"Where did this idea come from and how did it happen” – Rich Moore (Director, Wreck-It-Ralph, The Simpsons)
“It Came From Space and It Happened in Time” – Charles Fleischer (Voice of Roger Rabbit)
“This was truly a labor of love, no sane person would do this” – Robert Zemeckis (Director, Who Framed Roger Rabbit)
For those of you who skip to the end of a book, I’ll skip to the question most asked about Who Framed Roger Rabbit – “what’s happening with the sequel?” Currently there is no sequel in the works. Director Robert Zemeckis, acknowledged such on Thursday (April 4th) at the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, in Beverly Hills, California on the occasion of a 25th Anniversary Screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit was released in 1988 (June 22nd in the US and Canada). It was directed by Zemeckis, from a screenplay by Jeffery Price and Peter S. Seaman, loosely adapted from the book Who Censored Roger Rabbit by Gary K. Wolf. The film is a combination of live-action and drawn animation. Richard Williams directed the animation. A whose-who of animation talent worked on the film including animation supervisors Andreas Deja, Russell Hall, Phil Nebblink, and Simon Wells.
The evening’s event started before the doors opened. There were dozens of Roger Rabbit alumni waiting in line (from both the London and Los Angeles studios) sharing unvarnished stories of the production. For many Roger was a first (or second) animation job.
Inside the stories continued at a reception and later as a more formal discussion on stage. Following the screening of the new Digital Remaster, host Rich Moore introduced the panel: Director Zemeckis, Writers Price & Seaman, Supervising Animator Deja, Associate Producers Don Hahn & Steve Starkey and Actors Fleischer & Joanna Cassidy (Dolores).
Highlights from the panel discussion:
It was great seeing the film again on the big screen and being reminded how great of an actor Bob Hoskins (Eddie Valiant) is (for more Hoskins wonderfulness check out The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa and Dennis Potter’s mini-series Pennies From Heaven).
The second most asked Roger Rabbit question – what about those shots the animators snuck into the film. According to Zemeckis you should hold on to your laserdiscs if you want to see those though if you pay close attention to the windows on a train as it hits the dip mobile you might see a few surprises.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is truly one of those films that proves that movies can be magic.
tdk works in animation in Los Angeles.