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Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Richard Williams
Produced by Frank Marshall
Robert Watts
Written by Jeffrey Price
Peter S. Seaman

Gary K. Wolf (Novel)
Starring Bob Hoskins
Charles Fleischer
Christopher Lloyd
Kathleen Turner
Joanna Cassidy
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Dean Cundey
Editing by Arthur Schmidt
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
Amblin Entertainment
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) June 22, 1988 (1988-06-22)
Running time 104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $70 million[1]
Gross revenue $329.8 million

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 fantasy comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and produced by Steven Spielberg. It was produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures under the Touchstone banner, 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.

Walt Disney Pictures purchased the film rights to the story in 1981. Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman wrote two drafts of the script before Disney brought Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment to help finance the film. Zemeckis was hired to direct the live-action scenes with Richard Williams overseeing animation sequences. For inspiration, Price and Seaman studied the work of Walt Disney and Warner Bros. Cartoons from the Golden Age of American animation, especially Tex Avery and Bob Clampett cartoons. Production was moved from Los Angeles to Elstree Studios in England to accommodate Williams and his group of animators. During filming, the production budget began to rapidly expand and the shooting schedule lapsed longer than expected. However, the film was released with financial success and critical acclaim. 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.

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Plot

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 funloving 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.

The trouble begins when Maroon hires private detective Eddie Valiant (Hoskins) to investigate rumors that Jessica is having an affair. Eddie and his brother Teddy used to be friends of the Toon community, but Eddie has hated them, and has been drinking heavily, since Teddy was killed by a Toon a few years ago. When he shows Roger photographs of Jessica "cheating" on him by playing patty-cake with Acme, Roger becomes distraught and runs away. This makes him the main suspect when Acme is found murdered the next day. At the crime scene, Eddie meets Judge Doom (Lloyd) and his Toon Patrol of weasel henchmen. Although Toons are impervious to physical abuse, Doom has discovered that they can be killed by a mixture of acetone, benzene, and turpentine, which he calls "The Dip".

Baby Herman insists (correctly) that Acme's will, which is missing, bequeaths Toontown to the Toons. If the will is not found by midnight, Toontown will be sold to Cloverleaf Industries, which recently bought the Red Car trolley line, a local transportation provider. After noticing the will in one of the patty-cake photographs, and after Roger shows up at his office protesting his innocence, Eddie investigates the case with help from his girlfriend Dolores (Cassidy) while hiding Roger from the Toon Patrol. Jessica tells Eddie that Maroon blackmailed her into compromising Acme, and Eddie learns that Maroon is selling his studio to Cloverleaf. Maroon explains to Eddie that Cloverleaf will not buy his studio unless they can also buy Acme's gag-making factory. His plan was to use the photos to blackmail Acme into selling. Before he can say more, he is shot dead by an assassin and Eddie sees Jessica fleeing the scene. When he finds her in Toontown, she explains that Doom killed Maroon and Acme in an attempt to take over Toontown.

Judge Doom threatens Roger Rabbit before introducing him to "The Dip"

Eddie, Jessica, and Roger are captured by Doom and his weasels and held at the Acme factory, where Doom reveals his plan: Since he owns Cloverleaf and Acme's will has yet to turn up, he will take control of Toontown and destroy it to make room for a freeway, then force people to use it by dismantling the trolley fleet. He has also built a mobile Dip sprayer with which he intends to wipe out the Toon population.

With Roger and Jessica tied up, Eddie performs a vaudeville act that makes the weasels literally die of laughter. In the climactic struggle between Eddie and Doom, Doom is revealed to be a Toon and admits that he killed Teddy, and Eddie dissolves Doom in Dip by opening the drain on the Dip machine. As Toons and the police arrive, Eddie discovers Acme's will written in disappearing/reappearing ink on an apparently blank piece of paper that Acme gave to Jessica. Eddie gives Roger a big kiss, and the Toons celebrate their victory.

Cast

  • Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valiant, an alcoholic private investigator who holds a grudge against Toons. Five years earlier, a Toon killed Eddie's brother by dropping a piano on his head. Producer Steven Spielberg's first choice for Eddie Valiant was Harrison Ford, but Ford's price was too high.[2]
  • Charles Fleischer provides the voice of Roger Rabbit, an A-list Toon working for Maroon Cartoons. Roger is framed for the murder of Marvin Acme. To facilitate Hoskins' performance, Fleischer dressed in a Roger bunny suit and "stood in" behind camera for most scenes.[3] Animation director Richard Williams explained Roger Rabbit was a combination of "Tex Avery's cashew nut-shaped head, the swatch of red hair...like Droopy's, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit's overalls, Porky Pig's bow tie and Mickey Mouse's gloves."[1] Fleischer also provides the voices of Benny the Cab and two members of Doom's Weasel Gang, Psycho and Greasy. Lou Hirsch, who supplied the voice for Baby Herman, was the original choice for Benny the Cab, but was replaced by Fleischer.[3]
  • Christopher Lloyd as Judge Doom, the sadistic judge of Toontown District Superior Court and the main antagonist of the film. It is eventually revealed that Doom is a Toon and is responsible for the deaths of Eddie's brother, Marvin Acme, and R. K. Maroon. Doom is killed when Eddie opens the drain on the Dip-spraying vehicle, releasing a torrent of dip that causes Doom to melt away. Lloyd was cast because he previously worked with director Robert Zemeckis and Amblin Entertainment in Back to the Future. Lloyd avoided blinking his eyes in order to perfectly portray the character.[4]
  • Kathleen Turner provides the voice of Jessica Rabbit, Roger Rabbit's stunningly beautiful Toon wife. She loves Roger because, as she says, "he makes me laugh." Amy Irving supplied the singing voice, while Betsy Brantley served as the stand-in.
  • Joanna Cassidy as Dolores, Eddie's on-off girlfriend who works as a waitress and helps Eddie solve the case against Judge Doom.
  • Alan Tilvern as R.K. Maroon, the short-tempered owner of "Maroon Cartoon" studios. Maroon hires Eddie to find out what is bothering Roger in his poor acting performances. He is eventually murdered by Judge Doom. This was Tilvern's final theatrical performance before his death.
  • Stubby Kaye as Marvin Acme, prankster-like owner of the Acme Corporation. The scandal of Acme's patty-cake affair with Jessica Rabbit leads to his death.
  • Lou Hirsch provides the voice of Baby Herman, Roger's middle-aged, cigar-chomping co-star in Maroon Cartoons. Williams said Baby Herman was a mixture of "Elmer Fudd and Tweety crashed together".[1] April Winchell provides the voice of Mrs. Herman and the "baby noises".

