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In 1988, Robert Zemeckis created something truly special with 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit.' Not only did the film combine live-action with animation, but also brought together characters from Disney cartoons, The Looney Tunes, and more. For many years, whispers of a possible sequel have been making the rounds, but nothing ever seemed to develop. Recently, an alternative rumor surfaced that Roger Rabbit's next cinematic outing would be a team-up comedy with none other than Mickey Mouse. Evidently the new film will be a 100% animated remake of the 1952 Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis comedy 'The Stooge.' The original film revolved around an egomaniac vaudeville star and his under-appreciated assistant. Now, Gary K. Wolf, the creator of Roger Rabbit, has posted a letter confirming that they are in the process of pitching the movie to Disney/Pixar.
"The movie is called The Stooge. It will be based on the classic Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movie of the same name. The story has the emotional empathy and sensibilities of Wall-E and Toy Story. It will be a (G) Rated Pixar type animated musical buddy comedy. Mickey takes on the Dean Martin role, Roger, who is already regarded as a comic genius in France, takes the Jerry Lewis part. The film incorporates five specific locations from the Disneyland park. It also introduces the Toon Train, an exciting and interesting way to travel through Toontown. The film features real-life people. Walt Disney costars. Orson Welles makes an appearance. The packaged Development Proposal is currently being evaluated by Disney and Pixar. Meetings are happening! Directors and writers are being evaluated."
This is an intriguing project. For a sequel to a twenty-five-year-old family film, taking an outside-the-box approach is vital. It doesn't get much more outside-the-box than remaking a Jerry Lewis/Dean Martin comedy with Roger Rabbit and Mickey Mouse. As off-the-wall as this may seem, it does sort of fall in line with the aesthetic of the first film. 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' was very much an old Hollywood noir story, so it makes sense to choose a film from the classic Hollywood era to refashion as a Roger Rabbit film. The other thing to consider here is that doing another mystery story is not really an option without Eddie Valiant, and unfortunately Bob Hoskins has retired from acting. The only thing that has me concerned here is the idea of this being a 100% animated film. Much of the charm of Zemeckis' film is its blending of animation and live-action, and considering that Pixar's, and currently Disney's slate of animated films are computer-animated, I fear, should 'The Stooges' get the green light, that the spirit of the original will be lost.
What do you guys think? Would you be interested in this remake of 'The Stooges?' Do you think Roger Rabbit will artfully make the transition to CG animation?