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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

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98

Average Rating: 8.5/10
Reviews Counted: 59
Fresh: 58 | Rotten: 1

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is an innovative and entertaining film that features a groundbreaking mix of live action and animation, with a touching and original story to boot.

93

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 1

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is an innovative and entertaining film that features a groundbreaking mix of live action and animation, with a touching and original story to boot.

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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).

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For audiences who grew up with cartoons as a natural part of their moviegoing, the shock may not be the mix of live and animated folk--it may come from the truly revolutionary sight of great icons of rival studios cheerfully rubbing shoulders.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Imagine watching cartoon characters and relating to them as if they were flesh-and-blood instead of paint-and-ink. This is the slap-happy effect of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and - please - a 24-carrot salute to director Robert Zemeckis.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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If the pleasures of Who Framed Roger Rabbit are mostly incidental, they are certainly more than considerable.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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This is a movie that demands to be seen twice. The first time, one is likely to be dazzled to the point of exhaustion; the second time, one can appreciate the artistry and good humor more easily.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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More than a technological wonder, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is brilliantly funny, bracingly smart and surprisingly moving.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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The opening cartoon upstages the movie that emerges from it.

September 3, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (53)
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An ingenious blend of hand-drawn animation and live action, spliced with humour that's by turns madcap, surreal and violent, Roger Rabbit demonstrates that it's possible to push the technical boundaries while still cooking up decent characters and plots.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This whizz-bang breakthrough in mixing live action with cartoon characters won a special achievement Oscar for animator Richard Williams.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Motion pictures may never be the same again, now that the fascinating and utterly miraculous Who Framed Roger Rabbit has come to the screen.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The feats performed by director Robert Zemeckis and director of animation Richard Williams are pretty amazing.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Your eyeballs have no choice but to go boinnnnng.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

For sheer movie excitement, this is the easy winner so far this season.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Watching "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" is like spending a weekend locked in a room with the looniest Looney Tunes characters. But it's hard not to admire every aspect of filmmaking that contributed to this wacky classic.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The best film directed by Zemeckis; the best of the many great high-concept '80s popcorn-comedies; the best American film of 1988.

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Deceptively adult movie is fun, but not for kids.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The combination detective noir story, slightly adult humour, crazy toon characters from both Warner & Disney's vaults (a one-off which is unlikely to ever repeat) and overall technical wizardy yielded a film which set a precedent.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Groundbreaking and thrilling

January 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Great fun to watch -- and not just for kids.

September 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

It has become deservedly recognized as a cinema classic.

February 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Who Framed Roger Rabbit

*****
Last week I was picking up some DVDs and figured I would look at the shelf of Blu rays and see what they had. Low and behold I saw this sitting there and immediately thought "I must show this to Grant!" It's been years since I've seen this(I saw it in the theater and we had it on VHS growing up), and I'm happy to say this movie hasn't aged a bit. Especially on Blu-Ray, it still looks fantastic and it's as funny and wacky as ever. For those don't know about this movie, go get a copy at the video store or watch on Netflix(it just got added the other day) as soon as possible. Grant laughed a few times, but he's 2 and doesn't yet understand most of it. Actually, this movie has a lot more curse words than I remember, so just beware before showing to kids. I'm no father of the year, but I still think kids should see this because it's awesome(I was 5 when it came out and I turned out alright). I've had a bunch of debates on who's hotter, Jessica Rabbit or Smurfette(yeah my coworkers and I are sick),and Jessica takes it by a long shot after re-watching this. Also interesting note, this is the only movie that Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse share a scene together. Go back and re-watch this for a laugh and a reminder of how awesome animation used to be and can still be.
July 1, 2013
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

This movie is truly one of its kind. It's not really a kids movie, nor can it be classified as intended for adults only. It lands somewhere in between, in the blurry greyzone, where everyone may enjoy it on some level, no matter your age. The only other film I can think of, that goes along the same lines (mixing live-action with cartoons), is Space Jam, altough it's far from as brilliant and memorable as Who Framed Roger Rabbit is. The story is quite wonderful, the effects very good for their time, and it's an 80's classic that endures several re-watches (I reckon this is the 4th time I see it). Simply put: Hollywood magic at its finest hour.
February 2, 2013
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Mike S

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This is movie magic. So colorful and beautiful.
July 22, 2012
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

I do very much enjoy this movie, you've got all your favourite cartoon characters all in one movie with new characters as well, its a highly enjoyable and funny movie thats great for the whole family.
I love movies where you have real life characters and also cartoons all in one movie! I love Bob Hoskins in this he's great with his typical londoner personna!
In my opinion this is the prime example of amazing cartoon drawings and animation! This is how cartoons should look and be drawn and then animated!
Fantastic movie thats a timeless classic and will forever be enjoyed and loved regardless of what year it is!
June 10, 2012
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    1. Judge Doom: Remember me, Eddie? When I killed your brother, I talked just like this!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (3 months ago)
    1. Roger Rabbit: You saved my life! How can I ever repay you?
    2. Eddie Valiant: For starters, don't ever kiss me again!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (3 months ago)
    1. Porky Pig: Th-Th-Th-That's All, Folks!
    – Submitted by Jonathan V (13 months ago)
    1. Psycho: Time to kill the rabbit!
    – Submitted by Tanner L (19 months ago)
    1. Benny the Cab: Hey, Roger, what do you call the middle of a song?
    2. Roger Rabbit: Gee, I don't--A BRIDGE!
    – Submitted by Tanner L (19 months ago)
    1. Jessica Rabbit (uncredited): Oh, Honey Bunny!
    2. Roger Rabbit: Oh, Love Cup.
    3. Jessica Rabbit (uncredited): Oh, Roger! You were a pillar of strength.
    – Submitted by Adam O (19 months ago)
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