Monday, 4 July 2016

Who Framed Roger Rabbit Review (Updated)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit 

Release Date: 24th November 1988 - Australia 

Production Companies
Touchstone Pictures
Amblin Entertainment
Silver Screen Partners III
Walt Disney Feature Animation (Uncredited)

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia

Genre: Fantasy/Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 104 minutes

Budget: $58,000,000

Box Office Gross: $329,803,958

Plot Summary
It's 1947 Hollywood and
Eddie Valiant, a down-on-
his-luck detective is hired
to find proof that Marvin
Acme, gag factory mogul
and owner of Toontown,
is playing hanky-panky
with femme fatale Jessica
Rabbit, wife of Maroon
Cartoon superstar, Roger
Rabbit. When Acme is
found murdered, all
fingers point to Roger,
who begs the Toon-hating
Valiant to find the real

Bob Hoskins - Eddie Valiant
Christopher Lloyd - Judge Doom
Joanna Cassidy - Dolores
Stubby Kaye - Marvin Acme
Alan Tilvern - R. K. Maroon
Richard LeParmentier - Lt. Santino

Voice Cast
Charles Fleischer - Roger Rabbit/Various
Kathleen Turner - Jessica Rabbit (Uncredited)
David L. Sander - Smart Ass
Fred Newman - Stupid
Lou Hirsch - Baby Herman
Mae Questel - Betty Boop
Mel Blanc - Bugs/Various
Joe Alaskey - Yosemite Sam/Foghorn Leghorn
Wayne Allwine - Mickey Mouse
Tony Anselmo - Donald Duck
Russi Taylor - Birds/Minnie Mouse
Bill Farmer - Goofy (Uncredited)
Tony Pope - Goofy/Wolf
April Winchell - Mrs. Herman
Frank Sinatra - The Singing Sword
Frank Welker - Dumbo
June Foray - Wheezy/Lena Hyena
Richard Williams - Droopy

Director - Robert Zemeckis
Based on Novel "Who Censored Roger Rabbit" - Gary K. Wolf
Screenplay - Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman
Executive Producers - Steven Spielberg 
and Kathleen Kennedy
Second Unit Director: UK/Producer - Frank Marshall
Producer - Robert Watts
Director of Animation - Richard Williams
Animation Consultants - Stan Green, Chuck Jones and Walt Stanchfield
Production Designers - Elliott Scott and Roger Cain
Costume Designer - Joanna Johnston
Director of Photography - Dean Cundey
Animation Camera Supervisor - John Leatherbarrow
Mechanical Effects Supervisor - George Gibbs
Special Effects Supervisor: USA - Michael Lantieri
Visual Effects Supervisor - Ken Ralston
Optical Photography Supervisor - Ed Jones
Film Editor - Arthur Schimdt
Music - Alan Silvestri


1989 Academy Awards
Best Film Editing - Arthur Schimdt (Won)
Best Sound Effects Editing - Charles L. Campbell
and Louis L. Edemann (Won)
Best Visual Effects - Ken Ralston, Richard Williams,
Ed Jones and George Gibbs (Won) 
Special Achievement Award - Richard Williams (Won)
Best Cinematography - Dean Cundey (Nominated)
Best Art Direction - Elliot Scott and Peter Howitt (Nominated)
Best Sound - Robert Knudson, John Boyd, Don Digirolamo
and Tony Dawe (Nominated)

It has been a number of years back since WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT was shown on television and VHS. It seemed to be an adult-oriented, edgy, live-action/animation fantasy comedy which is misconstrued as a family movie despite its intention to aim at mature audiences. It is a homage of noir movies and those classic cartoons that were produced in the Golden Age of Animation. Mainly it's due to director Robert Zemeckis, animator Richard Williams and filmmaker Steven Spielberg's creative talents that had this filmed and animated in both cinematic components that were streamlined together in a film as both live-action and animation. Many years in the making, the effects have aged well in ROGER RABBIT and so has the story which is so very rich in laughter and mystery. The movie contains cartoon characters, some of which were from the novel or original and others were borrowed from major copyright holders like Warner Bros and the film's production company Disney. Many people will know these characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.

The cast were well-suited to their performances even the late Bob Hoskins takes on the gruff, bigoted human detective Eddie Valiant, while Christopher Lloyd plays a sharp, sinister role of the mysterious, cold-hearted Judge Doom. Kathleen Turner is hardly recognisable in her voice as Roger Rabbit's seductive beauty of a wife Jessica.

Though I haven't seen ROGER RABBIT for a long time and I still remember it fondly. It's an excellent movie that surely entertains, excites and brings joy to people of all ages.

Star rating: (9/10) Excellent Movie

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