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Who Censored Roger Rabbit? (Roger Rabbit #1)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  946 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Gary K. Wolf creates a wonderfully skewed and totally believable world made up of equal parts Raymond Chandler, Lewis Carroll, and Walt Disney. A riotously surreal spoof of the hard-boiled detective novel. Packed with action and laughs. Wolf s cult classic, highly praised novel is the basis for the blockbuster Walt Disney/Steven Spielberg film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
ebook, 218 pages
Published March 12th 2010 by Smashwords (first published 1981)
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Amy
Feb 19, 2012 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: curious fans of Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Shelves: loved-movie-also, own
Growing up, I absolutely loved the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I've been told many times that my brother and I killed the VHS copy we had from watching it so much, and so we kept having to catch it on the Disney Channel free preview weekends when funds were too tight to buy a new copy. Eventually I grew up, got a job, and for a small window of a couple years, had disposable income due to not having any financial obligations of my own. So I bought a copy on DVD. That's when I finally noticed o ...more
Erin Germain
I originally read this shortly after the Disney film came out. As many have said, the only things the book and film have in common are a detective named Eddie Valiant and a Toon named Roger Rabbit, who is accused of killing a human. Roger is married to Jessica Rabbit, a humanoid Toon knockout and he does work with Baby Herman. From there, the stories shake hands and go their separate ways.

I remembered the book being good. Unfortunately, I had a cheap mass-market paperback that fell apart if you
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Tracey
this book is so amazing. the ending was not what i expected it to be. it kept me guessing till the very last page. this is one of my new favorite books!
Roybot
There are some films that you can't help but think "*This* is why there is film. Here's a movie that is so uniquely cinematic that it couldn't ever work as a book." Every time I watch "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" that pops into my mind. The mixture of live-action and animated characters inhabiting the same world is so very... film... I was sure it could never work as a book. So, imagine my surprise when I discovered that, in fact, the movie was based on a book. Well, saying "based on" is a bit stro ...more
Cesare Falco
You can't compare the book with the Disney Film. This is no juvenile literature, no way. Toons live side-by-side with humans, all around the world. They are no cuddly stars, just there to provide entertainment to humans. They "love and hate and cry and laugh", they struggle for their carreer, they have secrets to keep. They kill. The whole atmosphere is darker. Eddie Valiant relies on cards to pay the rent, he's a decent man and still a true alcohol lover. You won't see a single character with n ...more
Doug Wilkinson-gray
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Fil Garrison
Like probably just about any other person who has read this book since 1988, I decided to read this book due to my love of the film.

Well, the book is definitely not the film. It's a more serious parody of the noir genre, complete with pulpy dialogue and shady characters.

I think the problem for me starts with those parody elements. None of them is done particularly well, they serve the purpose, but only to remind you that you're reading a parody rather than a tried-and-true novel. The cartoonish
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Helen
SPOILERS ALERT (not about who done it but mainly the gist of the book)!!!!

Yes, this is the book where the film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" but this is nothing like the film at all. Only four characters from the book made it into the film: Eddie Valiant, Roger Rabbit, Jessica Rabbit (and yes she's a knockout in the book as well!) and Baby Herman. The rest of the book characters are not mentioned directly but the film does contain similar charaters. The whole point is different but after reading the
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Andrew
A fun enough read, though by no means necessary unless you're curious about the origins of the much-more-entertaining film it later inspired. While I haven't read terribly much in the film noir, private eye genre, the dialogue and premise seemed kind of forced and hokey. The cast of characters came across as generally 2-dimensional (sorry), and while the protagonist Eddie Valiant's narration was riddled with an appropriately constant stream of hard-boiled hyperbole, about 1 in 3 of them felt unn ...more
Arin Williams
While the book is certainly nothing like the movie I grew up with, it is interesting in its own right. I found myself imagining how different aspects of the book could have been included in the movie, particularly the use of physical speak and thought bubbles. The storyline is considerably different--the end is definitely less saccharine. I enjoyed the book, but I think I was too hung up on the movie to fully appreciate the source text.
Tim
I had heard that the book was worlds away from the eventual film, and boy did I hear right! I'm glad, though. It was a solid mystery with extraordinarily entertaining narration and enough red herrings to keep me guessing for most of the run. It was nice and short, too, which, for a story like this, is in its favor. I'm glad I read it. Probably won't again, but I'm glad I did.
Jon
A Terrific Surprise! It was not until the third to last page that I fully understood how wildly this novel diverges from the movie. My familiarity and love for the film made it somewhat difficult to accept Mr. Wolf's version of the characters but sticking it out was more than worth it. The ending was far more emotionally impactful than I had anticipated and left me quietly contemplative for for a solid 10 minutes as I re-read the last chapter twice. I am left feeling grateful to Mr. Wolf for giv ...more
Michael Mallory
"Who Censored Roger Rabbit?" (the title of which is fairly meaningless, incidentally) is of course the novel that inspired the iconic film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit!", though the two have little in common. In the book, toons are comic strip characters who are photographed to make the strips, not animated characters. It is also set in present day L.A., albeit with an anachronistic 1940s detective, and the storylines are quite different. The book is more of a pastiche of hardboiled mysteries, which ...more
Magic Mike
This is very different from the movie. They are both good stories in their own way. This is a somewhat funny, somewhat sad, and always interesting take on the hard boiled detective genre.

The way the cartoons are portrayed is very original and different from the movie. The ending contains one of the best plot twists I have ever read or seen!

