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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eddie Valiant
... Judge Doom
... Dolores
... Roger Rabbit / Benny The Cab / Greasy / Psycho (voice)
... Marvin Acme
Alan Tilvern ... R.K. Maroon
... Lt. Santino (as Richard Le Parmentier)
Lou Hirsch ... Baby Herman (voice)
Betsy Brantley ... Jessica's Performance Model
... Raoul
Paul Springer ... Augie
... Angelo
Edwin Craig ... Arthritic Cowboy
Lindsay Holiday ... Soldier
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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. See more »


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22 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Toons Don't Pay Bills  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$156,452,370

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$349,200,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The animation production was done mostly in England at Richard Williams' studio. Some fill-in work and production on the "Toontown" sequence was done in Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

To save money, they use a synthesizer instead of a real saxophone at the studio scene when the brooms are dancing. 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

After the end of the credits, the Amblin logo plays cut short. See more »

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Referenced in Backstage at Disney (1983) 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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One of the best of all time
12 November 2004 | by 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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