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ABOVE: Jessica Rabbit, the beloved wife of Roger Rabbit, being portrayed by model/designer KAY PIKE. She’s not bad, she just dresses that way. [ObviousWinner]
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?
For years now, Robert Zemeckis has been hinting at the possibility of a sequel to his 1988 film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”; a kids movie about a cartoon Rabbit who is accused of murder and needs the help of a human detective to prove his innocence. Talks have been going on since the first film was released, but last year, during a MTV interview Zemeckis revealed that a sequel was officially in motion. Zemeckis had been going around saying he had a good idea in mind. Then in July, he said he’d been discussing the film with Bob Hoskins (Detective in first one). Later that month he revealed that the original screen writers were working on a script. A later quote from Bob Hoskins himself said: “Zemekis said he’s going to do it like a Christmas Carol, but I’m 67 years old! I’ll look like a cartoon at that point! If they do it, I’m in”, implying that Zemeckis will once again use performance capture. The project has been tight lipped since. MTV, however caught up with him Zemeckis again and he had this to say about the script;
If for some reason you are unable to watch the video, Zemeckis said that screen writers Jeffery Price and Peter Seaman are still writing the script but “They’re slow.” He then said he has read some of it and that “It’s great. Oh, it’s going to be great. I think it’s going to be great.”
The words were short, but sweet. It just means the Roger Rabbit train is moving forward, and if you like me that’s good news.
While we await further news on the project I do wonder how the sequel will play out and if it will live up to the original. What do you guys think?
I have a nerd confession. Robert Zemeckis‘s 1988 film ” Who Framed Roger Rabbit” was the first time that I explored my body, sexually. Before you go thinking I have a fetish for rabbits, I tickled my taint and rubbed my nub to Roger’s hot wife, Jessica Rabbit. Uh, cartoon sized breasts (literally), red hair, long legs and that raspy Kathleen Turner voice….OH MY! It was the first time when I said “I think I like girls” and also the first and last time my parents will ever catch me watching a cartoon naked.
Anyway, besides Jessica, “Roger Rabbit” was a fantastic film. A kids movie about a cartoon Rabbit who is accused of murder and needs the help of a human detective to prove his innocence. Gee, they just don’t make kids movies like this anymore, do they? Certainly a beloved, nerd classic. And, what does every nerd classic eventually get? That’s right, a sequel. For years now, Robert Zemeckis has been hinting at the possibility of a “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” sequel. In fact talks have been going on since the first film was released, but in 1998 we almost had one. A newly uncovered 1998 screen test (below), shows just how close we almost got a sequel before the end of the millennium.
Well, that’s certainly interesting, indeed. Now, what is the status on the sequel? Well, only back in April 2009 did we first start to hear rumblings pick back up again. Zemeckis had been going around saying he had a good idea in mind. Then in July, he said he’d been discussing the film with Bob Hoskins. Later that month he revealed that the original screen writers were working on a script. Now, the most recent and brief update comes from Bob Hoskins.
‘Zemekis said he’s going to do it like a Christmas Carol, but I’m 67 years old! I’ll look like a cartoon at that point! If they do it, I’m in!’
Certainly doesn’t indicate that we are any closer to a sequel. But, at least we know Zemeckis and crew are talking about it. The likelyhood of “Roger Rabbit 2” is good.
I’d really like to see a sequel. I love that goddamn rabbit. Zemeckis, however concerns me. He hasn’t done anything good in the last decade. It’s been nothing but horrible motion capture films. And, when I say horrible motion capture I don’t mean the motion capture was horrible I mean the films were horrible. I.E. The Polar Express, Monster House and Beowulf. I don’t think he has it in him anymore. Oh well, time will tell on this one, I guess.
Easter will be here in less than a week, which means that Walgreen’s has been forcing rabbits on you since December. If you’re tired of stale chocolate bunnies and pastel-colored junk but still want to get into the spirit (Wait, just how do you get into the spirit for Easter? No, seriously. The books say that a guy died and then came back to life. How does this turn into “Happy Easter?”), look no further. The five sly animated rabbits below will save you from pink Peep hell (and if you’re reeeeeally nice, I’ll give you a bonus character).