The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a new digital restoration of Who Framed Roger Rabbit in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will feature a post-screening onstage discussion with director Robert Zemeckis and members of the cast and crew, including actress Joanna Cassidy, voice actor Charles Fleischer, supervising animator Andreas Deja, screenwriter Peter S. Seaman and associate producers Don Hahn and Steve Starkey. The panel will be moderated by director Rich Moore, who received an Oscar® nomination for Animated Feature Film for Wreck-It Ralph this past year.
A masterful blend of live-action filmmaking and classic animation, Who Framed Roger Rabbit boldly announced the rebirth of the Disney animation studio. The film endures as an inventive tribute to animation’s golden age that also set a new standard for what the medium could achieve.
“Roger Rabbit brought together the greatest animators, the most skilled technicians, and the finest talent of the day,” said Zemeckis. “It’s good to have this chance to show our work to both those who remember the film as well as to a new audience.”
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) received Oscars® for Film Editing, Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects, and a Special Achievement Award for Richard Williams’s animation direction. It also was nominated for Art Direction, Cinematography and Sound.
This digital restoration is provided courtesy of the Walt Disney Studios. The Disney restoration team used the original 35mm picture, VistaVision optical work and original sound elements to create this pristine digital version.
Tickets for Who Framed Roger Rabbit are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Doors open at 6:30 pm. All seating is unreserved. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit oscars.org.
The Who Framed Roger Rabbit 25th anniversary edition Blu-ray will be released on March 12, 2013.
No news on a Who Framed Roger Rabbit sequel today, but we did learn that Walt Disney Home Entertainment has finally set a date for the 25th anniversary release of the classic groundbreaking film, making it available for the first time ever on Blu-ray on March 12, 2013.
Based on the novel, Who Censored Roger Rabbit by Gary K. Wolf, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is the story of a cartoon rabbit’s accused of murder and the toon-hating detective he must enlist to help prove his innocence. The film stars Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valiant, Christopher Lloyd as Judge Doom, Joanna Cassidy as Dolores, and Charles Fleischer as the voice of Roger Rabbit, Benny the Cab, Greasy & Psycho.
Bonus features include:
- Three digitally-restored Roger Rabbit shorts (Tummy Trouble, Roller-Coaster Rabbit, Trail Mix-Up)
- Who Made Roger Rabbit?
- Theatrical Trailer
- Deleted Scene: Pig’s Head
- On Set! Benny The Cab
- Behind The Ears: The True Story
- Before & After Split-Screen
- Toon Stand-Ins
- Feature Audio Commentary
- Toontown Confidential Feature Trivia Subs
- ‘The Valiant Files’ Interactive Set-Top Gallery
During an interview with A Christmas Carol director Robert Zemeckis, Zemeckis revealed that he has commissioned the original scribes of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman, to pen a sequel.
Not much else is revealed beyond that, but MTV promises to uncensor themselves in the near future with more details.
Read the article and watch the video interview here.