Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Daniel reviews Who Framed Roger Rabbit


Now, if you knew me in real life, you know how much of a fan of classic animation I am. Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse are everywhere in my life, as well as other characters. But, studios stopped doing stuff like that at one point, except Disney. But the problem was, Disney was failing. The most recent films they had released were flops, and the studio needed big bucks pronto. At that same time, Robert Zemeckes was working with Touchstone and Amblin to create a movie version of the Gary K. Wolfe novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit. They ended up getting Disney on board, as well as many other studios to create one of my favorite films of all time.

When the movie came out, it exploded like an Acme bomb. Critics and moviegoers flocked to see Roger and Eddie Valiant, and they came out laughing. My opinion may be biased, since I am also one of the writers for a Roger Rabbit fan blog called Toontown Antics. But, in all honesty, this movie is the one movie I look forward to seeing every time I turn it on. The story goes that Eddie Valiant, a detective in 1947 Hollywood, will never take a Toon case again, since a Toon killed his brother. But, due to a case he took from Cartoon Mogul R.K. Maroon, Marvin Acme, the owner of Toontown and the Acme name is dead. How? A safe was dropped on him. Everybody thinks Roger Rabbit is to blame, even Eddie himself. But Roger ends up in Eddie's office BEGGING for him to save his hide. But, a person by the name of Judge Doom and his henchToons The Weasles are looking for Roger, to put him in a mix of paint thinners called The D.I.P. The only way to do a toon in. But, it turns out, Doom is the Toon who killed Eddie's brother, and now wants to destroy Toontown, the world where every cartoon character EVER lives. But, like most movies, it ends with the bad guy dying and the day being saved. But why? Why do people love this movie? I love it, but I really never thought about it.

Doug Walker, the Nostalgia Critic, in his Disneycember review said it best, it's basically the movie everybody wanted to see. All the cartoon characters we love, in one movie, given the care that we had for them every time we watched them.

That sounds about right.