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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 comedy-fantasy film, produced by Touchstone Pictures. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, it is a loose adaptation of Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf. This film marks the last time Mel Blanc provided the voices of all the Looney Tunes characters in a film as he died a year later. In addition, this is the only film in which Warner Brothers and Disney Studios have had their characters appear together. With the possible exception of Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue, this collaboration is not likely to happen again.

Cameos / References

  • Mickey Mouse (Wayne Allwine) and Bugs Bunny (Mel Blanc) make a cameo in the Toontown scene in which they heckle a falling Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) who is "jumping without a parachute". Bugs appeared in his 1940-1945 design.
  • Daffy (Mel Blanc) and Donald Duck (Tony Anselmo) appear as performers at the Ink & Paint club, having a piano duel. Daffy comments that this "would be the last time [he] worked with someone with a speech-inpediment."
  • In one scene, Yosemite Sam (Joe Alaskey) is blasted out of Toontown with his rear end ablaze. Yelping, he extinguishes himself in a puddle of water.
  • Tweety (Mel Blanc) makes a cameo in the Toontown scene, playing "widdle piddies" with Eddie's fingers, which are holding precariously onto a flagpole (a callback to the Merrie Melodies cartoon A Tale of Two Kitties). In this sequence, Tweety appeared in his 1942-1945 design by Bob Clampett, albeit with yellow feathers.
  • The film ends with Porky Pig saying, "Th- th-- th-- that's all, folks!," a nod to the ending of various late-1930s & early-1940s Looney Tunes cartoons.
  • At the beginning of the film when Eddie is walking around the Maroon Cartoon studio lot, Michigan J. Frog, Toro the Bull, Yoyo Dodo, George the Fox and Bugs appear as extras in the background.
  • Bugs, Sylvester, Daffy, Porky, Speedy, Road Runner, Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Wile E. Coyote, Tweety Bird, Marc Antony and Marvin the Martian all make cameos at the end of the film. In this sequence, Tweety appeared in a modern design by Friz Freleng and Marc Antony is colored gray.
    • Elmer Fudd can be seen briefly in the background when the Toons react to Roger's hand-buzzing trick. He can be seen again during the final shot of the film as the crowd exits the scene.
    • Gracie the Kangaroo from Pop 'im Pop! makes a cameo at the end of the film, viewed from the back, just as Porky Pig closes the movie. She is colored light brown in this film.
  • In Toontown, when Eddie rides up the elevator with Droopy, silhouettes of Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner are seen behind the elevator doors as the elevator goes up.
  • Eddie startles R.K. Maroon by saying "What's up, Doc?," a reference to Bugs' famous line.
  • The exchange between Eddie and Roger in the barroom is a callback to the "duck season/rabbit season" routine from Rabbit Fire and its sequels.
  • There are a few scenes where The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (the main theme to the Looney Tunes) is performed. Roger sings the song while entertaining patrons at the bar and Eddie Valiant also sings to it in a later scene to make the Toon Patrol weasels laugh themselves to death.

Scrapped Cameos

  • Witch Hazel makes a brief cameo during the deleted "pig head" scene, flying around on Beelzebub before getting struck down by lightning.
  • A deleted scene involving Marvin Acme's funeral would've featured Foghorn Leghorn as the preacher giving the sermon. Despite being cut from the final film, Joe Alaskey is still credited as voicing him in the end credits.
  • Pepé Le Pew was also planned to make an appearance, but was dropped from the film for unknown purposes.

Parodies

Character Cameos Gallery

Notes

  • Although Mel Blanc reprised his role for most of the Looney Tunes characters in this film, he did not reprise his role as Yosemite Sam, instead Joe Alaskey replaced him for the role in this film. This is because that Blanc at that time could no longer create yelling voices as they could strain his vocal chords during his old age.[citation needed]
  • MPAA Number: 29171

Video

Early unmade version of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" Paul Reubens, Darrell Van Citters, Disney 1983-009:31

Early unmade version of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" Paul Reubens, Darrell Van Citters, Disney 1983-0

Very early scenes of the film during development in 1983 which also used as a special feature from the Who Framed Roger Rabbit DVD.

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