A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.


Robert Zemeckis


Gary K. Wolf (novel), Jeffrey Price (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hoskins ... Eddie Valiant
Christopher Lloyd ... Judge Doom
Joanna Cassidy ... Dolores
Charles Fleischer ... Roger Rabbit / Benny the Cab / Greasy / Psycho (voice)
Stubby Kaye ... Marvin Acme
Alan Tilvern ... R.K. Maroon
Richard LeParmentier ... Lt. Santino (as Richard Le Parmentier)
Lou Hirsch Lou Hirsch ... Baby Herman (voice)
Betsy Brantley Betsy Brantley ... Jessica's Performance Model
Joel Silver ... Raoul
Paul Springer Paul Springer ... Augie
Richard Ridings ... Angelo
Edwin Craig Edwin Craig ... Arthritic Cowboy
Lindsay Holiday Lindsay Holiday ... Soldier
Mike Edmonds ... Stretch


'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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Did You Know?


Initially, there were to be seven weasels (Greasy, Sleazy, Wheezy, Smartass, Psycho, Stupid, and Slimy) to parody the seven dwarfs. See more »


When Roger is jumping on Eddie's bed while reading his love letter, just before the next shot the mattress can be seen sinking before Roger touches down. 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

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Alternate Versions

For the 2003 Vista Series DVD release, the scene where Jessica and Eddie are thrown from the cab has been altered yet again. In this version of the scene, Jessica is actually entirely re-animated for several frames and falls much more gracefully, with her nether regions staying carefully hidden by her dress. See more »


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Smile, Darn Ya, Smile
Written by Jack Meskill, Charles O'Flynn, and Max Rich
Performed by The Cast of Toons
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Great fun film for both adults and older kids
28 December 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Down on his luck Eddie Valiant is hired by cartoon studio producer RK Maroon to help get his main star, Roger Rabbit, to focus on the job rather than his wife. To do this Valiant is told to get photographs of Jessica Rabbit with another man. He does this but it only serves to send Roger into a rage and he storms off the lot. When the man that was photographed with Jessica turns up dead the next day, Roger is wanted by the police and the toon hating Judge Doom. Roger goes to Valiant to help him, but is there more to the story than meets the eye?

I saw this film years ago in the cinema as a child and loved it then just as much as I do now. The plot is a classic bit of noir - complete with drunken, bitter private dick, a beautiful but untrustworthy femme fatale, plot twists and a patsy. The twist here is that this is a kids film (more or less) and that it features cartoon characters! This works well - making it accessible for kids but still clever enough for adults.

That's not to say that the adults won't like the cartoons too. With so many famous characters making cameos there is plenty of cartoons for adults to enjoy. The humour of the film is quite violent and may not be appropriate for younger children - especially the steamroller scene near the end which I found a little upsetting when I saw this as a preteen. Regardless of that the film is still pretty funny and can be enjoyed by most, even if kids won't get the plot or references to other movies.

Hoskins is good - he fits the rundown noir mould well but can also clown when he has to. Lloyd is a great bad guy - scary enough to bother kids but not comic to the point that he is a clown character to adults. Jessica Rabbit sticks in the mind, likely one of the best femme fatales if she were real, she is voiced really well by Turner and the animation fits her voice well. Fleischer's Roger is good for a cartoon character but it is often the other cartoon characters that are more enjoyable; not only the various cameos but also the weasels and the taxicab.

Overall this is a good movie but maybe not for young kids due to the dark edge and some scary scenes. However for older children and adults this is real good fun - a good plot, a noir atmosphere and a clever twist on the creation of cartoons in the real world.

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Release Date:

22 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Who Shot Roger Rabbit? See more »


Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,226,239, 26 June 1988

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| Dolby SR (1995 Re-Release)| DTS (Digital DTS Sound) (1998/2002 Re-Release)| Dolby Digital (1998/2002 Re-Release)| SDDS (1998/2002 Re-Release)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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