Film Series : Making 'Em Move: A History of Animation

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

1988, Robert Zemeckis and Richard Williams, USA, 104 min. With Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd.

Show Times

  • Sat, Nov 11th 3:00pm
  • Tue, Nov 14th 6:00pm

"As a labor of love it's deeply moving...Alternately hilarious, frightening, and awesome." — Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Animation and live-action had occupied the same image before, going back to silent-era series such as "Out of the Inkwell," but never with the extended dexterity demonstrated in WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT. In a 1947 Los Angeles where pen-and-ink critters from the ghetto Toon Town integrate uneasily with the flesh-and-blood majority, a gumshoe (Hoskins) investigates a murder case involving manic cartoon star Roger (voiced by Charles Fleischer), his curvy consort Jessica (voiced by Kathleen Turner), and a sinister judge (Lloyd) with a land-grab scheme so nefarious it would make Noah Cross blush. Chock-full of in-jokes and classic cartoon cameos, this groundbreaking tour de force rewards big-screen repeat viewings. DCP digital. (MR)

Tuesday, November 14: Lecture by film historian Donald Crafton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame.

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