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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1988
  • Robert Zemeckis
  • 99 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

Rating: 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Eddie ValiantBob Hoskins
Judge DoomChristopher Lloyd
DoloresJoanna Cassidy
Roger Rabbit / Benny the Cab / Greasy / PsychoCharles Fleischer
JessicaKathleen Turner
Jessica (singing voice)Amy Irving
Marvin AcmeStubby Kaye
RK MaroonAlan Tilvern
Lieutenant SantinoRichard Le Parmentier
Baby HermanLou Hirsch
Jessica's performance modelBetsy Brantley
Raoul, directorJoel Silver
Daffy Duck / Tweety Pie / Bugs Bunny / Sylvester / Porky PigMel Blanc
Singing SwordFrank Sinatra
Droopy DogRichard Williams
Mickey MouseWayne Allwine
Betty BoopMae Questel
Goofy / Big Bad WolfTony Pope
Woody WoodpeckerCherry Davis
PinocchioPeter Westy

Crew

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DirectorRobert Zemeckis

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Brothers
Guidance
Contains some violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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