Who Framed Roger Rabbit

  • PG
  • Robert Zemeckis (1988)
  • US
  • 99 min
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Film Review
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5 out of 5

This whizz-bang breakthrough in mixing live action with cartoon characters won a special achievement Oscar for animator Richard Williams. It follows the adventures of private eye Bob Hoskins, who ventures into Toontown - where the cartoon personalities live - to help animated superstar Roger Rabbit, who suspects his wife of adultery. Guest appearances by a wealth of cartoon favourites, including Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop, adorn the tale as Hoskins's investigation leads to villain Christopher Lloyd, who's planning to cleanse Toontown of its animated inhabitants. Highlights include Hoskins's encounter with Roger's wife Jessica (voiced by Kathleen Turner), the slinkiest, most seductive vamp since Veronica Lake, and the fantastic all-action opening sequence. It was a creative and box-office success for co-executive producer Steven Spielberg and director Robert Zemeckis, and led the way for the likes of Space Jam and Toy Story.

Plot Summary

Part-animated detective comedy starring Bob Hoskins. Roger Rabbit, co-star of the Baby Herman cartoons, suspects that his voluptuous wife Jessica has been unfaithful. His boss, studio mogul RK Maroon, employs a down-on-his-luck private eye, Eddie Valiant, to find the evidence that will provide his star with a divorce. Then events take a murderous turn.

Cast and crew

Cast

Eddie Valiant
Bob Hoskins
Judge Doom
Christopher Lloyd
Dolores
Joanna Cassidy
Roger Rabbit / Benny the Cab / Greasy / Psycho
Charles Fleischer
Jessica
Kathleen Turner
Jessica (singing voice)
Amy Irving
Marvin Acme
Stubby Kaye
RK Maroon
Alan Tilvern
Lieutenant Santino
Richard Le Parmentier
Baby Herman
Lou Hirsch
Jessica's performance model
Betsy Brantley
Raoul, director
Joel Silver
Daffy Duck / Tweety Pie / Bugs Bunny / Sylvester / Porky Pig
Mel Blanc
Singing Sword
Frank Sinatra
Droopy Dog
Richard Williams
Mickey Mouse
Wayne Allwine
Betty Boop
Mae Questel
Goofy / Big Bad Wolf
Tony Pope
Woody Woodpecker
Cherry Davis
Pinocchio
Peter Westy

Crew

Director
Robert Zemeckis

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Brothers
Guidance: 
Contains some violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG
Categories
Comedy
Drama