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A Look At The ‘Roger Rabbit’ Voiced By Pee-Wee Herman You Didn’t Know Existed (Video)
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Early Who Framed Roger Rabbit Image

As you know, a lot goes into making a movie. Many of them are developed for many years, seeing various writers and directors and other talent come and go as the best strategy for making the movie is figured out.

1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit was no different. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring the late Bob Hoskins, the movie would go on to become an unforgettable fusion of live-action film noir and cartoon comedy. But Disney was trying to make the movie happen years before that destiny was realized. They acquired the rights to the Gary K. Wolf novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? not long after its publication in 1981, and at one point in 1983 had an adaptation in the works with Paul Reubens as Roger Rabbit (around the time he was becoming known as Pee-Wee Herman).

You can see a behind-the-scenes video of this very different version of Roger Rabbit below.

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Disney In Depth: Farewell, Valiant – Remembering Bob Hoskins
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After many years I recently revisited the landmark film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, an inventive and monumental movie that ushered in a new era of animation. Sadly and quite coincidental based on timing, Bob Hoskins, its star, passed away within days of me re-watching this modern masterpiece. Hoskins’ role lent the comedy its soul and substance and will always be cherished. We at Geeks of Doom mourn his loss, not only for his impact in film, but also for how much he influenced Roger Rabbit.

Bob Hoskins, who passed away from pneumonia on April 29, 2014 at the age of 71, had been suffering from Parkinson’s. Hoskins left the acting profession after being diagnosed a few years ago. Over his career that spanned more than four decades, he provided film with numerous memorable characters. Perhaps his best role was as Eddie Valiant. We depart the detective character’s office with a closed case and much nostalgia in tow.

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‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ Star Bob Hoskins Dead At 71
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Bob Hoskins Image

Yesterday we shared a quick post with a video showing off what 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit looked like while filming as compared to the finished movie. It’s fun to see, and gives fans who haven’t seen it new appreciation of the work Bob Hoskins did in that movie. Today, just like that, Hoskins is gone.

It was confirmed earlier today that the British actor has passed away after a battle with pneumonia. His family released a statement saying he died peacefully and surrounded by his loved ones. He was 71 years of age.

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‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ With and Without Animation (Video)
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Bob Hoskins In Who Framed Roger Rabbit

If you’ve never seen a behind the scenes making of video for Robert Zemeckis‘s 1988 live-action/animated hybrid classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit then the video below is a real treat.

The video shows star Bob Hoskins filming scenes for his character’s visit to Toontown, with a comparison look at the scenes in the finished movie. Now…this may comes as a bit of a shock to some of you, but none of the animated characters were actually physically there with Hoskins when the scenes were filmed. Nothing will ever be the same, I know. It’s truly fascinating to see Hoskins work with nothing but a blue screen, a couple of focal points when necessary, and a little assistance here and there, and seeing it gives you a brand new appreciation for his performance.

Click on over to the other side to check out the video.

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Geek Art: Jessica Rabbit As Slave Leia
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Jessica Rabbit as Slave Leia

Artist Dimitris Samaras has created this awesome Star WarsWho Framed Roger Rabbit mash-up of Jessica Rabbit dressed up in the Slave Leia golden bikini garb called A Love Song for Jabba the Hutt.

Check out more of the artist’s work, including a hi-res version of this Jessica Rabbit piece, at his DeviantART page.

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Robert Zemeckis Says ‘Roger Rabbit 2’ Script Already Being Developed By Original Writers
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Roger Rabbit

We’ve been hearing a lot from Robert Zemeckis in the past few months in regard to a potential sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, his classic live-action/cartoon hybrid. We’ve heard some good news, like that the 2-D animated characters will remain 2-D, though some new 3-D characters could be introduced (Read: SDCC 09: Director Robert Zemeckis Says 2D Characters Would Remain That Way In A ‘Roger Rabbit’ Sequel). We’ve also heard bad news, such as Bob Hoskins saying that he wouldn’t be able to come back and do a sequel if it happened (Read: Bob Hoskins Says ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2′ Won’t Have Eddie Valiant? I Call Shenanigans!).

To add to all of that, Zemeckis recently spoke to MTV and shared some new news that will get fans really excited: not only is he serious about wanting to make Roger Rabbit 2, but he already has the original movie’s writing team of Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman developing a script right this moment.

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Bob Hoskins Says ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2’ Won’t Have Eddie Valiant? I Call Shenanigans!
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Roger Rabbit

A rumor that has been making the rounds is one that involves the possibility of a Who Framed Roger Rabbit sequel. Director Robert Zemeckis, while out promoting his motion-capture remake of holiday classic A Christmas Carol, revealed that with all this new technology and options, that he thought it might actually be time to finally revisit his insane cartoon rabbit. He even went as far as to promise that though some things might be computer animated or 3-D, Roger and the other cartoon elements would remain as cartoons. Zemeckis then spoke to AICN, and happily explained that he had talked to star Bob Hoskins plenty of times and that he would definitely be up for another go as stressed and depressed detective Eddie Valiant.

This happy news didn’t last too long, though, as Hoskins himself has spoken to MTV News and pretty firmly stated that he wouldn’t be returning for the movie.

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SDCC 09: Director Robert Zemeckis Says 2D Characters Would Remain That Way In A ‘Roger Rabbit’ Sequel
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Geeks of Doom's Exclusive Coverage of SDCC 2009

An interesting tidbit came out of Disney’s A Christmas Carol panel today at the San Diego Comic-Con. Director Robert Zemeckis was asked during the audience Q&A if he had any intention on ever making a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. The director try to play coy by saying several times that he “could neither confirm or deny” a sequel to his 1988 live-action/animated film, which starred Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valiant, a private eye investigating a case in the Toontown section of Hollywood where the animated “Toons” live. But something about the director’s response led the audience to believe there was more to it, perhaps there is something in the works, but he’s not at liberty to announce it yet.

Zemeckis did offer up what his plans would be for the original 2D animated characters if he were to do a sequel.

If that ever does happen… everyone doesn’t have to worry, the 2D animated characters from the original movie will remain 2D. They will not be dimensionalized, but that doesn’t exclude anything from ever being 3D… who knows? That’s just my feeling if anything were to happen down the road.
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