cartoons and film noir movies, and so Who Framed Roger Rabbit was a great experience to me. Set in the 1940's, in a shadowy atmosphere reminiscent of Bogart classics such as The Maltese Falcon, the movie blends in cartoon characters and live actors almost seamlessly. For me, one of the most interesting aspects of the movie was seeing Disney and Warner Bros cartoon characters in the same scenes - for the first time in film history, I believe. Who could forget the piano duel of Donald and Daffy? The live actors were a bit theatrical and over-dramatic at times, but not to an extent that would have made the film unbearable or bad. The cartoon characters saved a lot, too.

Fast-paced, entertaining film that can be viewed by anyone. I liked it very much.

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