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While it was not the first film to combine live action and animation, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is one of the best.
In 1947 Hollywood, private eye Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) is enlisted to obtain incriminating evidence of beautiful cartoon star Jessica Rabbit (voice of Kathleen Turner), wife of the title character (voice of Charles Fleischer).
Valiant, who is known for helping cartoon characters (called ‘toons’ in this movie) but is disenchanted with doing so due to his brother’s murder at the hands of one, reluctantly agrees to help Roger after the rabbit is accused of killing the man his wife was photographed with.
The duo must also deal with ruthless Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd), who wants nothing more than to execute Roger for his alleged crime. But Valiant later discovers a plot to destroy Toontown, where the toons reside.
While the film was officially a Disney production, it gave audiences the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Disney’s characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, share the screen with other classic characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Betty Boop.
The film, directed by Robert Zemeckis and produced by Steven Spielberg, went on to win Academy Awards for Best Film Editing, Visual Effects, Sound Effects Editing and a Special Achievement Award for the direction of the cartoon characters.