Stephanie's Favourite Movies: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
My absolute favourite movie of all time, and definitely for several reasons. This film is the reason why Robert Zemeckis is my second-favourite director, and the live action alongside 2D animation is of a revolutionary quality that has not yet been duplicated equally to this day. It also has great acting, like Bob Hoskins, Joanna Cassidy, Kathleen Turner, and Christopher Lloyd. This was an original idea and nowadays, those are very hard to come by. Everything is based on a book, prior film, tv show, comic, or even line of toys nowadays. During this review, I will explain why I love this movie so much.
First of all, the voice work and live acting work is awesome, especially Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valiant, Kathleen Turner as Jessica Rabbit, and most importantly, Christopher Lloyd as Judge Doom. Judge Doom is quite possibly one of the best, if not one of the funniest villains alive. Not only is Christopher Lloyd (my personal favourite actor) perfect for the role, but his death is quite possibly one of the most epic deaths ever. For those of you who want to see the movie, I won't give it away, but it's fantastic, so is the twist ending regarding his character.
The story is so original that it can not be duplicated to this quality and probably never will. People have definitely tried, but their efforts have been futile, because WFRR still remains on top. I really love the story. In fact, this is a movie that I could watch fifty times back-to-back and not be bored one bit. For those of you who don't know, WFRR is about an alternate 1940's Los Angeles where animated characters or "toons" live and work alongside humans. Private detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) is offered a job to get some juicy pictures of Jessica Rabbit (Kathleen Turner), wife of Maroon Cartoon star Roger (our titular character). He manages to get some pictures of Jessica playing patty cake (taken literally, not sexual innuendo) with Marvin Acme, the owner of toontown. Marvin Acme is offed in the night, and Roger Rabbit is framed for the murder. It's up to Eddie and Roger to solve the mystery while trying to clear Roger's name.
The special effects are revolutionary, and are still revolutionary to this day. The movie is set in the 1940's, during the golden age of Disney and Warner Brothers, and this is probably the only movie where you will ever see Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny in the same movie, and that is pretty awesome. The person who animated this film is a genius and should be revered as such, if they haven't already.
If you haven't seen this film, you must see it now. It's a must see and definitely one of the best made films of all time. The acting, the effects, the original story, the suspense, and the humour all just blend together so well and create a perfect film. That's right, it's perfect. There's nothing wrong with it in my opinion. Others may say different, but that's my opinion. All in all, a fantastic film.
For all of my childhood, Who Framed Roger Rabbit has been one of my favorite movies. Thankfully, it's another one of those movies that still holds up really well as an adult. 1988 was quite a year for animation. Out in Japan, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro, and Akira were released in theaters and were all superbly animated films that in scales from good to masterful, delivered storylines and themes unheard of at the time. Over in America, we were treated to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, … more
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is thankfully, another one of those favorite movies from my childhood that still holds up really well as an adult. While the story itself is a little conventional, what made this movie such a joy to watch was its masterful fusion of live-action and 2D animation (which despite being 25 years-old as of writing this, still looks amazing today), hilarious gags, and Christopher Lloyd as Judge Doom, one of the creepiest movie villains of my youth.