While out promoting this weekend’s A Christmas Carol, director Robert Zemeckis spoke to MTV about the long awaited sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The original film that starred Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, and the voice of Kathleen Turner over 20 years ago was an animated/live action sensation for the director who plans on pushing the envelope once again for the follow up.
With the amount of technological advancements that have been made these days, Zemeckis could easily churn out a special effects driven sequel, but that’s not his plan. He wants to leave some things the way the are, even though he does want to incorporate 3-D and motion capture into mix.
“All the other characters that [the cartoons] would sort of have fun with would be magnificent in performance capture technology,” he explained. I wouldn’t use it for the cartoon characters, because I think they should stay two-dimensional because that’s what — I wouldn’t dimensonalize Roger,” he said. “And I couldn’t dimensonalize Jessica even if I wanted to because she doesn’t have a nose. We wouldn’t want to give her a nose.”
Keeping Roger and Jessica in 2-D is a great way to maintain the feel of the original film. No one wants to see an over the top version of either of those characters, they’re lively enough just the way they are. The real question here is what will the humans look like? Will they be all motion capture? Won’t that take away from the initial animated-live action contrast that made the first film so amazing?
One can only hope that Zemeckis has a grand plan up his sleeve that will make both forms of technology work.
What do you think of 3-D and performance capture being used in the next Roger Rabbit movie?