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WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (HDNET KIDSCENE)

What to know: A revolutionary, live action and cartoon embedded classic with a moral: never lose the kid in you.
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Recommended age 8-18
104 minutes
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This is a revolutionary, live action and cartoon embedded classic. The story is about Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a detective working in a world where cartoon characters live like humans. Roger Rabbit, a toon, is framed for killing Marvin Acme the owner of ToonTown. So, it's up to Eddie and friends to get to the bottom of it.

This film has spectacular special effects. It uses live action mixed with animation. We've seen this effect in "Marry Poppins" and "Bed knobs and Broomsticks," but this film perfects it. The actors grab, throw and hit these cartoon characters with faultless timing. Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman did an amazing job of writing an original story with dialogue that is both entertaining and creative. You do have to ask yourself, "How the heck did they get the copyright to show Disney and Warner. Bros cartoon characters in the same film?" These are characters we all know and love and in some cases missed.

Looking back on this film I find the cinematography enchanting and raw. Set in a 1940s crime atmosphere, the darkly lit sets and shadowed scenes make this film unique. Seeing the bright, colorful toons mixed in with the gray-toned rooms and streets makes them pop.

My favorite character is our hero Eddie Valiant. He has trouble helping a toon because a toon killed his brother by dropping a piano on him, which you have to admit is funny. Bob obvious enjoys playing Eddie. He must be given credit for the realistic reactions to imaginary creatures while still putting on a stellar performance.

My favorite scene is when Eddie crashes into ToonTown. It's that moment when you get out of the gritty city and bars and enter into a sunny, Technicolor world. This metropolis represents every kid and parent's dream. Your favorite cartoons are there to meet and greet you. This is the only time you'll see Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse in the same room.

The moral is, never lose the kid in you. Eddie is arrogant and doesn't have much of a sense of humor. So he needs to learn that laughter is powerful and a formidable weapon.

I give this 5 out of stars and recommend it to kids ages 10 to 100. There is some bad language but, other than that, this is a perfect family film. Not only is it sheer genius but we all get to become reacquainted with our childhood toon friends.

This can be seen all month on HDNet Movies. KidScene. Reviewed by Keefer C. Blakeslee, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film critic.

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