Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Mike / November 25th, 2010


  • Lotus

    November 25, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    one of my favorite movies of all time……. going to watch it right now actually. 😀

  • qaau74E

    November 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    This is also one of my favorite movies.

  • Butch Bitch

    November 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    One of my dad’s favorite lines was “I’m not bad, i’m just drawn that way.”. I never watched the movie, but your review definitely made me want to.

  • piratinflas

    November 25, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Yeah! one of my favs too. The mix of all that different characters is incredible. We would see that again someday?

  • DragonOfTime

    November 25, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Its a great movie! Wow now i want to go watch it 😀

  • Thebackgroundguy

    November 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Great review! I knew it was only a matter of time before you reviewed the movie, since you reviewed the game. Happy Thanksgiving Cinemassacre!

  • Arouth

    November 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Best Noir movie ever. And I didn’t catch the Boobietrap joke before, cause I never been able to watch it in original english version yet. Hillarious!!!

  • Warrax

    November 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I watched this movie not log ago and totally agree with you James. Good review as usual.

  • angelspawn77

    November 25, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    A video on Thanksgiving, well let me just say thank you James for providing the entertainment even on a Holiday 🙂

  • GoldRoger

    November 25, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Dr Doom used to scare the hell outta me

  • GoldRoger

    November 25, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I mean Judge, lol

  • 2dskillz

    November 25, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    It has been many years since I watched this. Thanks for giving me a reason to return. I am glad to know that it holds up.

  • Ryan Frandsen

    November 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is one of my favorite movies ever (if I ever make a Top 30 Favorite Movies I’d certainly put Roger Rabbit somewhere) and it was cool hearing your review of it. I saw it when I was about 5 or 6. I watched it a ton (so I’ve heard from parents) and when I saw it at an older age (probably 13 or so) I realized more great things about it. Great review and Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Squall85

    November 25, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Whoa, I didn’t know that Christopher Lloyd was the evil guy! I loved this movie when I was a kid. You’re right, it’s different to see this as an adult. I was in love with Jessica Rabbit 🙂

  • Suecifer

    November 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Great review as always. I haven’t seen that film in a while either, and not completely I think. It’s interesting because a few weeks ago associate producer from this movie Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Hunchback of Notre Dame) actually came to give my school a talk, Graphic Design orientated. He and another animator expressed that this was his favourite film to work on, most enjoyable.

  • November 25, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Bravo James.

  • November 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I think there’s a conspiracy going on. Today Nostalgia Critic reviewed “The Thief and the Cobbler” by Richard Williams and now on the same day James reviewed this movie with the animations made by Richard Williams…

  • windowlicker

    November 25, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I love that James appreciates this movie.

    I commented here a while ago and wondered why Roger Rabbit wasn’t among his top 30 films; glad to see his take on it!

  • November 25, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Kathleen Turner voices Jessica Rabbit and can’t get any better!!!! What a gal!!!!

  • welshwuff

    November 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    If you wanna know more about the animation, look up the name “Richard Williams”, he wrote the book on animation, literally….

  • Bassman2112

    November 25, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    A short but oddly concise review. It’s also been about 14 years or so since I’ve seen it, perhaps I’ll have to give it another chance this weekend!

    Thanks for doing the review, James. Hope you’re having a good thanksgiving, best of wishes from Western Canada <3

  • Jimbo

    November 25, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    It really is much better and funnier watching Roger Rabbit as an adult because of such lines as “Dabbling in water colors Eddie?” and “The problem is I’ve got a 50 year old lust and a 3 year old dinky.” Which happen to be my 2 favorite lines in the film.

  • J.J. McSandfarm

    November 25, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I loved the ‘booby trap’ joke when I was a kid, too. Once, when the movie aired on network TV, I saw that they dubbed in “nice going, Jess” over that line. Unbelievable that anyone could be offended by such a harmless joke! There’s a thing as being *too* careful, you know? “Who Censored Roger Rabbit” indeed.

  • November 25, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    This movie is amazing. And I was born in 1988! 😀

    As I write this, I’m feeling like comparing this film to Casper, the 1995 one. Actors interact with animated characters in this one as well. And I like the plot and techniques of both.

  • Kiarachu

    November 25, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I love this movie and your review make me want to watch it again.
    I think that it’s difficult nowadays to make a movie where all this cartoon character made by different companies “work” together…
    Like you said you like it as kid but you like it more as an adult for all the sexual/adult jokes…maybe tomorrow I will watch it 😉

  • November 25, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Ok, we all know than both Disney and Warner characters appear… but have someone noticed that the Disney characters are (speaking of appereance) more accurate drawn than the Warner ones?

