“Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” Celebrates 25 Years

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Published on April 14, 2013 at 3:00 am with 9 Comments

It has been 25 years since a group of talented people sent the cartoon world of Roger Rabbit careening into the live action world of private detective Eddie Valiant. Scarlett Stahl recently attended a reunion of the cast and crew at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills. ~~Rick

FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?
A TOONTOWN 25TH REUNION
By
Scarlett Stahl

Cast Reunion of Roger Rabbit

On Thursday evening, April 4th, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, Ca, the 25th reunion of Who Framed Roger Rabbit was held. Invited guests enjoyed lavish hors d’oeuvres and an open bar in the cordoned off lobby area. In addition to the food and drink, the guests enjoyed circulating and visiting with friends and fellow animation artists.

Program Cover

When the bell rang at 7:15 p.m., it signaled time for the guests to take their seats in the reserved area of the auditorium. The general public filled the remaining seats as tickets to the showing of the digitally restored film and panel discussion were available online, at the box office or by mail.

Fabrizio Mancinelli, composer, Amanda Raymond with her fiancee, Rick Farmiloe, animator

 

Don Hahn ( producer, director, animator and author) with Charles Solomon ( animation critic, author and board member of ASIFA-Hollywood)

When Who Framed Roger Rabbit was filmed 25 years ago, it was a unique blending of live action and animation in a bold experiment by the Walt Disney Studios. The film received nominations in six categories and won Oscars in the following categories: Film Editing, Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects. A Special Achievement Award was given for Richard Williams’ animation direction.

David Derks (board member of ASIFA-Hollywood and Digital Producer at Fox) Charles Fleischer (voice actor and the voice of Roger Rabbit ) with his friend Amy Ambrose

 

Andreas Deja (animator extrordinaire) and Alice Davis (Disney Legend)

After the viewing of the film, there was a discussion of the making of the film by a panel of cast and crew, moderated by Rich Moore, director of Wreak-It Ralph, which had received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film in this years recent Academy Award Ceremony. The Roger Rabbit panel included the following: director Robert Zemeckis, associate producers Don Hahn and Steve Starkey, actress Joanna Cassidy (Dolores), voice actor Charles Fleischer (Roger Rabbit), supervising animator of Roger Rabbit- Andreas Deja, and screenwriters Peter S. Seaman and Jeffrey Price.

Mindy Johnson (author with forth coming book “Tinker Bell – An Evolution”) Burny Mattinson (prodcer, director and animator) Eric Goldberg (producer and animator) Kathryn Beaumont (voice and model for Alice of Alice in Wonderland and also Wendy from Peter Pan.

 

Scarlett Stahl and Howard Green (VP of Communications for the Walt Disney Animation Studios)

 

Tom Sito (board member ASIFA-Hollywood, professor of animation at USC, animator and author) with his wife Pat, who also worked on Roger Rabbit with her husband

The panel was lively and fun, as befitting a reunion of Roger Rabbit cast and crew members. Some information shared was that Richard Williams chose to begin production but waited to decide what Roger Rabbit would look like, which did cause some concern to other crew members. One of the screen writers told the audience that the film was filled with hidden icons and suggested that not only should they purchase the beautiful digitally restored version, but also try to find a VHS copy so they could stop it or freeze frame it to see the numerous hidden icons …especially on the windows of the train, which would be a real treat to view. Others said that they were still waiting to work on a sequel to the film, which the audience enthusiastically wanted.

Becky Cline (Director of the Walt Disney Studio Archives) Tim O’Day (Public Relations Executive)

 

Ron Diamond (co-creator of Animation World Network)

 

Group scene at Reception

After the panel discussion ended, some of the cast and crew in the audience began rounding others up for group photos on the stage. A sense of camaraderie and warmth was evident to all in the auditorium and many of the audience waited to meet and greet cast and crew, while obtaining autographs.

The following pictures of the panel participants in this mail were provided to press by the Academy. Not pictured were the screenwriters: Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman.

Do you have fond memories of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Would you like to see a sequel?

About Rick Wright

Rick has been a long term MiceChat author and co-founder of the Weekend Update. You will often find Rick in the position of "Greeter" at official events due to his warm and welcoming spirit. If you've got photos, news or trip reports to share, Rick would love to hear from you: [email protected]

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  • eicarr

    At the very least the movie lead to one of my favorite Disneyland rides. Thanks for the update and happy someone put together such a great event. Glad to see Charles Fleischer making out well with such a young girlfriend on his arm.

  • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

    Looks like a great event Scarlett.

    Interesting to hear that many of the guests have been calling for a sequel, I’d like to see one too. With Eisner gone, it may actually be possible.

  • Kenny B

    I like the Stanley Kubrick theme the walls have going on. —- Roger Rabbit was a staple of my youth along side Arnold Shwarz. movies and Aliens. Simply put, a great movie with some stellar achievements to write home about.

  • http://www.anthonyhays.com Anthony Hays

    I never watched this movie in the theatres when it first came out but once I got it on VHS I had watched it many of times when I was little and now I own it on Blu ray. Great review of the reunion!

  • Bongo

    Can you believe it? Who Framed Roger Rabbit’s 25th Anniversary is on June 22 of this year while Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room celebrates its 50th Anniversary on June 23 of the same year. Two fantastic things in a row? Somebody slap me silly, I must be dreaming!

  • DobbysCloset

    One of my f-f-f-faaa-vorite films of all times! A go-to DVD — I have the “Vista Series” two-disc edition loaded with great extras, including commentary. The comic books were pretty amazing, too. Thanks to all of you who made this happen. I don’t really need a sequel; one of the charms of the film was the way it used innovative technology to tell the story but with all the advances since then we’ve gotten used to seeing amazing things on film.

  • dazyhill

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is the film that made we want to become an animator! Didn’t happen, but I have fond memories of watching the film on the big screen. My brother and I loved visiting Roger at Disneyland. On one visit, my brother bought a hand buzzer at the Gag Factory and gave Roger a shock!
    I had always hoped a sequel would happen, but I don’t think they could ever capture the magic and wonder of the original.

  • lenay8

    The girl with Charles Fleischer’s name is AMY AMBROSE. Not AMY RUSSO. They are engaged.

    • Rick Wright

      Thanks for the correction.