Split Screen Showcases The Movie Magic Of 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'

Sep 30, 2015 By John-Michael Bond

In 1988, Who Framed Roger Rabbit hit theaters and introduced a magical world where your favorite cartoon characters live in the same world as humans. While animated characters had appeared side by side with live actors before Roger Rabbit took the effect to new levels, earning multiple Academy Awards for its groundbreaking methods. 

Now, 27 years later, we can take a look back at the making of one of the film's most memorable sequences, Eddie Valiant’s chaotic trip to Toon Town. Utilizing a split screen this video shows you how the scene looked during the movie and filming. Actor Bob Hoskins falls, runs, and swings across a mostly blank blue backdrop, but his incredible skills as a comedic actor shine through. Given how little he had to work with it's remarkable to watch as his performance perfectly syncs up with the animated footage. While computers have made sequences like this more common in modern cinema, this look back at how the technology got its start will give you a new appreciation for this cinema classic.

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