The story follows Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a Los Angeles based private eye hired by a cartoon film mogul to spy on his main star’s cheating wife. Roger Rabbit is a fading star in the big business world of cartoons. Lately his performances have been less than adequate due to his distraction dealing with a (possibly) two-timing spouse, Jessica Rabbit (Kathleen Turner). Eddie tales the luscious Jessica and photographs her playing patty cake with the heir to the Acme fortune. This sets in motion a plot exploring set-ups, hidden identities and the invention of freeways. Mixed into this is an undercurrent of satire revolving around Hollywood culture, private dick movies, and the golden age of cartoons.
The amount of technical wizardry involved with this production is staggering. Camera movements are fluid and many, yet the animated characters are always the appropriate scale, and seem to occupy real space. Within the first few minutes we are totally immersed and accepting of this world and the interactions between human and toons. Who Framed Roger Rabbit doesn’t get the kind of acclaim it once was hailed with, particularly in the Pixar era, but it still holds up well. A touchstone in modern filmmaking and a one-of-a-kind experience for movie lovers of all ages.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Kathleen Turner