Theatrical poster

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 comedy-fantasy film, produced by Touchstone Pictures. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, it is a loose adaptation of Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf.

Cameos / References

  • Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny make cameos in the Toontown scene in which they heckle a falling Eddie Valiant who is "jumping without a parachute". Bugs appeared in his 1940-1945 design.
  • Daffy and Donald Duck appear as performers at the Ink & Paint club, having a piano duel. Daffy comments that this "would be the last time [he] worked with someone with a speech-impediment." A similar crack at Donald is made by Daffy in (Blooper) Bunny as well, when Daffy says "The next thing you know they'll stick me with three snot-nosed nephews", as well as one of the 1989 Warner Bros. Collection Catalog commercials featuring him.[1]
  • In one scene, Yosemite Sam is blasted out of Toontown with his rear end ablaze. Yelping, he extinguishes himself in a puddle of water. Earlier, a gun is seen with an engraving on its case saying "Thanks for getting me out of the hoosegow" signed by Yosemite Sam.
  • Tweety makes a cameo in the Toontown scene, playing "widdle piddies" with Eddie's fingers, which are holding precariously onto a flagpole (a callback to the Merrie Melodies cartoon "A Tale of Two Kitties"). In this sequence, Tweety appeared in his 1942-1945 design by Bob Clampett, albeit with yellow feathers. In addition, Eddie briefly says hi to Tweety in an amicable way.[2]
  • The film ends with Porky Pig saying, "Th- th-- th-- that's all, folks!," a nod to the ending of various late-1930s & early-1940s Looney Tunes cartoons.
  • Silhouettes of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner appear briefly as the elevator (maneuvered by Droopy) goes up. They later appear at the end of the film.
  • The song "Smile, Darn Ya, Smile", which the Toons sing when Eddie Valiant first arrives in Toontown and also at the end of the picture, is featured in an eponymous 1931 Merrie Melodie, "Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!" In the cartoon, the full song is not sung, while in the movie it is.
  • At the beginning, when Eddie is walking around the Maroon Cartoon studio lot, Michigan J. Frog, Toro the Bull, Yoyo Dodo, George the Fox, and a prototype Bugs appear as extras in the background.
  • Bugs, Sylvester, Daffy, Porky, Speedy, Road Runner, Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Wile E. Coyote, Tweety, Marc Antony, and Marvin the Martian all make cameos at the end of the film. In this sequence, as mentioned before, Tweety appeared in his modern design by Friz Freleng and Marc Antony is colored gray.
    • Elmer Fudd appears briefly in the background when the Toons react to Roger's hand-buzzing trick. He appears again during the final shot of the film as the crowd exits the scene. In these scenes, only part of his head and hunting cap show and has no dialogue.
    • Gracie the Kangaroo from "Pop 'Im Pop!" makes a cameo at the end of the film, viewed from the back, just as Porky Pig closes the movie. She is colored light brown in this film.
  • Eddie startles R.K. Maroon by saying "What's up, Doc?", a reference to Bugs' famous line.
  • The exchange between Eddie and Roger in the barroom is a callback to the "duck season/rabbit season" routine from "Rabbit Fire", "Rabbit Seasoning, and Duck! Rabbit, Duck!
  • There are a few scenes where The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (the main theme to the Looney Tunes) is performed. Roger sings the song while entertaining patrons at the bar and Eddie Valiant also sings to it in a later scene to make the Toon Patrol weasels laugh themselves to death.

Scrapped Cameos

  • A deleted scene involving Marvin Acme's funeral would've featured Foghorn Leghorn as the preacher giving the sermon. Despite being cut from the final film, Joe Alaskey is still credited as voicing him in the end credits.
  • A deleted scene involving the infamous Toon Pig Head would've featured a brief cameo of Witch Hazel (Looney Tunes version).
  • Pepé Le Pew and Taz were also planned to appear, but did not.

Parodies

Character Cameos Gallery

Notes

  • This is the only film in which Warner Brothers and Disney Studios have had their characters appear together. With the possible exception of Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue, this collaboration is not likely to happen again, at least officially.
    • Some "lawyer-friendly" caricatures of various animated Disney movie characters occasionally made cameo appearances in various episodes of Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs for the sake of comical parody purposes, most notably the Animaniacs episode "Bumbie's Mom".
    • In addition, a "lawyer-friendly" version of Stitch from Lilo and Stitch made a cameo appearance in 2004's "Attack of the Drones".
  • The film contains themes pertaining to racial and ethnic discrimination, along with sexy content and murder references. It is said that the movie is an allegory for this as well as segregation of people based on race during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.
  • Although Mel Blanc reprised his role for most of the Looney Tunes characters in this film, he did not reprise his role as Yosemite Sam, instead Joe Alaskey replaced him for the role in this film. This is because that Blanc at that time could no longer create yelling voices as they could strain his vocal chords during his old age.[citation needed|date=]


  • MPAA Number: 29171

Video

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Early unmade version of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" Paul Reubens, Darrell Van Citters, Disney 1983-0

Very early scenes of the film during development in 1983 which also used as a special feature from the Who Framed Roger Rabbit DVD.

References


The Looney Tunes films
Featurette
Adventures of the Road-Runner
Behind-the-scenes documentaries
Bugs Bunny: Superstar | Chuck Amuck: The Movie
Greatest Hits retrospectives
Centering on Bugs Bunny
The Bugs Bunny Road-Runner Movie | Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie | Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales | The Looney Tunes Hall of Fame
Centering on Daffy Duck
Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island | Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
Original cinematic material
Space Jam | Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Direct-to-video releases
Tweety's High-Flying Adventure | Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas | Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run
Cameos
Two Guys from Texas | My Dream Is Yours | It's a Great Feeling | Who Framed Roger Rabbit | Gremlins 2: The New Batch | Justice League: The New Frontier
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