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Who Framed Roger Rabbit Behind The Scenes

AKA:
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Picture
1988
Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1988 Family movie starring Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Charles Fleischer et al.
Joel Silver's cameo as the director of the Baby Herman cartoon was a prank on Disney chief Michael Eisner by Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg. Eisner and Silver hated each other from their days at Paramount Pictures in the early '80s, particularly after the difficulties involved in making 48 Hrs. (1982). Silver shaved off his beard, paid his own expenses and kept his name out of all initial cast sheets. When Eisner was told, after the movie was complete, who was playing the director - Silver was nearly unrecognizable - he reportedly shrugged and said, "He was pretty good."
Bob Hoskins watched his young daughter to learn how to act with imaginary characters. He later had problems with hallucinations. Hoskins son was reportedly furious that his father hadn't brought any of his cartoon co-stars home to meet him.
Jessica Rabbit's speaking voice was performed by Kathleen Turner, and her singing voice was performed by Amy Irving. Turner was uncredited.
Terry Gilliam considered directing this film, but decided it would be too difficult.
Benny the Cab drives across a bridge while being pursued by the weasels. The bridge used crosses the freeway that runs by the Walt Disney Studio lot on Buena Vista Ave, in Burbank of Los Angeles County, California.
This movie was in development as early as 1981. Charles Fleischer sounds zany enough as the eponymous star of this movie, but his unique tones weren't first pick. Disney was actually looking to use the voice of Paul Reubens, alias Pee Wee Herman, for the voice of Roger. I said it before and I'll say it again: Oh, what the possibilities could've been.
Some scenes of Eddie Valiant in the taxi are actually drawings of Eddie Valiant instead of pictures of Hoskins.
During filming, Charles Fleischer sometimes delivered Roger Rabbit's lines out of camera range while wearing a pair of rabbit ears, yellow gloves and orange over-alls.
Judge Doom's conspiracy is based on a true story. In the 1930's, GM, Firestone Tires, Standard Oil, Phillips Petroleum and Mack Truck entered into a conspiracy to buy up trolleys nationwide and replace them with buses (running on their own products). The companies were convicted of violating the Sherman Antitrust Act in 1949 and fined $5,000 each.
Contributed by: John Edward Kilduff
Scenes were worked on that would've featured the Popeye characters, but they never made it into the final cut.
Contributed by: Michael Gardiner
Reportedly Disney stated that Mickey Mouse had to have exactly the same lines and air time as Bugs Bunny. Hence them being in all their scenes together.
Contributed by: Michael Gardiner
Reportedly Disney stated that Mickey Mouse had to have exactly the same lines and air time as Bugs Bunny. Hence them being in all their scenes together.
Contributed by: Bellina
Props carried by cartoon characters were puppeteered either with rods going downward or wires.
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Deleted Scenes
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Alternate Versions
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Contributed by: Maria
Remember circa 1994, when the tech-savvy were watching movies on LaserDisc? There was this huge scandal that on the LaserDisc version of "Roger", there was a scene where, using freeze frame, a viewer could see up Jessica Rabbit's dress! Suddenly everyone was buying up the LaserDisc copy just for this 'extra feature'! Of course upon learning this, Disney immediately recalled the movie and erased this scene.
Some versions have an extra scene: Eddie Valiant had gone into Toontown, ambushed by the weasels and had a pig's head "tooned" onto his. He went home and took a shower during which Jessica walks into his apartment. This scene was cut from the original release, but did appear in theatrical trailers and a television broadcast.
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