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Every now and then an anniversary comes along and it makes you pause and realize just how much time has passed and how much the world has changed. Twenty-five years ago, the idea of mixing animation and live-action was nothing new, but using computer-enhanced animation was a fresh approach. Then there was the mind-blowing idea of mashing up every animated icon from the golden age of animation. Yes, Disney and Looney Tunes side by side. The Fleischer Studios creations hobnobbing with the others. It had never been attempted before and was cause for celebration.
In the two and a half decades that have passed, Disney’s attempt to turn Gary K. Wolf’s protagonist into a cartoon perennial has petered out. Roger Rabbit was first born in Wolf’s 1981 novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? and was turned into a major player thanks to Robert Zemeckis’ ambitious adaptation followed by a »
- Robert Greenberger
Chicago – When “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” was released 25 years ago, it was a revolutionary critical and commercial smash on its way to four Oscars, including a special Academy Award created just for its amazing technical achievement (live-action and animation may be as common as McDonald’s commercials now but not in 1988). However, not every film from the late ’80s has held up well. In fact, most of them work more as nostalgia than anything else. (Case in point, the recent-to-Blu-ray “Willow”). Does “Roger Rabbit” still work? Does it ever. Watching the film on this long-overdue Blu-ray release, I was stunned by how great it still works in every way. It’s a classic.
Why has Robert Zemeckis’ classic held up while others have not? I think the lack of ’80s-specific references really helps the piece feel timeless and the performances and fantastic script would work in any era. “Roger Rabbit” is just a fun, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $26.50
In case you don’t remember the sultry red-haired cartoon who was just drawn bad, PG-rated Who Framed Roger Rabbit mixes animation and live action. The film stars Bob Hoskins (Made in Dagenham) as Eddie Valiant, a detective who hates toons. When toon Roger Rabbit is accused of murder, Valiant is unfortunately the only one who can help.
Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future movies) and Jessica Cassidy (Blade Runner) also star, along with the voices of Sherlock Holmes producer Joel Silver and Kathleen Turner (Romancing the Stone) as the sultry red-head. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Forest Gump), Who Framed Roger Rabbit is based on the novel »
3 items from 2013
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