By: Oberst Von Berauscht & Bill Leon (A Toast) –
-Oberst: Private Detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) hates cartoons. Unfortunately, he happens to live in Hollywood, where you can’t drop a 16-ton weight without comically crushing one of them.
-Bill L: Valiant is your typical grizzled 40s private detective with a brooding and tragic back story. In this case, his brother and former partner was murdered by a toon. Valiant and Valiant took on Toon cases exclusivel
-Oberst: In need of money, Valiant decides to take a case involving celebrity Toon Roger Rabbit. He is hired to investigate Roger’s wife Jessica, and determine if she’s been unfaithful.
-Bill L: Turns out she’s been playing patty cake with Marvin Acme; head of the ACME corporatio
Upon viewing the photograph
-Oberst: Eddie gets more than he bargained for when Roger comes to him for help. Roger, a chaotic Toon famous for his slapstick antics is not only wanted by the cops, but also by Judge Doom, who has made it his mission in life to punish Toons gone bad.
-Bill L: How do you sell a 1940s period piece with integrated animated characters and a plot revolving around murder? To someone like me; that pitch alone is good enough. I get the feeling Disney took more convincing
-Oberst: According to the oh so dependable folks at wikipedia; Disney bought the rights to this movie in 1981, which went through a slew of hands finally ending on the desk of Robert Zemeckis.
-Bill L: Post-produ
-Oberst: The movie was a technical marvel, earning Academy Awards for visual effects, sound editing, film editing, and a special achievement Oscar for Richard William’s animation direction.
-Bill L: Aside from The Wizard of Oz, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? was the first film I ever saw. It blew me away then, and it blows me away now. The combinatio
-Oberst: A large amount of credit to the film’s success is due to Bob Hoskins, whose performance as Eddie Valiant perfectly captures that of a hard-boiled detective. Eddie is an angry alcoholic and no longer finds humor in life. Ironically it is this very same demeanor which has him playing the unwilling straight-man in the long-running vaudevillian comedy that has become his life.
-Bill L: Another credit to give for live-action acting is Christophe
-Oberst: I have to credit the numerous studios (Disney, Warner Brothers etc.) in their collaborative spirit for this film, which allowed the filmmakers to use characters from multiple areas of animation, fleshing out the world of Toon Town in a beautiful way. Even though many of the appearances from the likes of Bugs Bunny and Donald Duck amount to cameos, they are spread out quite evenly and don’t feel like mere fan service.
-Oberst: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is a stunning film. While many films before it blended live action an animation, never before (or since) has hand-drawn animation been paired off with live action footage on such a grand scale. The way human characters interact with cartoons seems so real that even modern films using high-tech digital imagery have seldom equaled it.
-Bill L: Animation and live action has never been integrated this seamlessly. When I think of a perfect film, I think of Roger fucking Rabbit!
Take a Drink: each time you recognize a cartoon character
Take a Drink: every time someone says “Acme” or “Toon Town”
Take a Drink: whenever someone mentions The Dip
Drink a Shot: when Eddie drinks