|WHO CENSORED ROGER RABBIT?|
|Released June 6, 1981|
|Who Censored Roger Rabbit? is a mystery novel written by Gary K. Wolf. It was later adapted by Touchstone Pictures and Amblin Entertainment into the critically acclaimed 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
|WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT
|Released June 22, 1988 (US); December 2, 1988 (UK)|
|Who Framed Roger Rabbit is an American live-action/animated fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis. The film is based on Gary K. Wolf’s 1981 novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? Combining live-action and animation, the film is set in Hollywood during the late 1940s, where animated characters and people co-exist. The story follows Eddie Valiant, a private detective who must exonerate “Toon” (i.e. cartoon character) Roger Rabbit, who is accused of murdering a wealthy businessman.
Disney released the film through its Touchstone Pictures division to critical and commercial success, becoming a blockbuster.
In 2016, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
In November 2016, Robert Zemeckis said, in an interview for The Daily Telegraph, that the sequel “moves the story of Roger and Jessica Rabbit into the next few years of period film, moving on from film noir to the world of the 1950s”. He also stated that the sequel would feature a “digital Bob Hoskins”, as Eddie Valiant would return in “ghost form”. However, Zemeckis believed that the chances of Disney green-lighting the sequel are “slim”. He added “The current corporate Disney culture [the current studio management of The Walt Disney Company] has no interest in Roger, and they certainly don’t like Jessica at all.”
|WHO P-P-P-PLUGGED ROGER RABBIT?|
|Released July, 1991|
|Who P-P-P-Plugged Roger Rabbit? is a mystery/humour novel written by Gary K. Wolf. The book is neither a sequel nor a prequel to Who Censored Roger Rabbit? or the film adaptation by Disney. It is a spin-off story with the same characters, just different situations. This style is like Looney Tunes, where the episodes hold no continuity. The original novel was retconned as a dream of Jessica, in chapter 12.
The novel contains most of the original main cast members, such as Roger Rabbit, Eddie Valiant, Jessica Rabbit, and Baby Herman. The personalities of each of these characters reflect more of their movie selves from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, such as Jessica’s devotion to Roger and the rabbit’s own more cartoony quirks, such as his speech impediment.
From this simple case, the story branches out to the murders of Kirk Enigman (another candidate for the part of Rhett Butler), Baby Herman, and Dodger Rabbit (Roger Rabbit’s evil cousin).