Tuesday, November 26, 2013
BTW, she's holding a small giveaway so there's another reason to not miss this interview ;)
Friday, November 15, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The thing is, Roger is loved in other countries a lot more than he is where I come from. In America, he is well known, but that is about it. But in Japan, like Oswald and Stitch, he is well loved.
Here is an example. The Takara Tomi Roger doll.
You may notice that it's a smaller size than most Roger plushes, but in my opinion, it's the most based off of the character. Things from the tie to the one eye being smaller than the other are perfectly replicated.
Then there is this talking doll from the 80's that I found.
If you are interested in buying them, here are the links on Ebay.
Talking doll: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1988-18-EXTREMELY-RARE-Japanese-ROGER-RABBIT-talking-disney-doll-figure-MIB-/200973212099?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ecaefd9c3
Takara Tomy Roger: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brand-New-Takara-Tomy-Arts-Beans-Collection-Roger-Rabbit-From-Japan-Pre-Order-/251337251263?pt=Stuffed_Animals_US&hash=item3a84de19bf
Bunnyfriend, sorry for not telling you about this, but it was important enough to post.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Gary K. Wolf’s “Ask Me Anything” at Reddit, and the first chapter of “Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?” narrated by Gar— I mean, Walter Windchill
Are you interested to know some interesting stuff about Roger Rabbit, Toontown, his novels and their creator: Gary K. Wolf? Then go here and read all the answers he left to several Redditors who asked him some great questions about “Who Censored Roger Rabbit?”, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?” and basically everything related to the floppy-eared rabbit.
Again, the link where you can find Gary Wolf’s “Ask Me Anything” is:
Also, he shared with all Roger Rabbit fans this video, in which Walter Windchill (the gossip columnist who bores a striking resemblance to Gary Wolf) is narrating the first episode of “Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?” for us:
Are you willing to know what comes next? Better keep your simoleons ready! “Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?” will be available for pre-order on October 22nd, and then you’ll know the rest of this story ;)
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
This giant rabbit plush looks like your average giant rabbit plush, right? Well, take a second look at him: this handsome fella is, in fact, THE ORIGINAL Roger Rabbit.
Yup: this giant rabbit plush is the first accurate portrayal of Roger Rabbit as a character, based of course in the description of him wrote by Gary K. Wolf, author of “Who Censored Roger Rabbit” and the whole Toontown concept.
Do you wonder who’s the owner of this particular rabbit? If your answer is Gary K. Wolf, you’re absolutely right!
In fact, he was kind to share with us the origin of the first Roger Rabbit ever, which is in fact tied to the very origins of “Who Censored Roger Rabbit” and his own characterization as Eddie Valiant in the first cover of the novel.
Let’s allow Gary speak for himself:
How I Became A Male Model
I published the first Roger Rabbit novel, Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, in 1981.
The publisher asked me for a book jacket photo for the inside back flap.
For my science fiction novels I had done a variety of poses. The kinds of poses writers were doing back then. Me out in the woods looking ethereal in long hair, long scruffy beard, and a turtleneck sweater. Me wearing a cowboy hat, bush jacket, and my military medals. Me slouching insolently against an alley wall wearing my leather Air Force flight jacket, white T-shirt, and shabby blue jeans.
For the Roger Rabbit novel I wanted something different, something more in keeping with the premise of the book.
I arranged for a toy company called Kamar to do me up a rabbit based on my description of Roger in the book.
I put that toy rabbit into a trench coat. I wore what Eddie Valiant wore, a shirt, tie, trench coat and period hat.
We shot the photo looking at me over Roger’s shoulder.
The hardest part of the photo shoot was holding the lighted cigarette. This was way before we could add that effect with Photoshop. We had to do the action for real. I’m not a smoker. I kept coughing because the smoke was drifting up my nose.
I sent the picture, which was black and white, to the publisher.
They got very excited. They said the pose would be perfect for the book jacket.
They hand tinted the picture to give the scene a period look.
They used the photo on the cover of the book.
The flap jacket copy says “The detective on the book’s jacket is portrayed by Mr. Wolf.”
I was a very happy guy.
Doubleday brought out a hard cover book club edition.
They changed that edition to an all-artwork cover. They drew Eddie Valiant as I had described him in the book, a craggy, clean-shaven, Robert Stack-type.
Except they didn’t change the flap jacket copy. That still said “The detective on the book’s jacket is portrayed by Mr. Wolf.” Which of course it wasn’t. Not even close.
When I do autographings, I still get copies of that book to sign. The owner always looks at the cover then looks at me suspiciously. I can tell they suspect I’m an imposter.
I do always draw a beard on that artwork Eddie after I sign one of those book club editions. That brings him a little closer to me.
We continued the Censored tradition with Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? Once again, the detective on the book’s jacket is portrayed by Mr. Wolf.
