If you've ever braved your way through Disneyland's kid-infested Toontown, or did the Roger Rabbit dance in your high school gymnasium in the early 1990s while wearing MC Hammer-style genie pants, you can thank 1988's Who Framed Roger Rabbit. You remember the story: Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a boozing, down-on-his-luck private detective, is hired to solve a murder case in Toontown involving Roger Rabbit (voiced by Charles Fleischer) and his hip-swaying, sexy wife, Jessica Rabbit (voiced by Kathleen Turner, who utters the movie's best line: “I'm not bad. I';m just drawn that way”). The movie's concept of incorporating animation with live actors wasn't the first of its kind — there was Gene Kelly dancing with Jerry the mouse and Dick Van Dyke dancing with those penguins — but it was the first to turn the hybrid into a full-length film. It was also the first to integrate characters from both Disney and Warner Bros., including Mickey Mouse and that other wascally wabbit, Bugs Bunny. To celebrate the movie's 25th anniversary, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences hosts Who Framed Roger Rabbit: A Toontown Reunion, featuring a screening of a new digitally restored version, followed by a discussion with some of the cast and crew, including director Robert Zemeckis, actress Joanna Cassidy and Fleischer. Maybe now you can find out if the 20-plus-years-in-the-making prequel will ever be released.
Thu., April 4, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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