Analysis – Who Framed Roger Rabbit

            The film I viewed this week was Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  This film was released in 1988 and featured a heavy mix of both film and animation.  This film took many years to produce and proved to be a huge success.  It grossed millions of dollars in profit and can easily be considered an all time classic that almost every American has seen.

It was quite an ordeal to make this film.  It required a great deal of filming as well as post-production.  This film was made by means of rotographing.  In this process, black and white still frames of scenes are given to animators, which draw on top of them with celluloid paper.  The animations were photographed separately from the background and were then shaded with three different layers of shading.  They were optically printed and superimposed onto the film itself to create a masterpiece.  Post-production alone on this film took 14 straight months on this film.

This film was very different stylistically compared to other films from its time in the style of animation that it used.  This is easily the most reputable film that combined both live action film and hand drawn animation.  This was one of the first major attempts to accomplish this kind of art style.  There has never been another film that has tried to accomplish this effect that has been this successful.

This film was very unique in the effect that it created.  It truly displayed a good mix between reality and a dream world.  Not very many films have accurately portrayed this style.  This film definitely pulled it off.  The characters are given massive amounts of life and seem like they are actually acting in the film.  This is hailed as perhaps the best live action, cel animation crossover films to this day.


About JamesWrobel

I'm a junior at Alfred State College majoring in Digital Media and Animation. I specialize in digital art and photography rather than drawing and painting. It's a work in progress and I'm working hard to achieve my dreams.
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