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Halloween Treat – Who Shot Roger Rabbit & Arcade Movie Scripts

For a few years now, I have done Halloween Treats on my Ghostbusters website, Spook Central. I started off this site/blog with a Halloween Treat last year. While I can’t promise that it will be a regular feature on this site, I do have a treat for this year. In fact, I have two of them!

I have a small movie and television script collection, which is mostly Ghostbusters-related. However, two of my scripts have nothing to do with Ghostbusters, and so they wouldn’t really be appropriate to use on Spook Central. I figured that I’d post them here as the Halloween Treats for this year. I scanned them in, and you can download the PDFs by clicking on the images below.

The first one is “Who Shot Roger Rabbit” (third draft), which later hit the screen as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. This script features a lot of elements that were dropped from the final film, making it a MUST READ for Roger Rabbit fans. The second one is “Arcade”, a 1993 direct-to-video release from Full Moon Pictures starring Megan Ward, Peter Billingsley, A.J. Langer, John DeLancie, and Seth Green. It probably won’t be of interest to as many of you as Roger Rabbit, but it’s a fun little early-1990s “virtual reality” sci-fi flick. I rented the VHS from Blockbuster around 1993, and my friend Mark and I *loved* the film. I loved it so much that I actually bought the script direct from Full Moon for $20, signed on the protective cover by Full Moon head honcho (and the film’s executive producer) Charles Band, and stored it in a binder with full-color cover art and a four-page sell-sheet! The cover art is included at the head of the PDF, and the sell-sheet is included at the end of it. The signed protective cover was irrelevant to the script, so it wasn’t scanned in.

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(Sep. 2, 1986) (6.2 Mb)
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(Nov. 6, 1990) (6.7 Mb)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is available on Blu-Ray, 2-Disc Vista Series DVD (alt url), and the original letterbox 1999 DVD with the original “no panties” version of the movie. Arcade is available on individual DVD and in the Full Moon Classics Vol. 1 DVD Box Set. You can also read a plain text copy of the “Who Shot Roger Rabbit” script at The Daily Script.

Back in the late 1990s, I hand-transcribed the Arcade script, as well as the scripts for Men In Black and The Wizard Of Oz. I gave copies of them to one site and one site only – and that site is no longer online. However, other people have taken the three scripts and placed them all over the internet. The good ones kept my transcribers credit intact. The bad ones removed it. You should have no trouble finding any of the scripts using the Google search engine. Sci-Fi Scripts is one of the good sites for The Wizard Of Oz script.

For another Halloween Treat, check out Spook Central where you can read about the time that Spider-Man teamed up with the cast of Saturday Night Live.

Shot On Site – Married To The Mob Train Stations

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This is an article 25 years in the making, and one that is extra special to me.

You see, what I’m going to write about today was my very first filming location identification. I had a friend in high school named Kevin Gondek who was a big train enthusiast. We studied this scene in the early 1990s on VHS and determined which two stations were used. I don’t remember how we made the determination. Most likely, it was Kevin who figured it out.

After 25 years, I finally visited the two train stations on Fri. July 17, 2015 and took photographs to match as many of the movie shots as I felt was necessary. So, with all of that backstory out of the way, let’s get right to it. Please note, this article has almost 30 images in it, so there may be a little bit of load time.

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Shot On Site – A To Z / Laverne & Shirley California Apartment

At the beginning of Laverne & Shirley‘s sixth season in 1980, the ladies leave Milwaukee for the warmer weather of Burbank, California. They are seen moving into an apartment building that was supposedly located at 113 1/2 Laurel Vista Drive.

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Shot On Site – Mulaney Apartment Building

For the 2014-2015 television season, Fox premiered a show called Mulaney based on the stand-up routines of its star and creator, John Mulaney. Although the show is still airing as I write this, I doubt that it will last past the season. I stopped watching after the first five episodes, but not before I could identify the location of the apartment building Mulaney and his friends live in.

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Shot On Site – Crash and Bernstein John Marshall High School

Here I am again with the (should be) final Shot on Site article about the Disney XD series “Crash & Bernstein”. This one is about a location that has appeared in so many different movies and TV shows, that I recognized it as soon as I saw it.

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Shot On Site – East Pavilion Hospital Stock Footage

Today’s Shot on Site article will be a little different than the rest. Instead of focusing on a TV show or movie and ID’ing the locations used within, I will be writing about a piece of stock footage I’ve seen in a few different shows.

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Shot On Site – Crash and Bernstein Pizzeria

Here I am again with another Shot on Site article about the Disney XD series “Crash & Bernstein”. This one is about a one-off location that, to my knowledge, only appeared in one episode.

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Shot On Site – I Didn’t Do It Rumble Juice

The gang on the Disney Channel series I Didn’t Do It hangs out at a juice bar called “Rumble Juice”. Every time I watch an episode and they show a shot of the place (which I believe to be stock footage), I keep wanting to know where it is in real life.

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Shot On Site – Crash and Bernstein Apartment Building

Okay, so for my second Shot on Site article here, I will, again, be writing about a kid’s show. Specifically, the Disney XD series “Crash & Bernstein”. My next few SOS articles will be about this show because I already have the images ready for it.

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Shot On Site – Girl Meets World Nighthawk Diner

On my other site, Spook Central: The Ghostbusters Companion, I have a series of Shot On Site articles detailing Ghostbusters filming locations and how I, or others, were able to identify them. I like working on those articles, but the amount of Ghostbusters filming locations left to identify is very slim, and likely unidentifiable. So, the only way to continue the fun is to write articles about non-Ghostbusters filming locations. That’s what I will be doing from time to time on this blog/site. The locations will be rather random. If I watch a movie or TV show, and I see a location that I’m able to identify, then I’ll write about it. Sometimes it’ll be a kids show, sometimes it’ll be something for the adults…there’ll be no rhyme or reason as to what I choose to write about, other then it being something I was able to identify and had fun doing so.

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