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Collection: Bosch Lampoonist or Serious Visionary?
Bosch: Lampoonist or Serious Visionary?
Creator of some of the most bizarre and frightening artwork in the history of art, scholars have long debated who exactly Hieronymus Bosch was and what was the meaning and purpose of his “over the top” grotesqueries (c. 1450—1500). His most famous work is the triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights. Panel One depicts Adam & Eve in Paradise. Panel Two depicts the earthly delights: nude bodies, exotic birds, bowls of fruit. Panel Three depicts Hell’s punishments for partaking of the delights. Centuries later, scholars debated whether he was a radical religious heretic or a satir
Andy Warhol: Cosplay Pioneer or Agent Provocateur?
Andy Warhol: Cosplay Pioneer or Agent Provocateur?
Andy Warhol by oliversantiago
Dress–up with Andy Warhol
Every time I’ve ever seen anything involving Andy Warhol, the resentment reflex is triggered deep in my brain at the idea of an artist so “unserious” about his work and seemingly disrespectful of art itself could have become such a big deal. (I usually conveniently “forget” his getting actually s
Norman Rockwell, All American Deviant
Norman Rockwell, All American Deviant
Norman Rockwell Tribute
Few artists have so definitively reflected the lives of average Americans as Norman Rockwell.
He began his lifetime dedication to being the “America’s Illustrator” as the 19-year-old art editor for Boys’ Life, the house publication of the Boy Scouts of America. A few years later he assumed his more famous position at The Saturday Evening Post, though he never b
With over 500 episodes under their belt, countless awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Simpsons was a pioneer in the adult animated sitcom space and is now a television institution that has featured an extensive list of celebrity guest stars including Hollywood royalty (Elizabeth Taylor), pop stars (Michael Jackson), and even world renowned scientists (Stephen Hawking) to name a few.
The pop culture impact of this fictional and dysfunctional middle American family is undeniable and far reaching. They have even altered the English language with catch phrases from the show became so popular (Okily Dokily anyone?) that the Oxford English Dictionary added “D’oh!” to their stately database.
Politically and pop culturally relevant storylines laden with satirical commentary keep fans tuning in every week. It’s a cultural phenomenon that is not going anywhere any time soon and continues to inspire Deviants to proclaim their love of the show by creating highly radioactive fan art. That’s something we call “Woo Hoo!” about.
To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.”
— Homer Simpson
Priceless like a mother’s love, or the good kind of priceless?”
— Bart Simpson
This is a thousand monkeys working at a thousand typewriters. Soon they’ll have written the greatest novel known to man. Let’s see. It was the best of times, it was the “blurst” of times! You stupid monkey!”
— Mr. Burns
Go out on a Tuesday? Who am I, Charlie Sheen?”
— Marge Simpson
Mom, I know your intentions are good, but aren’t the police the protective force that maintains the status quo for the wealthy elite? Don’t you think we ought to attack the roots of social problems instead of jamming people into overcrowded prisons?”
— Lisa Simpson
Bob Hoskins as Detective Eddie Valiant
Joanna Cassidy as Dolores
Charles Fleischier as Roger Rabbit, Benny the Cab, Greasy, and Psycho
Kathleen Turner as Jessica Rabbit
Lou Hirsch as Baby Herman
Christopher Lloyd as Judge Doom
Alan Tilvern as R.K. Maroon
Stuby Kaye as Marvin Acme
David Lander as Smart Ass
June Foray as Weezy
Fred Newman as Stupid
Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures and Touch Stone Pictures
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Country: United States
Year of Release: 1988
Synopsis: The story takes place in 1947, when the golden age of cartoons was still alive and active. In this movie, human beings and cartoon characters co-exist and interact together within in the same world. And in this movie, cartoon characters are referred to as “toons”. In typical cartoon fashion, the movie opens up with what appears to be just another episode of Roger Rabbit's show. But as a refrigerator lands on his head in the midst of the cartoon, it is quickly revealed to the audience that this was a production that Roger and Baby Herman were starring in together. Roger gets scolded by both Baby Herman and the director of the show, both of who are less than impressed with his performance. Meanwhile, somewhere within the same studio, cartoonist R.K. Maroon hires private investigator Eddie Valiant to investigate rumors that Jessica (Roger's wife) is having an extramarital affair with Marvin Acme. Eddie and his brother Teddy used to be friends of the toon community, but ever since Teddy's murder, Eddie grew a deep seated hatred towards toons, and became an alcoholic as a result of his state of depression. Although reluctant at first, Valiant takes it upon himself to take pictures of Jessica and Acme together. He then returns to Maroon's office and shows Roger photographs that he took of Jessica "cheating" on him. This deeply devastates him, and when Maroon and Eddie suggest that Roger and Jessica should be separate, Roger snaps into a fit of anger, and runs off, leaving a perfect imprint of himself on a glass window.
