Who Framed Roger Rabbit Reviews
"Pattycakes Pattycakes Pattycakes....
To sum it up, this movie is the bomb.
The film happens to be about a conflict between toons and humans, a slight allegory to racial tensions amongst people. A toon, legendary film actor Roger Rabbit, is accused of killing a person - that's about as sensitive as a black man killing a white woman. Private Investigator Eddie Valiant is tasked with the job of finding out whether or not any of it is true. A conspiracy against Rabbit begins to unveil that has us suspecting several players, including his wife Jessica, and the man who tasked Valiant to begin with. But it's clear there's one man in town who hates toons above all else, Christopher Lloyd's phony toothed, wild eyed Judge Doom.
The film maintains consistent whimsicality, even with darker story points, like Eddie's dead brother killed by a falling piano! Jokes about extramarital affairs are treated not with sex, but a game of Patty Cake, which has Roger bawling in despair. Yet there's no shortage of sexuality either; Jessica Rabbit is the ultimate cartoon sex symbol. One memory that stuck out in the long span between viewings was the violent third act in which Doom gets flattened by a cement roller, only to reveal he can outlandishly pump himself back up - then we see those crazy googly eyes, and we learn he's been a toon all along, the "I hate my own kind" villain. Again, everything is done with a slapstick sense of humor so that violence amongst humans looks similar to a cartoon.
Along the way we're treated to delightful cross-promotional pairings, such as Daffy and Donald Duck on the dueling pianos, or Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny sky diving beside free-falling Valiant. Most of the famous voice actors are reprising their roles, including the legendary Mel Blanc (Daffy, Tweety, Bugs, Sylvester, Porky), credited with 1,142 works, just one year before his death. Nobody is dancing around the rights here, we feel the total authenticity of these characters, thanks in part to Steven Spielberg's solid communication with Warner. It's as special as seeing any great ensemble cast, which is pretty incredible when you think that only our imagination makes them real. The end ensemble of the cartoon universe is very special for any enthusiast. To some it will just be a bunch of drawn up nonsense, to others it's a symbol of unity and breaking the borders of ownership.
Smart, funny, fast paced, and a great way to bring animation to the live action world, Who Framed Roger Rabbit still remains as an influential film that inspired others to make their own versions.
I leave you with a personal vendetta: However you might feel about Space Jam, Who Framed Roger Rabbit beats it in every respect. The animation is crisper and more delightful here. Bob Hoskins is a MUCH better actor than Michael Jordan, especially when looking like he's genuinely interacting with the cartoons. Roger and Jessica Rabbit have a sweet and silly romance worth caring about, unlike the perversion of Bugs towards Lola Bunny. And the stakes are so much higher in Who Framed Roger Rabbit! Toontown might get destroyed by the corporate world! NO! Only one person can solve the case: a man whose brother was killed by a toon. SPOILER: Drinking problem goes away, once Eddie happily works with a toon again. No surprises here, other than quality cinema.