Who Censored Roger Rabbit?

Rated 4.67/5 based on 9 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. More
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About Gary K. Wolf

As the celebrated author of the novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, Gary K. Wolf gained fame when his literary vision of humans cohabitating with animated characters became a reality in the $750 million blockbuster Disney/Spielberg film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The film won four Academy Awards and launched a multiple-picture screen writing deal for Wolf with Walt Disney Pictures. In addition, his ideas inspired Toontown, the newest themed land at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland.

He is now a full time science fiction novelist and screenwriter.

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Reviews of Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf

James Jenkins reviewed on Aug. 15, 2014

The movie was cute, this book is much better. AND significantly better than some of the authors other works like "The Road To Toontown" & "Space Vulture", which I read prior this work, glad I gave it a try, moving on to the next book in the series, "Who P-p-p-plugged Roger Rabbit?"
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Daniel Kimbrell reviewed on Nov. 22, 2013

Though I am much more of a fan of the movie, I will still say that the book has a lot of good in it. For one, it is much darker and grittier. While the movie tried to stay cheerful as much as it could, seeing as it was mostly a comedy. But, what really sets it apart is that it has a different kind of personality for the characters than it did for the movie, except for one. Valiant is more of a stereotypical book detective. Roger is basically a mix of traits from Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny, as the author has said. Jessica is more..... shall we way...... vile than the movie. Baby Herman stayed basically the same though. All in all, it was an enjoyable read, and if you are a fan of the movie like I am, it might be a bit of a shock.
(review of free book)
Kevin A. Lyons reviewed on July 11, 2012

I'll admit it -- I still have the hardcover of Who Censored Roger Rabbit. Money was tight for me back then and remember thinking long and hard before buying it. I never regretted it. In fact, I was disappointed by the movie.

The book is much more "noir" than the movie, but still basically good fun.

Very highly recommended.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Doug Pardee reviewed on Aug. 13, 2011

As others have noted, this book is the inspiration for the movie, but other than some of the character names, there is little in common. The Toons in the book are from comic strips, not animation, and there's not the slightest bit of goofiness to be found here.

For that matter, their "Toon-ness" really doesn't figure into the story. Oh wait, yes it does, just a little bit, but not in a way that makes any sense in either the real world or the comic-strip world.

The mystery doesn't play fair with the readers (Cesare Falco's review below alluded to that), and that left me disappointed. The ending simply didn't live up to the book.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Carol reviewed on June 19, 2011

A spoof on a detective mysteries that is an excellent and fun read. The imaginative setting of a world combing humans and toons is a delightful setting for a Sam Spade type mystery.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
R. A. Danger reviewed on April 30, 2011

In the beginning Eddie is not very interested in the case that Roger gives him until Roger and Rocco ends up dead.
What is every one hiding? In the book we find out that all the suspects (including Roger Rabbit) have there own secrets that they might not wish to get out. They will attempted to lie or hope to avoid any unanswered question, so these secrets wouldn’t come out. Then there is also a tea kettle that’s is important to the story. Why does Rocco’s brother and Jessica want a tea kettle for? There is also a surprise in who killed the rabbit.
Figuring out what’s happening my be harder then you think. Try figuring it out. Your bound to change your answer on what really is happening.
(reviewed 52 days after purchase)
Sharon E. Cathcart reviewed on March 24, 2011

"Who Censored Roger Rabbit" has far more in common with the hard-boiled detective tales of yore than it does with the Disney film based upon it.

Gary K. Wolf has created a world in which humans and Toons live side-by-side in only the worst parts of town: a segregated universe with different laws and even separate law enforcement. His protagonist, private detective Eddie Valiant, is initially hired by Roger Rabbit to help get his wife, Jessica, off the hook for the murder of Rocco deGreasy. Then Roger himself is killed, and his doppelganger continues alongside Valiant on both cases.

There's none of the slapstick humor that I anticipated; instead, there's some solid detective novel goodies in these pages.

Highly recommended.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
Cesare Falco reviewed on Jan. 20, 2011

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 no vices here. If you ask me, I tend to prefer the book. What with the scathing remarks in Eddie's thoughts and the weirdness of the toons speaking in baloons, I can't remind of a single boring chapter. Tough with not much action, the story becomes more and more intriguing just to take a final unexpected twist. Which also happens to be the only flaw in my opinion, as a matter of fact, I don't like misteries dealing with totally unforeseeable event. But, in Eddie's words, with Toons you know enough to expect the ridiculous!
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Crescent Suns Publishing reviewed on April 15, 2010

I've always loved the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and since this is the book that movie was taken from I figured I'd give it a try. There was a lot different from the book to the movie, but we all know that's how the movie biz works, right? The differences were nothing to lessen my enjoyment of the book, rather they enhanced my reading, since I didn't know automatically what to expect from start to finish. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who has understood from our beloved Roger what the true essence of the universe really is.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)

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