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Apr. 14, 2009by: Sturdy

... give us more Roger Rabbit!
by Sturdy

Yeah, I know, this kind of falls into the where the hell did that come from? category, but every now and again I like to mix things up. With all the shitty films getting sequels these days and every bad 80s TV show getting a feature film, I think we could do well with revisiting one of the more popular family films of the late 80s, early 90s. WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT is still a great film and Id love to see a sequel to it.

I wont hide my unabashed love for the film. I was about 10 years-old when the film came out at the theater and that was the perfect age for a film like this. The very idea of seeing Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny on screen together was enough to send me into an excited fit. I dont think todays kids have the same affection for Mickey and Bugs, but there are plenty of cartoon characters out there that kids appreciate. The beauty of the Toontown is that it transcended studios, so in theory, you could throw any animated character you wanted to in there.


Friends or reluctant co-stars?

The real question is what time period to set the sequel in. If the original took place in 1947, then they could theoretically have the sequel take place any time after that, or at least 20 years after. Personally, I loved the late 40s atmosphere and Id love to see them pick it up a few years later. But it could be an interesting story to have Roger, Jessica and Baby Herman interact with more modern characters. The Im too old for this shit jokes would fly off the screen. But heck, even if you couldnt get the different characters on screen, the three main animated characters and Bob Hoskins could pull off a sequel on their own. The storylines are practically endless and seeing them together again on the big screen would be a blast.


Confusing little boys since 1988!

Another reason to make a sequel to WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT is the seductress herself; Jessica Rabbit. Shes still a viable character in todays pop culture, 20 years since the movie came out. And speaking of Jessica Rabbit, what the hell happened to Kathleen Turner? The woman should sue Father Time because surely what hes done to her cant be legal. But I digress. The point is that Jessica Rabbit is still relevant because animated women with red hair and huge breasts never go out of style.

Seeing the Justin Timberlake (is he actually getting more annoying?) and Jessica Biel skit reminded me how much I loved WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT. The greatness of the original was that it seamlessly combined Toontown and the real world. But the real world part was what made the film stand out. The blending of animation and live-action provided great symmetry for the blending of serious, mature themes with childish comedy. With a good script, I think this would make a great sequel.

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4:56PM on 04/16/2009

Valiant & Valient?

I'd personally love to see a Valiant & Valient film that took place before Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In fact I have a treatment for it... Anyone intrested? lol.
I'd personally love to see a Valiant & Valient film that took place before Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In fact I have a treatment for it... Anyone intrested? lol.
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6:03AM on 04/15/2009

Please No!

I was 12 when this came out. It sucked then and it would most definitely suck now. I loved the looney toon cartoons. It seemed like a cheap copy to me. So please no. Don't even think about bringing that crap back.
I was 12 when this came out. It sucked then and it would most definitely suck now. I loved the looney toon cartoons. It seemed like a cheap copy to me. So please no. Don't even think about bringing that crap back.
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10:42PM on 04/14/2009
I love this movie, too, and not only are the jokes still funny, and some of the practical SF/X are still remarkable, what made this movie great was a combination of so many factors - but the star of the show was the groundbreaking combination of animation and live-action footage, combined in a more realistic fashion than ever before with that amazing interaction.

But we have animated films combining with live-action movies all the time now, with the CGI characters like Gollum, King Kong, and
I love this movie, too, and not only are the jokes still funny, and some of the practical SF/X are still remarkable, what made this movie great was a combination of so many factors - but the star of the show was the groundbreaking combination of animation and live-action footage, combined in a more realistic fashion than ever before with that amazing interaction.

But we have animated films combining with live-action movies all the time now, with the CGI characters like Gollum, King Kong, and the SW prequels chock full of this stuff - I think the time has passed for a quality sequel to be made.

This was a film ahead of its time. Literally. And still a great watch, especially if you know how and when it was done! Bravo again to all those involved with this movie.
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9:33PM on 04/14/2009

Leave it alone

The film has untouchable magic.

However, I would find an untouched re-release to be appropriate.
The film has untouchable magic.

However, I would find an untouched re-release to be appropriate.
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8:31PM on 04/14/2009
Actually, I'm pretty sure one of the attempts WAS a prequel, intended to show how Roger became famous, and a young Valiant just getting into the PI biz. It didn't go over well, probably for being a darker take.