As an interesting sidelight, ever since the Wacked cover got released, I’ve been getting calls from Abercrombie & Fitch. They want me to be the cover boy on their next catalog. I’m gonna decline. They want me to take off my shirt, pull down my pants, and show my underwear.
I’m just not that kind of guy.
At least not anymore.
You can find more of Gary’s anecdotes and memories (as well as some wonderful and funny ramblings) on his own blog and his Facebook wall.
Thanks again for sharing this history with us, Gary! Of course, you and Roger look as great as ever =D
Sunday, September 15, 2013
This is the cover art for the upcoming novel “Who Wacked Roger Rabbit”, due to be released on November by Musa Publishing (with pre-orders available on October 22th). The art was made by former Disney animator / illustrator Jacques Muller, who was part of the animation crew of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, and it features Gary K. Wolf as Eddie Valiant, crooked Toontown major Willy P, her moll Honey Graham and Mutt the puppy: all of them new characters which are being introduced on this novel.
Looks amazing and cartoony, right? =3
The following text is the cover blurb of the upcoming novel, found on Toontown Through a Keyhole:
Hard-boiled gumshoe Eddie Valiant lands a plum job as Gary Cooper's bodyguard while Coop scouts locations for his next movie—a screwball comedy titled Hi, Toon! But Eddie's dream job quickly turns into a nightmare. The film's being shot in Toontown, and Coop's co-star turns out to be none other than Roger Rabbit.
Eddie's a big fan of Coop. Of Roger? Not so much.
Now a sinister hoodlum is threatening to murder Coop if the movie gets made. Before long, Eddie, Coop, Roger, and the ever-glamorous Jessica Rabbit are embroiled in a mystery that could destroy Toontown. When Roger bites off more Toonish trouble than Eddie can swallow, the answer to the question Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? suddenly becomes no laughing matter.
I can’t wait to read this novel, and hope you’re as eager as I am! =D
P.S. Sorry for the long absence, I’ll be here more often ;)
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
From June 1st. until the last day of the month, ImNotBad.com will be holding a very special 25th. Anniversary celebration in their Tumblr page (Jessica Rabbit World). Literally tons of pictures related to Roger Rabbit will be posted on there and you can find all the details on the following link:
It will be a very fun month, and maybe you can see some pictures and photos you haven’t seen before, so keep an eye on there ;)
Monday, May 27, 2013
Sunday, May 5, 2013
The other idea was a movie called Toon Platoon. It was a story that happened before the first movie, or prequel. The story goes that Roger's mother left him on the doorstep of a human couple in Kansas. He never knew he was a Toon until they told him once he turned 18. Other plotlines include meeting Jessica, Jessica getting kidnapped by Nazis and becoming the Toon version of Tokyo Rose and an assasination attempt on Franklin Roosevelt. It was written by Animaniacs writers Sherri Stoner and Diana Oliver.
BUT.... there was footage that is now very well known of a CG test for Roger.
Now, we hear talk of a remake of the Martin and Lewis film The Stooge, which I have high and low expectations for. It will bring back Roger, which is the high expectations..... now time to hear the LOW expectations.
In February of 2013, Disney shut down the 2D animation department of the studio, instead going with nothing but CG animation from now on. In fact, rumor has it that Pixar got the rights to do The Stooge. Now you may be thinking: "This might ruin our hopes for any new 2D material that we can own!" Well, yes. But let's not forget that even Toontown can shine brighter with a bit of hope.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Our good friend Gary Wolf has revealed some new concept art for The Stooge and new Roger Rabbit shorts. Movieweb.com has posted four new posters made by Douglas Sirois.
Along with the posters you'll also find a brief interview Movieweb did with Gary Wolf where he spills some more details. The movie will be set in Disneyland and will feature none other than Walt Disney and Orson Welles, brought back to life with motion-capture.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Sometimes I wander into eBay just for looking all the neat stuff related to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” that’s on sale or auction. Usually I find the very same stuff that we know already (plush dolls, exclusive figurines and statues, pins, posters and rare collectibles) but once in a while I find something that really gets my interest. The above drawings are one of those things.
As you already know, movie rights for “Who Censored Roger Rabbit” were bought by Disney back in 1981 and there were plans to film a blockbuster feature based in the novel, until the project lost some steam and was shelved –only to be rescued in 1985, fully revamped and backed up by Steven Spielberg and Michael Eisner. The drawings on the following eBay auction are supposedly some of the first drafts of the main characters from the still heavily-based-on-novel project:
Although they’re actually photocopies and the seller is wrong on the year they were probably sketched, those drawings are actually great and help us to get the whole idea of how several of the characters we know did look back in the early stages of pre-production.
If you plan to get them, better hurry! =)
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
As reported by Daily Mail Online, Richard LeParmentier (who Roger Rabbit fans know as the Lt. Santino, and Star Wars fans know as Admiral Motti) passed away yesterday. He was only 66 years old, and the circumstances about his death are still unknown.
