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Who Sequelizes ROGER RABBIT??

Merrick here...
This actually ht on Friday but got lost in the swirl of Halloweekend. Robert Zemeckis has revealed that a sequel to WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? is currently being deveoped/scripted. Peter Seaman and Jeffrey Price, who wrote the first film, are returning to script the second.
...which originates HERE AT MTV. While a handful of ROGER RABBIT shorts were generated, The Powers That Be also made several runs at a movie sequel in the past. This included a WWII-themed concept called ROGER RABBIT II: TOON PLATOON (scripted by by Nat Mauldin of BARNEY MILLER, NIGHT COURT), and Sherri Stoner and Deanna Oliver's WHO DISCOVERED ROGER RABBIT?, a prequel which more or less approached the Roger mythos by way of A STAR IS BORN. In Mauldin's TOON PLATOON script, Toons have trouble fitting into the Armed Forces because...
although `toons can’t be harmed by enemy bullets and bombs, human commanders couldn’t figure a way to get them to attack an enemy. It seems that the `toons innate urge to entertain was too difficult to overcome.
...says THIS REVIEW of the entertaining sounding screenplay. Presumably Seamen and Price are starting at square one for this new sequel project. Wonder if Zemeckis would make the whole thing mocap/CGI, or if he'd do a live-action/animated combo a la the first film. Interesting...

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  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    by SonicRiver


  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Chud posted this two days ago

    by ThePilgrim

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    I thought I did

    by SonicRiver

    But does an empty message count?

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Should be interesting

    by damned-dirty-ape

    Looking forward to it. Doubt you could recreate magic of the first in todays climate though. This news is well old though. Aint it slow news

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST

    This guy is dead to me until further notice.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST

    toon platoon

    by Bouncy X

    hmmmm, that sounds like it woulda been sorta funny and interesting. i truly hope he doesnt go CG with this, throw in CG characters to reflect today if it takes place in modern times but leave the rest 2D.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST

    ...SAVING ROGER'S PRIVATES sounded potentially...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...interesting though.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Bouncy X

    by SonicRiver

    It's weird that CG is so standard now that it has lost it's wow factor. Have to agree that a 2d cartoon approach would be better.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Traditional animation please

    by lochkray

    So much more work - but so much more worth it for a project of this sort.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Speilbergian bastardization of Warner Bros. Cartoons...

    by 3 Bag Enema

    ...must end! Tiny Tunes? Roger Rabbit? Animaniacs? THE MADNESS MUST END!

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    My fiancee and I discuss this from time to time...

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    It'd be tough, because CGI has replaced most of the sweat, craft and inventiveness that so distinguished the original. Modern audiences are so accustomed to a seamless integration between animation and reality that a great deal of WFRR?'s novelty is now probably impossible to recreate.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Not thrilled about it BUT

    by jimmy_009

    as long as it's all hand drawn animation and not garbage motion capture bull-shit I'll keep my mouth shut. No sequel could possibly taint the brilliance that is the original. The 80s was the best decade for movies. What a great time to grow up.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Live action/animation combo is a no brainer

    by Nice Marmot

    And, so far, Zemeckis is a total failure w/ the Mocap/CGI. A Christmas Carol looks as awful as the rest. No improvement on the actual characters.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Computers can make the 2D process easier.

    by Royston Lodge

    No reason that computers can't be used to make the process way less work, without going the "full cgi" route.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Animaniacs was freakin' funny!

    by Royston Lodge

    Please, have some respect!

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    they could actually

    by JAMF

    make it about the cg vs 2d battle couldnt they? have newer cg characters putting the toons out of business or something. wasnt that done in toy story with buzz replacing woody? if they stick to just the classic characters they have to do it in 2d though, and the good 2d, not the really weirdly 3d-shaded 2d people some to be doing these days.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    "Roger Rabbit" Was Manic and Depressing

    by WriteFromLeft

    It had a few cute moments, and I love the idea, but mixing live action and animation is a dicey proposition, as evidenced by the Star Wars prequels. Disney mated the two perfectly with "Mary Poppins," a film filled with effortless charm and imagination, something sorely lacking from modern-day filmmaking, which seems obsessed with technology instead of characterization. But Spielberg has it in him, as evidenced by Animaniacs.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Nice idea JAMF

    by Gungan Slayer

    about having 2D characters vs CG ones. I think that theme could have potential.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    everytime I'm on a freeway I think of Toon Town

    by Meadowe

    A lot of toons and their homes were destroyed so I can get to the vans skate park in orange county without any red lights.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Is Zemeckis dying or something?

    by Triple_J_72

    Why is this guy cranking out shit like never before? Does he need to pay a bundle for medicare, or need major surgery, or want a new wing to his mansion, or what?? Enough already.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST

    The greatest animated movie ever made....

    by Jobacca

    The original Roger Rabbit was a classic. I consider it the last great effects film before CGI took over. That being said,I'd love to see a film set in the modern-day where Toontown has become a sort of ghetto for all the old classic toons. The whole film could be about RR and company reminding the world about the joys of the golden age of animation.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Uhhh... huh huh... huh huh...

    by TheNorthlander

    You said Seaman.<p> <p> Sorry guys, that's all I've got. Too much Coffee and sugar today.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Royston Lodge

    by TheNorthlander

    A major part of the charm of Roger Rabbit though is that they made a concious decision to not use computers and do it all old school.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Um, I dunno

    by BizarroJerry

    I just don't see how this could be a good idea. The film stands on its own as a strange, unique thing. I don't think it has been continuously popular enough to have a sequel 20 years later. (God almighty, has it been that long??) Also, I'd say the movie holds up well, even with the advances in animation, etc. I mean, the cartoons in that are not meant to fully fit in the 3 dimensional world. While it doesn't make 100% sense, they are living paint-and-ink cartoons. He's not a rabbit, he's a cartoon rabbit.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Pinocchio is the greatest animated movie ever made. Just fixing that for you there.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST

    PUH-lease, Jobacca . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . Where do I start???

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    As I said before, IF he mocaps a YOUNG Eddie Valiant

    by ricarleite2

    THEN he will be redeemed and forgiven for all the things he has done since Polar Express, and will be a GENIUS GOD. Then he can bring back a young Michael J Fox healthy and Christopher Lloyd to a BTTF 4.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Huh? I thought those two guys had already written a book sequel?

    by ThunderPeel2001

    Or am I wrong?

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    No, I'm sorry...

    by MikeTheSpike

    You sat an entire weekend on the news of a Roger Rabbit sequel? A fucking *weekend*? Lucas greenlight episodes 7-9 last Thursday, too? Jesus.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Disney's Bonkers

    by saintsaucey

    was sort of a serialized Rodger Rabbit. Hell the first episodes were pretty much the movie verbatim. Never saw Rodger though so I can't say for sure.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Sounds fun

    by jaycieboy

    But will today's audiance really go for this? Will people shell out $12.00 a pop today to see Roger Rabbitt?

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    I WANT to love this idea . . .

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    but most (if not all) of the iconic voice actors from WB, Disney, et. al. are dead. It'll just ruin the illusion for me, just like it does when I listen to the muppets talk now.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    If you didn't like Roger Rabbit,

    by MattmanBegins

    you're fucking dead inside.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Animation...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Somebody give Herc a kick in the ass for failing to have talkbacks the past two weeks for Venture Bros. Last night's episode in particular was fucking hilarious.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    wrong sounding muppets

    by Bouncy X

    suddenly i'm reminded of Family Guy, that was so funny especially Fozzie.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Bill Murray was supposed to play Eddie Valiant

    by Professor_Monster

    now with that information - I dare you to watch this movie and still love it

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Probably won't ever happen.

    by jabbayoda

    I'll wait to form an opinion until I know for sure that this is in production. My pre-opinion of this is not so good.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    I'm fucking dead inside.

    by MJohnson

    I have two words for you. They are "over" and "rated." But since this is a shameless money grab, lets do the inevitable sequel call: Silence of the Rabbits Rabbit Reloaded Roger Rabbit and the Kingdom of the Annoying Animated Characters you Would Most like to Strangle With a Goodly Length of Piano Cord Roger Rabbit and Me - the new Michael Moore Documentary Rabbit at Rest (for the literati out there) Roger Rabbit vs. Cool World: The Final Animated Nightmare Who Reframed Reroger Rerabbit? Animator: The Roger Rabbit Chronicles Who Reamed Roger Rabbit? (porno version) Roger Rabbit and Costello and the Curse of the Aztec Mummy I could keep going, but why?

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST


    by ricarleite2

    What do you mean? I feel Bob Hoskins did a better job than Bill Murray could have done, even the 1980s Bill Murray.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Against sequels?

    by Parallax

    Zemeckis has always emphatically said that there will be no Back to the Future 4. I always assumed this meant that he was cool about not milking franchises beyond their artistic merit. Now I see that I was incorrect.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Charles Fleischer gotta eat

    by Blanket-Man

    I loved this movie when it came out, but it just hasn't held up as well as some of my other 1980s favorites. No great interest in another one, especially decades later...

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    ricarleite2, Prof monster has proved...

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    he knows nothing about anything with his homophobic rant in the trick r treat talkback. <p>oh and could you be so kind as to tell me what Bob says in the video. We can't view it outside the US.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST

    I everyone forgetting....?

    by Sw0rdfish

    Mel Blanc is dead. All you'd have would be impersonators; not the real characters on the screen.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Of course, that's supposed to say "IS everyone forgettin...?"

    by Sw0rdfish

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Of course, that's supposed to say "IS everyone forgettin...?"

    by Sw0rdfish

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by Sw0rdfish

    "Not forgettin"

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Animaniacs funny?

    by 3 Bag Enema

    Yeah, I guess a lot of manic pop-cultural references and self-referential mimicry of 50-year old humor masquarading as jokes could manage to amuse the easily amused. I bet you're big Family Guy fan. Roger Rabbit is the Jar Jar of cartoon characters.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    I would actually rather see an Animaniacs movie

    by terry1978

    They basically were Roger Rabbit to an extent, and seeing them interact with today's celebrities would be hilarious, especially if they maintain the level of semi-vitriol the original show skewered them with.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Parallax, so Future 2 and 3 weren't milking it?

    by MattmanBegins

    2 meandered pointlessly and rehashed much of the original, and 3 was simply an old west rehash of the first.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Parallax - you be crazy

    by Professor_Monster

    So, let's replace Murray with Hoskins in Ghostbisters, Strips, Caddyshack, What About Bob - and see just how much better Hoskins is. Murray would have made the live action parts of WFRR so much better and fun to watch.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Future 2 and 3 weren't milking it

    by slone13

    All 3 BTTF's are very different from each other in a number of ways.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Sorry Parallax - I meant ricarleite2 -and PlayerTwo

    by Professor_Monster

    smell your finger and go to bed.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Slone13... right.

    by MattmanBegins

    2 is different because they go to the future for 20 minutes before watching scenes from the original movie for the rest of the film. And 3 is different because it takes place in the old west. Sure.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Too old! Who ZIMMER FRAME'd Roger Rabbit

    by pokadoo

    They need to recast, with a younger Bunny!

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST


    by Bodenland Unbound

    This is the only name I want to read on the big screen. Richard Williams is the creator of Roger Rabbit and only he can bring us a decent animated sequel. They must hire him to do the animated sequences in this movie and give him enough money to finish "The Thief and the Cobbler", his unfinished MASTERPIECE!

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    ZEMECKIS- Shave that shit off the top of your head!

    by YackBacker

    You look like a fucking clown with that pathetic patch of rice noodles on top of your head. Just shave your head or get a proper set of plugs- but this half-measure has got to end!

  • Now that they've turned him and Toontown into a kiddie themepark land, there's no way in hell they're gonna do anything on the same level as the first movie with the concept, they've turned Roger Rabbit into a "brand". Plus, they have removed all non-Disney toons from Toontown which is a disaster since the majority of their toons are not recognizable to the public anymore. The way the last film ended was pretty clear cut, so to go back would require a jarring changeup to work and Zemekis has grown far too sentimental in the past few decades.<p>Of course BTTF 2 and 3 were milking it, the audience demanded it be milked! They had no intention of making sequels, they ended the first film on a gag, and audiences loved the setup and the characters too much to let it go. Is that wrong? No. While BTTF 2 and 3 aren't to the same caliber as the original, they're still entertaining and fun time travel flicks, and I had a blast with both of them (though BTTF 3 seems to be right around the point where Zemekis got overly cloying and sentimental).

  • A sequel will bomb because these are what people will think of, not the original.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST

    JAMF's idea is perfect...

    by Mel Garga

    2D vs CG would be classic, especially the lame, half-assed new CG Mickey meeting his 2D animated counterpart. The latter punches the former in the stomach and takes his wallet. On another note, I don't think motion capture is a failure at all. Polar Express is entertaining, Beowulf was badass and I look forward to taking the kids to see Christmas Carol on Friday.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Updating and CG

    by bah

    The problem with that is that RR was not just a blend of live action and animation. It was a 1940s film noir. If you update it to present day, you're going to significantly change the feel of it. Even the proposed WWII sequel was at least in that era.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Bring back Judge Doom!

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST


    by Azlam Orlandu

    He is a must for this project. So far it's in good hands though.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:12 p.m. CST


    by Azlam Orlandu

    ...nobody remembers that crap. Everyone remembers Roger Rabbit.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Jessica Rabbit in 3D?

    by ominus

    i am already sold

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Fuck this guy

    by Buzz_Aldrin

    This goddamn hack has to die and fast - the new Roger Rabbit will definitely be total shit and even worse he is RIGHT NOW working on his 3d zombie remake of Yellow Submarine. Fuck you Zemeckis, i hope you get cancer!

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Fuck you Buzz!

    by Azlam Orlandu

    Seriously, stop being such a bitch.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Enjoy your

    by Buzz_Aldrin

    Yellow Submarine remake then *shudder*

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:25 p.m. CST


    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN


  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST

    How about some cool DVD movie things?

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST


    by damned-dirty-ape

    You forgot Dick In Ass

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Rumour doing the rounds untill recently

    by emeraldboy

    was that it was going to be a musical. Roger rabbit meets broadway.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    If Zemekis has to work on something...

    by HarryCalder

    ...let it be this and not some other godawful CG fuckfest. Nothing will recapture the magic and spirit of the original, but I'll sit through ten mediocre Rabbit sequels before I'll watch that wretched looking Xmas Carol...

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST


    by TedKordLives

    What a bunch of whiny-ass negative a-holes.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST


    by TedKordLives

    Some of you seem to have your head about you. <P> But there ARE a lot of whiny-ass negative a-holes here.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Has anybody ever questioned the bestiality?

    by Grievey

    In Roger Rabbit? Just uh....just wondering.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    2D vs 3D is a no brainer

    by arequimis

    If they cant see how great that story line is, then hollywood is screwed. Get everyone too. Shrek, Simpsons, Smurfs, Heavy Metal, Wall-E

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by SavageJuicebox

    While amusing doesn't hold a candle to the original Looney Toons. And don't get me started on Tiny Toons bullshit. All 90's kids have nostalgia for that show...

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 3:01 p.m. CST

    RR2 and Ghostbusters 3 = THE SUMMER OF SUCK

    by AzulTool

    oh yeah, and INDY 5 too.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 3:11 p.m. CST

    The original story

    by Chesterfield Slacks

    was brilliant satire and had pointed commentary on the state of 40's animation and the real history of LA's loss of public transport. It was rich and complete. No need for a all!!...especially from the man who is doing the tasteless, modern version of "Disneyland audio-animatronics" for the movie industry.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Don't support his mo-cap fetish

    by Chesterfield Slacks

    If you people complain about the shit-fest of zombie-mocap crap, and go out to pay money to see it, you're guilty for Zemeckis believing that his tasteless bullshit works. Stop supporting this shit!

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    I read the book sequel

    by FeralAngel

    PRAY they don't make a movie out of it.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Roger and Jessica don't

    by FeralAngel

    Yeah, they're both TOONS, so that kind of makes it believable, it doesn't. I'd go for a prequel, myself - the story about how Roger originally came to Hollywood, pre-Jessica. Or a wartime flick might work too - imagine Roger interacting with James Cagney and Abbott and Costello. Could be cool.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Is Buzz Lightyear, Shrek and Lightning McQueen gonna be in this?

    by TheNorthlander

    Do kids today know who Bugs Bunny is?<p> Hey, if they set the film in present time, it could be about the death of 2D animation.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Still remember the Jessica RAbbit "reveal"

    by David Cloverfield

    waiting to see a goffy cartoon rabbit and seeing... THAT. That's a pretty arousing experience for a 12 year old boy.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST

    holy shit

    by David Cloverfield

    that is some bad grammar.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Kathleen Turner was hot back then

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • These movies could all have sequels but should never have sequels: Casablanca Repo Man Blade Runner Fight Club The 6th Sense And then there are movies that should never have had sequels... but that's a different list.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Here's a plot idea for you!

    by Royston Lodge

    The classic toons are being forced to perform unimaginably sick and depraved acts on YouTube as their copyrights lapse and they revert to the public domain.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST

    You can do something similar to Futurama or the Simpsons Movie

    by DougMcKenzie

    Where it is 2d animation but occasionally objects move about as if in a 3D world. You combine that with live action footage. That is one way to update it to a more modern audience without giving up the basic look of the original. Or Zemekis might be something like Avatar, where you try to get photorealistic humans, combined with obviously cartoonish characters for the 'Toons. I hope he goes the first route thou.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    If they did a Sixth Sense sequel...

    by The Eskimo would turn out that the Bruce Willis character was actually alive the whole time. And that the little kid could only see dead people because he was already dead. Except Bruce Willis could see him. And everyone else too, I guess. Oh, and his wife was a total bitch for not talking to him that whole time.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Anyway, a WFRR sequel...

    by The Eskimo

    ...could never be good. The original was lightening in a bottle, and they really covered all the goog jokes that arose from the original concept (toons and humans living together). A sequel would just be telling the same jokes.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    PuhPuhPuhPuhPleaaaase don't let Bob Zemeckis Rape me!

    by conspiracy

    As much as I love the original, and wished there was a way to make a worthy sequel/prequel...I just know given the state of Hollywood these days, and especially Zemeckis current obsession; that this would turn into a Mo-Cap/CGI laden Jim Carrey Shit fest.</p><p>Sometimes the best choice is NOT to do something...this might be one of those times.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Agree Animaniacs is overrated

    by Chief Joseph

    Everybody remembers Pinky and the Brain and forgets all the lousy segments. Slappy Squirrel sucked, that one with the dog and the baby sucked. Goodfeathers was funny maybe once, then it was just the same thing over and over. Even the Warner Siblings themselves were annoying more often than funny.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    And I don't remember Tiny Toons well

    by Chief Joseph

    IIRC, it was rather hit-or-miss humor as well.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Agree with the Animaniacs dislike

    by FeralAngel

    Well, I DID like most of Pinky and the Brain. But Slappy, who COULD have been funny, wasn't, the Dog/Kid segments were always awful, the birds SUCKED, and the Warners were never all that great. Too much of the "humor" was based on random acts of cruelty and violence, which actually weren't present in the classic Warner Bros. toons. There was always a valid reason (usually self-defense) for Bugs to drop an anvil on Yosemite Sam. There was always provocation for slapstick one-upmanship. Both Tiny Toons and Animaniacs were poor pale imitations of the classics. Painful to watch at times. I'd take Spongebob over any of those toons any day.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Toons Battling Nazi's and Japs is Genius!

    by Onin Solstice

    The comedy is ripe and the potential social commentary makes it very relevant. And how many German's are going to get a mallet to the head? Sign me up!

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST


    by DrunkyMcLush

    What an unfortunate last name. I do not envy his high school years.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Isn't THE PHANTOM MENACE kind of a Roger Rabbit remake?

    by TheNorthlander

    Jar Jar is basically Roger, Naboo is just as animated as Toon Town. Darth Maul is basically Judge Doom, but with lightsaber instead of sword cane. Watto is like Baby Herman.<p> <p> The only difference is that Roger Rabbit also had live action sequences.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST


    by Dapper Swindler

    Depends on what your expectations are. For a 12 year old, the sophistication of humor in Animaniacs makes Tiny Toons look like shit. But I doubt it would be entertaining to us as adults anymore. The best segments were with the Warner Bros would somehow travel to the past and fuck with some historical figure for no reason at all.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Bob Hoskins is jerking into his Jessica Rabbit mug right now!


    (Nobody tell him that he's probably not going to be in this. He seems happier than he's been for a while. Let him be.<p>Let him be.)

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Northlander is right

    by MacReady452

    this movie would have shit like Dora the Explorer and Doug and Rugrats. When is the last time you saw Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse anywhere? Bad idea. As far as Bill Murray goes, he would have detracted from the universe that was being created. Yeah he's good in almost everything but Eddie Valiant was a straightman. You would watch and wait for Murray to be funny and it would never come. The Toons were the centerpiece of the movie not fucking Eddie Valiant.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Toons at Iwo Jima.

    by Sal_Bando

    Works for me. Anzio landing, Popeye etc. Golden.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST

    'Roger Rabbit' is one of my personal favorites...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    I grew up watching it. Playing it over and over again on my vhs player. A sequel is completely unnecessary. Besides, it came out in what, '88'? Bob Hoskins is going to look like he aged 50 years. With modern cinema, this movie is dated. A true comedy classic, but dated.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    I can't believe that no one has mentioned Jessica Rabbit's tits

    by Ironhelix

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Who is badmouthing Animaniacs?

    by CatoTheCensor

    Are you insane? Animaniacs is one of the best children's cartoons of ALL TIME.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    You all are ignoring one of the best parts of Animaniacs

    by CatoTheCensor

    The brilliant songs. Utterly brilliant.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Needs Bob Hoskins

    by darrenspool

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Robert's well has run dry...

    by Logan_1973

    ...along with the rest of Hollywood. *sigh*.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST

    They Might Be Giants on Animaniacs was

    by MacReady452

    awesome. Never did 2 things blend together so well since chocolate met peanut butter

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    The song of countries and the song of cheeses

    by ominus

    animaniacs rulez.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Leave this alone!!!!! One off classic!

    by Damien Chowder

    This is like doing another film for the first 3 star warses!!! Oh wait....

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Uh oh...

    by SoylentGreenOnACracker

    If Zemeckis does his thing with having the character look like the person voicing it, Jessica is gonna be a fat fuckin mess. I'm in.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Didn't Animaniacs spoof Apocalypse Now?

    by blade_walker

    I remember them doing elaborate spoofs of Apocalypse Now and The Birds before I had actually seen those movies. Now that I think about it, why would they spoof stuff that would go over the heads of their target audience?

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST


    by MediaNerd

    Yeah, they did a brilliant spoof on Apoc. The storyline was all the lawyers who went to shut down the production that had gone out of control had become mindless followers of Coppola. Animaniacs was a true sibling of Looney Tunes. <br><br> As for a RR all comes to script and style. There's certainly still potential in that world. Since Who Framed was mostly China Town, what's the inspiration this time?

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 8:22 p.m. CST

    They Might Be Giants were on "Tiny Toons".

    by Darkman

    Two decades on, I still sing (and love) "Particle Man" because of the show. <br><br> Really, people hate "Tiny Toons" and "Animaniacs"? Did I somehow end up in an alternate reality where people have no taste? Those shows outstrip 90% of what passes for kid's cartoons today.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 8:24 p.m. CST

    What if....

    by Ministry

    They'll never do this, but how cool would it be if they included all modern forms of animation in this one. Abstract paint on glass and independent animation alongside 3D and Disney? I want to see some friggin' Don Hertzfeldt characters in there and the whole world of cartoons represented.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Gawd, I'm glad Animaniacs has its defenders...

    by Royston Lodge

    ... I was starting to fear that I was the only one who thinks it was fucking brilliant.<p> It doesn't matter if the subject matter goes over the target audience's head, as long as it's still funny. It's just like Bloom County (now how's THAT for Talkback cross-polination!). The first time the kid sees it they "get" the slapstick. When they see it again a couple of years later they get the joke. When they see it again a decade or two later they get the satire.<p> Fucking brillant.<p> The only Loony Toons that actually stand up to Animaniacs are the wartime ones that were banned and can now only be seen on YouTube.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST

    And culture continues to regurgitate...

    by Larry Sellers

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Ministry: I'm trying to imagine Ralph Bakshi characters in a Rog

    by Royston Lodge

    I think I just broke my brain.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST

    "in a Roger Rabbit movie"

    by Royston Lodge

    is how that subject like should have ended...

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 8:57 p.m. CST

    PLEASE no CGI characters.

    by veebeeyes

    That would just suck.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST

    NO MO CAP!

    by fassbinder79

    This needs to be hand drawn! And don't fuck it up!

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 9:34 p.m. CST


    by MacReady452

    Right on sir. Thanks for the correction. It has been awhile. Both good shows.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST

    I hate to break it to you guys...

    by therealrockinrolla

    but you know animaniacs was for children right? the intended audience wasnt exactly gumpy old bastards like most of yall seem to be. personally i enjoyed myself and am in no way harmed by flippeny which seems to be confused by morons as foolishness. the show was fun esoteric quarky eductaional and quotable what else do you want?

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Mr. Lodge

    by MikeTheSpike

    You said "The only Loony Toons that actually stand up to Animaniacs are the wartime ones that were banned and can now only be seen on YouTube." <p> Surely you don't mean this.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 10:16 p.m. CST

    No Mel Blanc = No Sale

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    It's been 20 years since his death, and I *still* haven't heard a good Bugs Bunny voice since.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Reasons for a sequel: Nostalgia v. A Legitimate Purpose

    by YackBacker

    When someone makes a sequel for nostalgia, that means they're mostly motivated by making money. Having a legitimate purpose for a sequel (your characters still have arcs left to explore, plot threads remain unresolved) can also be a cash-grab but at least there is a worthwhile story to be had. Which leads me to ask you- which motive is being favored more here? Hmmmm!!!

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Didn't Spielberg declare "No Nazi Villains in my Movies..

    by conspiracy

    unless it was historical fact" or some other such horse shit? Isn't that one reason why, as the article say's, "Toon Platoon" was shelved? Personally I think the "Toon Platoon" idea has a lot of fucking potential.</p><p>Hey Steven...Pull the Yarmulke out of your ass, you profiteering has been, and give us Nazi's getting reamed by Toons. I'd pay to see that...if done correctly.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:08 p.m. CST

    BTTF2 & BTTF3

    by darthvedder81

    Pale in comparison to Part 1 but they are still highly entertaining movies. Hell, if Hollywood could make a PART ONE of anything that's as creative as those two sequels I'd be happy.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    conspiracy, does this mean Spielberg refuses to accept

    by YackBacker

    any $ off the sale of DVDs or licensing fees for RAIDERS and LAST CRUSADE? I mean that's what a morally just person would do, especially one who makes a point of being so perfect.

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:34 p.m. CST

    I want a BTTF 4!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    How many times does Christmas Carol need to be remade?

  • Nov. 2, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Just to reiterate...

    by Chief Joseph

    ...I don't hate Animaniacs or Tiny Toons. I agree that they're better than 90% of today's kid shows. But I do not agree with the "greatest cartoon evah" sentiment. There were lots of great moments in those shows (I remember a Tiny Toons where the parodied Silence of the Lambs right down to "I can smell your [shoes]" line), but there were probably one mediocre and one bad cartoon to each good one. (And I'm probably being generous there.)<br> It's kind of like Saturday Night Live; people remember the hilarious skits but forget all the lousy ones.

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST

    You had to grow up on that tiny toons shit to like it

    by Professor_Monster

    I personally thought it was shit - but I was already into my twenties by the time it hit. Thank God Ren and Stimpy and Bevis and Butthead were there to provide real entertainment. Purple ducks and pink rabbits - fuck you - Bugs and Daffy kept it real

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Animaniacs was the reincarnation of Looney Tunes' Golden Age!

    by Myopiniondontmeanshit

    Brilliantly written and beautifully drawn. Animaniacs was consistently funny every episode. Yacko, Wacko and Dot were some of the last great cartoon characters to represented the old school. Freakazoid was the shit as well.

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Toon Astronauts

    by Fred

    A Roger Rabbitized Right Stuff.

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 12:48 a.m. CST

    we need a DVD / BR release of Roger Rabbit uncensored

    by Gorgomel

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 1 a.m. CST

    Watched WFRR? again recently....

    by Pitofbenders

    and I have to say that the animation doesn't hold up well at all. Still love the movie and characters, plot and what not. But the animation is shit. For the time, sure it was great, but doesn't hold up to todays standards at all, not that it would be expected too. Just disapointed a little to see one of my childhood favorite films again and be let a little. On the other hand, TOON PLATOON sounds pretty fucking interesting, I'm sure they won't do anything like it in the end, but I'd be on board for seeing that.

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Fuck that, FREAKAZOID!

    by SnapT

    Just do a FREAKAZOID! movie instead. He was a superhero created by the INTERNET! In 1995! That show was crazily ahead of its time.

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 3:02 a.m. CST

    fucking awesome...

    by The_Crimson_King

    I can't help but be excited by this, I mean it's fucking Roger Rabbit! who wouldn't love another love letter to classic animation?

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 3:06 a.m. CST

    and I've always found the WW2 concept fascinating...

    by The_Crimson_King

    I mean you have to wonder, did the Nazis hate the Toons too? I'm guessing so since most people did, they should just go balls out and have Toons killing Nazis Inglourious Basterds style and Jessica Rabbit could totally get naked! I'd see it 19 times!

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 3:07 a.m. CST

    oh and lastly, to anyone that says Animaniacs or Tiny Toons suck

    by The_Crimson_King

    man, fuck you guys

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Only if

    by Drsambeckett1984

    it is done in the same style as the original, otherwise just dont bother.

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 3:32 a.m. CST

    by the way, where the hell is the blu ray?

    by The_Crimson_King

    last year was it's 20th anniversary and still no blu ray? WTF Disney?

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Better bring back Bob Hoskins and Christopher Lloyd or fugget!

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Charles Fleischer´s RR voice annoyed the fuck out of me after awhile, it´s Hoskins and Lloyd that actually carry the original.

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Animaniacs was too smug.

    by Sal_Bando

    Oooo lookee at us we're ironic satiric manic '90's critters! everything before us SUCKED! <p> And pay no attention to the fact we're all written as if we've got ADD! <p> Joy.

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Jason Statham as Eddie Valiant Jr.

    by Spandau Belly


  • Nov. 3, 2009, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Toon Platoon: Toon Basterds

    by Spandau Belly

    I want mah scalps!

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST

    too smug?

    by The_Crimson_King

    wow, someone needs to lighten up

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST

    I was in my 20s when TT and Animaniacs came on

    by hst666

    and I liked em. I really liked Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain, but I definitely saw stuff on Tinyv Toons that made me laugh as well. I avoided that show like the plague at first, because it followed a whole chain of cartoons that were basically "Let's take this property and make the entire cast children!" shitty cartoons [Watchmen Babies]. However, there was definitely material on TT that would fly way over the heads of a lot of kids. <p><p>Of Course, I also think the Powerpuff Girls are funny as well.

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST

    I'm serious.."Toon Platoon" is an incredible angle..

    by conspiracy

    Can you imagine the scenes? Roger and Bugs storming Omaha beach...tommy guns literally "spitting" bullets, bugs has a carrot clentched tight in his teeth like a cigar...</p><p>Dowdy Jessica kidnapped..and transformed by the Nazi's into a total sexed up, fetishistic Nazi Dominatrix...little nazi cap, thigh high jack boots..the works...</p><p>The Nazi's counter with their own "toons", the 'Gremlins' (Watch the WW2 Warner toon "Falling Hare", or the Disney Propaganda stuff to see them in action)</p><p> Hitler as a toon, drawn by Hitler himself (he was a frustrated artist ya know). yes..there is a lot of mine from that idea. Fuck you Spielberg and Zemeckis!

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST

    a lot of mine = a lot too mine

    by conspiracy

    an edit button is about a decade past due don't ya think?</p><p>Java programming...not that hard people...adding an edit function would take a few minutes at most I'd think.

  • Nov. 3, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST

    WWII scene that would be funny.

    by Royston Lodge

    When the allies capture Berlin, the American toons meet some really weird looking Soviet propaganda toons, a la "Worker & Parasite" from The Simpsons.

  • Nov. 4, 2009, 12:39 a.m. CST

    the marching hammers from Pink Floyd The Wall...

    by The_Crimson_King

    could have a cameo as Nazi Toons

  • Danny Phantom. Fairly Oddparents. Phineas and Ferb. Camp Lazlo. Totally Spies. Spongebob. Delgo. Naruto. Make life a miserable hell for whoever that detective guy was : wasting all the lease in life their elders got by being incredibly lame. ' These are all a buncha emasculated jerks. Where is the imagination ?!? ', screams detective dude moments before killing some peasants and whores in Frank Miller-style green screen action. And he doesn't get a Jessica Rabbit this time, but some prepubescent vanilla emo red-headed pest because they're all into pedophilia nowadays.</p></p> Will Smith as Roger Rabbit.</p>