Let’s Return to Toon Town with Roger Rabbit

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After two decades, isn't it about time for a Roger Rabbit sequel?

It has now been 25 years since Who Framed Roger Rabbit knocked our socks off with it’s innovative blend of live-action and animation. As a kid I remember this movie being so cool because it featured tons of famous cartoon characters all interacting together from Warner Brothers characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck to Disney staples like Mickey Mouse and Dumbo. Thrusting these characters into a classic film noir setting really made for an entertaining film. And now, I think, the time has come for a sequel.

Here’s What You Need To Know

The 1988 film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and featured the tale of detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) unraveling a mystery involving toon star Roger Rabbit, his sexy wife Jessica and the evil Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd). The film went on to be incredibly successful. It was based on the 1981 novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit by Gary K. Wolf but diverged from the novel in many ways. The novel would later spawn a sequel with more ties to the film than it’s predecessor.

Why Is It A Good Idea?

Twenty-five years later, the film remains a classic to older viewers but is not that well known among younger viewers who, while familiar with Mickey Mouse and others, known very little about the golden age of animation. The film could take the name of the sequel book and be called Who Plugged Roger Rabbit? Bob Hoskins remains as entertaining as ever and could play an older Eddie Valiant. Producers could attempt to obtain the rights for characters that didn’t appear in the first film and could grace the screen for a sequel, including Tom and Jerry, Popeye, Little Lulu and Casper The Friendly Ghost. The writers originally wanted to reveal that Judge Doom was the hunter who killed Bambi’s mother (an idea shot down by Disney) but that may be able to revived in a sequel, as well as adding in two of the deleted Weasels that acted as Judge Doom’s goons (Slimey and Flasher, by name).

But Will This Actually Happen?

Not likely. There has been little to no traction in this area since the original’s release. Most likely what we have to look forward to is years of special edition home releases.