A private dick (played with gruff sincerity by the late Bob Hoskins), whose life has been ruined by ’toons, is forced to harbor a wacky rabbit superstar on the run in this live-action/animation hybrid that’s a rollicking send-up of film noir tropes, beginning with blackmail and leading to takes on the wrong man plot and the best “shave and a haircut” bit in Hollywood history. And then there’s an indelible femme fatale (voiced by Kathleen Turner) at the center of it all. Best of all, if you keep your eyes peeled, you’re bound to catch outrageous cameos from famous ’toon characters throughout the film.
Appears in: Kaleidoscopic Visions: Animation Classics
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