Richard LeParmentier has a small role as Lt. Santino. Joel Silver makes a cameo appearance as the frustrated director at the beginning of the film. Archive sound of Frank Sinatra performing "Witchcraft" was used for the Singing Sword. In addition to Charles Fleischer, The Weasel gang voices were provided by David L. Lander, Fred Newman and June Foray. Mel Blanc voiced Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Porky Pig and Sylvester (this would be the final film in which Blanc would voice these characters, except for Daffy Duck, for whom Blanc would provide the voice one last time later in 1988). Joe Alaskey voiced Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn. Other voice work was provided by Wayne Allwine as Mickey Mouse, Tony Pope as The Big Bad Wolf and Goofy, Russi Taylor as the Birds and Minnie Mouse, Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck, and Mae Questel as Betty Boop.

Production

Development

Walt Disney Pictures purchased the film rights to Gary K. Wolf's novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? shortly after its publication in 1981. Ron W. Miller, then president of the Walt Disney Company saw it as a perfect opportunity to produce a blockbuster.[5] Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman were hired to write the script, penning two drafts. Robert Zemeckis offered his services as director in 1982,[1] but Disney acknowledged that his previous films (I Wanna Hold Your Hand and Used Cars) were box office bombs, and thus let him go.[4] The project was revamped in 1985 by Michael Eisner, the then-new CEO of Disney. Amblin Entertainment, which consisted of Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, were approached to produce Who Framed Roger Rabbit alongside Disney. The original budget was projected at $50 million, which Disney felt was too expensive.[2]

Roger Rabbit was finally greenlit when the budget went down to $29.9 million, which at the time, still made it the most expensive animated film ever greenlit.[2] Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg argued that the hybrid of live action and animation would "save" Disney's animation department. Spielberg's contract included an extensive amount of creative control and a large percentage of the box office profits. Disney kept all merchandising rights.[2] Spielberg convinced Warner Bros., Fleischer Studios, King Features Syndicate, Felix the Cat Productions, Turner Entertainment, and Universal Pictures/Walter Lantz Productions to "lend" their characters to appear in the film with (in some cases) stipulations on how those characters were portrayed; for example, Disney's Donald Duck and Warner's Daffy Duck appear as equally-talented dueling pianists, and Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny also share a scene. (Besides this agreement, Warner Bros. and the various other companies were not involved or participated in the production of Roger Rabbit.) However, Spielberg was not able to acquire the rights to use Popeye, Tom and Jerry, or the Terrytoons (except Mighty Mouse) for appearances from their respective owners (King Features, Turner, and Viacom).[1][4] Terry Gilliam was offered the chance to direct, but he found the project too technically challenging. ("Pure laziness on my part," he later admitted, "I completely regret that decision.")[6] Robert Zemeckis was hired to direct in 1985, based on the success of Romancing the Stone and Back to the Future. Richard Williams was hired to direct the animation sequences.[2]

Writing

Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman were brought aboard to continue writing the script once Spielberg and Zemeckis were hired. For inspiration, the two writers studied the work of Walt Disney and Warner Bros. Cartoons from the Golden Age of American animation, especially Tex Avery and Bob Clampett cartoons. Chinatown influenced the storyline. The subplot involving "Cloverleaf" was the planned story for the third chapter of a Chinatown trilogy (the trilogy was abandoned following the failure of 1990's The Two Jakes). [1] Price and Seaman said that "the Red Car plot, suburb expansion and urban political corruption really did happen," Price stated. "In Los Angeles, during the 1940s, car and tire companies teamed up against the Pacific Electric Railway system and brought them out of business. Where the freeway runs in Los Angeles is where the Red Car used to be."[4] In Wolf's novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, the Toons were comic strip characters rather than movie stars.[1]

During the writing process, Price and Seaman were unsure of whom to include as antagonist. They wrote scripts that had either Jessica Rabbit or Baby Herman as the villain, but they made their final decision with newly-created character Judge Doom. Doom was supposed to have an animated vulture sit on his shoulder, but this was deleted for technical challenges.[4] Doom's five-man "Weasel Gang" (Stupid, Smart Ass, Greasy, Wheezy and Psycho) satirizes the Seven Dwarfs (Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy and Dopey) who appeared in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).[4] Further references included The "Ink and Paint Club" resembling the Harlem Cotton Club, while Zemeckis compared Judge Doom's invention of "The Dip" to eliminate all the Toons as Hitler's Final Solution[1] Benny the Cab was first conceived to be a Volkswagen Beetle instead of a Taxicab. Before finally agreeing on Who Framed Roger Rabbit as the film's title, working titles included Murder in Toontown, Toons, Dead Toons Don't Pay Bills, The Toontown Trial, Trouble in Toontown and Eddie Goes To Toontown.[7]

Filming

Animation director Richard Williams admitted he was "openly disdainful of the Disney bureaucracy"[8] and refused to work in Los Angeles. To accommodate him and his animators, production was moved to Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, England. Disney and Spielberg also told Williams that in return for doing Roger Rabbit, they would help distribute his unproduced film The Thief and the Cobbler.[8] Supervising animators included Dale Baer, James Baxter, David Bowers, Andreas Deja, Chris Jenkins, Phil Nibbelink, Nik Ranieri and Simon Wells. The animation production, headed by associate producer Don Hahn, was split between Richard Williams' London studio and a studio in Los Angeles supervised by Dale Baer. [9] The production budget continued to escalate while the shooting schedule lapsed longer than expected. When the budget was reaching $40 million, Disney president Michael Eisner heavily considered shutting down production, but Jeffrey Katzenberg talked him out of it.[8] Despite the escalating budget, Disney moved forward on production because they were enthusiastic to work with Spielberg.[2]

Seventy millimeter VistaVision cameras installed with motion control technology were used for the photography of the live-action scenes which would be composited with animation. Mime artists, puppeteers, mannequins and robotic arms were commonly used during filming to help the actors interact with "open air and imaginative cartoon characters".[3] Many of the live-action props held by cartoon characters were shot on set and manipulated by strings, similar to a marionette[4]. Filming began on December 5, 1986 and lasted for 7.5 months at Elstree Studios, with an additional four weeks in Los Angeles and at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) for blue screen effects of Toontown. Post-production lasted for one year, and during this time ILM finished the color compositing.[4] Jessica's dress in the night club scene, for instance, had flashing sequins, an effect created by filtering light through a plastic bag scratched with steel wool.[1] Regular Zemeckis collaborator Alan Silvestri composed the film score with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). Zemeckis joked that "the British could not keep up with Silvestri's jazz tempo". The music themes written for Jessica Rabbit were entirely improvised by the LSO. The work of Carl Stalling heavily influenced Silvestri's work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit.[3][4]

