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.
Groundbreaking in '88 this Zemeckis film doesn't age very well. Even in '88 the story was underwhelming and the opportunities of melding WB and Disney characters seemed like opportunity wasted. But this was always a film more about technique than plotting and the animation hounds certainly know this was training ground for the digital revolution that was just around the corner. ....and that Jessica Rabbit...mmmm
A stunning achievement with a one-of-a-kind concept! This is like Ragnarok for classic cartoon characters and their style of animation, but it's a noble send-off. We'll probably never their like again, sadly. Bob Hoskins is amazing in this! You really believe he's interacting with a marginalized society of 'Toons. Christopher Lloyd deserves kudos as well.