The Rabbit Hole of Facts: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Trivia

Do you remember the wild, wacky, and whimsical world of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” Well, buckle up. It’s time to dive into the rabbit hole, and explore some mind-boggling trivia about one of 1988’s cinematic sensations that captivated both children and adults alike!

The Winning Blend: Live-Action Meets Animation

The magic of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” lies in its ground-breaking blend of live-action and animation in an era without robust CGI. Director Robert Zemeckis and animation director Richard Williams utilized the technique known as rotoscoping, where animators traced over the motion picture footage frame by frame, giving life to captivating characters such as Roger and Jessica Rabbit, and Baby Herman. The feat was nothing short of a technical marvel for its time.

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It’s All in the Licensing: A Cartoon Melting Pot

Your familiar friends Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and more icons shared screen time in this film. But did you know this was no small feat? Multiple licensing agreements between Warner Brothers, Disney, Universal, and other studios had to be navigated, marking a unique instance of cooperation in film history. Talk about the power of cartoon diplomacy!

That Ain’t All Folks: The Voice Behind the Characters

Charles Fleischer, the voice of Roger Rabbit, was so dedicated to his character; he similarly committed to the extent of dressing up like Roger while delivering his lines off-camera. Fleischer argued that it helped in capturing the right energy and rhythm for Roger. Bet you didn’t know that, folks!

Demands of the Character: Kathleen Turner as Jessica Rabbit

Giving character Jessica Rabbit her seductive, sultry voice was no other than Kathleen Turner. But the fun bit is, Turner wasn’t credited for the role in the film’s initial release. Her husky voice giving life to the phrase, “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way,” has since become iconic.

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A Painstaking Task: Creating the Toon World

Creating the toon world was an exhaustive task that required intense attention to detail. Every object that an animated character interacted with in the live-action world needed to be manually moved for each shot, a process that took months to ensure continuity and accuracy.

Real Drama: Bob Hoskins’ Post-Film Syndrome

Bob Hoskins, the actor who portrayed Eddie Valiant, suffered from “Roger Rabbit syndrome” after filming wrapped up. The actor had hallucinations, seeing cartoon characters in real life, thanks to the intense immersion into interacting with ‘invisible’ animated characters. It shows dedication to a role has its quirky consequences.

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Toontown Business: Real Estate and Red Cars

The main plot revolves around the phasing out of cable cars for private automobiles and highways—a nod to the real-life Great American streetcar scandal, where auto industry giants bought and dismantled electric rail systems to promote car sales. Its inclusion reflected subtle socio-economic commentary, turning a kid’s film into a thought provoking endeavour.

The First of Many: Introduction of CGI

“Who Framed Roger Rabbit” was a pioneer in introducing Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI). The clear, reflective surfaces of characters like Roger Rabbit’s eyes were early breakthroughs in CGI technology, showcasing the dawn of a new era in filmmaking – a feat in 1988 and a norm today.

A Particular Bunny: The Creation of Roger Rabbit

Roger Rabbit wasn’t just another bunny; he was a carefully constructed character. He had the goofiness of Goofy, the stammer of Porky Pig, the exasperation of Donald Duck, and of course, the mischief of Bugs Bunny. His signature red overalls and blue tie added an innocence and charm to his wacky personality.

A Land Forgotten: The Unmade Sequel

Did you know a sequel, “Who Discovered Roger Rabbit,” was in development? However, soaring budgets, issues between Spielberg and Disney, and other factors led to the sequel’s unfortunate cancellation. Makes you wonder what might have been!

When you peer into the rabbit hole of the trivia surrounding “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” it’s easy to see why this film is heralded as a milestone in animated film history. “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” embodies the magic of animation in its core. It taught us to dream, to laugh, to perceive reality in unconventional ways – the true power of cinema. Its jests, jabs, gimmicks, and gags still resound, and the trivia behind its making is just as exciting as the movie itself. After all, it’s not every day you find a world where animated toons coexist seamlessly with humans!

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20 facts about Who Framed Roger Rabbit

  • “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” is the first (and only, as of 2023) time cartoon characters from Walt Disney and Warner Bros. have appeared together on-screen.
  • The movie was made by Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, and Warner Bros. allowed the use of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck only if they got as much screen time as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.
  •  Bob Hoskins’ young son was upset with him for working with cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny and not letting him meet them.
  •  The film had an estimated production budget of $70 million, making it the most expensive film produced in the 1980s.
  • “Bump the Lamp” is a term used by Disney employees to refer to going the extra mile on an effect, inspired by a scene in the movie where a lamp is bumped and swinging.
  •  The first test audience, mostly 18- and 19-year-olds, hated the movie, but director Robert Zemeckis refused to make any changes.
  •  There was disagreement over the appearance of the Looney Tunes characters, with Warner Bros. wanting the modern designs and the producers insisting on period-appropriate designs.
  • Jessica Rabbit’s speaking voice was performed by Kathleen Turner, while her singing voice was performed by Amy Irving.#
  •  Bob Hoskins had no idea what Jessica Rabbit would look like as she was not yet sketched by the animators when filming wrapped.
  • Tim Curry auditioned for the role of Judge Doom and his performance was found terrifying by the filmmakers.
  • Every frame featuring a mixture of animation and live-action had to be printed as a still photograph and hand-colored by animators.
  • The gag of the toon pelican falling off his bicycle was a result of the effects technicians being unable to keep the bike upright.
  • Bill Murray was originally the first choice for the role of Eddie Valiant, but he couldn’t be contacted in time.
  • The line “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.” was voted as one of the 100 Greatest Movie Lines by Premiere in 2007.
  • The film’s title does not have a question mark because it is considered bad luck in the industry.
  •  Animation director Richard Williams aimed to break three rules for combining live-action and animation: move the camera as much as possible, use extreme lighting and shadows, and have the Toons interact with real-world objects and people.
  • Voice actors Tony Anselmo, Wayne Allwine, and Mel Blanc make cameos as the characters they have previously voiced.
  • Mae Questel, the original voice of Betty Boop, makes a cameo as Betty in the movie.
  • Jessica Rabbit’s ample bosom was animated with an unusual bounce by reversing the natural up-down movements of her breasts as she walked.
  •  The truck into which Jessica Rabbit and Eddie Valiant crash in Toontown is labeled “ACME Overused Gags.”
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