‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ this weekend at the Orpheum

Robert Zemeckis’s “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” is a groundbreaking classic film that combines live action and animation in an unprecedented format. Set in Toontown during the 1940s, we meet Roger Rabbit, not your typical Bugs Bunny, who has been framed for the murder of Marvin Acme. Roger was accused of killing Acme because his beautiful, curvaceous wife, Jessica Rabbit, was caught playing “pattycake” with Marvin Acme after a performance at the nightclub. Roger “flips” when he sees pictures of Acme and Jessica, so when Acme turns up dead, all eyes are on Roger.

Private Detective, Eddie Valiant, portrayed brilliantly by Bob Hoskins, has been hired to clear Roger Rabbit’s name before it is too late. Unfortunately for Roger Rabbit, Eddie Valiant hates “toons,” including Roger. Years earlier, Eddie’s brother was smashed and killed by a falling piano pushed by an infamous “toon,” Judge Doom. As the story unravels, we learn that Judge Doom has more dastardly plans for Toontown and Roger. Eddie and all the “toons” must work together to save their home and their existence.

In one of Warner Brothers finest adventures, which led to the breakthrough of blending live action and animation, join Roger, Jessica, and Eddie as they try to save Roger and Toontown from the evil hands of Judge Doom.

Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Visit the theater for tours and check out the gallery and exhibit hall that features Iowa stage and film memorabilia and information. Call the Orpheum Theater Center movie hotline at 641-844-5907 or visit www.orpheumcenter.com

Laura Armstrong is an associate professor of English at Iowa Valley Grinnell.