Silent J’s review:
This is, and always will be, my childhood in a nutshell.
As a kid, I used to watch this religiously. Not only was this one of the first films I'd ever seen, it's also one of the first films (might have been the first) that ignited my passion for cinema. I just loved everything about it and I still do. A lot of that has to do with just seeing all of my favorite toon characters in one film. Imagine how blown away my mind was seeing not only Daffy Duck and Donald Duck in one hilarious slapstick scene, but also seeing just two of easily the most iconic animated characters of all time, Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny. It opened my mind to so many possibilities that film can do and helped me see just all the things films can do the mind. Excite you, scare you, astound you, thrill you, entertain you...this did all of that to me at once and everytime I see it, it holds up amazingly well. This is no exception.
In fact, this is one of those films that I appreciate the older I get for many reasons. For one thing, I appreciate just how innovative it was when it came out and still is. Putting elements of fantasy, comedy, and even film noir in a kid's film and actually making it work is just brilliant. It's something that before 1988, audiences had never seen before and, to this day, we've never seen again. It's got stuff that kids and adults can enjoy.
As you can probably tell, I might be rambling a little. For one thing, I love this film so much it's hard to shut up about it. Second, if you asked me just why I love this film, I can go on for days just counting the ways. The animation is just stunning and amazing. The things the filmmakers do with the sight gags and everything else is just really creative and imaginative. It's unbelievable how perfectly well the live action stuff meshes with the animated stuff. I love all of the characters. Of course I love the ones we all know (like Daffy and Donald and Bugs and Mickey) but I even love the characters for this film even more. Roger Rabbit is a joy to watch from beginning to end. Bob Hoskins is awesome in this. Jessica Rabbit, who could have easily been this over-sexualized not-so-subtle character, is really likable. All the characters are likable. Christopher Lloyd is just so fucking brilliant. It's downright hysterical at times, this used to scare the hell out of me as a kid (that poor shoe), it's aged incredibly well, it's just flat out amazing.
As you can see, I can go on for days and weeks praising this film so to make it short, this is just an all around wonderful film that I can watch over and over and over and over and over and over and OVER again and never get sick of it.