Paul Reubens Roger Rabbit test footage

Walt Disney Productions purchased the film rights to Gary K. Wolf‘s novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? shortly after the book’s publication in 1981, and Disney spent many years trying to bring Who Framed Roger Rabbit to the screen.

In the early 1980′s, Disney developed test footage with animation director Darrell Van Citters with Paul Reubens voicing Roger Rabbit, Peter Renaday and Mike Gabriel as Eddie Valiant, and Russi Taylor as Jessica Rabbit. This was right around the time that Reubens was getting ready to reveal his Pee-Wee Herman persona to the world.

The early test footage was broadcast once on a 1983 Disney Channel show called Disney Studio Showcase, and never seen from again — until now. Thief Archive (via CartoonBrew) has found the footage of the television airing of these early animation tests. Watch the Paul Reubens Roger Rabbit test footage now, embedded after the jump.

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Actor Bob Hoskins Has Died At 71

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Bob Hoskins, one of the most recognizable and charismatic actors of his generation, has passed away at the age of 71.

Hoskins gave iconic performances as far back as the 1970s. His most successful films were probably Robert Zemeckis’ Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Steven Spielberg’s Hook. In each Hoskins exhibited a perfect balance of physical humor, aloofness and intimidating strength. His final film was in 2012′s Snow White and the Huntsman, but his legacy includes wonderful turns in Brazil, Mermaids, Nixon, The Cotton Club and Mona Lisa, for which he got an Oscar nomination in 1986.

Hoskins retired in 2012 and at the time he thanked “all the great and brilliant people he has worked with over the years, and all of his fans who have supporter him during a wonderful career.” He added he was “looking forward to retirement with his family.” In a statement released by his family, they said Hoskins passed “peacefully at hospital last night surrounded by family, following a bout of Pneumonia.”

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This Roger Rabbit deleted scene explains so much. A video has been brought to our attention from the DVD of Robert Zemeckis‘ 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In it, Zemeckis and his crew discuss a deleted scene they refer to as “The Pig Head Sequence” which was the first completed scene in the film, but was later cut out. The scene explains why Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) awkwardly comes into in his office to meet Jessica Rabbit with his shirt off in the final film. He was washing off a giant ‘toon pig head.

Below, watch the Roger Rabbit deleted scene as well as some behind the scenes looks at how it was created. Read More »

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For years, director Robert Zemeckis has conveyed an interest in making a sequel to his 1988 smash, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? At times, it even sounds like it’s getting close. Before (or if) that ever happens though, an actual sequel is coming and it’s coming later this year.

Gary K. Wolf, the creator of Roger Rabbit, will be releasing a new Roger Rabbit eBook on November 29. It’s called Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? Read More »

Today’s Sequel Bits is stuffed to the brim with images, quotes, tweets, and more. After the jump:

  • Would Bryan Singer ever direct a Star Trek movie?
  • Damon Lindelof explains all the secrecy about the villain
  • Seth Grahame-Smith gets cracking on Beetlejuice 2
  • Steven Seagal‘s out, Jackie Chan‘s in for Expendables 3
  • Willow and Roger Rabbit sequels offer non-updates
  • Anchorman 2 will feature Champ Kind, restauranteur
  • The Happy Madison boys goof off in Grown Ups 2 posters
  • Storm Shadow looks especially badass in new G.I. Joe pics
  • Kick-Ass 2 reveals six new high-res images and a poster

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What will it take for Disney to pull the trigger on a Roger Rabbit sequel? The possiblity that such a thing could happen has been discussed quite a bit over the past few years, but the studio isn’t moving forward with it for reasons that haven’t been made clear. In a new interview with Robert Zemeckis, director of the original film, we get a bit of new info about what the sequel might be. Specifically, a 3D period piece with hand-drawn animation. Read More »

Could Sean Connery return to the Bond franchise? Believe it or not, it almost happened a third time. Also after the jump:

  • The Muppets shoots this winter, Bret McKenzie returns to write more songs
  • Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore has ideas for a sequel
  • Robert Zemeckis isn’t planning a Roger Rabbit sequel
  • Daniel Craig says Dragon Tattoo sequel needs a script
  • Watch a montage of A Good Day to Die Hard filming
  • Star Trek Into Darkness will be released in Dolby Atmos
  • Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talks about Red 2

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After years of working in the (self-imposed) motion-capture gulag, Robert Zemeckis returns to live-action with Flight. He’s got other live-action work lined up, but one of his next projects may go back to his classic blend of live-action and animation, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.

A Roger Rabbit sequel has been talked up for years and years, but seemed to have a big roadblock thrown in front of it over this past summer when Bob Hoskins, the lead of the original movie, retired from acting. But Zemeckis says that a sequel is still possible, just as soon as Disney gets its house in order. Read More »

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