Ask Judge Doom: no toon can resist the old "Shave-and-a-Haircut" gag. But when plans went around Hollywood for a sequel to the 1988 classic "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," a lot of powerful people suddenly realized it would take more than the promise of "Two-bits" for Roger to come busting through the door.
Now, nearly twenty years after "Roger Rabbit" first exploded onto the big screen, producer Frank Marshall told MTV News that he's still "open" to the possibility of another film, derailed in the mid-90s because of what would have then been cost-prohibitive special effects.
But don't hate Roger for the fact that the movie didn't get made in the first place. He's not expensive...he's just drawn that way.
"It came pretty close. We shot a test. We had a script. But unfortunately, we didn't have computer generated animation quite yet - it was just too expensive," Marshall explained of the untitled sequel project, "Roger Rabbit 2." "If you think about it, in the original movie there's really only 48 minutes of animation and in the new movie - or in that movie - he was in everything. So it went from 48 minutes of animation to over 100 minutes of animation.
"I remember we shot the test to try and see how much we could do with digital props - We weren't even into digital characters yet," Marshall continued. "The idea was to see what we could do with digital props as opposed to what we did in the original movie where everything was puppeted - all the props were puppeted by strings and wires and poles."
For the first time ever, Marshall also revealed details of the plot of "Roger Rabbit 2," and if you thought Toontown was a trip, you should have seen where they were sending Roger next.
"New York!" Marshall enthused of the setting for the second film. "Roger was a song and dance man in New York City [when he] discovered that he wanted to be in the movies and so he came across the country. I remember there being a big dance number. He came out with a troupe of sort of Busby Berkeley dancers on a train and they got to Hollywood and he and Baby Herman moved in together. And that's when he met Eddie Valiant."
Sounds too good to pass up, especially now that studios like Pixar exist (and under Disney no less), to help with Computer Animation. So ok, Mr. Marshall, what if we say "P-p-p-p-p-please!"
"Definitely," Marshall playfully responded. "I'll put in a call to [Pixar chief John] Lasseter after I hang up."
Why do we love Roger? Because he makes us laugh. Let's get this project moving. Show your support for a "Roger Rabbit" sequel below.