Farewell, Mr. LeParmentier. May your soul rest in peace.
Thanks to our own Daniel Kimbrell for the tip.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
Remember that post in which we speculated about Roger Rabbit being back at the Disney parks?
Well, speculate no more: HE IS INDEED BACK!!
Disney Echo shared a couple of pics in which the Roger Rabbit costumed character makes his comeback to Disneyland (click on the links for the pictures). It’s maybe for a limited time, but it’s nice to see good old Roger back again =)
Thursday, March 21, 2013
I preordered the Blu-ray for Roger Rabbit in February, hoping for bigger things in store, not just the definition, but new things. I was hoping for everything to be sunnier in Toontown, hoping that with the movie back on store shelves, it would bring new fans. I still hope that.
But, there's some bits that you should know. If you want to know the special features besides the Hi-def versions of the three Roger Rabbit shorts, there's also the Before and After of Toontown feature, a thing explaining the Toon-stand ins, a commentary recorded years ago, and a few other things also from the 15th anniversary DVD set. Basically, the only difference is that it's in a better quality, the shorts were restored, and they put new menus and a loading screen with Roger's bowtie spinning.
And if you have both the 15th anniversary DVD set and the Blu-ray DVD pack, you basically have the same thing. The DVD for the Blu-ray is the first disc of the 15th anniversary set repackaged without the film reel look.
I have not lost faith in this set. Because of it I saw a few things I didn't notice before. Like, when Eddie Valiant is in the elevator, and it's speeding up, in one shot you can see an outline of The Road Runner, and a few seconds later you can see an outline of Wile E. Coyote.
With news of The Stooge, I hope they will do more with the characters of Roger and Jessica. But right now, it looks a little bit lessened.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
If you’re a hardcore Roger Rabbit fan like us, maybe you’d like to read this excellent article from Jim Korkis at MousePlanet. He give us all the info we know about the 25th. Anniversary of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, the gossips about the proposed sequels (Robert Zemeckis and Gary Wolf’s ones) and the troubled life or a rabbit which only purpose in life is making people laugh.
But he also interviews Gary Wolf about the motivation to write a new novel involving the wacky rabbit and his friends, the proposal for “The Stooge” and how he sees Roger Rabbit in his own mind. It’s definitively worth a read, so you can’t miss this article if you love good old Roger or if you want to know a little more about the man behind the rabbit =)
Monday, March 18, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
Facebook fan page Characters Photos Blog recently published some interesting news: if those are true and not only rumors, then the Roger Rabbit costumed character will be back at Disneyland for the upcoming Easter season, along with his friends Br’er Rabbit (from Song of the South and Splash Mountain) and Mr. Easter Bunny himself. Also, he will be part of the “Happiness is Here Parade” on Tokyo Disneyland for the park’s 30th. anniversary. There is a slight chance he travels to Disneyland Paris too.
Let’s wait for a confirmation from official sources, but let’s hope for the best too =3
P.S. Thanks to ImNotBad.com for the info =D
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Well, we can expect several new interviews with Charles Fleischer, Gary Wolf or any other person related to Roger Rabbit in the following days. Meanwhile, I’ll bring you the newest ones:
- Silas Lesnick from ComingSoon.net had a very interesting interview with Charles: half of it consists in the things we already know from previous interviews, but the other half is worth the read. Let’s say Charles Fleischer is “not just another rabbit” ;)
- BuzzFeed bring us a list of 20 interesting tidbits of trivia about “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”; many of them are well known to hardcore Roger Rabbit fans, but newest fans will find them amusing =)
- Flavorwire does a very extensive essay about the reasons “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” was a revolutionary film back in the eighties, and still remains as one of the greatest movies of all time. If you have enough time, I highly recommend you to give it a read.
Stay tooned for more news and interesting articles!! =3
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Have you already got your Blu-ray copy of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit – 25th. Anniversary Edition” which was released yesterday? Not yet? Then you’d love to read the following links before going to your nearest store:
- William Bibbiani from Crave Online interviews Charles Fleischer; you can’t miss this interview since we can finally know how Roger Rabbit’s speech impediment is called, among other interesting tidbits about the movie production and his future interventions on the possible sequel(s).
- Then Cameron Meier from Orlando Weekly gets his own interview with Charles; it’s more or less like the previous interviews but it’s still worth a read.
- Mike Gencarelli from Media Mikes got his chance with Charles Fleischer too, discussing his own point of view about “The Stooge” (it’s all ‘puffery’, he says), the future of the “Roger Rabbit” sequel and his own theories about “Moleeds” and gamma-ray bursts.
