Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

This page is about the 1988 movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the novel that inspired it, Who Censored Roger Rabbit? and the follow up novel, Who P-P-P-Plugged Roger Rabbit?

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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’d want to kill a dumb cartoon bunny?” That’s what Eddie Valiant wants to know. He’s the toughest private eye in Los Angeles, and he’ll handle anything – if you’re human. If you’re a Toon, that’s another story. Eddie doesn’t like Toons – those cartoon characters who live side-by-side with humans. Not the way they look, and especially not the way they talk: word-filled balloons come out of their mouths and then disintegrate, leaving dust all over his rug.

Eddie will work for a Toon if his cash supply is low enough. So he reluctantly agrees when Roger Rabbit, a Toon who plays straight man (or should that be straight rabbit) in the Baby Herman cartoon series, asks him to find out who’s been trying – unsuccessfully – to buy his contract from the DeGreasy Brothers syndicate.

Then Rocco DeGreasy is murdered – and Roger is the prime suspect The rabbit is also, as Eddie soon discovers, very, very dead. Who censored Roger Rabbit? And who shot Rocco DeGreasy? Was it Roger, or was it Rocco’s hot-cha-cha girlfriend, Jessica Rabbit? Why had Jessica – a pretty steamy number for a Toon – ever married a dopey bunny in the first place? And why does everybody want Roger’s battered old teakettle?

As Eddie combs L.A. from the executive suites of the DeGreasy Brothers to Sid Sleaze’s porno comic studio, he uncovers art thefts, blackmail plots….and the cagiest killer he’s ever faced.

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It’s the story of a man, a woman, and a rabbit in a triangle of trouble.

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.”

Notable Cast

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Bob Hoskins, Eddie Valiant

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Christopher Lloyd, Judge Doom

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Stubby Kay, Marvin Acme

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Joanna Cassidy, Dolores

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Kathleen Turner, Jessica Rabbit (uncredited)

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Amy Irving, Jessica Rabbit (singing voice)

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Mel Blanc, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety & Sylvester

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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.
The story starts out with Eddie Valiant visits Roger Rabbit who tells him about the upcoming Gone with the Wind toon adaptation and how he has a chance to play the lead as Rhett Butler. However, the Telltale News, a newspaper that tends to toons, prints an article about Jessica Rabbit and her relationship with Clark Gable. Jessica’s diminutive twin sister, Joellyn becomes Eddie’s main love interest and we also meet Eddie’s sister, who is in a mixed-race marriage with a toon, and has three children with her toon husband.

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).

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