Release

Michael Eisner, then president of The Walt Disney Company, complained Who Framed Roger Rabbit was too risqué with sexual innuendos.[10] Eisner and Zemeckis disagreed over elements with the film, but since Zemeckis had final cut privilege, he refused to make alterations.[3] Jeffrey Katzenberg felt it was appropriate to release the film under their Touchstone Pictures banner instead of the traditional Walt Disney banner.[10] Who Framed Roger Rabbit opened on June 22, 1988 in America, grossing $11,226,239 in 1,045 theaters during its opening weekend. The film went on to gross $156.45 million in North America and $173.35 million internationally, coming to a worldwide total of $329.8 million. At the time of release, Roger Rabbit was the twentieth highest-grossing film of all time.[11] The film was also the second highest grossing film of 1988, behind only Rain Man.[12]

Roger Ebert gave a positive review, predicting it would carry "the type of word of mouth that money can't buy. This movie is not only great entertainment but a breakthrough in craftsmanship."[13] Janet Maslin of The New York Times commented that "although this isn't the first time that cartoon characters have shared the screen with live actors, it's the first time they've done it on their own terms and make it look real."[14] Desson Thomson of The Washington Post considered Roger Rabbit to be "a definitive collaboration of pure talent. Zemeckis had Walt Disney Pictures' enthusiastic backing, producer Steven Spielberg's pull, Warner Bros.'s blessing, British animator Richard Williams' ink and paint, Mel Blanc's voice, Jeffrey Price's and Peter S. Seaman's witty, frenetic screenplay, George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic, and Bob Hoskins' comical performance as the burliest, shaggiest private eye."[15]

However, Richard Corliss, writing for Time, gave a mixed review. "The opening cartoon works just fine, but too fine. The opening scene upstages the movie that emerges from it," he said. Corliss was mainly annoyed by the homages towards the Golden Age of American animation.[16]. Animation legend Chuck Jones made a rather scathing attack of the film in his book Chuck Jones Conversations. Among his complaints, Jones accused Robert Zemeckis of robbing Richard Williams of any creative input and ruining the piano duel that both he and Williams storyboarded.

Today, 43 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes indicated 98% of reviewers enjoyed the film, earning an average score of 8.2/10. The consensus reads: "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."[17]

By comparison, Metacritic calculated an average score of 83, based on 15 reviews.[18]

Who Framed Roger Rabbit won Academy Awards for Sound Editing, Visual Effects and Film Editing. Nominations included Art Direction, Cinematography and Sound. Richard Williams received a Special Achievement Award "for animation direction and creation of the cartoon characters".[19] Roger Rabbit won the Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film, as well as Best Direction for Zemeckis and Special Visual Effects. Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd and Joanna Cassidy were nominated for their performances, while Alan Silvestri and the screenwriters received nominations.[20] The film was nominated for four categories at the 42nd British Academy Film Awards and won an awards for its visual effects.[21] Roger Rabbit was nominated the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), while Hoskins was also nominated for his performance.[22] The film also won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.[23]

Legacy

Who Framed Roger Rabbit marks the first (and so far, the only) time in animation history that Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny appeared on screen together.

The success of Who Framed Roger Rabbit rekindled an interest in the golden Age of American animation, and sparked the modern animation scene.[24] In 1991, Walt Disney Imagineering began to develop Mickey's Toontown for Disneyland, based on the Toontown that appeared in the film. The attraction also features a ride called Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin.[10] Three theatrical short cartoons were also produced. Tummy Trouble played in front of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Roller Coaster Rabbit was shown with Dick Tracy and Trail Mix-Up was included with A Far Off Place.[25][26] All of which were Walt Disney's first theatrical shorts since Goofy's Freeway Trouble in 1965. The film also inspired a short-lived comic book and video game spin-offs, including a PC game, the Japanese version of The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle (which features Roger instead of Bugs) and a 1989 game released on the Nintendo Entertainment System.[26]

Controversies

With the film's Laserdisc release, Variety first reported in March 1994 that observers uncovered several scenes of subliminal antics from the animators that featured brief nudity of the Jessica Rabbit character. While undetectable when played at the usual rate of 24 film frames per second, the Laserdisc player allowed the viewer to advance frame-by-frame to uncover these visuals.[27][28] Many retailers said that within minutes of the Laserdisc debut, their entire inventory was sold out. The run was fueled by media reports about the controversy, including stories on CNN and various newspapers.[29] A Disney exec responded to Variety that "people need to get a life than to notice stuff like that. We were never aware of it, it was just a stupid gimmick the animators pulled on us and we didn't notice it. At the same time, people also need to develop a sense of humor with these things."[30] One scene involves Herman extending his middle finger as he passes under a woman's dress and reemerging with drool on his lip.[27][28] Other rumors also exist.[31][32][33]

Legal Issue

Gary K. Wolf, author of the novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, filed a lawsuit in 2001 against The Walt Disney Company. Wolf claimed he was owed royalties based on the value of "gross receipts" and merchandising sales. In 2002, the trial court in the case ruled that these only referred to actual cash receipts Disney collected and denied Wolf's claim. In its January 2004 ruling, the California Court of Appeal disagreed, finding that expert testimony introduced by Wolf regarding the customary use of "gross receipts" in the entertainment business could support a broader reading of the term. The ruling vacated the trial court's order in favor of Disney and remanded the case for further proceedings.[34] In a March 2005 hearing, Wolf estimated he was owed $7 million. Disney's attorneys not only disputed the claim but said Wolf actually owed Disney $500,000–$1 million because of an accounting error discovered in preparing for the lawsuit.[35]

Sequel

With the critical and financial success of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Walt Disney Pictures and Steven Spielberg felt it was obvious to plan a second installment. Nat Mauldin wrote a prequel titled Roger Rabbit: The Toon Platoon, set in 1941. Similar to the previous film, Toon Platoon featured many cameo appearances with characters from the golden Age of American animation. It began with Roger Rabbit's early years, living on a farm in the Midwestern United States.[24] With human Richie Davenport, Roger travels west to seek his mother, in the process meeting Jessica Krupnick (his future wife), a struggling Hollywood actress. Jessica is kidnapped and forced to make pro-Nazi Germany broadcasts, thus Roger and Ritchie must save her by going into Nazi-occupied Europe. After their triumph, Roger and Ritchie are given a Hollywood Boulevard parade, and Roger is finally reunited with his mother, and father: Bugs Bunny.[24] The film would have gone direct-to-video.[36]

Mauldin later retitled the script Who Discovered Roger Rabbit. Spielberg left the project when deciding he could not satirize Nazis after directing Schindler's List.[37][38] Michael Eisner commissioned a rewrite in 1997 with Sherri Stoner and Deanna Oliver. Although they kept Roger's search for his mother, Stoner and Oliver changed the story to Roger’s inadvertent rise to stardom on Broadway and Hollywood. Disney was impressed and Alan Menken was hired to write five songs for the film and offered his services as executive producer.[38] One of the songs, "This Only Happens in the Movies", was recorded in 2008 on the debut album of Broadway actress Kerry Butler.[39] Eric Goldberg was set to be the new animation director, and began to redesign Roger's new character appearance.[38]

