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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

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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.

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'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. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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


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22 June 1988 (USA)  »

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Dead Toons Don't Pay Bills  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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$154,222,492 (USA)
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Trivia

Bob Hoskins had to do a lot of his acting in front of a green screen, only visualizing the cartoon characters that were added later. In a 1988 interview for Danish TV, he said, "I had to learn to hallucinate to do it. ... After doing it for six months, for sixteen hours a day, I lost control of it and sort of had weasels and rabbits popping out of the wall at me." Hoskins didn't take another job for a year. See more »

Goofs

When the weasels enters Eddie Valiant's apartment to find Roger, the weasel known as Smart-Ass holds a real gun. When he walks up to Eddie, the gun has a shadow, but Smart-Ass doesn't. In the next shot, he has a shadow as well. See more »

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[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.
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Smile, Darn Ya, Smile
Written by Jack Meskill, Charles O'Flynn, and Max Rich
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A film Classic like no other
1 August 2001 | by (Ridgefield Wa) – See all my reviews

To make a great classic film i think it has to work on several different levels and this one not only plays on many different levels It scores tremendously.

It is a great childrens movie. With zany classic characters such as Roger, the Weasles, and Benny the Cab. They are original crazy and fun. Also it is a mystery. It plays perfectly as one of those Old 50's detective stories. It is a milestone in film making. The scenes of the "toons" and humans sharing a world is great. I think the best scene as special effects go, is the one where Eddie and Roger are handcuffed together in his office. It looks so real!!!!! This movie is fun and creative and will go down in movie history. I don't know what else to say it is simply the best.

Also do your self a favor and steer clear of the bad rip off Cool World.


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