Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
The idea itself is inspired: Cartoons are shot just like regular films, and the cartoon "actors" live among us. They have their own laws of physics, and even their own town. Add to that one of the most charming animated characters ever conceived: Roger Rabbit, a crazy, frantic, infuriating, lovable creature - and admittedly a hotchpotch of familiar cartoon characteristics. Wrap the whole thing in a gorgeous, nostalgic '30s setting and a dime novel detective story. That's how you make a movie!
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is an unstoppable, impressive, hectic ride. An explosion of creative filmmaking! Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Steven Spielberg produced, and managed to secure the rights to several classic characters from various studios. Industrial Light & Magic provided the brilliant visual effects, and director Robert Zemeckis reached the zenith of his career.
Incidentally, don't forget the three Roger Rabbit shorts, released theatrically with other Disney films: Tummy Trouble (1989) (with Honey, I Shrunk the Kids), Roller Coaster Rabbit (1990) (with Dick Tracy), and Trail Mix-Up (1993) (with A Far Off Place). These are available with the feature film on DVD.
I was sad that they never made a sequel back in the day, but now I hope they never will. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a unique film, it deserves to stay that way.
Never forget to love it.