Without question Who Framed Roger Rabbit is one of my all time favorite movies….cuz this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile just love rabbit….especially the long-eared kind…..and although there is a part of me that likes to chase badgers down holes….you know, being half dachshund….that’s weiner dogs for those of you not as worldly as I…..but there is also a big part of me that has me chasing “wabbits” down holes….white “wabbits”….those with “cotton balls” on their tail sections….and long-eared “wabbits”….. and my favorite is the long-eared kind….so a movie about my fave is naturally enticing to me.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy film….which was really unique in it day…..and set the stage for one of my favorite sports movies….Space Jam with Michael Jordan….anyway, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was directed by Robert Zemeckis…as the film is based on Gary K. Wolf’s 1981 novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? The film stars Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Charles Fleischer, Stubby Kaye, and Joanna Cassidy…..who were playing parts that combined live-action and animation.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is set in Hollywood during the late 1940’s….where animated characters and people co-exist. The story follows Eddie Valiant, a private detective who must exonerate “Toon” ….who is cartoon character, Roger Rabbit, who is accused of murdering a wealthy businessman. Walt Disney Pictures purchased the film rights for Who Framed Roger Rabbit‘s story in 1981….as Price and Seaman wrote two drafts of the script before Disney brought in executive producer Steven Spielberg, and his production company, Amblin Entertainment….then Zemeckis was brought on to direct the film….along with Canadian animator Richard Williams….who was hired to supervise the animation sequences. Disney released the film through its Touchstone Pictures division on June 22, 1988….as it became an immediate critical and commercial success while becoming a blockbuster. The film brought a renewed interest in the Golden Age of American animation, spearheading modern American animation and the Disney Renaissance.
In 2016, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress….as once again….we at ImaSportsphile have another “nugget of gold” in our treasure chest of history and memories….plus one of L E’s Faves.