Overall it is definitely worth a read not just for fans of the movie, but especially for fans of the hard boiled detective genre.
Jonathan Hurt
In 1988, a movie was made titled: Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Little do people know that this award winning movie, was based on a book. The book was: Who Censored Roger Rabbit by Gary K. Wolf. Some other titles written by Gary W. Wolf is: KILLERBOWl, Typical Day, The Late Great Show!, and The Resurrectionist. But this is his most Favorited, as not only did it spawn a classic 80s movie, but it's great novel as well. The purpose for Gary K. Wolf is to create a typical mystery/detective novel, but wi ...more
Steve
The delightful Disney movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit was very loosely based on this book, but as far as plot, story, and style go, they have zero in common.

This book is a satire of the noir genre, with comic-strip 'toons thrown in as second-class citizens. The hard-boiled detective Eddie Valiant is a delightful narrator, though his constant stream of over-the-top descriptions takes some getting used to: "He made a sound halfway between a sigh and a gulp, the sound you'd hear from somebody who'd j
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Justin Simpson
I'm a huge fan of "Who Framed..." and it's embarrassing to say I didn't know this book existed. A short, quick and pleasurable read, this book is definitely worth checking out, especially if you're a fan of the film. So many times a movie will take a book and completely ruin it but in this case the movie simply made me familiar with most of the characters as the book's storyline is completely different from "Who Framed...", adds a few extra characters and gives you a closer look as to the back s ...more
Amber
Wolf weaves an extraordinarily interesting detective story here. I loved the constant twists and turns of the novel, how they built up to the unbelievable truth. It kept me guessing until the very end. My copy had a lot of errors, but they weren't enough to fully distract from the story, thank God. Well worth a read. It's not like other detective stories. It's colorful and fun as well as hard case work that detectives go through. Each character shines so you know fully who they are. But I guaran ...more
Marlowe
The inspiration for the hit 1980s film but with a plotline quite different, this is a highly entertaining potboiler set in a universe where cartoon characters are real and live amongst the human population. Enter the human private detective Eddie Valiant, called upon by toon Roger Rabbit to investigate why his wife has left him and why his contract with a dubious cartoon syndicate has not been fulfilled.

The plotline rattles along nicely and takes a turn for the surreal in a very deadpan style ma
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Phil
Not sure what I was expecting with this, probably a book version of the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, I was surprised that what I got was a combination of the film and a great murder mystery. Whilst the core characters are all here - Eddie Valient, Roger & Jessica Rabbit and Baby Herman - the link to the film ends there, this is a lot darker story, and the characters match that darker tone.

The Toons are different too, whilst there are name checks to the likes of Scrooge McDuck, Mickey and Bu
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R.
Read summer of 1988, in anticipation of the blockbuster hit movie of almost the same name.
chris berros
So much better than I thought!

When I first started this book I was very wary. I knew beforehand that the book and film were two VERY different things. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I didn't want my opinion on the movie to change once I read this book. The book is far off from the movie. Only 4 characters from the movie appear: Eddie Valient (a much bigger drinker in the book), Roger Rabbit (More mischievous and less goofy in the book), Jessica Rabbit (More
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Jolene Dretzka
Nov 28, 2014 Jolene Dretzka rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amy Dutcher
A fun read & a great new concept for the time it was written, 1981. If you have seen the movie & are expecting that story, don't get your hopes up. Aside from a few characters & a line or two, it's a different story all around. Despite all that it's well written & has a lot of great twists & turns. This is a story written for adults& should be taken into consideration when suggesting it to others. It's certainly abook I'll keep on my bookshelf to be read whenever I want a ...more
Frank
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" is one of those great films that can be enjoyed by child and adult alike. It focuses on a world where cartoons and humans live side by side and have the similar issues.

"Who Censored Roger Rabbit?" is the inspiration for the film, but is definitely written with a more adult audience in mind. It's a take off on the classic Film Noir, instead of Humphrey Bogart, the star of the book is Eddie Valient, a down on his luck private eye.

The three main characters are similar be
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Abed Gheith
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Derek
Where the movie is a doughnut of family entertainment sprinkled with film noir, the book is a pound cake of Raymond Chandler with whimsy icing. These contrasts--book and movie, whimsy and noir--are distracting, and I was constantly comparing and analyzing, rather than enjoying this oddball story.

Wolf's concept is more sophisticated than just "cartoons walking among us". The 'toons are a downtrodden ethnic minority, and there are elements of metaphor that occasionally pop up out of the grime.

One
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Iris
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Ri
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Myles
The basis for the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Who Censored Roger Rabbit is a much more direct parody of American crime noir. For a parody to be good the details are everything and Roger Rabbit is fuzzy. Heh. Wolf's plotting and mood are nowhere near Dashiell Hammett's and his wordplay has none of the inventiveness of Raymond Chandler. The movie brought a lot of charm to the story that the novel lacked, fleshing out the characters and giving them backstories and motivations as opposed to the r ...more
TwinFitzgeraldKirkland
Non ricordo di aver mai adorato un film quanto il mai troppo apprezzato: "Chi ha incastrato Roger Rabbit". Non so se ho mai visto un film più volte di quante non abbia visto questo. Lo so a memoria. Non c'è un personaggio che non mi abbia appassionata, divertita, commossa. Ho passato anni terrorizzata al solo pensiero della scena in cui il giudice Morton viene sottilettato dallo schiacciasasi nella fabbrica ACME per poi uscirsene con una gommosità bidimensionale modello looney toons ideato da St ...more
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