Heh...too bad that's not being pitched today or Disney et al would jump at it, eh?
Actually, I'm pretty sure one of the attempts WAS a prequel, intended to show how Roger became famous, and a young Valiant just getting into the PI biz. It didn't go over well, probably for being a darker take.

Heh...too bad that's not being pitched today or Disney et al would jump at it, eh?
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7:47PM on 04/14/2009
Disney tried to push roger for several years after the movie had run its course. Hell disney still has the prop house at mgm studios full of stuff from that movie but its doubtful that roger rabbit could work in its original form. My suggestion is do a prequal with the valiant brothers doing cases in toon town and the big city. That could be pretty intersting. Or even better they could go r rated and make it like cool world. Scar Jo as a non animated jessica? hmmm That certainly would be
Disney tried to push roger for several years after the movie had run its course. Hell disney still has the prop house at mgm studios full of stuff from that movie but its doubtful that roger rabbit could work in its original form. My suggestion is do a prequal with the valiant brothers doing cases in toon town and the big city. That could be pretty intersting. Or even better they could go r rated and make it like cool world. Scar Jo as a non animated jessica? hmmm That certainly would be interesting.
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6:29PM on 04/14/2009

Love the movie, but he's fine the way he is.

I was thinking the same thing when i re-watched this the other night, and i realized he's fine the way he is, some douche would want to remake it and totally just would mess it up. Bob Hoskins is the man, the commentary on the movie is funny.
I was thinking the same thing when i re-watched this the other night, and i realized he's fine the way he is, some douche would want to remake it and totally just would mess it up. Bob Hoskins is the man, the commentary on the movie is funny.
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5:58PM on 04/14/2009
And and the reason why we don't see any RR shorts (or hardly any shorts anymore) - because Theaters/MPAA are still doing the same backwards payout plan that killed shorts in the first place: longer movies get a larger cut of the profits. So the shorter it is, the less money you make from it. If you make any at all, which I doubt they did.

Because it's a retarded business plan.
And and the reason why we don't see any RR shorts (or hardly any shorts anymore) - because Theaters/MPAA are still doing the same backwards payout plan that killed shorts in the first place: longer movies get a larger cut of the profits. So the shorter it is, the less money you make from it. If you make any at all, which I doubt they did.

Because it's a retarded business plan.
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5:55PM on 04/14/2009
It was attempted, I think, in the mid or late 90s. But the budget went into the 100 million range and the studio got cold feet before preproduction even got off the ground. One of many, many roadblocks, actually.

Between its release and today, I think Roger Rabbit has had as much trouble and drama coming up with a sequel as The Ghostbusters. Maybe even more.
It was attempted, I think, in the mid or late 90s. But the budget went into the 100 million range and the studio got cold feet before preproduction even got off the ground. One of many, many roadblocks, actually.

Between its release and today, I think Roger Rabbit has had as much trouble and drama coming up with a sequel as The Ghostbusters. Maybe even more.
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3:20PM on 04/14/2009

P-P-P-PLEASE! We Need A Sequel...

...to one of the most original and groundbreaking and FUN films of all time! I agree with Sturdy 100% on this one! A big-screen sequel would make a killing! Hard to believe the suits are sitting on millions with this property but refuse to stand up! And while we're talking Roger and Co., how about producing more animated shorts like "Rollercoaster Rabbit"! It's been 21 years, plenty of time for someone to pick up the ball.
...to one of the most original and groundbreaking and FUN films of all time! I agree with Sturdy 100% on this one! A big-screen sequel would make a killing! Hard to believe the suits are sitting on millions with this property but refuse to stand up! And while we're talking Roger and Co., how about producing more animated shorts like "Rollercoaster Rabbit"! It's been 21 years, plenty of time for someone to pick up the ball.
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2:57PM on 04/14/2009
yes, Yes, and YES!!! please, please, pleeeeeease! id love to see a sequel
yes, Yes, and YES!!! please, please, pleeeeeease! id love to see a sequel
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2:24PM on 04/14/2009
Don't suggest a sequel to a film that is perfect the way it is. Besides, with all you fanboys hating on the Star Wars prequels and Indiana Jones 4, haven't you learned your lesson? Don't demand a sequel when it can't possibly live up to your expectations... I can imagine the backlash now... "Robert Zemekis raped my childhood... blah, blah blah."
Don't suggest a sequel to a film that is perfect the way it is. Besides, with all you fanboys hating on the Star Wars prequels and Indiana Jones 4, haven't you learned your lesson? Don't demand a sequel when it can't possibly live up to your expectations... I can imagine the backlash now... "Robert Zemekis raped my childhood... blah, blah blah."
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1:50PM on 04/14/2009

yeah

I still can't watch Doom put that poor little shoe into the acid.

