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Who Framed Roger Rabbit [25th Anniversary Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD/Blu-ray] [Blu-ray/DVD] [1988]

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Release Date:03/12/2013
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Description

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). Private detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), whose prejudice against Toons stems from the time that his brother was killed by a falling cartoon piano, reluctantly agrees to clear Roger of the accusation. Most of the sociopolitical undertones of the original novel were weeded out out of the 1988 film version, with emphasis shifted to its basic "evil land developer" plotline --and, more enjoyably, to a stream of eye-popping special effects. With the combined facilities of animator Richard Williams, Disney, Warner Bros., Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, and George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic, the film allows us to believe (at least for 90 minutes) that "toons" exist, and that they are capable of interacting with 3-dimensional human beings. Virtually every major cartoon character of the late 1940s shows up, with the exceptions of Felix the Cat and Popeye the Sailor, whose licensees couldn't come to terms with the producers. Of the film's newly minted Toons, the most memorable is Roger Rabbit's curvaceous bride Jessica (voiced, uncredited, by Kathleen Turner). The human element is well-represented by Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, and Joanna Cassidy; also watch for action-film producer Joel Silver as Roger Rabbit's Tex Avery-style director.~Hal Erickson

Features

Disc 1 - Who Made Roger Rabbit - Mini-documentary hosted by Charles Fleischer, the voice of Roger Rabbit

Audio Commentary - With filmmakers Robert Zemeckis, Frank Marshall, Jeffrey Price, Peter Seaman, Steve Starkey and Ken Ralston

"Toontown Confidential" - Viewing option with intriguing and hilarious facts and trivia

Deleted Scene - "The Pig Head Sequence" with filmmaker Commentary

"Before and After" - Split-screen comparison with and without animation

"Behind the Ears: The True Story Of Roger Rabbit" - An exclusive, in-depth, behind-the-scenes documentary

"Toon Stand-Ins" Featurette - Rehearsing with stand-ins for the Toons

On Set! Benny The Cab - The Making of a scene from the film