Spielberg had no interest with the project because he was establishing DreamWorks, although Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy decided to stay on as producers. Test footage for Who Discovered Roger Rabbit was shot sometime in 1998 at the Disney animation unit in Lake Buena Vista, Florida; the results were an unwieldy mix of CGI, traditional animation and live-action that did not please Disney. A second test had the Toons completely converted to CGI; but this was dropped as the film's projected budget escalated well past $100 million. Eisner felt it was best to cancel the film.[38] In March 2003, producer Don Hahn said "don't expect a Roger Rabbit sequel anytime soon. Animation today is completely conquered by computers, and traditional animation just isn't the forefront anymore."[40]

In December 2007, Marshall admitted he was still "open" to the idea,[41] and in April 2009, Zemeckis revealed he was still interested.[42] It is said that the original writers, Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman are currently writing a new script for the project. It is also said that the cartoon characters will be in traditional 2D, while the rest will be in performance capture.[43]

The Roger Rabbit dance

The Roger Rabbit became a popular dance move in the early 1990s.[44][45] It was named after the floppy movements of the Roger Rabbit cartoon character. In movement, the Roger Rabbit dance is similar to the Running Man, but done by skipping backwards with arms performing a flapping gesture. Both The Running Man and The Roger Rabbit have since been called "outdated."[46]

Themes

One of the themes in the film pertains to the dismantling of public transportation systems by private companies who would profit from an automobile transportation system and freeway infrastructure. Near the end of the film, Judge Doom reveals his plot to destroy Toon Town to make way for the new freeway system. This is an indirect historical reference to the dismantling of public transportation trolley lines by National City Lines during the 1930s. The name of Doom's company, Cloverleaf Industries, is a reference to a common freeway-ramp configuration-- an image of which was prominently displayed in the opening credit sequence of 'The Wonderful World of Disney'.

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 film that combines animation and live action. The film takes place in Los Angeles in 1947, where animated characters (always referred to as "Toons") are real beings who live and work alongside humans in the real world, most of them as actors in animated cartoons.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Written by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman, based on the novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary Wolf.
It's the story of a man, a woman, and a rabbit in a triangle of trouble.

Contents

Roger Rabbit

  • Eddie, I could never hurt anybody--Ow! My whole purpose in life is to... make... people... laugh!
  • Is there nothing that can permeate that impervious puss?
  • Boy, did you see that? Nobody takes a wallop like Goofy. What timing! What finesse! What a genius!
  • (As Eddie "entertains" the weasels) Hey, Eddie! Keep it up! You're "killing 'em"! You're "slaying 'em"! You're "knocking 'em dead"!
  • Nice shirt. Who's your tailor? Quasimodo?
  • P-p-please, Eddie. You know there's no justice for toons anymore. If the weasels get their hands on me, I'm as good as dipped!
  • I can give you stars, look! (hits himself with a frying pan) Look! (hits himself again) Look! (keeps hitting himself)
  • Jeepers! Another stupid newsreel. I hate the news!

Eddie Valiant

  • Here's to the pencil pushers. May they all get lead poisoning.
  • [moves the street line towards a wall, Hyena crashes into the wall] Toons. Gets 'em every time.
  • Scotch on the rocks. And I mean ice!
  • [Eddie enters the bar with Roger stuck in his pocket, but when he tries to get Dolores' attention, the sound of the Red Car drowns him out] Dolores? Dolores?! DOLORES!!!
  • [After watching the newsreel involving Maroon] That's it! That's the connection!
  • [A weasel tries to frisk Jessica too close to her cleavage, and gets his hand caught in a bear-trap hidden therein] Nice booby-trap.

Jessica Rabbit

  • Listen [Roger], I want you to know I love you. I love you more than any woman's ever loved a rabbit.
  • [After a forensics man scrapes off "paint from the rabbit's glove" from the rope] Mr. Valiant? [slaps Eddie] I hope you're proud of yourself, and those pictures you took.
  • I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way.
  • I'd do anything to help my husband. Anything.
  • Goodbye, Eddie. My offer stands firm. Think about it. [Blows a toon "kiss" to Eddie]
  • [To Eddie, after he accuses Roger of running off] No he didn't. I hit him on the head with a frying pan and put him in the trunk so he wouldn't get hurt.
  • [To Roger, Eddie Valiant having saved her life] My hero!
  • C'mon, Roger. Let's go home. I'll bake ya a carrot cake. [Roger chuckles].

Judge Doom

  • Is this man removing evidence from a scene of a crime?
  • [As he is getting flattened by the steamroller] No-o-o-o-o-o-o!
  • Put that gun down, you buck-toothed fool!
  • I'll catch the rabbit, Mr. Valiant, and I'll try him, convict him, and execute him.
  • No toon can resist the old "shave and a haircut" trick.
  • [to the weasels] Stop that laughing! Have you forgotten what happened last time?! If you don't stop this laughing, you're gonna end up dead, just like your idiot hyena cousins!
  • [Smart Ass: Hey judge, what should we do with [Valiant] the wallflower?] We'll see to him later, but right now I feel like dispensing some justice. Bring me some dip.
  • [while putting on a large black rubber glove] Since I've had Toontown under my jurisdiction, my goal has been to rein in the insanity, and the only way to do that is to make Toons respect-- [lets the glove snap back onto his arm] --the law.
  • Remember me, Eddie?! (voice becoming higher-pitched) When I killed your brother, I talked (voice reaches to shrieking point) just...like...this!!
  • [as he is dissolving in his own dip]: I'm melting, melting!!

Dolores

  • I would have been here right after you called, but I had to shake the weasels.
  • Is he always this funny, or only on days when he's wanted for murder?
  • [Eddie is hiding Roger in his coat] Is that a rabbit in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
  • [catching Eddie with Jessica] Dabbling in watercolors, Eddie?

Others

  • Mrs. Herman: Mommy's going to the beauty parlor, darling, but I'm leaving you with your favorite friend, Roger. He's going to take very, very good care of you. Because if he doesn't, he's going back to the science lab!
  • Tram Conductor: What do I look like? A bank?!
  • Marvin Acme: "If it's Acme, it's a gasser". Put it there, pal. [shakes hands with Eddie, who feels a shock] The hand buzzer. Still our biggest seller!
  • Benny the Cab: Sister Mary Francis! What the hell happened in here?! I've been a cab for 37 years, and I've never seen a mess like this!
  • Benny the Cab: And how about those Brooklyn Dodgers? Are they bums or what?!
  • Porky Pig: [Last lines] All right. M-m-move it along. There's nothing else to see. That's all, folks! [scratches head] Hmm... [turns to camera] I like the sound of that! [traditional Warner Bros cartoon closing follows:] Th-Th-Th-that's all, folks! (laughs; Tinkerbell waves her wand, and the movie ends)

