Who Framed Roger Rabbit Turns 25


Later this evening the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is hosting Mike Myers and Dana Carvey for a Wayne and Garth reunion screening of Wayne’s World. Can you believe that movie is already 21 years old? It can buy it’s own beer. I recently visited the Academy for another reunion, the 25th anniversary of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Director Robert Zemeckis led a panel that included Joanna Cassidy and voice actor Charles Fleischer, who portrayed not only the noir bunny, but Benny the Cab and a couple of weasels. Fleischer says that during the filming he stood offstage (he called it “trans-projectional acting”) and recorded his lines in full character costume, as the other actors manipulated a cloth doll that Zemeckis made for the production.  “You believed the rabbit was there,” said Zemeckis. “Before the rabbit was there.” The crew included a mime trainer, puppeteers, and “wire people” that gave the actors a focal point as they worked against cartoons that were not there yet. Some of these stories, and all sorts of bonus material, are on the recently released Blu-Ray. What’s not on it is Fleischer onstage squeezing his lips through Roger’s trademark “P-p-p-p-please!” That blurt brought the house down.