Saturday, September 20, 2008

Book Look: The Art of Roger Rabbit

Here's a great find I came across online...The Art of Who Framed Roger Rabbit is actually an illustrated catalog published by Sotheby's for an animation cel auction that was held in June of 1989.The book has a 9 page description of went into the making of the film and is filled with various animation art used in the movie. A lot of nice images make up this catalog.It seems they had the rights to sell the Disney, Warner Bros and Fleischer characters but no sight of the MGM and Walter Lantz characters.While flipping through the pages, I noticed some images that were not shown in the final picture. This notice was included: "All cels included in this sale are images actually used in, or deleted from, or were created in pre-production of the film..."
Mary Poppins and Music Land can be seen in these cels used(?) during the Yosemite Sam scene.A deleted scene had Baby Herman slipping a fin to his nursemaid.The scene where Eddie tries to throw Roger out his office seemed to be re-shot and animated.When the Weasels show up at Eddie's, Roger's anticipation into his wild take was trimmed out.A scene of Eddie explaining the connection between Cloverleaf and Maroon Cartoons was deleted.Here's an awesome cel collection that would look nice on my wall. The only time both Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny shared the screen together.Wonder if any of these are still available to purchase? I bet they would be worth a lot more than what they were 20 years ago...

4 comments:

David Germain said...

That looks like a great book. How much did it cost? It's also great to see the toons in those scenes without the shading on them. It doesn't diminish their 3 dimensionality one bit.

J.E.Daniels said...

It was $14 online used at Amazon.ca.
They include an explanation about the cels being shadow enhanced, that's why they have flat-color in the book.
I saw this when it was first published but was not interested in it because the pictures looked "unfinished". I was young and uneducated about animation production back then, now I know better! It's a great book!

Nic Kramer said...

Oh, why didn't I get that book when a used copy was available at "Half Price Books" a few month ago? Man, I feel like a sucker.

Anonymous said...

Does this book officially list all the characters that appeared in this movie? I have been looking for verifiable sources that show Elmer Fudd appearred in it.

Walt Disney's Encyclopedia of Animated Characters is the only book I know of that lists all the characters that appeared in this film.