Parents' Guide to

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

By Ed Grant, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Deceptively mature movie mixes fun with guns, innuendo.

Movie PG 1988 103 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 25 parent reviews

age 10+

Kinda bad

There is some swearing and some blood
age 9+


Violence 3/5 Sex 2.5/5 Language 3.5/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 1.5/5

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (25):
Kids say (82):

The movie that popularized the term "toon," Who Framed Roger Rabbit rightly deserved the four Oscars it won for its imaginative visual effects. Thought to contain the ultimate in technical innovation at the time of its release, the film's landmark mixture of live action and animation is not as impressive today in light of the more sophisticated and complex computer-generated animation featured in features like Shrek and Finding Nemo. As with any detective story, the film focuses on a myriad of details and double crosses; as with any decent farce, the plot is nothing but a pretext for a number of comic situations. Zemeckis and company unfortunately dote on the plot's machinations, slowing the movie's pace down to a crawl at a few points.

What can be re-seen numerous times are the truly magical sequences when Valiant visits toon territories. At these points, viewers are treated to the (unfortunately brief) interaction of cartoon immortals from the Disney/Warner Brothers, and Fleischer stables. Though the film's sensibility is a resolutely adult one (with plenty of potentially frightening moments for smaller viewers), parents won't be blamed for wanting to show their child the only screen union of Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse, or a raucous piano duet between Donald Duck and his WB counterpart, Daffy. These moments are so enchanting that one almost dreads the inevitable return to the central story line.

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