It’s the story of a man, a woman, and a rabbit in a triangle of trouble

“But I'm a toon. Toons are supposed to make people laugh.”

Roger Rabbit

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Release Date: June 22, 1988

Director Robert Zemeckis’ feature follow-up to the original Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit continued the filmmaker’s startling blend of humor, imagination, invention and technical innovation to bring together a world where human beings and animated cartoon characters interacted in a comical romantic mystery adventure set in a Hollywood—and Toontown—of yore.

Bob Hoskins stars as Eddie Valiant, a down-on-his-luck gumshoe with a painful past and a dislike of the lunacy of toons—thrust against his better instincts into a whodunnit with a harebrained hare, Roger Rabbit, a cuckolded cuckoo convicted of murdering gag magnate Marvin Acme. Eddie and Roger pair up, much to Eddie’s chagrin, to find Acme’s real murderer, only to uncover a cover-up that could bring ruination (all in the name of progress) to both Tinsletown and Toontown forever!

Featuring lively performances by Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) and Joanna Cassidy, along with a gallery of toons both new and beloved—including cameos by no-less animated aristocracy than Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Daffy Duck and many, many more from the Golden Age of animation, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is the kind of film that must be seen to be believed—and beloved.

While it has yet to draw a sequel, the world of Roger Rabbit and Toontown did inspire three animated shorts, including Tummy Trouble (1989), Roller Coaster Rabbit (1990), and Trail Mix-Up (1993), and a Disneyland attraction, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.

About the Film

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Movie Poster

About the Film

CAST
  • BOB HOSKINS,
  • CHRISTOPHER LLOYD,
  • JOANNA CASSIDY,
  • CHARLES FLEISCHER
DIRECTOR
  • ROBERT ZEMECKIS
SCREENWRITERS
  • JEFFREY PRICE,
  • PETER SEAMAN,
  • BASED ON THE NOVEL BY GARY K. WOLF
CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • DEAN CUNDEY
PRODUCTION DESIGN
  • ROGER CAIN,
  • ELLIOT SCOTT
COSTUMES
  • JOANNA JOHNSTON
EDITOR
  • ARTHUR SCHMIDT
COMPOSER
  • ALAN SILVESTRI
AWARDS
  • ACADEMY AWARDS: SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ANIMATION DIRECTION, BEST FILM EDITING, BEST SOUND EFFECTS EDITING, BEST VISUAL EFFECTS