Saturday, October 31, 2009

Anyone Still Interested in Roger Rabbit?

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is one of those hit-and-miss films for me. While certain aspects of it worked, such as the concept of the toons mingling with live-action characters; others simply left me a touch dissatisfied, such as the portrayal of the cartoons, making them these promiscuous characters (it just really shattered the illusion of cartoon characters to me).

Even still the film was ahead of its time in terms of effects work, and regardless of how I feel about the film, countless children of the '80s and the '90s love this film. Well, word has gotten out from the director Robert Zemeckis, that the screenwriters of the original, Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman, have teamed back up to pen a sequel to the '80s cult classic.

Does anyone genuinely care for a Roger Rabbit sequel? I'm not entirely sure. First off, while it's a truly fun concept, Bob Hoskins, the human star of the original, is not getting any younger, and if the screenwriters have just started on the script, it might be a few more years till the cameras get rolling. By that time, a whole new generation of kids will have come in, who will have no recollection of the original, so the only people in the theater will be a bunch of 20-somethings reliving childhood memories.

While I think a Roger Rabbit sequel twenty, even ten years ago, would have been successful, I'm not sure if the audiences of today will accept it. As well, how many sequels to old films made in recent years have actually been good? Can count 'em on only one hand.

Of course this is all still in the early stages of development, so it's not coming anytime soon, and that's assuming that everything comes together so perfectly that it gets made. Personally I hope that if it does get the greenlight, then perhaps they can take the fantastic premise of the film, and improve upon the areas in which I was dissatisfied with the original.

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