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Title:
Who framed Roger Rabbit [DVD] / Touchstone Pictures and Stephen Spielberg present ; produced by Robert Watts and Frank Marshall ; screenplay by Jeffrey Price & Peter Seaman ; directed by Robert Zemeckis.
Title Variants:
Wolf, Gary K.

Who censored Roger Rabbit?
Edition:
25th anniversary [edition] ; Widescreen.
Publication Information:
[Burbank, Calif.] : Touchstone Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, ©2013, ©1988.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Title from container.

Based on the book "Who censored Roger Rabbit?" by Gary K. Wolf.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1988.
Contents:
Special features: Commentaries ; Deleted scene: The pig head sequence ; Before and after: split-screen comparison with and without animation ; Toontown confidential: viewing option with facts and trivia ; Behind the ears: the true story of Roger Rabbit: a behind-the-scenes documentary ; Toon stand-ins featurette: rehearsting with stand-ins for the Toons ; On set!: Benny the Cab: the making of a scene from the film ; The Valiant files: interactive set-top gallery.
Abstract:
In 1947 Hollywood Eddie Valiant is a down-on-his-luck detective who is hired to find out if Marvin Acme is playing hanky-panky with Jessica Rabbit, wife of Maroon Cartoon superstar Roger Rabbit. When Acme is found murdered all fingers point to Roger who enlists Eddie's help to find the real killer. The down-on-his-luck detective gets involved in a dastardly plot to redevelop Toontown. The mixed live and animated action takes place in Hollywood and next-door "Toontown," where humans and "Toons" co-exist.
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Rating: PG.
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In Robert Zemeckis's trailblazing combination of animation and live-action, Hollywood's 1940s cartoon stars are a subjugated minority, living in the ghettolike "Toontown" where their movements are sharply monitored by the human power establishment. The Toons are permitted to perform in a Cotton Club-style nightspot but are forbidden to patronize the joint. One of Toontown's leading citizens, whacked-out Roger Rabbit, is framed for the murder of human nightclub owner Marvin Acme (Stubby Kaye). Private detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), whose prejudice against Toons stems from the time that his brother was killed by a falling cartoon piano, reluctantly agrees to clear Roger of the accusation. Most of the sociopolitical undertones of the original novel were weeded out out of the 1988 film version, with emphasis shifted to its basic "evil land developer" plotline --and, more enjoyably, to a stream of eye-popping special effects. With the combined facilities of animator Richard Williams, Disney, Warner Bros., Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, and George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic, the film allows us to believe (at least for 90 minutes) that "toons" exist, and that they are capable of interacting with 3-dimensional human beings. Virtually every major cartoon character of the late 1940s shows up, with the exceptions of Felix the Cat and Popeye the Sailor, whose licensees couldn't come to terms with the producers. Of the film's newly minted Toons, the most memorable is Roger Rabbit's curvaceous bride Jessica (voiced, uncredited, by Kathleen Turner). The human element is well-represented by Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, and Joanna Cassidy; also watch for action-film producer Joel Silver as Roger Rabbit's Tex Avery-style director. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi