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Zemeckis talks Roger

11.04.2009

Don't worry, there's still no motion capture for Roger or Jessica.

Robert Zemeckis sat down with MTV who squeezed a few details out about his latest project, the ROGER RABBIT sequel.

On Halloween, Mr. Davis brought the great news that the original screenwriters, Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman would be returning to pen the sequel.

We thought everything was safe, and to a certain extent it is, but Zemeckis will be using the motion capture technology on other characters in the toon universe. I know that some people aren't really a fan of the mo-cap technology but at least they aren't using it on the rabbit and his sexy redheaded wife. Zemeckis knows that there would be a mutiny if he messed with the original 2D duo.

Can you deal with the other toons being done in motion capture? It might seem like an odd blend but we'll just have to wait to find out.

Extra Tidbit: Question: Will Kathleen Turner voice Jessica again? Anytime I think of Turner, I go back to the days when she played Chandler's Dad on FRIENDS.
Source: MTV Movies Blog

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10:51AM on 11/06/2009
Bob Hoskin's in this?
Bob Hoskin's in this?
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3:20AM on 11/06/2009
It could definitely be interesting to see live-action, 2D animation, 3D animation, and motion capture animate all intermingling in the same film, but one would have to come up with a good premise to justify it. Someone below had a good suggestion.
It could definitely be interesting to see live-action, 2D animation, 3D animation, and motion capture animate all intermingling in the same film, but one would have to come up with a good premise to justify it. Someone below had a good suggestion.
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8:48AM on 11/05/2009
It's been too long and yeah, Z is way too focused on mo-cap. He should just let it be...
It's been too long and yeah, Z is way too focused on mo-cap. He should just let it be...
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4:36AM on 11/05/2009

That extra tidbit...

Is exactly what I was thinking. Hahahahaha.
Is exactly what I was thinking. Hahahahaha.
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12:33AM on 11/05/2009
Is it me or does Robert Zemeckis look like Drew f*ckin' Carey in the screenshot above? Wow...it's the host of the PRICE IS RIGHT, yo!!
Is it me or does Robert Zemeckis look like Drew f*ckin' Carey in the screenshot above? Wow...it's the host of the PRICE IS RIGHT, yo!!
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12:38AM on 11/05/2009
He looks like a fat David Letterman.
He looks like a fat David Letterman.
12:23AM on 11/05/2009
PLEASE get Bob Hoskins back on board. One of the most classic/anti aging films of our time, don't fuck up the sequel.
PLEASE get Bob Hoskins back on board. One of the most classic/anti aging films of our time, don't fuck up the sequel.
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11:48PM on 11/04/2009
The real questions is: who will they get to replace Richard Williams as Animation Director?
The real questions is: who will they get to replace Richard Williams as Animation Director?
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11:27PM on 11/04/2009
It would be trippy.
It would be trippy.
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10:50PM on 11/04/2009

Reply to CerealKiller...

Bugs, Mickey, and Roger Rabbit simultaneously: "They Took R Jerbs!"
Bugs, Mickey, and Roger Rabbit simultaneously: "They Took R Jerbs!"
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10:42PM on 11/04/2009

Tuner nude on stage

Dear God, I saw Kathleen Turner in the stage production of the Graduate with Jason Biggs and she was totally naked, except for heels... REFUND PLEASE!!
Dear God, I saw Kathleen Turner in the stage production of the Graduate with Jason Biggs and she was totally naked, except for heels... REFUND PLEASE!!
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10:38PM on 11/04/2009
Id actually be excited to see some CGI characters. I think keeping with the dark side of the industry angle, you can obviously highlight all the 2-D characters going broke because the 3-D characters are taking all the jobs.
Id actually be excited to see some CGI characters. I think keeping with the dark side of the industry angle, you can obviously highlight all the 2-D characters going broke because the 3-D characters are taking all the jobs.
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12:17AM on 11/05/2009
omg yes. Thats a good idea and that would be funny to see
omg yes. Thats a good idea and that would be funny to see
10:22PM on 11/04/2009

Nah

Zemeckis fell off. Way off. "Cast Away" was one of his best and most emotional films - then he gets fixated on this shitty CGI stuff. I'm not necessarily opposed to motion-capture, but there's a difference between utilizing it and basically just forcing it. A Christmas Carol doesn't benefit from it; Beowulf didn't benefit from it. It was interesting as a curiosity on Polar Express, but there's a reason both of his previous mo-cap films underperformed (or downright flopped) at the B.O. -- and
Zemeckis fell off. Way off. "Cast Away" was one of his best and most emotional films - then he gets fixated on this shitty CGI stuff. I'm not necessarily opposed to motion-capture, but there's a difference between utilizing it and basically just forcing it. A Christmas Carol doesn't benefit from it; Beowulf didn't benefit from it. It was interesting as a curiosity on Polar Express, but there's a reason both of his previous mo-cap films underperformed (or downright flopped) at the B.O. -- and Carol probably would, too, if it weren't for the familiarity of the story and the cast.
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10:12PM on 11/04/2009
I'm not against using modern technology to render Golden Age characters. I am against doing anything that would make this movie any more surreal than live people interacting with cartoon characters. Meaning, no CGI explosions, or rendering live people in mo-cap.

