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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. 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) whom is "jumping without a parachute". Bugs appeared in a 1940-1945 design.
- Eddie startles R.K. Maroon by saying "What's up, Doc?," a reference to Bugs' famous line.
- 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.
- In one scene, Yosemite Sam (Joe Alaskey) is blasted out of Toontown, ablaze. Yelping, he extinguishes himself in a puddle of water.
- Daffy (Mel Blanc) and Donald Duck (Tony Anselmo) make a cameo having a piano duel.
- At the beginning of the film when Eddie is walking around Hollywood, Bugs can be seen in the background.
- Tweety (Mel Blanc) makes a cameo in the Toontown scene, playing "widdle piddies" with Eddie's fingers, which are holding precariously onto a flagpole (this is a reference to the Merrie Melodies cartoon A Tale of Two Kitties). In this sequence, Tweety appeared in a 1942-1945 design by Bob Clampett, albeit with yellow feathers added.
- 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 grey.
- 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.
- 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.
- There are a few scenes where The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (the main theme to the Looney Tunes) is performed. Roger sings to 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.
- Tiny Toon Adventures - Roger, like Steven Spielberg himself, makes several cameos in the series, and is even impersonated by Babs Bunny