Featuring Robert Zemeckis, Joanna Cassidy, Andreas Deja, Charles Fleischer, Don Hahn, Peter S. Seaman, Steve Starkey and Jeffrey Price
When Toontown was first revealed to the human world 25 years ago, it marked a glorious return to the screen for some of animation’s most beloved characters (including former studio rivals Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny), but also signaled that animation had returned as a vibrant and entertaining medium for all ages.
Masterfully blending the worlds of live-action filmmaking with classic animation, while giving a sharp tweak of the nose to the traditions of both, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” was a bold experiment that announced that the Disney animation studio was reborn.
Our panel of “Roger Rabbit” filmmakers relived their adventures in creating a film that remains a delightful tribute to animation’s golden age even as it set a new standard for what the medium could achieve. Director Robert Zemeckis and associate producers Don Hahn and Steve Starkey were joined by actress Joanna Cassidy (Dolores), voice actor Charles Fleischer (Roger Rabbit), supervising animator Andreas Deja and screenwriters Peter S. Seaman and Jeffrey Price following our return to Toontown. Digital restoration provided courtesy of the Walt Disney Studios.
“Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988) received Oscars for Film Editing, Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects, and a Special Achievement Award for Richard Williams’s animation direction. It was also nominated for Art Direction, Cinematography and Sound.
- April 4, 2013
- Samuel Goldwyn Theater