From 'Adaptation' to Zombieland': 10 great self-aware movies before 'This Is the End'
'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' (1988)
"I'm not bad... I'm just drawn that way," Jessica Rabbit purrs through her Veronica Lake-inspired hairdo, and we know exactly what she means. Given that animators for Disney have long sketched pervy takes on beloved family favorites while off the clock (when I worked at Disney, they would make the rounds every few months), it was only a matter of time before the Mouse decided to capitalize on what everyone was wondering: what if cuddly cartoon characters, like actors, went back to their "real lives" when not shooting the latest wacky movie? The result is a noir-inflected murder mystery that imagines a world in which cartoons interact with humans, cute cartoon babies are cigar chomping grumps while off the clock, and taking a "dip" can get a guy or gal erased. Tapping into two genres (cartoons and noir) at the same time is heady stuff, and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" is a movie so chock full of references and inside jokes it practically demands repeated viewing.
-Liane Bonin Starr