  • November 25, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Yeah, that was a good one’

  • horth

    November 25, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    how could you leave out donald duck “allegedly” saying the n-word?

    also DKCR

  • avgnfan96

    November 25, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    great review on an awesome movie

    happy thanksgiving

  • DawnOfRobby

    November 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Another favorite from my childhood. I still watch the movie every now and then… and still can’t get enough of it. It would’ve been a great idea to stretch the plot of this movie out into three movies though. Something much like the Back to the Future trilogy. A Rodger Rabbit trilogy would’ve been great for a rainy day to sit, relax, and watch. But those are my thaughts, ofcourse. Great review, James.

    Oh and you know with you being such a Back to the Future fan (like me).. I’m surprised that you haven’t done something on time traveling movies. Something like a top ten or just a review of all the interesting movies to come out. I think that’d be quite awsome.

  • CaptnHowdy

    November 25, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Dont know if you read these james but i know as for the stage scene they painted over an actual women.

  • cloob1

    November 25, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    I loved this when I was a kid too. I had the Roger doll that came in the cardboard taxi and I took it everywhere with me. I held onto it so long and it got left behind when my mom moved from our childhood house along with my Stay Puft doll. 🙁

  • The gamer

    November 26, 2010 at 2:58 am

    A good review as always.

  • November 26, 2010 at 3:19 am

    This makes me laugh when I remember watching it on Cartoon Network years ago and they didn’t really censor anything, I remember damn and the usual sexual jokes but can’t remember if they said pussy.

  • purepsychopath

    November 26, 2010 at 4:09 am

    good work james i was actually watching this movie the past few days. and it just so happened that you made a video of it lol.

    i do agree tho it seemed as tho the actors and the animations were so fluid if it wernt for the fact you could tell the cartoons from humans. you wouldnt guess you were actualy watching a live action animeted movie.

  • strint519

    November 26, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Great movie that totally stands the test of time. I can remember being so young when it came out Christopher Lloyd scared me at the end. I also remember getting the biggest kick out of the cartoon bullets. Cool review, Thanks!

  • grimreboot

    November 26, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Thanks James! I’ve only ever seen this film in little clips, just seen it today and heard of the sequel ‘hopefully’, Thanks!

  • November 26, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Great work James, love this movie!

  • RobertMapplethorpe

    November 26, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Nice Review, another movie yet to see, but i missed the rating.
    I guess 4 thrown-down pianos out of 5 or something?

    And James: Because it is Back to The Future Month, check this out:


    I´d given that link to your wife, so she could get this as an xmas present for you 🙂

  • pskeen0927

    November 26, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I watched it recently as well. It’s a monument to animation.

  • stewes

    November 26, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Another link to BTTF2 would be the tunnel Eddie goes through to get to Toon Town. That’s the same tunnel Biff chases Marty, who is on hoverboard.

  • Edward

    November 26, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Yep, that movie is fun and a classic still today. Doubt anyone will see another collaboration of competing companies today.
    And yeah, looking at it today, with our disturbed minds, one picks up on a few things which can make it not the same anymore, but no doubt just as funny, if not funnier. 😉

    Btw, did you know Donold Duck swore at least once? Hard to know because the way he talks, but I think I heard him say bitch during his fight with the Bee over the radio.

  • Altrez55

    November 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    This is a good one. The fact that all the cartoons were together like that made it seem like a legit world.

  • Altrez55

    November 26, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I didn’t think my comment would start the new page. ….Maybe I should have spent more time on it.

  • Murphy2112

    November 26, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    This review made me go out and rent this movie. It was the first time I’ve seen it since I was a kid. Holy shit, it’s amazing. It’s crazy how 2-D characters move so effortlessly through 3-D space, and how the perspective is always exactly right. And beyond that, it’s just a good movie.

  • randomail44

    November 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    watching bugs bunny cartoons, and donald duck, mickey mouse cartoons swear, is more than satisfying

  • lartrak2

    November 27, 2010 at 3:06 am

    Little surprised James hadn’t seen this in 20 years. Seems like it’d be right up his alley. I wouldn’t say this film just still stands on its own two feet, I’d say it is a genuinely great film.

    Point in fact, I’d call it a masterpiece. Just about every performance, every line, almost every bit of the film is note perfect in every way.

  • Imgema

    November 27, 2010 at 4:14 am

    “it still holds up”

    What are you talking about… “still holds up”. This is much better than 90% or modern CGi crap. Have you ever heard of the phrase “bumping the lamp”?

    Check this out:

  • RocketeerRaccoon

    November 27, 2010 at 5:56 am

    I used to love this movie when I was a kid and it’s not dated at all, it still holds up and it’s better then most CGI crap we get today.

