Who Framed Roger Rabbit

June 22nd, 1988


Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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A toon hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Release Year: 1988

Rating: 7.6/10 (69,845 voted)

Critic's Score: 83/100

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy

'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect. Groundbreaking interaction between the live and animated characters, and lots of references to classic animation.

Writers: Gary K. Wolf, Jeffrey Price

Bob Hoskins - Eddie Valiant
Christopher Lloyd - Judge Doom
Joanna Cassidy - Dolores
Kathleen Turner - Jessica Rabbit (voice)
Stubby Kaye - Marvin Acme
Alan Tilvern - R.K. Maroon
Richard LeParmentier - Lt. Santino (as Richard Le Parmentier)
Lou Hirsch - Baby Herman (voice)
Betsy Brantley - Jessica's Performance Model
Joel Silver - Raoul
Paul Springer - Augie
Richard Ridings - Angelo
Edwin Craig - Arthritic Cowboy
Lindsay Holiday - Soldier
Mike Edmonds - Stretch

Taglines: It's the story of a man, a woman, and a rabbit in a triangle of trouble.

Release Date: 22 June 1988

Filming Locations: 3280 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: AUD 844,699 (Australia) (26 November 1988)

Gross: $349,200,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Chuck Jones received a credit as "animation consultant" but disavowed the movie forever after, complaining that there was something wrong with a movie where the live-action hero got more sympathy than the animated-cartoon star did.

Anachronisms: During the scene where the taxi is chased by the weasels, the taxi springs into the air to mount a road on a bridge. For a short clip, yellow road stripping can be seen. Los Angeles and California, while having double striping down the center used white paint until the early 1960s when they introduced yellow. Dashed center lines would have remained white until the 70s.

[first lines]
Mrs. Herman: Mommy's going to the beauty parlor, darling, but I'm leaving you with your favorite friend, Roger. He's going to take very, very good care of you, because if he doesn't... HE'S GOING BACK TO THE SCIENCE LAB.

User Review

Nothing short of miraculous

Rating: 10/10

Stop and think about this movie for a minute, and you realize that we are unbelievably fortunate that it even exists.

Think about all the different cartoon characters who have cameos here. Think about how their respective owners had to put aside decades of competing against each other for gags that would last a few seconds of screen time. Realise that, before this movie, the idea of combining fully rendered animated characters with live action footage was considered impossible. And how the hell do you market a movie that includes both murder plots and fuzzy little cartoons?

This movie is a miracle.

I absolutely loved it as a kid, and although parts of it flew over my head I really did not care. I did know that this is what animation can do when all the "rules" are totally ignored. And why shouldn't they be?

Now, as an adult, I appreciate "Roger Rabbit" for its gutsyness. There is absolutely *nothing* like this anywhere. It gets a solid Ten.


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