Bob Hoskins Talks ‘Roger Rabbit 2′

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:12 pm,

whoframedrogerrabbit Bob Hoskins Talks Roger Rabbit 2

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is one of those perfect ’80s movies that I could watch every day of my life and never get sick of. Combining the classic detective movie—e.g. The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, and Farewell My Lovely—with the best Walt Disney and Loony Toons cartoons of the 40s, 50s, and 60s, it was hilarious, creative, thrilling, and at some points even terrifying. But in a good way.

Robert Zemeckis, Roger Rabbit’s director, has wanted to make a sequel for decades. Now, according to Bob Hoskins, star of the original, Zemeckis is committed to bringing the Roger Rabbit sequel to the big screen via motion capture, not unlike his past three projects, The Polar Express, Beowulf, and A Christmas Carol—movies that aren’t exactly adored by the general viewing public.

According to the HeyUGuys’ Twitter feed, Hoskins said:

‘Zemekis said he’s going to do it like a Christmas Carol, but I’m 67 years old! I’ll look like a cartoon at that point! If they do it, I’m in!’

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a motion-capture Roger Rabbit sequel. Previously, Robert Zemeckis himself spoke about his desire to bring the movie to life using the lamented technology—not to animate Roger Rabbit and the other cartoon characters, but to animate the human characters, such as Bob Hoskins’ Eddy Valiant.

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One of the more creative aspects of the original, to me, was the juxtaposition of of living, breathing, live-action characters next to animated ones. Does anyone, anywhere, want to see a typically boisterous Roger Rabbit alongside an unnaturally stiff and dead-eyed Eddy Valiant? Usually, I’d embrace a Roger Rabbit sequel in any form, just on the off-chance that it could bring back just a little bit of that whimsy and joy I felt in 1989, but Zemeckis’ prior motion-captured outings don’t exactly fill me with confidence.

Meanwhile, Cartoon Brew has a video clip of some unused CGI test footage for a Roger Rabbit 2 from way back in the dark ages of 1998. Check it out for an idea of what a computer-generated Roger Rabbit could look like:

Admittedly, it’s not atrocious—and the fact that it’s twelve years old gives me some comfort—but can you imagine that CGI Roger Rabbit next to a CGI Jessica Rabbit next to a CGI Bob Hoskins inside of a CGI 1950s Hollywood? I don’t care how good the CGI and the motion-capture are, I can feel every bit of whimsy and joy being squeezed out of my soul as I write this.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2 is being written by the original film’s scribes, Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman (Shrek the Third). Robert Zemeckis is currently remaking Yellow Submarine using his favorite technology ever, so it’s anyone’s guess when he’ll get around to Roger Rabbit. When we know something, so will you.

Source: HeyUGuys

Test footage via Cartoon Brew

Via Bleeding Cool

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  1. Was this lfted a bit from Bleeding Cool? This story wasn’t on Hey U Guys site. But the combination with the Cartoon Brew video link was Bleeding Cool’s and made ages ago. And you chaps do follow the tweet..

    What do you think?

    • Hi Rich,

      Ben is one of our newer writers and wasn’t quite clear on how to source this. If you read our site regularly you’ll see that we’re not stingy about providing credit and links. :)

      We’ve added a link to the article on your site up above – thanks for pointing that out.

      Best regards,


  2. I agree that what made the original so amazing was the juxtaposition of real people and cartoons. If that element is gone, then I just dont’ know…

  3. 50 bucks says Christian Hendricks does the mocap for Jessica Rabbit

    • 50 bucks says I’d like to see that :)

      • Whoops, typo. I meant CHRISTINA Hendricks.
        But yeah I think most guys would be on board with this ;)

        • Sadly, the cartoon characters are the only characters that WON’T be motion-captured…

    • LOL! I’ll take that bet too, dude!

      • same here marc!!

  4. Coolness.

  5. a 3D Jessica Rabbit

    nuff’ said

    till next time

    • If that was the film’s marketing campaign men would come out and watch.

  6. Great news i look forward to this.

  7. lol..

  8. that lol was for you ricky :)

  9. unlikely, but it’d be rad for them to bring back Christopher Loyd for this too

  10. I hope it’s not in 3D…. I’m sure it will be but I’m really hoping it’s not…

  11. I don’t understand why Zemeckis would want to use stop-motion for the human characters. I agree with Ben about the combination of real-life actors and the animated characters is what made the original so great. The stop-motion in Polar Express, etc., makes the people look lifeless and dull-almost like animated corpses. I’d be all for a Roger Rabbit 2, but only if they stick with the original formula. Using stop-motion will keep me (and probably alot of other people) away.

  12. Anthony
    why was that lol for me eh? LOL!

    • i trust you’ve seen Who framed Roger rabbit?

  13. I have to agree that simply taking the live action characters and making them into CG Mo cap loses a lot of the charm already. On the other hand, how else would they get an aging Bob Hoskins to reprise the role? If the story’s good I’ll still watch it, 3D mo-cap be damned!

  14. Anthony
    Yes i have it was ok. I have it its been awhile though,watcha think of it?

  15. i would rather see a sequal to roger rabbit with roger and the cartoon charactors and diffrent live actors together.

    if the whole thing was some kind of animation it would take away the charm who framed roger rabbit had.

  16. Id to see the sequel be done like the first film, using live actors and animated characters. That’s one of things that made the first film so great for what it was. That’s one movie i could watch anyday, and i hope the sequel will be just as great. I wonder if Zemeckis could have another gang of Weasels since the ones in the first film were funny,lol.

  17. awesome!! cant wait soo excitedd :)

  18. Very good yes I’d love to see Roger Rabbit return in 2012 as it brings back the popular memories of it and how it’s made.

  19. I live CGI but for a sequel to Roger Rabbit, it should be animation and using real actors. Not doing the whole movie in CGI. That is one of the best things i loved about Roger Rabbit, the combination of real actors and animation.

  20. Sorry I meant to say ” I like CGI”

  21. From Wikipedia: “In December 2007, Marshall admitted he was still “open” to the idea, and in April 2009, Zemeckis revealed he was still interested. It is said that the original writers, Jeffrey Price & Peter S. Seaman are currently writing a new script for the project. It is also said that the cartoon characters will be in traditional 2D, while the rest will be in performance capture. However, in 2010, Zemeckis said that the sequel will remain 2D and live-action sequences will be filmed, just like in the original film. Also in 2010, Don Hahn, who was the film’s original associate producer, confirmed the sequel’s development in an interview with Empire magazine. He stated, “Yeah, I couldn’t possibly comment. I deny completely, but yeah… if you’re a fan, pretty soon you’re going to be super happy.”

    I really hope they do stick close to the original. CG humans would SUCK! :)

  22. Quality of the clip is so low you really cant tell how good or bad it looks; shame.

  23. I am really looking forward to this one. Perhaps a peek at Mighty Mouse, Woody Woodpecker, and Casper? Anyway… don’t leave out Jessica!

  24. That was NO WAY a real Roger Rabbit2 scene test! That was TOTAL CRAP! Enough time has now gone by that the CGI should be 100% better than the first Roger Rabbit film and it was GREAT!!! I say, If you can’t do it right then don’t do it at all!

  25. I say use traditional animation combined with real live actors. Make the story revolve around an aging Eddie Valiant, now in the early 70′s. You could include the whole army of Hanna Barbera cartoons at this point.

  26. R.I.P. Bob Hoskins

    Hopefully, they had done filming scenes with him for the sequel before he died.