Too sad.
I still can't watch Doom put that poor little shoe into the acid.

Too sad.
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1:08PM on 04/14/2009
2D vs 3D beef!!! I'm with that!
2D vs 3D beef!!! I'm with that!
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12:11PM on 04/14/2009
Wow Yeah I love that idea! I have the feeling it would in with all the 2-D's walking off into the sunset with sad music playing. With some lame message that all things will end and there's new life in the next generation.
Wow Yeah I love that idea! I have the feeling it would in with all the 2-D's walking off into the sunset with sad music playing. With some lame message that all things will end and there's new life in the next generation.
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12:07PM on 04/14/2009
cerealkiller182 that would be cool as shit. Have real people and 2-d cartoons holding a grudge against 3-d cartoons for taking all the work.
cerealkiller182 that would be cool as shit. Have real people and 2-d cartoons holding a grudge against 3-d cartoons for taking all the work.
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11:52AM on 04/14/2009

Great Idea

I watched the original the other night on TV. I had forgotten how awesome it was, and how much wrath bubbled up inside me watching Christopher Lloyd's Judge character put that poor little shoe into "the dip". It's cold-blooded murder, I say!!
I watched the original the other night on TV. I had forgotten how awesome it was, and how much wrath bubbled up inside me watching Christopher Lloyd's Judge character put that poor little shoe into "the dip". It's cold-blooded murder, I say!!
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10:37AM on 04/14/2009
It would be awesome to see Roger and his 2-D friends mixing it up with the 3-D characters who are taking all the jobs especially in this economy
It would be awesome to see Roger and his 2-D friends mixing it up with the 3-D characters who are taking all the jobs especially in this economy
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10:28AM on 04/14/2009
Now I absolutely LOVE that movie. And a time might've been where a sequel could've been good. But now I feel the time passed long ago. The characters in Toon Town were all from the studio's Golden Age. And as you mention, Sturdy, kids today might not feel the same about those particular characters. Not to mention Bob Hoskins isn't getting any younger.

Every now and then a movie comes along blending cartoons and real people. None has lived up to what "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" did. On top of
Now I absolutely LOVE that movie. And a time might've been where a sequel could've been good. But now I feel the time passed long ago. The characters in Toon Town were all from the studio's Golden Age. And as you mention, Sturdy, kids today might not feel the same about those particular characters. Not to mention Bob Hoskins isn't getting any younger.

Every now and then a movie comes along blending cartoons and real people. None has lived up to what "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" did. On top of the anime and SpongeBob crazes, every big studio cartoon is done in CGI, which isn't nearly as interesting as when 2-D animation is shown in the same scene as live people.

This movie had its shot, I think, but short of Special Editions and rereleasing it in theaters, I don't feel it needs any sequels now.
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10:14AM on 04/14/2009
Well, they could set it in modern day and just have Bugs and Daffy and Mickey (South Park Mickey even :) ) and the Tazmanian Devil whoop some ass on all those annoying anime and Nick reject cartoons of today.

I'm liking the idea of Yosemite Sam blowing holes all through those Jonah Veggie Tales... or Taz munching down on some Pikachu. The list could go on and on. :)
Well, they could set it in modern day and just have Bugs and Daffy and Mickey (South Park Mickey even :) ) and the Tazmanian Devil whoop some ass on all those annoying anime and Nick reject cartoons of today.

I'm liking the idea of Yosemite Sam blowing holes all through those Jonah Veggie Tales... or Taz munching down on some Pikachu. The list could go on and on. :)
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10:03AM on 04/14/2009
If they do make this movie they need to keep it set in the 40s or 50s. Maybe 60s. If they do it in modern day it would be nothing but a bunch of Nick rejects and anime.
If they do make this movie they need to keep it set in the 40s or 50s. Maybe 60s. If they do it in modern day it would be nothing but a bunch of Nick rejects and anime.
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