I don't know why Disney hasn't done a musical based on Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I think it'd be a big hit.
The licensing rights would make this almost financially AND practically impossible.You'd have to eliminate/re-create almost every non-original character. Which would, I think, take away a good chunk of the appeal of the story/setting.
JBroadway said: "I mean, if they were to do it, the most logical way to do it would be with puppets. But that still wouldn’t achieve the same effect as the film. Not by a long shot. Partly because puppets just...aren’t cartoons. And also because so much of the movie involves “cartoon physics” - puppets can’t move with nearly the same level of fluidity as cartoons,If they did do a stage version, let’s just pray that they don’t try to use projections or LED screens to portray the toons. On some level, it would make sense, but it would probably look incredibly awkward and hideous, and would defeat the purpose of doing it onstage. "They can do it the way they did with SpongeBob.
Disney is running out of time to make a sequel to the film. The author of the original book wants the rights back if Disney doesn't want to use the character in the next two years. I don't know if a musical would allow them to avoid losing the rights.
I really hope they don't make a musical. Roger Rabbit is so perfect a movie on every level (story, characters, humor, effects, acting), making a musical about it would just be gilding the lily.
Just go to London to see the revival of City of Angels instead :)
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