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Who Censored Roger Rabbit?

(Roger Rabbit #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,950 ratings  ·  244 reviews
“Who’d want to kill a dumb cartoon bunny?”

That’s what Eddie Valiant wants to know. He’s the toughest private eye in Los Angeles, and he’ll handle anything – if you’re human. If you’re a Toon, that’s another story.

Eddie doesn’t like Toons – those cartoon characters who live side-by-side with humans. Not the way they look, and especially not the way they talk: word-filled ba
Mass Market Paperback, 218 pages
Published October 12th 1982 by Ballantine Books (first published 1981)
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Nicola Talbot It's written as a standard novel. There's a cartoon before the title page in the paperback version (presumably it's the same with the ebook) but the…moreIt's written as a standard novel. There's a cartoon before the title page in the paperback version (presumably it's the same with the ebook) but the actual story is normal text.(less)

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This hardcover is numbered 40 of 300 copies produced, with an additional 20 copies for contributors, The book is signed by Gary K. Wolf and Wayne Anderson (artwork).
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Okay but far from great

I didn't realise when I reviewed on Amazon it would overtake my initial review on Goodreads. I'll review again shortly.
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like humor and fantasy, and like or will tolerate a complex mystery plot.
WOW. I LOVED this! Frickin' hilarious, clever, and brilliant. I was not prepared for that ending. And, as in most mysteries I read (I don't read many), I got a little lost in the middle. But it was great!
If you loved Garfield: His 9 Lives, you will like or love this.
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
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 rated it liked it
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
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Esta lectura fue inesperada y debo resaltar que he tenido que desterrar toda idea preconcebida de la película para abordar la historia pues... es totalmente diferente. La película de Disney me encantó, pero es una película de Disney, debe ser políticamente correcta y con mucha acción. La novela al contrario es oscura. No es una historia plagada de acción, si no un old-fashion detective story, fue como leer algún relato protagonizado por Humprey Bogart, donde a través de las entrevistas que va
Rachel Craig
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Jul 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1974-2002
Read summer of 1988, in anticipation of the blockbuster hit movie of almost the same name.
Kaethe Douglas
Oct 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Another case wherein I liked the film better than the book, although I loved the idea.
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
Laura Sumstad
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok so I found someone who read this on youtube so not sure how accurate but I liked it. It was... surprising since the film and this is completely different stories in the end though I do think that my bias due to the film made the book more interesting than it would have been otherwise.
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Michael Frasca
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Centipede Press edition of the novel that the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" was adapted from. The dust cover artwork and interior illustrations by Wayne Anderson are excellent. It also features an illuminating and engrossing introduction by the author.

The Toon world in the novel and the movie is essentially the same, but the plot is significantly different. The novel more closely follows the hard-boiled detective genre conventions.

I hope that Centipede Press does Wolf's follow up nov
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Doug Wilkinson-gray
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jan 21, 2009 rated it liked it
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.

Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
David Chavez
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought it was a very creative and interesting story, mixing in real life drama and mystery with cartoons just made it even better. The story starts off with a simple case but becomes more difficult and confusing to solve along the way with secrets, plot twists and a colorful sounding world that will keep you interested. So overall... I liked it very much.
Arin Williams
Dec 01, 2014 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 21, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Do you remember the movie? Well this is nothing like it and it's dark as fuck.

The book is well written, with good plot-twists that developes an interesting mystery. I, however, have mixed feelings about the end. Granted, it wasn't bad, but it was not what I was expecting, and I cannot say if it was creative or not.
An overall 3.5
Derek Oberg
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly dark for the novel that "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" is based on. Has the same basic cast as the movie, but the similarities pretty much end there. The entire plot is completely different. The toons in the story are intended to function as an allegory for racial tensions that is completely absent from the film.
Mar 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Kenya Starflight
Like most people, I was only aware of this book as "that book Who Framed Roger Rabbit is based on." I went in fully aware that the story and characters had been changed a great deal in the transition from page to screen, and so to expect a different ride than I was used to. (Interestingly, when Gary Wolf wrote sequels to this book, he would base them more on the film than on the original book...) So if you go into this book expecting a carbon copy of the film in novel form, you're going to be di ...more
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