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27 Mar 2013

Blu-Ray Review: A Quarter-Century After Its Release, 'Roger Rabbit' Still Amazes

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Twenty-five years after its release, Who Framed Roger Rabbit still looks terrific. Director Robert Zemeckis managed to combine live action with traditional animation, creating the coolest of cools.

The novelty of the film doesn’t just come from the cartoon/live-action combo. Seeing Daffy Duck sharing the screen with Donald Duck still provides a major charge for geeks everywhere. Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse? Holy cow! In fact, seeing Warner Bros cartoons on the same screen as Disney favorites is as big of a pairing as De Niro and Pacino.

Zemeckis keeps teasing that a sequel will happen someday, but don’t hold your breath. He probably has a sour taste for animation after his failed campaign to make every movie in Hollywood a motion-capture CGI enterprise. (He was behind the ghastly The Polar Express and the much-better Beowulf.) I totally wish his idea to redo The Yellow Submarine in motion capture had taken off.

Special Features: You get a director’s commentary, lots of making-of docs, deleted scenes and, most notably, the stand-alone Roger Rabbit cartoon shorts. It’s a packed disc. 

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