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Who Censored Roger Rabbit? (Roger Rabbit #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,349 Ratings  ·  175 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.
Unknown Binding, 214 pages
Published January 1st 1981 by St. Martin's Press
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Feb 19, 2012 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: curious fans of Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Shelves: own, loved-movie-also
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
Eric Mesa
This book is completely different from the movie it inspired, the movie I've loved since I was a kid and have found layers to appreciate as an adult. It isn't bad, it's just wholly different. I've written in some reviews on here and in other places that in the past few years I've come to terms with the idea of adaptations. Movies and books will never be perfectly similar because adaptations require each to play to the strengths of the medium in which it's in. This, however, is much more than an ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Roybot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 06, 2012 Tracey rated it it was amazing
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!
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
Rachel Craig
Jan 10, 2016 Rachel Craig rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
I've been intrigued by Who Censored Roger Rabbit? for years, ever since I heard that it was the basis for Who Framed Roger Rabbit a movie I love. For a while, I couldn't find it anywhere, then, one day, it showed up at my local library. I checked it out, read it...and was so, So, SO disappointed. Man, what a weird, uninteresting book.
The plot-Eddie Valiant is hired by Roger Rabbit to find out what is going on with his contract. Roger wants to be in a solo comic strip, and the DeGreasy Brothers,
Cesare Falco
Jan 20, 2011 Cesare Falco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Aug 29, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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
Dec 02, 2014 Arin Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 30, 2014 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 27, 2013 Jon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark Mcdermott
Sep 10, 2015 Mark Mcdermott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has become hard to find these days. Oh, it was likely very popular with libraries when the movie came out in 1988, but in the years since, copies have worn out and been removed from circulation. That's how I got my copy, through interlibrary loan from the only library in all of Cook-DuPage county that had it. But let's go on.
Gary Wolf's original version of Roger Rabbit's work is much different from the movie, which means you get a wholly different story. In this novel, "toons" are also
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
Jul 31, 2015 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: random-fiction
Used as the inspiration for the 1988 classic (at least in my opinion, my wife would tell you otherwise ;) ) "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", the only thing this novel has in common with its celluloid sibling is the character names. Their roles, relationships, personalities, and even motives are completely different. Not that this hurts the book (or the movie) by any means, at least not for me. I can appreciate them both for what they are and still enjoy them.

That being said, the book itself is writte
Nov 28, 2014 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Justin Simpson
Jun 29, 2014 Justin Simpson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 18, 2016 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The good news: It's nothing like the movie.
The bad news: It's nothing like the movie.

This is a completely different story than the one you watched in the movie, which means nothing is spoiled for you, but it's only an okay story. The book and movie share many of the same characters, and that does add some amusement when they don't act the the same in both versions. The jokes didn't work, and while people may have mixed reactions to this, I was happy the jokes fell flat, because it added to the s
Jun 03, 2016 Allen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long on my bucket list, WCRR is a clever take on an Elmore Leonard novel. It's a pulp piece of gumshoe prose with the twist that most of the characters are cartoons. But in this book, unlike the movie, they are models for comic strips. Which is odd, since the book takes place in the time it was written, not the 30s like the movie.
But that conceit was necessary for the plot which revolves around stolen negatives. There's no big picture idea here. No commentary on advertising. Heck, I think "Toon
Jeffery Moulton
I had absolutely no idea Who Framed Roger Rabbit? was based on a book. When I found out, I just had to read it.

The book is significantly different from the movie. It's a lot darker, more adult, and the mystery is more complex. It's also has quite a bit of social commentary -- toon relations replacing race relations. It made for a very interesting read and a very interesting world.

In the end, I really enjoyed it. I understand that the later books took more from the movie and significantly re-writ
Ben Baker
May 12, 2016 Ben Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the film it inspired being long one of my favourites, I'd purposefully avoided reading Roger Rabbit's original adventure in this darkly comic tale of murder and cartoon strips. This was down to a mixture of purist thoughts on behalf of my adoration for "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (no question mark) and a feeling it just probably wasn't very good. Am I glad I finally relented? For two thirds, certainly, as its a pacey, funny thriller with a case I genuinely couldn't wait to see solved. Sadl ...more
Who didn’t absolutely love the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit? This is the book that inspired the movie, as although some of the characters are the same, the storyline is very different. There’s no Jude, no dip, no bar, no bar-tending flame and no Will that they have to find to see who inherited Toon Town.

However I still enjoyed the book, some of the cartoons have ‘word balloons’ that humans have to read to see what they are saying, other supress their word balloons. They are physically manifeste
Jul 07, 2014 Marlowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 14, 2014 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 29, 2015 Danice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An imaginative, fun read! Very well written.
From the very first page, the author's vivid world of humans and toons challenged me, as a reader, to construct in my mind the vivid world of Valient and Roger. Unlike many other books I've read the author's choice details (the use of "thought" bubbles and the way that the toons and humans converse and see each other) created an amazing "paint-by-number" visual in my mind. The characters truly came alive in my imagination while reading this book. I've
Not like the movie. It was gritty, I liked it. I wouldn't bring it up if I was chatting a girl up in a bar, though.
Jan 11, 2016 Jackie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I read this book because I'm a big fan of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and I thought I'd give the book a try. It wasn't at all what I was expecting, which is totally okay; I think I was expecting it to be more like the movie, to be honest. While I appreciated the characters and the noir one-liners that Eddie Valiant was always ready to provide, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted, and certainly not as much as I love Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. The characters were not nearly as likable, I thin ...more
Jul 14, 2007 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1974-2002
Read summer of 1988, in anticipation of the blockbuster hit movie of almost the same name.
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