Saturday, 3 May 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 151: Sun Jun 1

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Zemeckis, 1988): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 1pm

It’s 1947 in Toontown, near Hollywood, where cartoon characters live alongside humans. Eddie, a Private Eye, is called in by the head of the Maroon Cartoon Studios to do a job and ends up becoming embroiled in the dangerous lives of fun-loving Roger Rabbit and his wife Jessica (voiced by Kathleen Turner). This groundbreaking picture won two Oscars® for animation director Richard Williams, who will be at the cinema for a Q&A after the film. Details here.

Chicago Reader review:
A Hollywood entertainment that lived up to its hype, this zany detective story (1988), set in Tinseltown 1947, follows the efforts of gumshoe Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to clear the name of cartoon character Roger Rabbit when he becomes the main suspect in a murder case. The movie, which combines live action and animation with breathtaking wizardry, was coproduced by the studios of Disney and Steven Spielberg; Robert Zemeckis is the director. As a labor of love it's deeply moving: cartoon characters are treated as a repressed minority threatened by genocide, and gumshoes out of Raymond Chandler (or even Robert Towne) are almost equally archaic. Giving them all one last, delirious fling, the filmmakers create a densely upholstered universe where the denizens of both worlds mingle and learn from one another; a villain from the days of silent movies (Christopher Lloyd's Judge Doom) is thrown in for good measure. Alternately hilarious, frightening, and awesome.
Jonathan Rosenabum

Here (and above) is an extract.

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