Event: Civil Rights History: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Friday 8th March, 9:30am-3pm

At this Excellence Hub event, participants will have the opportunity to watch the film ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ and explore how it functions as an allegory for racial segregation in the United States in the late 1940s.

The film, which sees human actors interact with animated cartoon characters, tells the story of Roger Rabbit, a cartoon character framed for the murder of Marvin Acme, the owner of Toon Town in Downtown Los Angeles. To help clear Roger’s name, private detective Eddie Valiant is hired to investigate.

Throughout the film, cartoon characters are representative of black Americans, scapegoated and oppressed by a harsh system of formal laws and informal prejudice that favours white middle-class America. Participants will explore how these themes are developed in the film and will have the opportunity to examine the historical context on which the story is based.

For more information please contact Shona Quinn at studyskills@sheffield.ac.uk

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University of Sheffield Campus, S10 2TN

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