Roger Rabbit Sequel/CGI Test

  The tremendous difficulty of the special effects was on everybody’s mind whenever a sequel was discussed.  By the early 1990s, computer-generated special effect imagery was becoming commonplace in Hollywood films.  Michael Eisner ordered a test of CGI effects for a potential Roger Rabbit sequel.  A CGI test was conducted …

Richard Williams Animation – 13 Soho Square

Richard Williams Animation was located at 13 Soho Square.  Williams built a powerful reputation in British animation, using the proceeds of television and movie theater commercials and animated film titles to fund his personal animation projects.  He was on a journey of mastery and invited animation luminaries such as Art Babbitt …

1986 Test-of-Concept – part 2

A second portion of the proof-of-concept test involved Jessica.  It utilized the technique of tonal and shadow mattes that had been developed by Chris Knott for commercials at Richard Williams Animation. The test-of-concept with Roger Rabbit was presented on the 2003 2-disc Vista Series DVD release of ‘Who framed Roger …

1986 Test-of-Concept – part 1

  Both Bob Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg had been aware of Disney’s Roger Rabbit project in its early stages, but the first formal meeting between Disney and Amblin was in October 1985.  The Amblin team of Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, and Steven Spielberg were Executive Producers.  Robert Watts was chosen …

Gag Drawings 2 – Tom Sito

  see previous post:  https://pullingarabbitoutofahat.com/animation-the-forum/gag-drawings-chr…ife-at-the-forum/   There was a wonderful camaraderie amongst the crew at The Forum in London, although for much of the production the press was ‘on’ and they rarely left their floor during the workday.  The animators were on the 5th floor of The Forum building – …

Bob Hoskins (1942 – April 29, 2014)

Bob Hoskins died on April 29, 2014, due to complications from pneumonia after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.  He was 71-years-young at the time.  In an October 12, 1989, interview in the Philadelphia Inquirer he said in a  Monty Pythonish nasal upper-class-twit British accent, “You’ve heard those actors who …

Roger Rabbit comic books

The Disney Comics imprint was started in 1990, and a Roger Rabbit comic book series was included.  The first issue was June 1990.  The ‘Roger Rabbit’ series ran for 18 issues, concluding with the November 1991 issue.  A second Roger Rabbit comic book series entitled, ‘Roger Rabbit’s Toontown,’ ran for …

Annie Elvin

Annie Elvin had a rich film pedigree.  Her father was a film editor at Gainsborough Studios and her husband worked in the live-action film industry in Britain.  Annie started off as an actress – even working with Bob Hoskins in the theatre.  She also did some voice-acting.  She got involved …