The next day, Eddie discovers that Marvin Acme has been murdered. But no witnesses have seen the murder or the killer. Upon arriving to the scene of the crime, Eddie meets with a strange man called “Judge Doom”, who along with his weasel henchmen, are on the hunt for Roger Rabbit, who is believed to be the culprit responsible for Acme's murder. Although toons are impervious to physical harm, Doom has discovered that they can be killed by submerging them in a mixture of acidic agents which is referred to as "Dip." After using a toon shoe as an example of the fate that awaits other toons, Judge Doom vows that he will use the “Dip” to carry out Roger's death sentence. Later that day, Eddie and Roger unexpectedly run into each other in the office. Roger tries his best to convince Eddie that he is innocent, and that he didn't kill Marvin Acme. Eddie remains skeptical and reluctant to help Roger with his problem. But then he soon realizes that this is every bit his problem as it is Roger's, when he discovers that Marvin Acme had a will that was hidden away, and has went missing. And so, Eddie Valiant and Roger Rabbit must work together to not only track down the real killer, but also to find Marvin Acme's will.
Personal Comments: With the recent passing of Bob Hoskins, I thought I'd take this time to review the one film I remember him most fondly for, which is also an old childhood favorite of mine. “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” is without a doubt, one of the best movies I've ever seen in my life. It's an absolutely incredible film. And like a lot of other classics from its time, it hasn't aged at all, and it's still quite enjoyable to look back on even after many years later. The movie was released theatrically on June 24th, 1988. I was only 5 at the time. And let me tell you what; I used to watch the hell out of this film when I was a kid. The movie is based on a 1981 graphic novel titled “Who Censored Roger Rabbit” by Gary K. Wolf. But what I found most surprising is that this movie was directed by Robert Zemeckis, who also gave us the unforgettable and highly acclaimed “Back to the Future”, which was released back in 1985, and has had two sequels made to it.
So anyway, this movie was a big project in development. And I mean “BIG”. Although some people say that this movie was produced by the Walt Disney Corporation, it was actually produced in association with Touch Stone Pictures as well. So this was kind of a co-production between the two companies. The first thing I want to get out of the way is the movie's sense of style. I have to admit, I always loved how this movie blends together live actors with traditional cel-animation. It was very well put together, and the animated characters simply look beautiful. The moving quality and the attention to detail is superb. Heck, it still looks nice today. And mind you, this was back when 2D animation was still highly regarded and valued. From what I've heard, this was a difficult and needless to say time consuming task to pull off on both the cameraman’s and the animators' behalf. The first thing they had to do was to capture the action on film, and have the actors mime certain scenes where cartoon characters would be involved and have some screen time. VistaVision cameras installed with motion control technology were used for the photography of the live-action scenes which would be composited with animated characters. Rubber mannequins of Roger Rabbit, Baby Herman and the Weasels would portray the animated characters during rehearsals in order to teach the actors where to look when acting with "open air and imaginative cartoon characters". Many of the live-action props held by cartoon characters were shot on set with either robotic arms holding the props or the props were manipulated by strings, similar to a puppet. Charles Fleischer (the voice of Roger Rabbit), insisted on wearing a Roger Rabbit costume while on the set, in order to get into character. Filming began on December 2, 1986, and lasted for seven months at Elstree Studios, with an additional four weeks in Los Angeles and at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) for blue screen effects of Toontown. The entrance of Desilu Studios served as the fictional Maroon Cartoon Studio lot.