- Ain’t It Cool News (sorry again guys) goes deeper into the new “The Stooge” poster artwork, reposting an interview made to conceptual artist Douglas Sirois: creator of that awesome piece of art. They also have been in touch with Gary Wolf, and he assures them “The Stooge” project is actually happening.
And in the least interesting history of the bunch… YES. I’M BACK =3
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Friday, March 8, 2013
But don't throw yerselves in the Dip yet kiddies, from the looks of things it seem he's just speculating. Based on what I've read so far the project is in it's very early stages, so there probably hasn't been any need to contact any voiceactors yet. So hold in there until we get more news on this. Keep your fingers and ears crossed and hope Gary Wolf can get Roger back in action again.
Thanks again to Bunnyfriend for the heads up.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
Academy Plans ‘Roger Rabbit’s’ 25th Anniversary Reunion
Friday, February 22, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Skip to 17:20 to hear his Roger voice and again to 33:05.
Hail to the king baby!
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Friends and followers, I’m really sorry about my poor performance on this blog. I’ve ranted enough to fill a tall building with frustration and curse words. I’ve called people “liars” or “not professionals” when they were right from the very beginning. I’ve done a lot of harm to the Roger Rabbit fandom with my false assumptions and snobbism.
I’m sorry folks. Take my most sincere apologies.
From this moment, I’m stepping down as the webmaster of Toontown Antics. Instead, Alex will be the head of this blog.
Alex: I know this will be sudden and unexpected, but I also know from the bottom of my heart you’ll be fine with Toontown Antics. You’re a true Roger Rabbit fan, and about that old question of ours: yes, actually you do love Roger Rabbit more than I do.
Sorry fellas. I can’t take care of this place anymore. Thanks for all those years of support, laughter and hope. Maybe someday I’ll be back, but I can’t be sure. Keep Toontown alive and wacky for me.
Thanks guys. I’ll miss you. =’)
Maybe you’ve already read my latest rant about some online blogs giving as a fact the last entry on Gary Wolf’s blog about a buddy movie starring Roger Rabbit and Mickey Mouse, which will feature Walt Disney and a cameo by Orson Welles.
It was too good to be real, so I went full skeptic.
But, know what? It’s actually real, and it’s actually happening!!
A person who is closer to Gary Wolf than me (who wants to remain anonymous) told me those news are, in fact, real. “The Stooge” is an actual in-development project, which is being discussed with Disney and Pixar at this moment. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be greenlighted, but there’s a slight chance they pull the trigger and give “The Stooge” a try.
This is the second time I rant about legit news that are actually happening. Maybe I should be less skeptic and more receptive to those kind of news.
Monday, February 18, 2013
…Those “news” posted in Gary Wolf’s blog about a Roger Rabbit movie, are not supposed to happen in real world?
If you can read carefully, the pen name of the guy writing the info is none other than Walter Windchill: a gossip columnist for the Toontown Telltale (some kind of tabloid on Toontown) who also will be one of the core characters in the upcoming novel “Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?” to be released later on this year. Walter was introduced in one of Gary’s blog earlier posts, and he’s posting in behalf of Gary Wolf some news to us Roger Rabbit fans in the real world, and some other news which only happen in the world of toons and wacky antics we know as Toontown.
Also, how in tarnation would you get Walt Disney and Orson Welles to star in a movie, without bringing’em from the dead via CGI or Mo-Cap? And without bringing a load of lawsuits and hurt feelings from their fans, relatives, heirs and estate owners?
Finally, just read the entry. Really. This isn’t meant to be taken seriously. And I mean, seriously as “is this really happening?”.
Monday, January 28, 2013
ImNotBad.com tipped me about Zemeckis finally giving a full explanation of his cryptic answer at the UK premiere of his latest movie, “Flight”, in which he confirms “Roger Rabbit 2” is shelved.
Yes, again. Like, ever.
P.S. The only thing I can think now are curse words, so I apologize for the short entry. Hope this pic can express how dissapointed I am:
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Color us confused right now.
Bleeding Cool posted a couple of videos: one of those is very uplifting for the ones which (like us) are waiting the long-delayed sequel of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, while the other leaves us severely confused and annoyed, to say the least.
In the first one, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey (producing partners of Robert Zemeckis) confirm there’s a “Roger Rabbit 2” in the works and that also the recently-retired Bob Hoskins “is ready to do it” (they talk about the possibility of bringing him with digital technology):
Meanwhile, the other video shows Bob Zemeckis denying any kind of sequel to Roger Rabbit, which makes us wonder: we know that possibly there won’t be a sequel, BUT a prequel (like the last failed attempts back in the 90’s), so… Is he being cryptic, like always? Or does he know something we don’t know about how Disney is considering a sequel to WFRR?:
Make your own conclusions, fellas. With the recent shelving of “Yellow Submarine”, it will no wonder us that RR2 will be canned… For the third time. Let’s hope for the best anyway.
Thanks to ImNotBad.com for the tip!