Here’s a little fact that a lot of people don’t know: Who Framed Roger Rabbit was based on a book, named Who Censored Roger Rabbit. Both are equally good, but VERY different. For one thing, all the Toons in the book are comic strip characters rather than animated ones, and communicate through speech bubbles. Also, they have the ability to create doppelgangers of themselves, which they use as stunt doubles for some of the more violent scenes they have to act in. (This becomes an important plot point later on.) But for me, the biggest difference was Jessica Rabbit. In the novel, she was a former pornographic cartoon star, and didn’t seem to be that faithful to her husband, Roger- tho’ he still remained fiercely loyal to her, throughout the story.
While both the book and the movie are pretty equal, I think that one way in which the film managed to do better is in the relationship between the protagonist Roger and his spouse. (Well, that’s just in my opinion. Both versions have completely different tones and are equally good, tho’ I’ll give the book credit for being way more subversive.) While there is some suspicion that she might be as bad as she’s drawn, it is, in the end, very plain to see how much she loves him. And the really great thing is that it isn’t just another “Ugly Guy, Pretty Woman” sort of romance. For one thing, Roger is actually considered quite attractive by ‘Toon standards. But here’s the best part: You see, there was meant to be a prequel film made, whose title eludes me right now, but anyhaps, one of the details it would’ve gone into was how Roger and Jessica met. Basically, Jessica had been really down in the dumps when first she encountered Roger, and he was the only person who had been able to cheer her up. Which fits in perfectly with the original movie, as, when asked by Eddie Valiant just what she sees in the rabbit, she replies that he makes her laugh. Oh, and apparently, he’s also great in bed. (Which puts…unwanted images into my brain.)
So…I had been considering putting this in the number 13 spot, but in the end, I predictably chose the more Goth option. Woo originality!