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The unseen Who Framed Roger Rabbit

September 8th, 2014 by Dave Bowling Comments

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Except my dad of course…

Years before Robert Zemeckis directed the awesome live-action/animated hybrid in 1988, an earlier adaptation of Gary K. Wolf’s book “Who Censored Roger Rabbit” was mooted at Walt Disney Studios between 1981 and 1983. Darrell Van Citters was set to direct, Paul Reubens was the voice of Roger Rabbit, Russi Taylor was the voice of Jessica Rabbit and one of the animators was Frozen director Chris Buck.

Now, an eight-minute video has been released going behind-the-scenes of this unmade adaptation.

The video also contains a number of concept art images (below), that show how vastly different the earlier versions of the characters were. While Roger was a villain in the book who was trying to solve his own murder, Roger here was a clown with white fur and red overalls, much like in the finished product. Jessica appears to be the villain and Baby Herman is only glimpsed. Still, this version clearly points towards the eventually realised Zemeckis film.

Watch the video here

Source: Movieweb



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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...