A magical genie, in one of the more disappointing parts of the story. Terry Gilliam was offered the chance to direct, and Bill Murray was approached to star. Seaman hired to write the screenplay. Apparently, years later, Murray was devastated to hear that he was in the running, saying that he would have taken the part in a heartbeat.
Ever wondered exactly how many cartoon cameos there are in the film? At the time, the film was perhaps best known for collecting a whole host of cartoon cameos, and it marked the first time that Warner Bros.
Who Censored Roger Rabbit? is a mystery novel written by Gary K. Wolf in It was later Gary K. Wolf in It was later adapted by Disney and Amblin Entertainment into the critically acclaimed film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Growing up, I absolutely loved the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I've been told many times that my brother and I killed the VHS copy we had from watching it .
Until quite late on, he was meant to have an animated vulture sitting on his shoulder, while he carried a suitcase containing 12 kangaroos, which served as a jury their roos would produce letters from the pouch, spelling out Y-O-U A-R-E G-U-I-L-T-Y. Somewhat sensibly, both ideas were dropped, as was one of the more interesting concepts.
His weasel henchmen were also a homage to classic Disney, modeled as a twisted parody of the Seven Dwarves, named Stupid, Smart Ass, Greasy, Wheezy and Psycho Slimey and Flasher were left on the cutting room floor, rather ruining the symmetry. While these were being made, there was also a full-on theatrical sequel in development. Roger wants to know why. Shortly thereafter, Roger is shot dead in his apartment, and the only clue is his final world balloon. The police use its text contents—"No fair! You got me everything?
My contract…"—to determine his last words, but they also check the brittleness of the balloon to determine how long Roger has been dead. Eddie even finds a word balloon for the gun that killed Roger—it says "Bang," naturally—and measures it to determine the caliber of the murder weapon. As Wolf establishes in a number of cases, word balloons tend to endure and become obnoxious detritus in the streets.
In fact, one of the reasons Jessica Rabbit is considered sexy by humans is that she "suppresses" her word balloons, and only talks with her husky voice. A cartoon cat amuses itself by "conjuring up some mental mice, which it stalked around the room.
So before long, a Roger dopple shows up and wants Eddie to solve his murder. Roger created the dopple to run an errand shortly before Roger was shot, and the dopple will disintegrate before long, but he'd like the mystery solved first. He'd also like to help.
Like the Roger Rabbit of the movie, he's an overeager, goofy schmuck who tends to get in his own way and everyone else's. Unlike the movie Roger, though, he doesn't really have the saving graces of being funny and sweet. He's just annoying. He isn't the only one who comes off better in the film.
The movie version of his wife Jessica famously proclaims "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way. In the book, on the other hand, she's just plain bad. She did Tijuana-Bible porn when she was younger, she's a social climber and a gold-digger, she uses her body as currency with a shrug and a smirk, and she plainly expects Eddie Valiant to do whatever she wants in exchange for sex.
The movie Jessica is ultimately loyal to Roger, and loves him because he makes her laugh; the book Jessica married him on what seems like a whim, but holds him in utter contempt, and has already discarded him and moved on. In the film, his utter devotion to her is cute and a little unsettling; in the book, it's outright pathetic. Incidentally, Eddie never sleeps with Jessica. He lusts after her, and she makes it entirely clear that she isn't engaging in some coy femme fatale teasing game, she really will casually fuck him to get what she wants.
But in the end, he's too moral. The Eddie of the book and the one in the film are very similar men—the one in the movie has his brother's murder to thank for turning him into a bitter, alcoholic bastard, while the book version just comes that way, and is a little more cynical nonetheless. He's maybe a little more given to his vices, particularly gambling and booze. He might even give in to Jessica, if he weren't so aware that she's a leech, and she's just trying to use him.
Which is par for the course for a noir mystery. Who Censored Roger Rabbit? He talks to the DeGreasys, who stonewall him about Roger's contract.
Then one of them, Rocco, is murdered, and the other, Dominick, starts asking Eddie to track down a teakettle that's missing from Roger's place. Eddie talks to Jessica, who contradicts everything Roger said about their relationship… and asks him to track down the teakettle and bring it to her instead of Dominick. Someone takes Roger's place apart, looking for something, which Eddie suspects was the teakettle.
