Who Framed Roger Rabbit

For this write up I chose to write about “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”  Created in 1988, directed by Robert Zemeckis, and produced by Touchstone, the plot of this movie is “A toon hating detective is a cartoon rabbit’s only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder” (imdb).  The movies budget was roughly around 70,000,000 and its gross was 154,222,492.

“Who Framed Roger Rabbit” is a unique movie because it has some of Disney’s biggest stars, along with many of Warner Brothers.  While both companies had stars on the screen, Walt Disney did not want his stars getting less attention than the Warner Brothers stars, so he made a deal that both sets of stars would have to be on screen at the same time to ensure that they both got equal amount of play time.  Because Disney was so concerned about having his stars in a movie that he himself was not creating, Touchstone was required to pay a lot of extra money to Disney to appease him, and be able to keep the Disney stars involved in the movie.

In “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” the creators used a large amount of rotoscope.  They did this because by using this technique, they could easily track movements of a real life person, and then draw  that person into the scene to make the cartoon seem more lifelike next to the human characters, not only that, but they could make appear that the cartoon characters were interacting with the real world. This technique really brought this movie to life; with this technique cartoons were able to wholly be involved with the real world.  The rotoscope technique was not just used in Roger Rabbit though, it had been used long before Roger Rabbit.  The Fleisher brothers were the first to use it, but since then many other companies, including the Disney Company, in their movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” have used it.                                                                                                                                                                                The most unique thing about this movie is how Touchstone, not only got all of the big stars from both Warner Brothers and Disney, but they also used many not so well known actors, too. It makes “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” a very nostalgic movie to many of its viewers.  Something else that made the movie quite unique is that it had content for children, but also had content that was enjoyable for adults, making it a must see for all age groups.

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