“Who’d want to kill a dumb cartoon bunny?”
That’s what Eddie Valiant wants to know. He’s the toughest private eye in Los Angeles, and he’ll handle anything – if you’re human. If you’re a Toon, that’s another story.
Eddie doesn’t like Toons – those cartoon characters who live side-by-side with humans. Not the way they look, and especially not the way they talk: word-filled balloons come out of their mouths and then disintegrate, leaving dust all over his rug.
Eddie will work for a Toon if his cash supply is low enough. So he reluctantly agrees when Roger Rabbit, a Toon who plays straight man (or should that be straight rabbit) in the Baby Herman cartoon series, asks him to find out who’s been trying – unsuccessfully – to buy his contract from the DeGreasy Brothers syndicate.
Then Rocco DeGreasy is murdered – and Roger is the prime suspect! The rabbit is also, as Eddie soon discovers, very, very dead.
Who censored Roger Rabbit? And who shot Rocco DeGreasy? Was it Roger, or was it Rocco’s hot-cha-cha girlfriend, Jessica Rabbit? Why had Jessica – a pretty steamy number for a Toon – ever married a dopey bunny in the first place? And why does everybody want Roger’s battered old teakettle?
As Eddie combs L.A. from the executive suites of the DeGreasy Brothers to Sid Sleaze’s porno comic studio, he uncovers art thefts, blackmail plots... and the cagiest killer he’s ever faced.
In Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, author Gary K. Wolf has created a wonderfully skewed – and totally believable – world compounded of equal parts Raymond Chandler, Lewis Carroll, and Warner Brothers. This riotously surreal spoof of the hard-boiled detective novel is packed with action and laughs. From first page to last, Who Censored Roger Rabbit? is shear delight.
Celebrated author Gary K. Wolf’s cult classic and highly praised novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? is the basis for the blockbuster Walt Disney/Steven Spielberg Academy Award winning film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
A tough detective tries to clear a cartoon character charged with murder.
Release Date: June 22, 1988
Release Time: 104 minutes
Bob Hoskins - Eddie Valiant
Christopher Lloyd - Judge Doom
Joanna Cassidy - Dolores
Charles Fleischer - Roger Rabbit / Benny The Cab / Greasy / Psycho (voice)
Stubby Kaye - Marvin Acme
Alan Tilvern - R.K. Maroon
Richard LeParmentier - Lt. Santino (as Richard Le Parmentier)
Lou Hirsch - Baby Herman (voice)
Betsy Brantley - Jessica's Performance Model
Joel Silver - Raoul
Paul Springer - Augie
Richard Ridings - Angelo
Edwin Craig - Arthritic Cowboy
Lindsay Holiday - Soldier
Mike Edmonds - Stretch
Morgan Deare - Editor / Gorilla
Danny Capri - Kid #1
Christopher Hollosy - Kid #2
John-Paul Sipla - Kid #3
Laura Frances - Blonde Starlet
Joel Cutrara - Forensic #1
Billy J. Mitchell - Forensic #2
Eric B. Sindon - Mailman
Ed Herlihy - Newscaster
James O'Connell - Conductor
Eugene Gutierrez - Teddy Valiant (as Eugene Guirterrez)
April Winchell - Mrs. Herman (voice)
Mae Questel - Betty Boop (voice)
Mel Blanc - Daffy Duck / Tweety Bird / Bugs Bunny / Sylvester / Porky Pig (voice)
Tony Anselmo - Donald Duck (voice)
Mary T. Radford - Hippo (voice)
Joe Alaskey - Yosemite Sam / Foghorn Leghorn (voice)
David L. Lander - Smart Ass (voice) (as David Lander)
Fred Newman - Stupid (voice)
June Foray - Wheezy / Lena Hyena (voice)
Russi Taylor - Birds / Minnie Mouse (voice)
Les Perkins - Toad (voice)
Richard Williams - Droopy (voice)
Wayne Allwine - Mickey Mouse (voice)
Pat Buttram - Bullet #1 (voice)
Jim Cummings - Bullet #2 (voice)
Jim Gallant - Bullet #3 (voice)
Frank Sinatra - Singing Sword (voice) (archive sound)
Tony Pope - Goofy / Wolf (voice)
Peter Westy - Pinocchio (voice)
Cherry Davis - Woody Woodpecker (voice)
I wrote my first short story when I was in the third grade. Our teacher told us to write about our summer vacation. I wrote about my trip to the moon! I always did have an over active imagination.
I've gone back to the moon many times since. Also to places in the galaxy far, far beyond that.
I've written many short stories and ten novels.
I'm well known for two kinds of writing. My science fiction novels include Killerbowl, A Generation Removed, The Resurrectionist, Space Vulture an old-school, throwback, pulp science fiction novel which I co-wrote with my childhood friend Catholic Archbishop John J. Myers,, and my newest Typical Day. Hollywood seems to especially enjoy my work. Both Killerbowl and The Resurrectionist are currently in production as major motion pictures.
My other kind of writing isn't as easily categorized. I call it fantasy fiction. I was told early on by a marketing executive at a major publishing house that this kind of writing wouldn't sell. Because there was no place for it on the bookstore shelves. It's not a regular novel, not crime, not science fiction, not romance. I asked him what he would do if he got Gulliver's Travels, The Wizard of Oz, or Alice In Wonderland? He thought for a moment and told me he couldn't sell those either.
Well, he was wrong. My fantasy novel, Who Censored Roger Rabbit? did indeed get published. It went through sixteen printings. It became a visual reality in Disney/Spielberg's $950 million blockbuster film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The film won four Academy Awards and the Hugo Award. Walt Disney Pictures has also purchased film rights to my sequel novel Who P-p-p-plugged Roger Rabbit?
I currently live in Boston but regularly travel around the world.