Dialogue

Raoul: Cut!
Cameraman: All right. That's it, Jack!
Raoul: Cut! Cut! Cut! Cut! (slams the script down to the floor) CUT!!
Baby Herman: What the hell was wrong with that take?!
Raoul: Nothing with you, Baby Herman. You were great. You were perfect. You were better than perfect! It's just Roger. He keeps blowin' his lines! Roger, what is this?
Roger: (nervously) A tweeting bird?
Raoul: (mocks) "A tweeting bird?" (normally) Roger, read the script! Look what it says. It says, "Rabbit gets clunked. Rabbit sees stars". Not birds, stars! (to the cameraman) Can we lose the playback, please?! You're killin' me! KILLIN' me!
Baby Herman: For cryin' out loud, Roger! How the hell many times we have to do this damn scene?! Raoul! I'll be in my trailer, takin' a nap! [Walks between a woman's legs]
Woman: Whoa!
Baby Herman: 'Xcuse me, toots.
Raoul: My stomach can't take this. This set is a mess. Clean this set up! Get him outta there, or seal him up in it! Lose the lights! Say Lunch!
Man: LUNCH!!!
Raoul: That's lunch! We're on a half! (bell rings; Raoul sets off for lunch)
Roger: P-p-please, Raoul! I can give ya stars! Just drop the refrigerator on my head one more time!
Raoul: Roger, I've dropped it on your head 23 times already!
Roger: I can take it! Don't worry about me!
Raoul: I'm not worried about you. I'm worried about the refrigerator!

(Eddie watches as Acme excitedly sprays cologne on himself when Jessica's performance is about to begin)
Eddie: What's with him?
Betty: Mr. Acme never misses a night when Jessica performs.
Eddie: Got a thing for rabbits, eh?

Maroon: Kinda jumpy, aren't you, Valiant? It's just Dumbo.
Eddie: (takes the check) I know who it is.
Maroon: I got him on loan from Disney. Him and half the cast of Fantasia. The best part is, they work for peanuts!

Eddie: Forget it. I don't work Toontown.
Maroon: What's wrong with Toontown? Every Joe loves Toontown.
Eddie: Then get Joe to do the job, 'cause I ain't going.

Roger: (sees pictures of Jessica playing pattycake with Acme) No! Not my Jessica! Not pattycake! This is impossible! I don't believe it! It can't be! It just can't be! Jessica's my wife! It's absolutely impossible! Jessica's the love of my life. The apple of my eye. The cream in my coffee.
Eddie: Well, you better start drinking it black. Acme's taking the cream now.

Eddie: (sneezes) Ah-choo!
Shadow: Gesundheit!
Eddie: Thank you.
(suddenly, he notices that Jessica is pointing a gun)
Jessica: Valiant!
(Eddie turns around, whilst unbeknownst to him, another shadow points his gun at him)
Eddie: I always knew I'd get it in Toontown.
Jessica: Behind you!
(she shoots the shadow, narrowly avoiding Eddie, and Doom's gun hits the ground)
Eddie: Drop it, lady!
Jessica: I just saved your life, and you still don't trust me?
Eddie: I don't trust anybody or anything!
Jessica: Not even your own eyes?

Eddie: A ladies' man, eh?
Baby Herman: The problem is I got a 50-year-old lust and a 3-year-old dinky.
Eddie: Yeah, must be tough.
Baby Herman: Look, Valiant, the rabbit didn't kill Acme. He's not a murderer, I should know, he's a dear friend of mine. I tell ya Valiant, the whole thing stinks like yesterday's diapers. Look at this. The papers said Acme left no will. That's a load of succotash. Any toon knows Acme had a will. He promised to leave Toontown to us toons. That will is the reason he got bumped off.
Eddie: Has anyone ever seen this will?
Baby Herman: Ah, no. But he gave us his solemn oath.
Eddie: If you think that guy could do anything solemn, the gag's on you, pal.
Baby Herman: I just figured since you were the one who got my pal in trouble, you might wanna help get him out. I can pay ya.
Eddie: Save your money for a pair of elevator shoes!
Baby Herman: No, wait! No! Valiant! No!
[Eddie pushes the stroller, knocks a woman over, Baby Herman's cigar falls to the floor]
Baby Herman: My stogie! (starts wailing)

Doom: (holds Roger over the Dip) Does the condemned have anything to say before his sentence is carried out?
Roger: Why, yeah--! (Doom chokes him so he can say nothing)

Eddie: (as Doom tries to force Roger into the Dip) Dolores. Bourbon. And make it a double.
Dolores: Fine time for a drink, Eddie! Maybe you'd like a bowl of pretzels to go with it?!
Eddie: Just pour the drink, Dolores. (after Dolores has poured the drink) HEY, JUDGE! (The Judge pauses and looks at Eddie, along with Roger) Doesn't a dying rabbit deserve a last request?
Roger: Yeah! Nose plugs would be nice!
Eddie: I think you want a drink. (he holds up the glass and smiles suggestively) How about it, Judge?
Doom: Well, why not... I don't mind prolonging the execution.

Eddie: Happy Trails.
Roger: No, thanks Eddie, I'm tryin' to cut down.
Eddie: Drink the drink!
Roger: But I don't want the drink!
Doom: He doesn't want the drink.
Eddie: He does!
Roger: I don't!
Eddie: You do!
Roger: I don't!
Eddie: You do!
Roger: I don't!
Eddie: You do!
Roger: I don't!
Eddie: You don't.
Roger: I do!
Eddie: You don't!
Roger: I do!
Eddie: You don't!
Roger: (takes the drink) Listen! When I say "I do", that means I do!

[Eddie sneaks up on Maroon, surprising him]
Eddie: What's up, Doc?
Maroon: Valiant, what are you tryin' to do, gimme a heart attack?!
Eddie: You need a heart before you can have an attack.
Maroon: Yeah, yeah, yeah. You got the will?
Eddie: Sure. I got the will. Question is, do you have the way? I can tell you now it ain't gonna come cheap.

Eddie: Maybe you can go downtown and check the probate.
Roger: Yeah! Check the probate! Why, my Uncle Thumper had a problem with his "probate", and he had to take these big pills, and drink lots of water.
Eddie: Not "prostate", you idiot! "Probate"!

Eddie: (after discovering Roger in his bed) How the hell did you get in here?!
Roger: Through the mailslot! I thought it'd be best if I waited inside, seeing as how I'm wanted for murder!
Eddie: No kidding! Just talking to you could get me a rap for aiding and abetting. Wait a minute! Anybody know you're here?
Roger: Nobody. Not a soul, except, uh--
Eddie: Who?
Roger: Well, you see, I didn't know where your office was. So I asked the newsboy. He didn't know! So I asked the fireman, the green grocerer, the butcher, the baker-- They didn't know! But the liquor store guy, he knew.
Eddie: And now the whole damn town knows you're here!

