Way back in 1983!
I pity those who never got to see Who Framed Roger Rabbit on the big screen. Even as a 4 year old, I knew there was something magical about that film. I still remember to this day seeing it in a theater that I would eventually go to work at. And I’ve seen it about a hundred times since.
Though, there was a time when Robert Zemeckis wasn’t directing it, nor was Bob Hoskins Eddie Valiant. Most importantly, Charles Fletcher wasn’t Roger. No, instead, the immortal Paul Rubens (Pee Wee Herman) was set to voice Roger as you can see in the clip below.
God I love this trivial stuff. Test footage and concepts from what could have been and may well exist in some alternate universe. Though something tells me that Disney made the right choice with handing the film over to Robert Zemeckis and company. Changing Jessica from a Marylin Monroe girl to more of a femme fatal was defiantly the best move. Though everyone thinks that Angelina Jolie grew up to be her, I don’t see the resemblance. As for Paul Rubens as Roger, I think his Porky Pig/Pee Wee voice would have worn out quick. Either way, fascinating stuff all around.