Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-mystery film directed by Robert Zemeckis and produced by Steven Spielberg. It was produced by Disney and released by Touchstone Pictures, and was co-produced by Amblin Entertainment. It is a live-action/animation hybrid, combining live action with traditional animation.
The film is based on Gary K. Wolf's novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? about a world in which cartoon characters interact directly with human beings. It stars Bob Hoskins as a private detective who investigates a murder involving a famous cartoon character named Roger Rabbit, Charles Fleischer as Roger Rabbit's voice, Christopher Lloyd as the villain, Kathleen Turner as the voice of Roger's cartoon wife, and Joanna Cassidy as the detective's girlfriend. The setting is 1947 Hollywood, the era of Classical Hollywood cinema.
It brought a re-emerging interest from the golden age of American animation and became the forefront for the modern era, especially the Disney Renaissance. It also left behind an impact that included a media franchise and the unproduced prequel, Who Discovered Roger Rabbit.
The story is a murder mystery set in 1947, in a surreal world where cartoon characters, commonly called "toons", are living beings who act out cartoons in the same way that human actors make live-action productions. Toons interact freely with humans and live in an area near Hollywood called Toontown. R. K. Maroon (Tilvern) is the human owner of Maroon Cartoon studios; Roger Rabbit is a fun-loving toon rabbit, one of Maroon's stars; Roger's wife Jessica is a gorgeous toon woman; and Baby Herman is Roger's costar, a 50-year-old toon who looks like an infant. Marvin Acme (Kaye) is the prank-loving owner of Toontown and the Acme Corporation.
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Links: Wikipedia Entry for WFRR Filmsite.org: Roger Rabbit IMDB Entry