Eddie: So why come to me? I'm the guy that took the pictures of ya wife!
Roger: Yeah! And you're also the guy who helps all these toons! Everyone knows when a toon's in trouble, there's only one place to go: Valiant and Valiant.
Eddie: Not anymore. (Roger begins to sit in the chair opposite) GET OUTTA THAT CHAIR! (Roger gets off the chair) That's my brother's chair.
Roger: Yeah. Where is your brother, anyway? He looks like a sensitive and sober fellow.
Eddie: That's it. I'm callin' the cops.
Roger: Go ahead! Call the cops! I come here for help, and what do you do? Ya turn me in! No, no! Don't feel guilty about me. So long! And thanks for nothin'! (slams the door)
Eddie: That's the closet! Stupe! (he walks up to the closet door and opens it, only to be handcuffed by Roger)
Roger: Eddie Valiant, you're under arrest! Bl-bl-bl-bl--
Eddie: Get outta there! (he drags Roger out) Idiot. I got no keys to these cuffs!

(Eddie and Roger hear sirens and look out the window, where they find out that the Weasels have arrived)
Roger: YAAAAAAAA!!! It's the toon patrol! Hide me, Eddie! P-P-P-P-PLEAAAAAAAASE! (he starts running around the room, dragging Eddie into all kinds of things, eventually diving into a drawer) Remember, you never saw me!
Eddie: GET OUTTA THERE!!
Roger: Don't let 'em find me! (clasps his hands, begging) Come on, Eddie, you're my only hope!
Smart Ass: (bangs on the door) Open up in the name of da law!
Roger: Please, Eddie! You know there's no justice for toons anymore! If the weasels get their hands on me, I'm as good as dipped!
Smart Ass: Look, Valiant, we just want the Rabbit.
Roger: What are we gonna do, Eddie? What're we gonna do? What're we gonna do?!
Eddie: What's all this "we" stuff? They just want the Rabbit.

Bongo (Ink and Paint club bouncer): [catches Eddie peeping through the dressing room keyhole, watching Jesica and Mr. Acme playing patty-cake] What do you think you're doin', chump?!
Eddie: Who are you callin' a chump, chimp?
[Eddie gets thrown out]
Bongo: And don't lemme catch your peepin' face around here again! Got it?! [slams the door]
Eddie: [lifts his arms to scratch his armpits like a monkey] Ooga-booga!

Eddie: Weren't you the one I caught playing patty-cake with old man Acme?
Jessica: You didn't catch me, Mr. Valiant. You were set up to take those pictures.
Eddie: What are you talking about?
Jessica: Maroon wanted to blackmail Acme. I didn't want to have anything to do with it, but he said that if I didn't pose for those patty-cake pictures, Roger would never work in this town again. I couldn't let that happen. I'd do anything for my husband, Mr. Valiant. Anything. [presses her chest against Eddie's with a "thump"]
Eddie: What a wife.

Jessica: You don't know how hard it is being a woman looking the way I do.
Eddie: You don't know how hard it is being a man looking at a woman looking the way you do.
Jessica: I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way.

Eddie: Seriously, what do you see in that guy?
Jessica: He makes me laugh.

Daffy: I've worked with a lot of with the quackers, but you are desssspicable!
Donald: Doggone stubborn little--that did it! A-a-a-gh!
Daffy: This is the last time I work with someone with a sssspeech impediment!
Donald: Oh, yeah?!
[he shuts Daffy in a piano]
Daffy: This-s means-s war!

[Marvin Acme squirts ink from his pen on Eddie's shirt and laughs]
Eddie: Wait. You think that's funny?
Acme: Oh, it's a panic!
Eddie: [grabs Acme by the lapels] You won't think it's funny when I stick that pen up your nose!
Acme: Now, calm down son, will ya? Look. The stain's gone, it's disappearing ink.
[The stain disappears]
Acme: No hard feelings, I hope. Look, I'm--
Eddie: I know who you are. Marvin Acme. The guy that owns Toontown. The Gag King.
Acme: If it's Acme, it's a gasser. Put it there, pal.
(he and Eddie shake hands, but Eddie vibrates)
Acme: (reveals what caused the vibration) The hand buzzer. Still our biggest sella! (laughs)

Bongo: Got the password?
Eddie: Walt sent me.
[Bongo opens the door]
Eddie: Nice monkey suit.
Bongo: Wise ass!

Eddie: You crazy rabbit! I'm out there riskin' my neck for you, and what are you doin'!? Singin' and dancin'!
Roger: But I'm a toon. Toons are supposed to make people laugh!
Eddie: (shouts) SIT DOWN!
Roger: You don't understand! Those people needed to laugh.
Eddie: Yeah, and when they done laughin', they'll call the cops! That guy Angelo would rat on you for a nickel!
Roger: Not Angelo! He'd never turn me in.
Eddie: Why?! Because you made him laugh?
Roger: That's right! A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in life, it's the only weapon we have.

Dolores: Tomorrow's Friday, Eddie. You know what happens here on Friday?
Eddie: Fish special?
Dolores: You know my boss check the books on Friday. If I don't have that money I gave you back in the till, I'm gonna lose my job.
Eddie: Don't bust a button, Dolores. You only have one left.

Angelo: So who's your client, Mr. Detective-to-the-Stars? Chilly Willy? Or Screwy Squirrel?
Dolores: What'll it be?
Angelo: I'll have a beer, doll. So what happened, huh? Somebody kidnapped Dinky Doodle?
Dolores: Cut it out, Angelo.
Angelo: No, wait a minute, wait a minute, I've got it. You're working for Little Bo Peep. She's lost her sheep, and you're gonna help her find them, huh?
[He laughs; Eddie kicks his seat out from under him and grabs him by the neck]
Eddie: Get this straight, meatball! I don't work for toons!
[He stuffs a hard-boiled egg in Angelo's mouth and storms off]
Angelo: [spits out the egg] So what's his problem?
Dolores: A toon killed his brother.
Angelo: What?
Dolores: Dropped a piano on his head.

Angelo: Hey, I seen a rabbit.
Doom: Where?
[Roger gasps]
Eddie: Ya see?
Doom: Where?
Angelo: He's right here in the bar. [puts his arm around an imaginary friend] Well, say hello,... Harvey.
[The whole bar erupts in laughter]
Roger: I told you so.

Smart Ass: Say, Judge. You want we should "disresemble" the place?
Doom: No, Sergeant. Disassembling the place won't be necessary. The rabbit is going to come right to me.
[he taps "Shave and a Haircut" on counter]
Doom: No toon can resist the old Shave-and-a-Haircut trick. (taps "Shave and a Haircut" a few times)
Eddie: I don't know who's toonier; you or Doom.
[Roger starts freaking out]
Eddie: Roger!
[Doom taps "Shave and a Haircut"; Roger freaks out even more]
Eddie: Roger! Roger, no!
[Doom taps "Shave and a Haircut" again; Roger violently freaks out]
Doom: Shave and a haircut.
[Roger crashes through the wall]
Roger: 2 BITS!!

