Let’s Celebrate the Anniversary of Who Framed Roger Rabbit!

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Three special ways to honor the 1988 animated classic with your pals from Laser Time…

For my money, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is the greatest movie ever made. I loved it as a kid, I love it even more as an adult, and I’m positive people will still love it long after I’m dead. Why is it so special? Oh, let me count the ways!

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It’s a lighthearted crime noir film. It’s a period piece. It’s a genuinely funny comedy. It’s a dazzling showcase of practical effects. And yes (thanks to featuring famous cartoon characters from fiercely competing companies) it’s a animation nerds dream come true. I know I always say this, but I really mean it: I hope the something you really love – Horror movies, Comic books, The NBA, whatever – can defy corporate copyrights and crossover/intermingle together in a singular showcase as beautifully as in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Watch the trailer. Or watch it on Netflix!

Thanks to Thirty Twenty Ten and the Monday Night Movie, we’re all keenly aware when movie anniversaries, and you better believe I wanted to celebrate the anniversary of Robert Zemeckis’ finest film (you heard me, Back to the Future fans!) in the most splendid, extravagant way imaginable. But in case you’re following the Laser Time drama this week, Hank just quit, Brett’s on vacation and I’ve been back from one for barely 48 hours. Fuck! I knew diving back into LT would be difficult, but why does Roger Rabbit have to suffer?!?! Well, thankfully, we’ve thrown plenty of other Roger Rabbit tributes your way, starting with one of my favorite things I’ve ever written.

1. THIS WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT FOOTAGE HASN’T BEEN SEEN IN OVER 30 YEARS!

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How old is Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Depends what year you’re reading this! The point is: this footage, featuring Paul “Pee-Wee Herman” Ruebens as the original voice of Roger Rabbit is even older. If you’ve been listening to me on podcasts for the last decade, I heard of this mythic footage while talking to a Disney animator back in 2010 and looked for it for years to no avail. Then one day it just appeared miraculously online and I, rather justifiably, lost my fucking mind. More than anything, it emphasizes just how much work (and reworking) went into Roger Rabbit, and I’m not sure any movie since has spent this long in the production oven. Click here for the entire piece.

2. WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT – NES STREAM!

This is actually more of a disservice to Roger, but hey, other than Scrooge McDuck and Tiny Toons, not many animated characters got great games back in the NES days. Anyhoo, I remember playing this as a kid and being baffled as to why all you can do is drive around aimlessly and punch Roger. Dave, however, claimed he could beat this obtuse little embarrassment from digital trash merchant LJN, so we put him to the test. Can Dave make it to Toontown? Toon in and find out!

3. WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT – FULL-LENGTH LASER TIME COMMENTARY

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Can’t believe it’s been a couple years since we recorded a commentary for this one, especially since we basically do it every week now. I’m not a smart man, nor an articulate one so rarely toot my own horn about much, but I can confidently say that I know more about Who Framed Roger Rabbit than anyone you know. I’m really proud of this commentary because I basically get to inform the shit out of you for like 90 straight minutes, and I assure you that doesn’t happen all that often. In honor of Roger Rabbit’s anniversa-bration, we’ve knocked the price in half and you can get this for just a buck. Every little bit helps keep the lights on over here after all!

But more than anything, I just really want you to watch Who Framed Roger Rabbit tonight or sometime this week. Again, it’s on Netflix, and who doesn’t have a subscription (or a friend with one). But if any movie ever justified a jam-packed Special Edition Blu-ray, It’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It’s easy to understand how Zemeckis and Richard Williams (painstakingly!) animated the character over the love-action footage, but the behind-the-scenes lengths the crew had to go through to make space for the ink and paint cast members is still movie magic at its best. Click here to give it a buy!

5 thoughts on “Let’s Celebrate the Anniversary of Who Framed Roger Rabbit!

  1. While not necessarily my No 1 Greatest Movie Ever, it’s definitely Top 10 if not Top 5. Love it to bits, even remember watching the Making Of as a kid and now that scene with Roger in the sink is forever spoiled for me – and yet I appreciate the work that went into every moment all the more.

  2. Congratulations Chris and good luck on all of your future endevours, but why is there no question mark in the title? That always seemed weird to me.

  3. It warms my heart to hear someone else’s love for Roger Rabbit! WFRR is always on my list when I’m asked about my ‘desert island’ choices. I even recently wrote 2 papers in graduate school (one on Roger and the other on Zemeckis).
    On another note: I found Laser Time’s programming about 3 or 4 years ago (Thanks to “Wow! Bob Mackey” of Retronauts) and have been hooked since! Keep up the amazing work, Chris! You’re the man!

  4. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is one of a kind. Being a homage to classic cartoons while also being a homage to classic film noire. I’ll never get tired of watching it.

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