The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 58):
23. “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988)
A toon hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.
Bob Hoskins—Eddie Valiant
Christopher Lloyd—Judge Doom
Kathleen Turner—Jessica Rabbit (Voice)
Charles Fleischer—Roger Rabbit/ Benny The Cab / Greasy / Psycho (Voice)
Facts about the this movie:
*Opening weekend: AUD 844,699 (Australia)
*Gross: $349,200,000 (Worldwide)
*The bottle of chili sauce falling in the opening cartoon had to be re-animated several times as British animators used the UK spelling "chilli".
*Terry Gilliam was initially offered the job of directing this movie, but turned it down because he considered it "conceptually inauthentic to use the Looney Tunes genre/character stable as a springboard for a variation on the Howard the Duck story"
*Some scenes of Eddie Valiant in the taxi are actually drawings of Eddie Valiant instead of pictures of Bob Hoskins.
*Another scene that came about by accident was when Roger and Eddie Valiant arrive at Maroon Studios to interrogate Mr. Maroon. As Bob Hoskins delivered his lines, he looked straight ahead, instead of down at a three-foot rabbit. The animators decided to have Roger stand on tiptoe against the wall to cover up the gaffe.
*Several voice actors make cameos as the voice of the character(s) they have played before. These are Tony Anselmo (Donald Duck), Wayne Allwine (Mickey Mouse) and Mel Blanc (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety Bird). But most noticeable is Mae Questel as Betty Boop. Mae did Betty's voice from 1930 until the character was retired in 1939. Mae Questel then became Popeye the Sailor's friend, Olive Oyl.
*Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner also appear silhouetted on the elevator door as it goes up.
*Felix the Cat's face appears as the masks of tragedy and comedy on the keystone of the entrance to Toontown.
*This movie marked the first time cartoon characters from both Walt Disney and Warner Brothers appeared together on screen.
*With an estimated production budget of $70 million at the time of its release, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was the most expensive film produced in the 1980s and had the longest on-screen credits for a film.
*When the toon train hits the Dip Machine, each window of the train shows a murder or death taking place (if viewed frame-by-frame).
*Full-size rubber models of Roger Rabbit used as stand-ins so that the human actors could get a feeling for the size and shape of their imaginary co-star.
*Writers 'Jeffrey Price' and Peter S. Seaman admired the film Chinatown. There was to be two sequels to that film, the first was The Two Jakes, which was later filmed. The second was to be about the corruption in Los Angeles when the streetcar system was removed and freeways were built to replace them. It was to be called "Cloverleaf." Though it is an animated comedy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit pretty much tells the story of this dark period in Los Angeles history.
*Joel Silver's cameo as the director of the Baby Herman cartoon was a prank on Disney chief Michael Eisner by Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg. Eisner and Silver hated each other from their days at Paramount Pictures in the early '80s, particularly after the difficulties involved in making 48 Hrs.. Silver shaved off his beard, paid his own expenses, and kept his name out of all initial cast sheets. When Eisner was told, after the movie was complete, who was playing the director - Silver was nearly unrecognizable - he reportedly shrugged and said, "He was pretty good."
*John Cleese expressed interest in playing Judge Doom, but both Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis refused. Because they both thought nobody would take a former member of Monty Python seriously as a sadistic villain.
*Chevy Chase who prefers to do family-oriented movies, turned down the role of Eddie Valiant, as he was afraid a movie where a woman is happily married to a rabbit would affect his family-friendly image.
*The Red Car trolley is still sitting in the bone yard at the Florida Disney Studio in 2010.
*Judge Doom originally had a vulture on his shoulder, and seven weasels accompanying him, rather like the Seven Dwarfs. He ended up only having five. He was also to have a jury of kangaroos, as in "Kangaroo Court." These elements were all dropped because animating these extra characters would be too costly.
Why I Picked this movie #30:
1. It is timeless
2. One of the most imaginative movies made in the 1980.
3. Has some of the most memorable quotes / dialog in film history.
4. Awesome Script.
5. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
6. Awesome real and fake cast.
7. Bob Hoskins was awesome.
8. Great story.
9. Really funny with great heart.
10. Awesome action scenes done animated and non-animated.
11. Two words: Jessica Rabbit. It was the one time that an animated drawing made me feel dirty.
12. Awesome chemistry with the cast.
13. Great car chase scenes.
14. Great bad guy.
15. Great drama moments.
16. Christopher Lloyd was awesome.
First time seeing it:
At the movie theater