It’s Popzara’s Movie Time! Podcast!, where our own movie nerds Ethan Brehm and Nate Evans take you on an unscripted journey yakking and chatting about some of their favorite movie moments and cinematic scenes, from past and present, presented without snark and snobbery for your listening pleasure. Let’s begin!
We’re diving into 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the live-action / animated blockbuster directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump) starring Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Charles Fleischer, Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, and countless other animated icons from the Golden Age of cartoon classics. It’s a classic who-dunnit murder mystery, only set in a world where humans and cartoons (toons) not only co-exist, they produce features together and play a little paddy cake on the side.
Our dynamic duo geek over what they love and admire about the film many call the pinnacle of not just the live-action / animation genre itself, but everything we love about classic Hollywood. Also discussed is “Bumping the Lamp” ( going above and beyond what was required to create the dazzling visuals), and the thrill of seeing famous toons from Walt Disney and Warner Bros’ animation studios share the screen, including influences from animation giants like Max Fleischer, Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, Ralph Bakshi and many others.
Listen for an in-depth look at the “Why Don’t You Do Right” song (in)famously sung by Jessica Rabbit in the film, being terrified by Christopher Lloyd, and why combining live-action with animation isn’t even a gimmick anymore; it’s standard practice.
Stay tuned for an extended look at some of the most famous (and forgotten) live-action / animated hybrid films and shorts, a genre stretches back to the very beginnings of cinema itself. From the iconic Jerry / Gene Kelly dance of 1945’s Anchors Aweigh to 1946’s (now banned) controversial Song of the South to patriotic fishiness of The Incredible Mr. Limpet and the penguins waiters of Mary Poppins (both 1964) to 1977’s Pete’s Dragon and even allegorical insects in 1987’s Twilight of the Cockroaches.
There’s a little something for every taste – even adults with 1992’s risque Cool World – that stretches to the present day with big studio releases like the new Tom & Jerry and upcoming sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy.