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Robert Zemeckis Says Roger Rabbit Sequel Is Still On

This summer Bob Hoskins officially retired from acting, dashing the hopes of many for a Hook prequel featuring Dante Basco‘s triumphant return to the role of Rufio -

Wait, that’s a thing I just made up? Nobody’s making a Hook sequel? Actually Bob Hoskins retiring means he probably won’t return for the Who Framed Roger Rabbit? sequel?


Sorry, I can’t muster much outrage for either the idea of a Roger Rabbit sequel without Eddy Valiant, or the idea of a Roger Rabbit sequel. The latter, because it doesn’t seem very likely. According to Robert Zemeckis:

I have a script at Disney, and we’re just waiting for all the executive changes to settle down there.

So… basically if this film was a baby, it’s parents would still be quickly looking away and blushing whenever their eyes accidentally met in the laundromat. But I can’t even get upset at the idea of somebody else replacing Bob Hoskins as Eddie.

Because I’d much rather see a Roger Rabbit sequel that takes place in an entirely different era. See, the original movie takes place when cartoons were at their heyday, and America was in the dumps. Lets put a Roger Rabbit sequel in an entirely different era of animation: the 80s. That’s right. Stick it right in the middle of the Disney slump, when ex-Mouse House animators were founding new studios and making blockbuster movies left and right, when anime was just starting to touch American shores, and the Looney Tunes were ancient history. How has the world where Toons are real fared in the intervening forty years? What’s Toon Town like? How are the comedic Toons dealing with the influx of action-oriented fare, the advent of television?

It doesn’t even have to be that dark. In fact, it’d probably go best if you didn’t make it noir (the quintessential genre of the ’40s) and instead use a genre emblematic of the ’80s. Give me an ’80s buddy cop flick… but with toons. Heck, I’d take a The Breakfast Club but With Toons.

Make it something completely different from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. Because that’s pretty much the only way you’re going to get anybody to go see it, since anybody who actually likes Roger Rabbit will probably know that a direct sequel is unnecessary, unlikely, and will only make them feel sad.

(via /Film.)

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  • Nikki Lincoln

    Or – on that same vein – make it in present time where animation is being replaced with CGI

  • Alexis the Unicorn

    I think it would be nice if they aimed it to be set right before The Little Mermaid comes out and we see their dramatic change back into popularity.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah I don’t know that I really want a direct sequel to Roger Rabbit. That is to say I don’t need any more stories about Roger and Jessica or Eddie Valiant. I don’t need them to dodge the aging actors issue by doing a prequel with the young Valiant Brothers. I really don’t want to see Roger Rabbit fall into the same cycle of redundancy that Men in Black did.

    They created an interesting world in the first Roger Rabbit film, no need to retread old ground when there’s plenty of new stories to be told.

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  • SoupyTwist

    You kinda described the premise of Bonkers, which was the buddy cop show Disney cartoon set in the world of Who Framed Roger Rabbit back in the 90′s. I liked it.

  • Matt Holland

    If a Roger Rabbit sequel had been released in the late 80s, I could see it still being limited to the classic Disney/WB stable of characters (with cameos by Popeye, Woody Woodpecker, Betty Boop, etc.).

    However, since it’s now 2012, in order to be relevant for a modern audience, especially kids, I think a Roger Rabbit sequel would almost have to include some of the great (or if not great, easily recognizable) cartoons of the last 25 years: Avatar: The Last Airbender, Animaniacs, Jimmy Neutron, Spongebob Squarepants, Dexter’s Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Adventure Time…

    … The list could go on and on.

  • Timothy McKenzie

    As for me, someday, once Disney will finally get everything back in order again, maybe I’ll combine my ideas for something like “Dexter’s Odyssey” with possible ideas for a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but I really wanted that combined project to be something completely different than Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and set in an entirely different era of animation or two than Who Framed Roger Rabbit’s era of animation, maybe involving some of the great (or if not great, easily recognizable) cartoons of the last 25 years especially those from Dexter’s Lab and Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack, etc., to make it relevant to more modern audiences. It’ll be sometimes comedic, sometimes action-packed, sometimes light and sometimes dark, sometimes cartoony and sometimes serious and epic. That’s what I’ll do someday if Disney will finally put their Mouse Houses back together but we’ll see about that.