Mickey Mouse is one of the most iconic figures—real or fictional—of all time. Roger Rabbit is a beloved animated character featured in the animated/live-action hybrid Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Neither has been on the big screen in a very, very long time.
So what would you say if a movie was made that starred these two animated characters side-by-side? That’s exactly what one man is planning.
According to Gary K. Wolf, creator of Roger Rabbit, the movie would be called The Stooge, and would be be somewhat based on the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movie of the same name—with Mickey as the Martin character and Roger as the Lewis character—but it won’t be a remake.
This is in the earliest of stages, as a development proposal currently being looked at by Disney and Pixar. But Wolf does have a producer in Erik von Wodtke who came up with the story and wrote a treatment for it, and is also talking to potential writers and directors.
Here’s Wolf’s announcement from his blog (via AICN):
The movie is called The Stooge. It will be based on the classic Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movie of the same name. The story has the emotional empathy and sensibilities of Wall-E and Toy Story. It will be a (G) Rated Pixar type animated musical buddy comedy. Mickey takes on the Dean Martin role, Roger, who is already regarded as a comic genius in France, takes the Jerry Lewis part.
The film incorporates five specific locations from the Disneyland park. It also introduces the Toon Train, an exciting and interesting way to travel through Toontown.
The film features real-life people. Walt Disney costars. Orson Wells makes an appearance.
The packaged Development Proposal is currently being evaluated by Disney and Pixar. Meetings are happening! Directors and writers are being evaluated.
The news was taken skeptically because Wolf accidentally signed it as Walter Windchill, a fake gossip news columnist for Toontown he sometimes uses. Wolf then contacted Harry over at Ain’t It Cool News to clarify:
The Stooge is a real development proposal for a Disney/Pixar movie. It has the same title as the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis film and some of the same plot elements, but it’s not a remake. The storyline in this Stooge is quite different.
This is a co-star pairing made in cartoon heaven. Two iconic cartoon characters playing off one another in a story that has the heart and emotional soul of films like Wall-E and Toy Story. What Disney fan wouldn’t want to see that?
Art director Doug A Sirois has been working on Stooge concept art. What I’ve seen so far is sensational. I will be involved in the project in a writing and creative capacity. Erik is currently talking to a number of top-flight screenwriters and directors. Watch my blog. I’ll keep fans posted on Stooge developments. From now on under my own name, not Walter’s.
The movie—if it ever gets made—will not have anything to do with the long-rumored Roger Rabbit sequel, but Wolf has high hopes that Disney will still eventually make that movie as well as this one.
So what do you think of an animated movie featuring both Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit?