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Well folks, it looks like two of the world’s biggest animated stars may be coming back to the big screen, and it looks like they might be doing it together. Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit are the subject of a recent proposal entitled The Stooge and, if Roger Rabbit creator Gary K. Wolf’s words are to be believed, Disney is looking at the project pretty seriously.
Apparently the concept art is already being worked on and producer Erik von Wodtke is involved as well, having developed both a story and a treatment for the potential flick.
Or perhaps it’s best to just let Wolf say it in his own words:
The movie is called The Stooge. It will be based on the classic Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movie of the same name. The story has the emotional empathy and sensibilities of Wall-E and Toy Story. It will be a (G) Rated Pixar type animated musical buddy comedy. Mickey takes on the Dean Martin role, Roger, who is already regarded as a comic genius in France, takes the Jerry Lewis part.
The film incorporates five specific locations from the Disneyland park. It also introduces the Toon Train, an exciting and interesting way to travel through Toontown.
The film features real-life people. Walt Disney costars. Orson Welles makes an appearance.
The packaged Development Proposal is currently being evaluated by Disney and Pixar. Meetings are happening! Directors and writers are being evaluated.
And some more of Wolf’s words:
The Stooge is a real development proposal for a Disney/Pixar movie. It has the same title as the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis film and some of the same plot elements, but it’s not a remake. The storyline in this Stooge is quite different.
This movie, which will be all animated, has nothing to do with the sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit. They are totally different concepts and projects. It’s not a case of making one instead of the other. In an ideal, rabbit-centric world, Disney will make both.
The Stooge development producer Erik von Wodtke came up with the story and wrote the treatment. He showed it to me hoping that I would see how special it was and would be interested in coming in on the project. With that, he did succeed. I love the idea of a Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit musical buddy comedy. This is a co-star pairing made in cartoon heaven. Two iconic cartoon characters playing off one another in a story that has the heart and emotional soul of films like Wall-E and Toy Story. What Disney fan wouldn’t want to see that?
If this film makes it into full production and the rumored Roger Rabbit sequel also comes through, audiences could be looking at a giant pile of gibbering rabbit in the near future.
What do you folks think? Roger and Mickey plus music equals good idea? Or is Disney just looking for yet one more franchise to milk?
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.