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Cinematic Time Machine: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Sunday 10th September

3pm

Screen 2

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Bob Hoskins, Jessica Rabbit

Rating: PG

USA 1988, 104mins

It's 1947 Hollywood and Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) a down-on-his-luck detective, is hired to find proof that Marvin Acme, gag factory mogul and owner of Toontown, is playing hanky-panky with femme fatale Jessica Rabbit, wife of Maroon Cartoon superstar Roger Rabbit. When Acme is found murdered, all fingers point to Roger, and the sinister, power-hungry Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) is on a mission to bring Roger to justice. Roger begs the Toon-hating Valiant to find the real evildoer and the plot thickens as Eddie uncovers scandal after scandal and realizes the very existence of Toontown is at stake!

The words 'unique' and 'groundbreaking' are often bandied around in cinema, but on its original release in 1988, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was a genuine landmark in filmmaking. What is most noticeable here is how vibrant and fresh the combination of real actors and animation still appears. Created long before the days of CGI, the hand-drawn characters have a real life to them that stems from their cartoon heritage (Jessica Rabbit must still rank as one of the all time great screen sex symbols). The human performances are also superb, from Hoskins' downtrodden PI to Christopher Lloyd's insane villain.