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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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Pinhead Does Children’s Parties, and Other Stories from Kiersten Essenpreis’ “Day Off” Series

Kiersten Essenpreis has created a series of prints hypothesizing what various villains, monsters, and cartoon characters do on their days off. On my day off, I went to the Museum of Natural History, but nobody made a drawing of me. (Actually, oddly enough, somebody did. But it’s funnier to say otherwise, so the artist will have to forgive me.)

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eye candy

Alternative Movie Posters for Firefly, Legend, Pan’s Labyrinth, Harry Potter and More

Sometimes you find an artist online and a theme to describe their work jumps easily to mind. Sometimes it doesn’t. So look. You like movies? Adam Rabalais’ Etsy shop probably has an gorgeously composed alternative poster for one that you like. Initially I was just going to post his Harry Potter series, but then I saw this one for the television show Firefly and, well. Take a look.

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Cautiously Optimistic

Zemeckis Still Waiting on Roger Rabbit Sequel, Says He’d Like to Convert the Original to 3D

Robert Zemeckis tells MTV Movies that whether or not a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit gets made at this point is entirely in Disney’s hands. The script, written by the people behind the first movie, is in, he thinks it’s good, and is just waiting on them. Or, as I said last month, “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 the only reason Roger Rabbit came up at all in the conversation is because he was asked which of his movies (which includes, lest we forget, the Back to the Future franchise, Death Becomes Her, and Contact) he’d like to see converted to 3D for a theatrical rerelease.

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i'll just leave this here

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?

Okay.

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Almost Totally Excellent

Great, More Things We Want to Own: Awesome Original Poster Art of Some of Our Favorite Movies

Sometimes, the posters for our favorite movies just don’t match the things they make us feel. They’re too glossy, too obviously airbrushed, maybe they feature the faces of the actors a little (or a lot) more prominently than they do any actual idea of the movie. This is precisely what makes this poster art by artist Adam Rabalais so cool. The volume itself is impressive; the quality even more so. Click through the jump to see some of our favorites.

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Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow

Test Animation Gem of the Day: Pee-Wee Herman Voicing an Early Version of Roger Rabbit [Video]

Well, this is something truly special. At least for a long-time fan of Who Framed Roger Rabbit who dreamed of being an animator one day. (That would be me. It has not happened … yet.) Not brand new to the internet, but getting the spotlight on io9 — an early test animation of Jessica Rabbit interacting with a live actor and Roger himself, voiced by another childhood hero, Pee-Wee Herman. Had people my age seen this back in 1988, we would have collectively exploded.

(via io9)

Bloody Good Fun

Henson Studios Releases Concept Art From Its Puppet-Noir Movie, The Happytime Murders

While the Muppets now belong to Disney, The Jim Henson Company is still working on its own projects, and to prove it, they’ve released concept art from a new project called The Happytime Murders. From the looks of it, it looks like a cross between Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Peter Jackson‘s Meet the Feebles, but probably with slightly less, um, we’ll call it “adult content.” The R-rated film, said to be a comedy, is still in the early stages of production, but one name floating around to play one of the non-puppet roles is Katherine Heigl. Hmm. So, someone finally stopped her from making stupid, stupid romantic comedies! That’s good to hear.

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Power Grid

10 Worst Case Casting Scenarios

Whenever we hear about a movie being remade, or a book being turned into a movie that probably should just be left alone, or a TV show that has no business being made into a movie, the next thing we do, after swallow a small amount of bile, is wonder who will be cast in this abomination. Sometimes, you luck out (see: J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek). But sometimes, you cringe at the thought of who might be stepping into a role (see: M. Night Shyamalan’s Avatar: The Last Airbender), or what childhood memories would be crushed next (21 Jump Street).

Since we’re gluttons for punishment, and sometimes stay up all night worrying about these kinds of things, we’re going to share 10 Worst Case Scenario movie adaptations and reboots of how Hollywood could go totally wrong.

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Power Grid

10 of Our Childhood’s Animated Films That Could Really Bear Closer Inspection

Hollywood has historically had difficulty navigating the choppy waters of how to produce and market animation that is not sunshine, rainbows, and Aesop lessons; and the past twenty or thirty years have been no exception. On the flip side, plenty of video store employees have fallen on their own swords when deciding where to shelve the latest animation. Remember when explicit hentai like La Blue Girl (don’t look it up if you don’t know; it’s no-holds-barred tentacle porn) was put right next to volumes of Rainbow Brite? We do.

Mostly, though, the animation in our Power Grid was actually intended for kids. The directors of these films simply had a more…expansive view of what children could handle, which sometimes landed them in hot water with critics and outraged parents.

Come walk down memory lane as we recount some of the strangest, most innovative, and (occasionally) most unfortunately categorized animated works that hit the screen and VCR during our young years.

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