Mixes the two most popular genres of late 1930s - short animated slapstick films with the hardcore film noir crime ones. It ends up being a wild, cool, funny technical flawless blend of live action movie and animation and a kind-of final song for many of those classic golden age animated characters that probably never will see a new entry or be hand-drawn like this again.
One of the first films i've ever watched and it never gets boring or dull, this film has aged like fine wine. The mixture of Noir and Cartoons is ingenious, the writing is funny and witty and the animation is breathtaking, detailed and beautiful. This is a film to be studied.
Lovable characters and fascinating presentation of the 40s period through the lens of the 80s are not enough to hide cheap storytelling and frantic action that is little too over the top for its own sake. Still, it's worth to watch just for the film noir aesthetics and, of course, a fight scene between Donald Duck and Daffy Duck.
Upon release, WFRR was the most expensive film ever made, in part due to licensing 140 major studio characters. WFRR successfully "embod[ies] the production caliber of Disney, the character design of Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes, and the personality and sense of humor of animator Tex Avery," and Hoskins is great, but the pic is too adult for children and too childish for adults.
To be frank, the film doesn't have much going for it in terms of story. However, as a whole, it shines. Featuring a perfect, even groundbreaking blend of live action and animation, in a way that looks real, even palpable, which goes to show the great talents that worked on this film. However, it's far from being style over substance. It's very entertaining and funny, with a decent setup. Worth a couple of viewings.