- Title Who Framed Roger Rabbit
- Director Robert Zemeckis
- Year 1988
- Run time 1hr 44m
- Genres Comedy, Crime, Animation, Family, Fantasy
- Tagline It's the story of a man, a woman, and a rabbit in a triangle of trouble
It’s 1947 Hollywood and Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a down on- his-luck detective, is hired to find proof that Marvin Acme, gag factory mogul and owner of Toontown, is playing hanky panky with femme fatale Jessica Rabbit, wife of Maroon Cartoon superstar, Roger Rabbit. When Acme is found murdered, all fingers point to Roger, and the sinister, power-hungry Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) is on a mission to bring Roger to justice. Roger begs the Toon-hating Valiant to find the real evildoer and the plot thickens as Eddie uncovers scandal after scandal and realizes the very existence of Toontown is at stake.
Mmm, I love this film. I’ve seen it many times - mostly when I was younger. I haven’t seen it for a long time, but the BBC put it up on the iPlayer and so I instantly knew that it was going to be my next Film Watch.
1:03 - Even if your rabbit has come from the science lab, would you still leave him in charge of the baby? Cartoons are so illogical. 3:49 - The trouble with having the cartoon in real life is that all those physics-bending trips around the room don’t really work. 7:53 - “Kinda jumpy, aren’t you? It’s just Dumbo.” 9:58 - I love the idea of hopping on the back of a tram. I wish you could still do that. Maybe you can. I don’t know where the nearest tram is. 13:05 - If you’re going to pick on people, you should probably be able to tell when they’re about to explode and stuff an egg in your mouth. 17:07 - The concept of black and white characters being out of work because of colour TV blows my mind. 22:23 - That actually is pictures of patty cake. 25:42 - Although I get that they need the sentimental bit now, it seems odd that his brother would go on holiday with him and his girlfriend. 28:15 - “Just like a toon to drop a safe on a guy’s head.” 29:42 - Scary looking Doc Brown. 32:27 - What did the shoe ever do? 35:35 - I always think I would never get on in a room where you had to put the bed away every night. I need my bed to fall upon. 38:57 - It must be freakishly hard to act as if you’re handcuffed to something that isn’t really there. 40:33 - Bullschtick is an excellent alternative swear word. 43:35 - “If you don’t have a sense of humour, you’re better off dead.” 58:27 - Roger is so sweet. The way he reacts to hearing about Valient’s brother. “A toon? No!” 1:02:38 - The music in this is very like Back to the Future in places. 1:07:01 - In fact it’s very reminiscent of it, driving through a tunnel and everything. 1:07:18 - Toon Town is so flippin’ bright! 1:13:01 - She refers to her husband as “that guy.” Intriguing. 1:17:31 - “Restaurants that serve rapidly-prepared food.” 1:19:59 - You could almost see the light bulb going off above his head. 1:23:01 - I love: “This is it!! This isn’t it!?” 1:27:42 - It’s fitting that his own toon-removing dip was the end of him as well. 1:32:27 - Do rabbits like carrot cake?
I was surprised at how well the film holds up, considering it is over 20 years old. Of course, animation ages differently to live action, and that probably helps. As an adult, I was slightly disappointed with how many similarities I could see between this and Back to the Future, but equally, that probably helps endear it to me more. It’s a great film and I love it. Watching it as an adult hasn’t ruined it for me, which is not always the case.
Rating: 5 / 5