But probably the most time consuming process of the entire production was animating the characters, and getting them to be properly aligned with the live footage. From what I've seen, there was a lot of talent and effort put into this film. Not only that, but the team of artists was pretty big. And I can imagine it had to be in order to pull off a major production like this. Post-production lasted for a year and two months, and because the film was made before computer animation and digital effects became the biggest thing, all the animation was done using cels and optical camera compositing. First, the animators and lay-out artists were given black and white print-outs of the live action scenes, and placed their animation paper on top of them. The artists then drew the animated characters in alignment to the live action footage. Due to Zemeckis's dynamic camera moves, the animators had to confront the challenge of ensuring the characters were not "slipping and slipping all over the place." After rough animation was complete, it would run through the normal process of traditional animation until the cels were shot on the Rostrum camera with no background. The animated footage was then sent to ILM for compositing where technicians would animate three lighting layers (Shadows, Highlights and Tone Mattes) separately, in order to make the cartoon characters look three-dimensional and give the illusion of the characters being affected by the lighting on set. Finally, the lighting effects were optically composited on to the cartoon characters who were in return composited into the live-action footage. One of the most difficult effects in the film was Jessica's dress in the night club scene because it had flashing sparkle effects, which was accomplished by filtering light through a plastic bag scratched with steel wool. I have to admit, even though this is not computer generated, it's just awesome. Even by today's standards it's mind-blowing.
Another thing I want to talk about is the licensing. "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" was a pretty expensive film. Not just because of the process of shooting the film, animating the characters, and putting the two together, but it has incorporated a bunch of third party copyrighted characters into the script. Although they served no real purpose to the story, and they were just in the movie for a short span of time. Playing either minor roles, or just appearing as cameos in the background. But I can't really complain in this sense. Because heck, every single character that has appeared in this movie has gained plenty of attention and importance in many of their other appearances. And that's more that can be said for the ill-fated Wolfpack Freedom Fighters from the Sonic universe. But anyway, it surprised me to no end that they somehow acquired the rights to use all those different characters from all those different studios. They incorporated characters from Walt Disney, Warner Bros, MGM, etc. The list goes on and on. Which means we get appearances from Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daffy Duck, etc. Heck, even some of the characters from certain Disney films appear in this movie. And speaking of which, this movie marked the first time in history when Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny were seen together on-screen. More specifically in the scene where Eddie was falling off a tall building to escape a crazy (and needless to say ugly) Jessica imposter called Lena. I'm not going to talk about this character too much. But I will say this much; Lena scared the crap out of me when I was a child. And also, the scene with Donald and Daffy playing piano together in the nightclub scene is just as memorable. Because again, this was the first time they were seen together on-screen. But even to this day, nearly 30 years later, it boggles my mind to no end on how Walt Disney and Touch Stone Pictures got away with using so many characters to fit into this one movie. I'm only saying that because it's just amazing. And I seriously doubt anybody could get away with that nowadays.
Another thing I found surprising about this film was the casting of Christopher Lloyd as Judge Doom. Most people may remember him as Dr. Emmett Brown from Back to the Future, which was also a major hit back in the 80s. But anyway, I have to personally give credit to Christopher Lloyd for his performance as the main villain of this movie. In fact, he was just incredible. And yes, you guessed it; Judge Doom is one of my favorite fictional villains of all time. Though he appeared to be dispensing justice in his own way by killing toons with his dip, it was later revealed that he's not human. But rather, he's a toon in the guise of a human, and was responsible for the death of Eddie's brother Teddy, hence the reason why Eddie held such a grudge against toons in the first place. And when he revealed his true identity to Eddie in the midst of the final battle, things really got scary. I'm not even joking when I say this. Judge Doom used to give me nightmares when I was a child. His demonic appearance with his animated red eyes and his wacky psychotic grin used to scare the crap out of me. He is one of the most evil of all 80s movie villains, and personifies the devil himself. Yes, I was that terrified of him. As a toon, Judge Doom had numerous abilities, and was almost completely immortal. But like all evil villains, he had a weakness. And his only weakness was the dip, the very substance that he created to kill toons with, and plotted to eradicate toon town off the face of the Earth. Now that's what I call one twisted and psychotic villain. For these reasons, Judge Doom is definitely praise worthy for how crazy, dangerous, and how terrifying he was. Not to mention he was pretty badass.
What really defined this movie aside from the cast of actors and its stylish blend of live footage and hand drawn animation, is the character interaction. Seriously, this movie reminds me so much of some of the dreams that I had when I was a kid. Because in many of my dreams, I interacted with some of my favorite fictional characters. And this movie represents that fantasy perfectly. Because I’m sure there has been plenty of other people besides myself who once fantasized about interacting with fictional two-dimensional characters in either a real life or fantasy setting. Because a lot of my dreams played out as animated cartoons, or a mix between live action and animation. Much like this movie. Of course, it's all fantasy. But hey, imagination can be a powerful thing. For those of you who don't know, Charles Fleischer also starred as a minor character in the lesser known 1995 horror film “Demon Knight”, which I reviewed a while back. But I think most people know him as the voice of Roger Rabbit. Which is no surprise since Roger Rabbit is more popular and well known than the latter. Another thing I loved about this film was the soundtrack. It's an absolutely beautiful score with great compositions. One of the songs that stood out for me the most was Jessica Rabbit's theme, which plays slowly during the scene where she interacts with Eddie after he showers, and during the closing credits. I especially liked the song “Why Don't You Do Right?”, which was sung by Jessica at the nightclub scene. Interestingly, Jessica's singing voice was provided by a different actress named Amy Irving for this one scene. The rest of the music is pretty good overall, and it fits well with the atmosphere of the movie. One of the somber tunes I remember is “Eddie's theme”, which kind of sets the mood for sadness, despair, and loneliness.
The movie was released on VHS in the 80s, and on DVD in recent years. The Special Edition DVD that I currently have comes with great extras and special features. These include multiple language tracks like English, French and Spanish audio, and the extras include theatrical trailers, art galleries, and behind the scenes footage. From this, I learned that there were certain scenes that were cut from the final version of the film. There is one scene that was supposed to have taken place in between the scenes where Eddie and Roger are hiding in Dolores' bar, and the scene where Eddie interacts with Jessica in his office. This particular scene involved Eddie investigating the nightclub scene where Jessica and Marvin were last scene. Only Eddie gets ambushed by the cartoon ape doorman who threw him out of the bar in an earlier scene. Judge Doom and the weasels then take Eddie to Toon Town, where an animated pig's head is placed on top of Eddie's head. However, before the scene with Jessica, Eddie is easily able to remove the pig's head by washing it off with shampoo as he showers. In all honesty, I don't know why this scene was removed. Because even though this scene didn't serve any true purpose to the story, it seemed like this would add to Valiant's desire for personal revenge. But of course he does get his revenge for his brother at the end where he defeats the weasels and Judge Doom with the dip. It's also worth mentioning that this DVD also contains the three Roger Rabbit shorts; "Tummy Trouble", "Rollercoaster Rabbit", and "Trail Mix Up". These were the only cartoons ever given to Roger Rabbit, and they were exclusively shown in the VHS versions of several films. I remember the "Tummy Trouble" short from the VHS release of "Honey I Shrunk the Kids".