There are a number of other threads stretching through the book: The DeGreasys seem to be dealing in stolen comic strips. There's the matter of Roger's strange contract with the DeGreasys, and his mysterious marriage to Jessica—which changed her personality entirely for a year—and her relationship with Rocco DeGreasy, whom she left for Roger, then left Roger for. Roger's comic-strip photographer, Carol, appears to be in love with Roger, and contradicts everything anyone else says about him.
Rocco has a son who owns an art gallery, and who was forced to censor Carol, at Rocco's orders. Everyone seems to be connected to everyone else, in complicated ways, and no one's take on any given situation matches up.
Much of the book is about Eddie digging up all these threads, and trying to figure out how they cross and connect. While the film has a similar mystery going on, it's a lot simpler and more direct, with a bigger and more obvious bad guy, and a lot more energetic setpieces.
Where the movie has car chases and conflict, the book has conversation. One thing the two do have in common is the sense that 'toons are second-class citizens, with a lot of free-floating prejudice aimed at them. They don't live together in a crazy ghetto where humans don't go, much less one that's threatened in an important plotline; Eddie Valiant himself lives in a mixed neighborhood, though he's irritated by all the discarded word balloons littering the streets, and his friends are anti-'toon, and balk when Roger shows up during their regular poker game. Mostly, though, the book and film are just very different worlds with very different styles: Wolf's book is a grim private-eye yarn with a heavily satirical tone, a bunch of 'toon weirdness, and a fairly good murder mystery, though it loses points in my book for being one of those mysteries that no one could have put together before the big reveal.
The rest of this paragraph is a big SPOILER , if you really want to know how the book comes out: That teakettle everyone wants is a "magic lantern" containing a cranky genie, who granted the unwitting Roger his first two wishes—marriage to Jessica and a comic-strip contract—but made sure both wishes fell apart within a year, out of sheer nastiness. When Roger accidentally activated the lantern a third time, the genie killed him. Hence the word balloon, as Roger found out for the first time that everything good in his life was due to the genie he didn't even know was there.
The book ends with the revelation that Roger killed Rocco DeGreasy; he created the doppleganger who stands in for him through most of the book in order to send it out to create an alibi while he was murdering the man who stymied his career and stole his wife. In the book's final paragraphs, the dopple finally disintegrates, and Wolf ends with these sad lines: "I looked up at the sky. It was one of those rare days when the Earth revolves a little faster and shoos away the smog. You could see a long way, but not half as far as Roger had gone.
Roger Rabbit is alive. Jessica is his wife again, and is once again in trouble with the tabloids, which have romantically linked her to Clark Gable. The murdered Teddy Valiant gets an early mention. Benny the Cab is on the back cover. After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife. Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization.
On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. 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.
This movie is excellent!
A mature, family film that people of many generations can enjoy! Anyone who hasn't seen this film I definitely recommend it! If you like quirky comedies,fantasies, suspenseful films, or are a cartoon geek watch WFRR! As a huge fan of all things comedic, I love the film's message about laughter! When the film opens, detective Eddie Valiant Bob Hoskins is this disenchanted, cynical alkie who hasn't gotten over the murder of his brother who was killed by a toon Because of this Eddie[ who was once known for his penchant for solving toon-related cases, getting the colorful playful creatures out of trouble] resents ALL toons now and refuses to work for or with them.
Too bad Roger Rabbit doesn't know this. Thus he seeks Valiant's help.
Roger tells Eddie "a laugh can be a very powerful thing, why sometimes in life it's the only weapon we have. The film's theme of minorities the toons vs. And of Eddie's prejudices against toons due to his brother's murder disappearing at the end, thus he overcomes his alcoholism and grief or Roger's very motto of "Laughter is a powerful weapon" and how that helps Eddie in the final showdown by killing the weasels with laughter and thwarting Judge Doom with a toon prop that malfunctions his diabolical machine.
And they help unite all different walks of life. There seems to be some controversy on what age it is appropriate for Be warned this film IS violent loud climatic and more likely than not, will scare a young child. But if you are a parent you have to know your kid and realize what will give him or her nightmares.
Having said that, even if you won't let junior watch it, that doesn't mean you, yourself can't enjoy it, the next time it comes on Encore Mystery. There are a lot of "Judge Dooms" these days Don't be a Judge Doom Watch this movie! Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!
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