Who Framed Roger Rabbit
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In Robert Zemeckis's trailblazing combination of animation and live-action, Hollywood's 1940s cartoon stars are a subjugated minority, living in the ghettolike "Toontown" where their movements are sharply monitored by the human power establishment. The Toons are permitted to perform in a Cotton Club-style nightspot but are forbidden to patronize the joint. One of Toontown's leading citizens, whacked-out Roger Rabbit, is framed for the murder of human nightclub owner Marvin Acme (Stubby Kaye). Private detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), whose prejudice against Toons… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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"For audiences who grew up with cartoons as a natural part of their moviegoing, the shock may not be the mix of live and animated folk--it may come from the truly revolutionary sight of great icons of rival studios cheerfully rubbing shoulders."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"This is a movie that demands to be seen twice. The first time, one is likely to be dazzled to the point of exhaustion; the second time, one can appreciate the artistry and good humor more easily."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"An ingenious blend of hand-drawn animation and live action, spliced with humour that's by turns madcap, surreal and violent, Roger Rabbit demonstrates that it's possible to push the technical boundaries while still cooking up decent characters and plots."
‑ James White, Total Film
"The feats performed by director Robert Zemeckis and director of animation Richard Williams are pretty amazing."
‑ Ben Yagoda, Philadelphia Daily News
"Watching "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" is like spending a weekend locked in a room with the looniest Looney Tunes characters. But it's hard not to admire every aspect of filmmaking that contributed to this wacky classic."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Imagine watching cartoon characters and relating to them as if they were flesh-and-blood instead of paint-and-ink. This is the slap-happy effect of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and - please - a 24-carrot salute to director Robert Zemeckis."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"More than a technological wonder, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is brilliantly funny, bracingly smart and surprisingly moving."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"This whizz-bang breakthrough in mixing live action with cartoon characters won a special achievement Oscar for animator Richard Williams."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"Your eyeballs have no choice but to go boinnnnng."
‑ Peter Travers, People Magazine
"The best film directed by Zemeckis; the best of the many great high-concept '80s popcorn-comedies; the best American film of 1988."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"If the pleasures of Who Framed Roger Rabbit are mostly incidental, they are certainly more than considerable."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The opening cartoon upstages the movie that emerges from it."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Motion pictures may never be the same again, now that the fascinating and utterly miraculous Who Framed Roger Rabbit has come to the screen."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"For sheer movie excitement, this is the easy winner so far this season."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Deceptively adult movie is fun, but not for kids."
‑ Ed Grant, Common Sense Media
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