MTV reports that Robert Zemeckis is working on producing a sequel to the 1980s era smash hit “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. Blending animation with live action in a superior way to previous attempts (although Gene Kelly did a fantastic job — see the video below), “Roger Rabbit” scored a huge hit at the box office and definitely had my generation of college students buzzing and imitating various cartoon voices for months on end.
Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman, who wrote the original “Roger Rabbit” screenplay, are developing the new screenplay as well. The blog promises to release more details in “coming days” but so far has yet to publish anything this writer has seen.
Here is a clip from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. Hang on to your hats, boys!
So Gene Kelly is still dancing with the cartoon stars — who’d have thunk. Kelly’s mixed live-action/animation films paved the way for “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and probably even “WALL-E” in that his work showed you could indeed make high quality mixed productions.