Toon Trauma

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is quite easily the greatest live action animation hybrid ever made. Unlike any movie made before it, Who Framed Roger Rabbit actually tried harder to convince you that cartoons could exist in the real world. As opposed to older movies where you could easily tell there was nothing there. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a movie that, like most people my age, I saw when I was a kid. Despite a lot of surprisingly mature content. To this day, I’m still surprised that this movie got made. Although the 80’s seems like the only decade where it could get made. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is about a “toon” named Roger Rabbit who gets framed for murder. A toon hating detective named Eddie Valiant gets mixed in the investigation and ends up helping Roger. It’s mature enough that a movie produced by Disney and starring familiar cartoon characters would involve murder, but Who Framed Roger Rabbit is way more mature than that…

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Eddie Valiant (human) and Roger Rabbit (cartoon) drive away from danger

There’s also Roger’s wife Jessica Rabbit. A cartoon woman drawn in an overtly sexual way. She is one of the most renowned sex symbols in animation and she’s also one of the most recognizable parts of the movie. She’s not bad, she’s just drawn that way. Most kids my age will also recall how traumatized they were when they saw the villain for the first time. The line “Remember me eddie? When I killed your brother, I talked just like this” still sends shivers to my spine. The mature storyline is one thing, but there’s also the question of how they managed to get so many classic cartoons in the movie. Well never underestimate the power of Steven Spielberg. He managed to convince Warner Bros., Fleischer Studios, King Features Syndicate, Felix the Cat Productions, Turner Entertainment, and Universal Pictures/Walter Lantz Productions to all lend there characters to what is basically a Disney movie. Legends like Donald Duck and Daffy Duck and Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny share the screen for the first time ever. Which is pretty groundbreaking. Who Framed Roger Rabbit could never be made today, because studios no longer know how to share. With its many themes, Who Framed Roger Rabbit does it all perfectly. It’s funny in a way that never takes itself too seriously. The way it builds a toon universe is also good. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is just a great movie that everyone should see. Young and old.

“Why don’t you do right”

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