Elstree Screen Heritage strikes back again this year with Elstree Film Festival 3, another week-long celebration of the movies made at the historic studio just outside London in the UK. Topping the bill is a double feature matinee specifically geared towards a family audience, featuring screenings of Jim Henson’s 1981 directorial debut The Great Muppet Caper and Robert Zemeckis’ groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit, starring Elstree Screen Heritage patron Bob Hoskins. Other screenings throughout the Festival, which runs from Sunday June 29 until Friday July 4 2008, include The Dam Busters, The Shining and The Empire Strikes Back. Animated Views has more on other titles showing, as well as information on the special guests expected to appear, including Richard Todd (also famous for his trio of 1950s Disney roles including Robin Hood and Rob Roy) himself, and The Shining‘s executive producer Jan Harlan.
Animated Views also speaks to lyricist Glenn Slater today, about the proposed but canceled Roger Rabbit sequel, Who Discovered Roger Rabbit, from which a previously unheard song has been recorded as a track on Broadway star Kerry Butler’s new Disney album.