While I'll happily claim "Roger Rabbit" to be the best mesh of live-action and animation (any kind) ever, I am of the mind that until I see some real footage, or at least hear what the script is about, that this is one of those
I'm not against using modern technology to render Golden Age characters. I am against doing anything that would make this movie any more surreal than live people interacting with cartoon characters. Meaning, no CGI explosions, or rendering live people in mo-cap.

While I'll happily claim "Roger Rabbit" to be the best mesh of live-action and animation (any kind) ever, I am of the mind that until I see some real footage, or at least hear what the script is about, that this is one of those woulda-shoulda-coulda ideas that expired years ago.
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9:26PM on 11/04/2009

OMFG

Jessica Rabbit is not Jessica Rabbit without the voice of Kathleen Turner, I'm sorry.
Jessica Rabbit is not Jessica Rabbit without the voice of Kathleen Turner, I'm sorry.
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8:48PM on 11/04/2009

Not a fan of Adding CGI characters...

Mainly because it means the movie will have to be set in present-ish day. One of my favorite parts about the original is that it was set in the 20s or 30s or whatever (God, I'm a horrible Roger Rabbit fan). The whole revised history aspect involving Toon Town and the highway system was fantastic. If they wanted to update it, age the characters a few years like Jones or whatever, the 50s would be cool, but present day is much less interesting to me. I do love the original, and hold out hope that
Mainly because it means the movie will have to be set in present-ish day. One of my favorite parts about the original is that it was set in the 20s or 30s or whatever (God, I'm a horrible Roger Rabbit fan). The whole revised history aspect involving Toon Town and the highway system was fantastic. If they wanted to update it, age the characters a few years like Jones or whatever, the 50s would be cool, but present day is much less interesting to me. I do love the original, and hold out hope that this movie is good, though.

I am not a fan of MoCap in the least, though, especically after seeing the trailer for Christmas Carol. Looks so much worse than Pixar which is not Mo-Caped.
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8:40PM on 11/04/2009

It makes sense to have mo-cap characters

They're pretty much cartoons of a different variety, so why not put them together? As long as it doesn't feel forced and Toon Town is left the way it should be, I'm not worried.
But now any time I think of Kathleen Turner I just think of how goddamn dirty she is on Californication. Jesus Christ that woman almost makes me blush.
They're pretty much cartoons of a different variety, so why not put them together? As long as it doesn't feel forced and Toon Town is left the way it should be, I'm not worried.
But now any time I think of Kathleen Turner I just think of how goddamn dirty she is on Californication. Jesus Christ that woman almost makes me blush.
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8:37PM on 11/04/2009
If they motion capture the live-action actors, then this will be dumb as hell. It's actually pretty sad, because Zemeckis was one of the most creative directors in Hollywood for awhile, and he did some of the most memorable films of the 80s, and since then he's just been stuck on this motion capture thing. Instead of trying out new ideas, or difference concepts, it's just motion capture madness over and over.
If they motion capture the live-action actors, then this will be dumb as hell. It's actually pretty sad, because Zemeckis was one of the most creative directors in Hollywood for awhile, and he did some of the most memorable films of the 80s, and since then he's just been stuck on this motion capture thing. Instead of trying out new ideas, or difference concepts, it's just motion capture madness over and over.
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8:00PM on 11/04/2009
News on this is getting better and better everyday. Now all I need is confirmation that Bob Hoskins will return as Eddie Valiant and I'm good to go.
News on this is getting better and better everyday. Now all I need is confirmation that Bob Hoskins will return as Eddie Valiant and I'm good to go.
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7:17PM on 11/04/2009

Cool

This sounds good so far. I'm glad their not messing with the way Roger looks. I REALLY hope they get the original people to voice Jessica and Roger and that Bob Hoskins is in it again!
This sounds good so far. I'm glad their not messing with the way Roger looks. I REALLY hope they get the original people to voice Jessica and Roger and that Bob Hoskins is in it again!
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