One part in this film I absolutely loved was just before the final battle between Valiant and Judge Doom, where Valiant triggers a musical machine to play a strangely familiar tune (namely the Looney Tunes theme), and performs all kinds of comedic and humorous stunts to get the weasels to laugh. The funny thing about this scene is that it is revealed that the weasel's weakness was laughter. If they laugh for an extended length of time, they die, and their souls leave their bodies. But for me, the best part in this entire scene was when Eddie says “I'm through with taking falls! I'm bouncing off the walls! Without that gun I'd have some fun! I'd kick you in the!” before being bashed on the head with a vase. Roger adds “Nose!” to which Smart Ass (the leader of the weasels) replies “Nose? That don't rhyme with walls!” Eddie concludes “No! But this does!” and kicks him in the crotch to demonstrate the right word; “balls”. When I first saw that, I cracked up laughing. Yes, it was that funny. And lastly, the part where Judge Doom melts away in the dip seemed all so familiar. Particularly, when he exclaims “I'M MELTING!” during his last few seconds. This is obviously a direct reference to the Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz. And she exclaims this after being soaked with water, her established weakness. Another reference I caught onto was the part where Eddie takes out a singing sword, which sings the popular Frank Sinatra song "Witch Craft". Though we don't hear the song in its entirety since he quickly throws the sword away.
“Who Framed Roger Rabbit” won four Academy Awards, and became the first live action/animated film to win multiple Academy Awards since Mary Poppins in 1964. It won Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing (Charles L. Campbell and Louis Edemann), Best Visual Effects and Best Film Editing. Nominations included Best Art Direction (Elliot Scott, Peter Howitt), Best Cinematography and Best Sound (Robert Knudson, John Boyd, Don Digirolamo and Tony Dawe). Richard Williams received a Special Achievement Award "for animation direction and creation of the cartoon characters". Roger Rabbit won the Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film, as well as Best Direction for Zemeckis and Special Visual Effects. Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd and Joanna Cassidy were nominated for their performances, while Alan Silvestri and the screenwriters received nominations. The film was nominated for four categories at the 42nd British Academy Film Awards and won an award for its visual effects. Roger Rabbit was nominated the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), while Hoskins was also nominated for his performance. The film also won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie. As time went on, very few movies tried to copy it's style. But none of them came close to being as original or an innovative as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. At least not in my opinion. In 1996, there was “Space Jam”, which also combined live actors with 2D animated characters. And while that film received mixed reviews, I think it was decent. But not nearly as memorable. And of course there was “Looney Tunes Back in Action”, which admittedly I didn't enjoy that much. But I'll talk about that some other time. Rumor has it that a long overdue sequel was in production. But it seems to have been delayed for quite sometime. And I'm not so sure such a film is being produced. To be perfectly honest.
Now as I mentioned at the beginning of this review, Bob Hoskins (the actor who playd as Eddie Valiant) has recently passed away on April 29th, 2014, at the age of 71. On 30 April 2014, Hoskins's agent, Clair Dobbs, announced that he died of pneumonia. He had also been suffering from Parkinson's disease since 2011. It gives me great pain and sadness to say this. But as we all know, death is apart of life. All living things inevitably die. And that's just the way life is. However, since Hoskins died just recently, I'm taking this time to look back and reflect on all the wonderful things that he left behind when he was alive. Of course, I guess we can all agree that his role as Mario in the live action Super Mario Bros film was definitely not one of his best roles. Mainly because of how poorly executed and received the film was. But out of all the films that Hoskins has starred in, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” is the one film that I remember him the most for. Bob Hoskins may be gone now. But his memory lives on in many of his works. And that includes “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”.
Overall: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” is definitely one of the best theatrical films of the late 1980s and of all time. And I have to say, it definitely deserves the praise and the recognition that its gained over the years since its release to theaters. With its excellent blend of live actors and animation, great plot and storyline, excellent editing, memorable soundtrack, great humor, and its use of third-party characters from various animation studios, this movie is most definitely a timeless classic. It is widely considered one of Robert Zemeckis' best productions right next to Back to the Future. And it most definitely has withstood the test of time. Whenever I take the time to look back at this, I still see something unique, creative, and innovative. And while few movies tried to top its success, very few have succeeded in matching this movie's quality. But that's what makes "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" something special. And I'm glad that I still have the DVD edition of this film. Because like I said, this is a movie that I've known since my childhood. And I still have fond memories of it to this day.
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