Monday, 23 January 2012

Narrative - Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Director - Robert Zemeckis

Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) is private detective been hired to snoop on Jessica Rabbit, the cartoon wife of Roger Rabbit who reside in L.A. where cartoon intermingle with real people. Valiant soon finds himself muddled in conspiracy, blackmail and murder whist trying to clear the name of the suspect Roger Rabbit in a 40' film noir. The use of live actors and cartoon characters wasn't new back in the 80's but this would be the first time it was used so extensively. To get 2D characters to interact with live action was no easy task. Today actors are well used to speaking to characters that are not on the set but back in 1988 it was something less common, and in 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' the cast didn't seemed at all fazed by this. "Visually stunning and creatively superior, Zemeckis's work is frequently staggering and always entertaining." (BBC, 2001) The acting and the skilled post production helped give the cartoon characters much realism as entities. "The first blend of animation and live-action that seemed so natural we felt the characters were real." (Empire, Unknown date) All the popping eye candy effects, interlaced with an intelligent plot, cartoon comedy that effects both penned and live actors makes 'Roger Rabbit' a timeless masterpiece of film noir not just for the young folk but for the adults alike.

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Empire, Unknown date, [Online] [Accessed 23 January 2012]

Who Framed Roger Rabbit, BBC, 1988, [Online] available at [Accessed 23 January 2012]

Image Bibliography

Fig 1 . Who Framed Roger Rabbit, DVD Cover 1988, [photography]

Fig 2 . Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Movie Still, 1988, [photography]

Fig 3 . Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Movie Still, 1988, [photography]

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