I’ll admit, I didn’t realize that Robert Zemeckis’ classic 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit was based on a book until many years after I saw the movie. The 1981 book that the movie is based on was called Who Censored Roger Rabbit? and it was written by Gary Wolf.
I’ve never read the book, but CineFix has released another episode of their Film vs. Book web-series and this latest one points out all of the differences between the book and the film.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Who Censored Roger Rabbit are both mystery stories that merge the real world with the toon world. One involves the killing of movie executive while the other surrounds the shooting of the title character. While the movie and book have some similarities as they both involve private eye Eddie Valiant trying to solve a murder, but a vast number of plot points (particularly the victim) and character attributes were altered from the book to the movie. At that, it’s time pull back the proverbial shower curtain on all the differences between the book and the film.
If you’re a fan of the movie, this is a must-watch. It’s packed full of interesting information that I never knew before.