Maroon: What are you gonna do to me, Valiant?
Eddie: I'm gonna to listen to you spin the Cloverleaf scenario: The story of greed, sex and murder! And the parts that I don't like, I'm gonna edit out.
Maroon: You got it all wrong! I'm a cartoon maker! Not a murderer!
Eddie: Everybody's gotta have a hobby!
(he slips Maroon's tie onto the film roller)
Maroon: Oh! Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! The truth is, I had a chance to sell my studio. But Cloverleaf wouldn't buy my property unless Acme sold him his. The stubborn bastard wouldn't sell! So I was gonna blackmail Acme with pictures of him and the Rabbit's wife. Blackmail! That's all! I've been around toons all my life! I didn't wanna see 'em destroyed!!
Eddie: Toons destroyed? Why?
Maroon: If I tell ya, I'm a dead man!
Eddie: You're a dead man if you don't tell me!
Maroon: Unless Acme's will shows by midnight tonight, Toontown's gonna be land for the free...!
(a gun shoots him, and nearly hits Eddie, but misses)

Doom: You wouldn't have any idea where the rabbit might be, Mr. Valiant?
Eddie: Have you tried Walla Walla? Cucamonga? I hear Kokomo's very nice this time of the year.
Doom: I'm surprised you're not more cooperative, Mr. Valiant. A human has been murdered by a toon. Don't you appreciate the magnitude of that?

Eddie: What's that?
Lt. Santino: Remember how they always thought there wasn't a way to kill a toon? Well, Doom found a way. Turpentine, acetone, benzene. He calls it the Dip!
Doom: I'll catch the rabbit, Mr. Valiant. And I'll try him, convict him, and execute him. [dunks the shoe into the Dip, dissolving it completely]
Eddie: Jeez!
Greasy: [laughs] That's one dead shoe, eh, boss?
Doom: They're not kid gloves, Mr. Valiant. This is how we handle things down in Toontown. I think you of all people would appreciate that.

[Eddie is about to pick up the hand buzzer that fell off of Acme's corpse when Judge Doom stops him with his cane]
Doom: Is this man removing evidence from the scene of the crime?
Lt. Santino: Ah, no, Judge Doom. Valiant here was just picking it up for you. Weren't you, Eddie?
Doom: Hand it over.
Eddie: Sure thing. [zaps Doom with buzzer] Their number one seller.
Doom: I see working for a toon has rubbed off on you.
Eddie: I wasn't working for a toon. I was working for R.K. Maroon.
Doom: Yes, we talked to Mr. Maroon. He said the rabbit became quite agitated when you showed him the pictures. The rabbit swore one way or another he and his wife were going to be happy. Is that true?
Eddie: Hey, pal. Do I look like a stenographer?
Lt. Santino: Shut your yap, Eddie. The man's a judge.
Doom: That's all right, Lieutenant. From the smell of him, I'd say it was the booze talking.

Tweety Bird: Oh, look! Piggies.
Eddie: Hi, Tweety.
Tweety: (starts pulling Eddie's fingers off) This little piggy went to market. This little piggy stayed home.
Eddie: No!
Tweety: This little piggy had roast beef. This little piggy had--
[Eddie screams as he falls down]
Tweety: Uh-oh. Ran out of piggies.
[Eddie falls; Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny, both wearing parachutes, join him]
Bugs Bunny: Eh, what's up, Doc? Jumpin' without a parachute? Kinda dangerous, ain't it?
Eddie: Yeah.
Mickey Mouse: Yeah. You could get killed. Heh, heh.
Eddie: You guys got a spare?
Mickey: Uh, Bugs does.
Eddie: Yeah?
Bugs: Yeah, but I don't think you want it.
Eddie: I do! I do! Give it to me!
Mickey: Gee, better let him have it, Bugs.
Bugs: Okay, Doc. Whatever you say. (hands Eddie a bag with the spare) Here's the spare.
Eddie: Thank you.
[Mickey and Bugs deploy parachutes; Eddie pulls the ripcord on the "spare", but a car tire comes out.]
Eddie: Oh, no! (falls and lets go of the tire, screams)
Mickey: Aw, poor fella.
Bugs: Yeah. Ain't I a stinker?

Roger: What could have possibly happened to you to turn you into such a sourpuss?
Eddie: You wanna know? (Roger nods) I'll tell ya. A toon killed my brother.
Roger: (frightened) A toon? No.
Eddie: Yes, a toon. We were investigating a robbery at the First National Bank of Toontown. Back in those days, me and Teddy liked workin' Toontown. Thought it was a lot of laughs. Anyway, this guy got away with a zillion simoleons. We trailed him to a little dive down on Yukster Street. We went in. Only he got the drop on us. Literally. Dropped a piano on us from 15 stories. It broke my arm, Teddy never made it. I never did find out who that guy was. All I remember was him standin' over me laughin', with those burnin' red eyes, and that high, squeaky voice. He disappeared into Toontown after that.
Roger: (sobs hysterically) No wonder you hate me! If a toon killed my brother, I'd hate me, too.

Jessica: (sees her empty trunk) Oh, no! Where's Roger?
Eddie: Roger? He chickened out on me back at the studio.
Jessica: No, he didn't. I hit him in the head with a frying pan and put him in the trunk, so he wouldn't get hurt.
Eddie: Makes perfect sense.
Jessica: We're obviously not going anywhere in my car. Let's take yours.
Eddie: (his car is gone, as he looks at the place where it had crashed) I got a feeling someone already did.
Jessica: From the looks of it, I'd say it was Roger. My honey bunny was never very good behind the wheel.
Eddie: A better lover than a driver, huh?
Jessica: You better believe it, buster.

(Roger and Eddie enter the Toon Patrol paddy wagon)
Roger: Let's get outta here! What are you waitin' for?!
Eddie: There's no damn key!
Benny the Cab: (voice comes from the back) Hey, you weasels! Let me outta here, will ya?! Come on! I gotta make a livin'!
Roger: (looks in the back) Benny! Is that you?
Benny: No! It's Eleanor Roosevelt. Come on, Roger! Get me outta here!
(Roger squeezes into the back)
Roger: Eddie! We got ourselves a ride! Open the doors!

(Eddie pulls open the doors and Benny roars onto the street)

Benny: Ah, that's better! I can't believe they locked me up for drivin' on a sidewalk!
Roger: Come on, Eddie! Get in!
Benny: (shrugs) It was just a couple of miles.
Eddie: I'll drive.
Roger: But I wanna drive!
Benny: No! I'll drive. I'm the cab! OUTTA MY WAY, PENCIL NECK! (he executes a U-turn in the middle of the motorway and goes speeding off) And how about this weather, huh? It never rains!

