Who Framed Roger Rabbit?



Deceptively mature movie mixes fun with guns, innuendo.
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  • Review Date: July 7, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1988
  • Running Time: 103 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A primary theme is that things are not always as they appear and people are not always who they seem to be. The mix of sexuality and animation in Jessica Rabbit's character might be confusing to some kids.

Positive role models

Private detective Eddie Valiant (also an alcoholic) hates all toons since one killed his beloved brother. But once he lets go of his prejudices, Eddie ends up being the only human in Toontown to help the segregated toons claim their rightful territory. Roger the Rabbit is a playful, lovable character who maintains a sweet, youthful innocence and finds humor in the worst of times. Jessica Rabbit's primary characteristic is her sexuality.


Several scenes feature cartoon violence that borders on the sadistic and the surreal. Characters are thrown into "the dip" (an acid-like concoction that will "erase" toons), a live-action character is shot on screen, and Judge Doom is run over by a steam engine. 


Silly double entendres proliferate, including character Baby Herman's reference to his inability to pursue his adult nurse being the result of having "50-year-old lust and a 3-year-old dinky." Jessica Rabbit has a voluptuous figure and wears very revealing clothes.  Everything she does exudes sexiness, even when playing "patty-cake" with a director. 


Adult language used by the live-action characters includes "son of a bitch" and "bastard." Derogatory remarks are made against the toons. 


Classic Chevrolets line the streets, Acme labels are lurking around every corner, along with Wild Turkey whiskey, the main character's favorite drink. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The main character is an alcoholic and drinks heavily throughout the day. Smoking is also prevalent. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that some of the nuances of Who Framed Roger Rabbit's storyline -- and much of the film's innuendo-laden humor -- will go right over children's head. Several scenes feature cartoon violence, including one in which characters are thrown into "the dip" (an acid-like concoction that will "erase" toons). A live-action character is shot on screen (no blood), and someone is run over by a steamroller. Adult language used by the live-action characters includes "son of a bitch" and "bastard," and silly double entendres proliferate ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way"). Jessica Rabbit is highly sexualized.

What's the story?

In WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, animated characters (Toons) and humans co-exist in a fictional 1940s Los Angeles. When one of the Toons -- Roger Rabbit (voiced by Charles Fleischer) -- is framed for murder, he turns to human detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) for help. What ensues is a colorful, action-packed ride through a world that's like film noir crossed with vintage Looney Tunes.

Is it any good?


The movie that popularized the term "toon," Who Framed Roger Rabbit won four Oscars 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the mix of live action and animation, which this movie pioneered. Did you like seeing the mix of animated and live-action characters? What do you know about how the film was created? As successful as this film was, why are there not more similar films?

  • Did the violence in the movie ever feel scary? Does violence with animated characters seem less dramatic? If so, why is that?

  • What was your reaction to Jessica Rabbit's character? Is she playing a stereotype? What is the effect of sexualized female characters in the media?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 21, 1988
DVD release date:March 25, 2002
Cast:Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Kathleen Turner
Director:Robert Zemeckis
Studio:Touchstone Pictures
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
Run time:103 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild profanity and cartoon violence

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Teen, 13 years old Written byTwilightgirl137 October 15, 2010

10 and up, prepare for laughs, and lots of it!!

This movie was TOTALLY funny! I think that Judge Doom at the end will scare little kids (Spoiler: He's the toon who did the murder. He has creepy eyes and is a "disturbing toon.") But over all, the message is just because something bad happened to someone you love, doesn't mean you should stop doing what you love. (Eddie's brother gets killed by a toon.) Jessica Rabbit is a strong, female character.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byEvelin614 April 9, 2008
Adult Written bygitters April 9, 2008

who framed r.r.

A mesh of live/action and cartoons, about a private dectective, trying to protect roger rabbit, who is framed for murder, and an evil judge, who wants to destroy toon town.


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