  • AnKun

    November 27, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Boobie trap. lol

  • toiletfarm

    November 27, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Roger Rabbit is pretty bad ass. I saw thiis movie about a year and I laughed pretty much the whole time. Roger is a spaz.

  • BlazeTheMovieFan

    November 27, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is defiantly a movie I must see in 2011.

  • zardes

    November 28, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I doesn’t like at all this review, doesn’t has James touch or charm, simple, flat, not back story or how the movie was made; even the voice was boring to listen.

    Am a huge James fan, but this isn’t his bright work.

  • taprus_light

    November 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    james, i also watched this movie around the age of 8 and obviously i didn’t understand the jokes either. its too bad that i don’t have roger rabbit anymore, but i’ll see it again for nostalgic memories. good job, AVGN =D

  • ztm529

    November 28, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    When the hell is et coming

  • November 29, 2010 at 7:57 am

    I used to like this movie, but now I just think that its a pile of boom and a bit dark and sinister. http://www.vizzed.com/vizzedboard/vizzedindex.php?ref=65348

  • November 29, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    You forgot to mention that this was actually one of three movies that were supposed to uncover the dirty truth behind California. In this case it was the creation of the freeway system as we know it today.
    The company cloverleaf is named after the system of getting on and off the freeway also known as a cloverleaf.
    There really was a group of companies (like Firestone, gas companies, and GM) that bought the existing rail way system in LA and shut it down to make sure the new freeway system would be successful.
    Toontown symbolized the places that were literally removed from the map to create the freeways.
    There were many other things in the movie that held some truth. Like the ink and paint club was a remake of the cotton club. It was an underground club that aloud black people (The cartoons) to perform and work but not to spectate. If you look closely at this movie it keeps true to the film noir and actually tells a darker story then funny cartoons and cool FX.

  • volt28

    November 29, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    It is a great movie. I gave it a rewatch a few weeks back and must say, I like it better now. There is so much I missed as a kid watching it. good Review

  • madcow

    November 30, 2010 at 1:08 am

    I’ve been waiting for you to review this movie for a while, it’s one of my all-time faves

  • D-Tron

    November 30, 2010 at 1:09 am

    The special edition DVD gives some really fantastic insight to the actual production of the movie and just how much work went into the animation. Fantastic film, and a great review.

  • tatripp

    November 30, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Were those two ducks playing Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2? … The same song that bugs bunny played in the looney tunes episode “Rhapsody Rabbit” and also the same song that Tom and Jerry played.

  • govna47

    December 2, 2010 at 9:48 am

    This movies reminds me of the game ‘Toonstruck’ and Christopher Lloyd’s work and interactions with the cartoon characters in that

  • December 2, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I remember that it was a lot of babble about Jessica Rabbit being too sexy and the jokes being too grown up for a cartoon. This was waaay before South Park, Drawn Together and Family Guy.

  • phoenix252005

    December 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit was my favorite movie as a kid. I will nver forget how insane it was and how the actors interacted with the cartoons. It was awesome! Great review James

  • frostare

    December 3, 2010 at 12:43 am

    I understand why you never look at these details but I gotta say; this movie was not only exceptionally made, it was exceptionally internationalized:
    While I would have loved that they would have kept the original Latinoaerican dubbers for the voices, it all had to be done at Los Angeles with new people. But they still did their best and the characters still sound like the original (not of the U.S.A. but of Latin America) I love those kind of details.

  • RaDioHeaD4life

    December 4, 2010 at 4:11 am

    I wonder if James ever watched Chinatown, and knows the connection between Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Chinatown?

  • MisterE

    December 5, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    First off I gotta say that I’m surprised you hadn’t watched it in 20yrs! I’ve always loved this movie, and I think we (James and myself) are about the same age. Not that I’ve necessarily seen it every year since it came out, but every once in a while, and I’ve always held it about as high as the BttF trilogy, Indiana Jones, and Goonies, which were my favorite movies as a kid. With James being such a film buff, and with this movie being so unique and so full of great performances, it’s surprising he’d go that long without interest in it. On the subject of performances, why no mention of Kathleen Turner, who did an excellent job bringing Jessica Rabbit to life? Charles Fleischer’s Roger was just as important as Hoskins’ Valiant, as well. Those voices helped make the movie. Anyway, to me, this movie was one of the best products of the 80s. It always amazes me how it seems to have gotten a bit obscure… Just imagine what kind of crazy awesome video game could be made from this movie nowadays, with current systems, and with all of the original voice actors. So many possibilities. Of course, the right team would have to design it, and licensed games have usually sucked and still do, BUT look at Batman Arkham Asylum. It is possible, and with the current trend to redo this old stuff (like the less successful ghostbusters game), Roger Rabbit should be a prime candidate.

  • MisterE

    December 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Seriously, Kathleen Turner’s voice took Jessica to a whole new level of cartoon sexy.

