Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a wonderful blend of live action and traditional animation, with sleuth Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) investigating first the alleged unfaithfulness of Jessica Rabbit, wife of the eponymous Roger, and then a murder said to be committed by Roger.  Roger Rabbit is, as you may have guess, a cartoon character - or rather, a "Toon", as inhabitants of Toon Town are known. 

Without going into too much detail, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a terrific film on many levels.  Kids will love it because of the zany humour and mixture of animation and live action, and there's plenty of basic slapstick and cartoon humour to enjoy.  However there's so much more - despite being in colour, the whole atmosphere of the film is very much an effective spoof of film noir; several parts of the storyline are actually very dark in tone, and there's a truly creepy villain in the form of Judge Doom, played by the irrepressible Christopher Lloyd.  The animation is terrific, as is way it's intermingled with the real actors, and Bob Hoskins does a terrific job.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is one of those movies that people of all ages can enjoy, but for different reasons.  I first saw it over a decade ago and really enjoyed it; I watched it again yesterday and loved it again, but I'm sure that my younger self had no idea how dark its tone was in places - or how many things it managed to spoof from real life as well as the cartoon world.  As a small note of trivia, this was the first time Warner Bros and Disney characters appeared in the same film.

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Alison said...

I love this movie and it’s great to see searching around the web that people are still talking about it today! I actually just finished watching it on my TV provider/employer DISH Network's website DISHOnline.com and wanted to see if people were still talking about it. They sure are and I love it! I also love that DISH and HBO came together to bring these classics to their customers to watch wherever they are from the internet! :)

CaptainD said...

Heh... people never stop talking about great movies. :-D