Film of the Day: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

P-P-PLEASE EDDIE!

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Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future trilogy, Death Becomes Her and Romancing the Stone, but Forrest Gump). Starring London’s own son, the recently departed, BOB HOSKINS of the broad neck and the hairy shoulders; hard not to love even though he did insist on reminding us how good it was to talk for ALL THOSE YEARS. But he did give us Roger Rabbit. And Mermaids (1990). And Hook (1991) and The Long Good Friday (1980) and Mona Lisa (1986). Ok, and also Super Mario Bros. (1993) but how could he have predicted what a colossal pile of crap that would turn out to be? How?

He played the hard-working (and oh-so-clearly working class) joe who had a bit of a broken mug and who knew how tough life could be, but who so often had a heart of gold. Take a dive at him and he could probably knock you out. Look past his visage and embrace his cockney swagger, all “Nah!” and “Bollocks!” (Pauline Kael rather memorably described him as a “testicle on legs”, but she was still a fan) and you’d find a pal.

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ROGER: A LAUGH CAN BE A VERY POWERFUL THING. WHY, SOMETIMES IN LIFE, IT’S THE ONLY WEAPON WE HAVE.

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EDDIE: WHAT’S UP, DOC?

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EDDIE: GEEZ.

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(SPOILER ALERT!) HOLY SMOKE! HE’S A TOON!

Also starring the wonderful and terrifying, Christopher Lloyd.

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JESSICA RABBIT: I’M NOT BAD; I’M JUST DRAWN THAT WAY.

And also featuring the strangely uncredited voice of Kathleen Turner as the smoldering and frontally-challenged, Jessica Rabbit.

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Mickey Mouse: Gosh, I wonder who he really was?

Bugs Bunny: I’ll tell you one thing, Doc. He weren’t no rabbit.

Daffy Duck: Or a duck.

Goofy: Or a dog.

Pinocchio: Or a little wooden boy.

Big Bad Wolf: Or a… sheep.

Woody Woodpecker: Or a woodpecker.

Sylvester: Or a pussy.

XxBOBxX

Bob Hoskins interview

Bob Hoskins’ Guardian obituary

'MONA LISA' FILMING ON SET AT BRIGHTON PIER, BRITAIN - 1986

posted by Dixie Turner

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