  • December 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    This movie always has, and always will have a special place in my heart, it is so insanely well made, i will love it to death do us part.

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  • December 12, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Yep I saw it on yesterday on french TV, was not my first time but still it’s a great movie and it didn’t look bad even nowadays !

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  • Schloss Ritter

    December 18, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I probably haven’t seen this in like 20 years either. Maybe I’ll have to try and watch it again as an adult as well.

  • unholyasshole

    January 6, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Back then I used to have nightmares of Judge Doom, when he reveals himself as the the evil toon. Even though I loved this film, at age 7 I hid under my blanket thinking that he was in my room. Imagination – sometimes a double edged sword… (yeah, I know I was a pussy…)

  • Bael

    April 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    That’s one of may favorite films! 🙂
    Does he call they “c’toons”? :O
    In the Hungarian tarnslation he calls they “firkák” (plural version of “firka”). 🙂
    That means “scratches”.
    First I heard that, i thought: he realy hates them. 🙂

  • Sol Invictus

    April 19, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    You can never go wrong with Christopher Lloyd.
    Especially when it comes to kicking buckets.

  • May 27, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Does Judge Doom remind anyone else of Citizen Brown abit ?

  • May 31, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Best film! When I wacthed it as a kid, I always thought that cartoon characters were really walking around living among us, until it really got me down to hear the reality of it. But still good film, plus it was the only film that made me curious about the woman’s body thanks to Jessica Rabbit lol.

  • zakattack89

    June 25, 2011 at 5:04 am

    What a brilliant movie, the animation is sensational! I used to love this as a kid, I remember as I got older my dad (being a movie buff) was telling me that Hoskins apparently started to go slightly doo-lally from doing so many takes with characters that aren’t actually there. Not sure how true or accurate that is, any ideas anyone?

  • shadowblood95

    August 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    what makes this movie so great,is the feeling of being back home sitting in front of the tv watching loonytoons.and that feeling of watching an old detective flick….not to mention the sparadic placement of humor that an adult can connect withthis movie is the best movie ever.

  • exploda

    September 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    it’s as timeless as all the cartoons it features. a true masterpiece

  • SuperSonic

    October 9, 2011 at 1:15 am

    One of my favourite movies. It’s one of those classics you never get tired of. Except for Super Mario Bros. you never see Bob Hoskins in a lousey movie.

  • Firewall_Philip_Hanan

    October 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    An animated film with 2D characters that never feels stiff. A movie that never falls flat. A real work of art. I could do these puns all day.

  • thefratking

    November 4, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    You know this movie was based off a BOOK!?! and a weird one too called ” Who Censored Roger Rabbit ” the plot is different than the movie and it is really hard to find, but its cool and worth checking out

  • jose mfc

    February 3, 2012 at 10:12 am

    it´s the kind of movie that survives the test of time with flying colours. i’m certain that like james today,20 years from now some other internet reviewer will be praising the qualities of this movie story,animation,perfomances,etc..

  • senna4ever

    February 29, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    This really is one of the very best films made.
    It works on so many levels.
    Great kids film…but just the right side of naughty for the adults.
    The best collection of stars ever in one film.
    A fantastic story well told and directed by one of the best in the biz, Mr Bob Z. BttF, Forrest Gump. This man is one of the true greats of family cinema.
    I heard Bob wants to do a sequel.
    Just as long as he keeps it old school animation.

  • HorazStCruz

    March 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Watched it again about last year or so -in Spanish, unfortunately- and is simply astounding, both the dynamics working on the story and the superb animation.
    It’s just that good.

  • schlepter304

    March 25, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    “you could get killed haha haha” oh gawd mickeys insane!!!!

  • Das_Brobot

    January 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    why Quicktime? WHY?????!!!!!

  • Alex Consalvos

    April 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    This is one of my favorite movies as well. Even to this day, it remains a classic and people appreciate it for it’s technological advances in combining live-action with 2D animation.

    Robert Zemeckis is currently awaiting approval from Touchstone to produce a long-awaited prequel to “Roger Rabbit” that’ll once again combine live-action with 2D animation. I hope that happens because it’ll be a breath of fresh air to see Hand-Drawn Animation back on the big screen again. So everyone, keep your fingers crossed!

  • August 2, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    And they say cartoons are for kids!
    Phhh cartoons are for kids my ASS!

  • December 13, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I saw this movie it was awesome

  • May 23, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I always go back to the song when Jessica appears… It’s perfect, the camera movement, the animation and the fantastic take of Kathleen Turner , i actually tried to find a better version sang in the 30’s 40’s or 50’s but nothing beats the Turner one.

  • May 23, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Shit i meant Amy Irving, i always confuse that

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