This weekend’s must grab, at least where movie collections are concerned, is the 25th Anniversary Edition of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Plotline: One of the many facets of Who Framed Roger Rabbit’s appeal to movie fans is that it successfully deconstructed both the animation and the film noir genres. In the feature, Bob Hoskins is a bitter private eye who just hates toons (his brother was accidentally killed by a cartoon piano). His latest job, however, is to clear the unpredictable and all to energetic Roger Rabbit (voiced by Charles Fleischer) for a murder he didn’t commit. In a nod to such femme fatale bombshells of yesteryear (i.e. Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner), the film also features scene stealing work from Rabbit’s voluptuous wife Jessica (Kathleen Turner employing her smoky voice to full effect).
Roger Rabbit Facts: The feature received four Oscars back in 1988, winning the Visual Effects, Sound Effects, Film Editing, and Animation Direction.
* Editor Arthur Schmidt has worked with director Robert Zemeckis in numerous features. After Rabbit, Schmidt went on to edit the Zemeckis flicks Back to the Future Part II, Back To The Future Part III, Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump, Contact, and Cast Away. Schmidt served as an “additional editor” on Flight.
* Charles Fleischer proved that he’s much more than just a voice actor, as he gave a chilling performance in director David Fincher’s crime drama Zodiac as Bob Vaughn, the archivist who unwittingly terrifies Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal).
Special Features: The collection contains digitally restored versions of the Roger Rabbit shorts “Tummy Trouble,” “Roller-Coaster Rabbit,” & “Trail Mix-Up.” Also included are deleted scenes, the previously released featurette “Who Made Roger Rabbit,” which is hosted by Charles Fleischer. Robert Zemeckis, along with other crew members (included screenwriters Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman) provide audio commentary.
Last week, we had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Charles Fleischer, and we will be posting a more in-depth profile of the actor this weekend. Below are his thoughts on what makes Zemeckis a unique filmmaker (he describes the tech savvy director as a “big kid”).
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posted by Greg Srisavasdi