(Roger, Eddie, and Benny are surrounded by the Weasels and the cops)
Benny: PULL THE LEVER!!!
Eddie: Which one?!
Roger: Which one?!
Benny: "Which one"?!! (he exposes a sign saying "This lever, stupid!", pointing to the right lever)
Smart Ass: I'm gonna ram 'em!
(Eddie pulls the lever, and Benny's chassy suddenly moves upwards on stilts; he drives over the cops, leaving them to crash into the weasels)
Benny: I'm gettin' too old for this!

(Roger, Eddie, and Benny narrowly escape the Weasels and the cops)
Roger: Jumpin' jeepers!
Benny: Hey, Roger, whattaya call the middle of a song?
Roger: Gee, I don't know. (reacts to...) A BRIIIIIIIIIDGE!!!
(Benny safely lands onto the bridge, and his chassy reverts to normal)
Benny: Well, fellas, where can I drop ya?
Roger: Somewhere we can hide.
Benny: I got just the place. And incidentally, if ya should ever need a ride, just stick out ya thumb! Hey! Share the road! Will ya, lady?!

Smart Ass: Look, Valiant. We got a reliable tip off. The rabbit was here. And it was corrogated by several others. So cut the "bull-schtick"!
Eddie: You keep talkin' like that, and I'm gonna have to watch your mouth out!
(he sticks a bar of soap into Smart Ass' mouth, prompting the rest of the Weasels to laugh hysterically)

Eddie: (after the weasels have left) They're gone.
Roger: Jeepers Eddie! You saved my life! How can I ever repay ya?
(he smooches Eddie on the lips, but Eddie forcefully shoves him off)
Eddie: For starters, don't ever kiss me again. (spits)

Eddie: D'you mean to tell me you could've taken your hand outta that cuff at any time?!
Roger: No. Not at any time. Only when it was funny.

Doom: (turns on the hose that releases the Dip into a tray for a demonstration) Can you guess what this is?
Jessica: Oh, my God! It's DIP!!
Doom: That's right, my dear! Enough to dip Toontown off the face of the earth!!! (exposes his machine) A vehicle of my own design. 5,000 gallons of heated dip, pumped at enormous velocity through a pressurized water cannon! Toontown will be erased in a matter of minutes.

Doom: Several months ago I had the good providence to stumble upon this plan of the city council's. A construction plan of epic proportions. They're calling it a freeway.
Eddie: Freeway? What the hell's a freeway?
Doom: Eight lanes of shimmering cement running from here to Pasadena. Smooth, safe, fast. Traffic jams will be a thing of the past.
Eddie: So that's why you killed Acme and Maroon? For this freeway? I don't get it.
Doom: Of course not. You lack vision. I see a place where people get on and off the freeway. On and off, off and on, all day, all night. Soon, where Toontown once stood will be a string of gas stations, inexpensive motels, restaurants that serve rapidly prepared food. Tire salons, automobile dealerships and wonderful, wonderful billboards reaching as far as the eye can see! My God! It'll be beautiful.
Eddie: Come on! Nobody's gonna drive this lousy freeway when they can take the Red Car for a nickel.
Doom: Oh, they'll drive. They'll have to. You see, I bought the Red Car so I could dismantle it.

Roger: Okay, nobody move! All right, weasel, grab some sky or I'll let the judge have it! You heard me, I said drop it!
Jessica: Roger, darling!
Roger: That's right, my dear. I'd love to embrace you, but first, I have to satisfy my sense of moral outrage!
Doom: Put that gun down, you buck-toothed fool!
Roger: That's it, Doom. Give me another excuse to pop you full of lead. So you thought you could get away with it, didn't you? Ha! We toons may act idiotic, but we're not stupid. We demand justice. Why, the real meaning of the word probably hits you like a ton of bricks!
[A ton of rubber prop bricks falls on Roger, as it is cut down by Greasy]
Jessica: Roger! Roger, say something!
Roger: [stars appear, flying around his head] Look! Stars! Ready when you are, Raoul.
Doom: Tie the lovebirds together.

[Doom slips and falls on fake eyeballs, making the weasels laugh. After which Eddie tries to take the gun from Smart Ass.]
Doom: Look out, you fool!
Smart Ass: Not so fast.
Doom: One of these days, you idiots are gonna laugh yourselves to death!
["Ping"; Eddie now has an idea].
Smart Ass: Shall I repose of Valiant right now, boss?
Doom: Let him watch his toon friends get dipped, then shoot him.
Smart Ass: With pleasure. [laughs]
Eddie: Everything's funny to you ain't it, needle nose?
Smart Ass:: You got a problem with that, Valiant?
Eddie: Nah. I just want you to know something about the guy you're gonna dip!
(calliope begins playing "The Merry Go Round Broke Down")
Eddie: Now, Roger is his name.
Laughter is his game.
Come on, you dope!
Untie his rope,
and watch him go insane!
(he does slapstick pratfalls to make the weasels laugh)
Jessica: He's lost his mind.
Roger: I don't think so!
Eddie: This singin' ain't my line.
It's tough to make a rhyme.
If I get stuck...
I-I'm outta luck... Uh...
Jessica: I'm running out of time!
Eddie: Thanks!
(more pratfalls; some weasels start literally "dying" of laughter)
Roger: Hey, Eddie, keep it up! You're killin' 'em! You're slayin' 'em! You're knockin' 'em dead!
Eddie: I'm through with takin' falls!
I'm bouncin' off the walls!
Without that gun,
I'd have some fun.
I'd kick you in the--!
(he gets hit in head hard with vase)
Eddie: OW!
Roger: Nose!
Smart Ass: "Nose"?! That don't rhyme with "walls"!
Eddie: (gets back on his feet) No. But this does!
(he kicks Smart Ass in the groin, sending him flying and screaming into the Dip Mixer, which then dissolves him)

[after being flattened by a steamroller, Doom springs back up on his feet]
Eddie: Holy smoke! He's a toon!
Doom: Surprised?!
Eddie: Not really. That lame-brain freeway idea could only be cooked up by a toon.
Doom: Not just a toon!
(he reinflates himself; his hat is blown away and his fake eyes fall to the floor, revealing his true, red eyes, to Eddie's surprise)
Doom: Remember me, Eddie?! (voice gets more squeaky every second) When I killed your brother, I talked (voice reaches screaming point) just... like... THIS!!!

[the Toons gather around the remains of the melted Doom]
Mickey: Gosh! Uh, I wonder who he really was.
Bugs: I'll tell you one thing, Doc. He weren't no rabbit.
Daffy Duck: Or a duck.
Goofy: Or a dog.
Pinocchio: Or a little wooden boy.
Big Bad Wolf: [Comes out of sheep's clothing] Or a sheep.
Woody Woodpecker: Or a woodpecker.
Sylvester: Or a pussycat.

Lt. Santino: Judge Doom killed Marvin Acme.
Eddie: And R.K. Maroon. And my brother.
Lt. Santino: That's what I call one seriously disturbed toon.

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