The next movie in the free Monday Movies in the Park series is “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) Monday, July 18, in Camden Amphitheatre. All are welcome; bring blankets or chairs for comfortable seating.

“Who Framed Roger Rabbit” is an innovative and entertaining film that features a groundbreaking mix of live action and animation. The PG-rated movie is based on a curious murder mystery from 1981, “Who Censored Roger Rabbit,” written by Gary K. Wolf. In the book, Eddie Valiant is a hard-boiled private eye; and Roger Rabbit is a second-banana cartoon character or “toon.” The rabbit hires Valiant to find out why his employers, the DeGreasy Brothers, owners of a cartoon syndicate, have reneged on a promise to give Roger his own strip. The movie creates a world in which both the humans and the toons are real.

The toons have the power to create duplicates of themselves as stunt doubles for risky shots. They crumble to dust in a few minutes, though Roger does create one that can last a couple of days. When Roger is shot and killed by an unknown assailant, his doppelgänger works with the detective to solve his murder before he goes to dust. In the film, toons are more or less unkillable — except by “dip” — and, with a few exceptions, shrug off even the worst injuries. One of the few lines of dialogue from the book that was in the movie is Jessica Rabbit saying, “I’m not bad, Mr. Valiant. I’m just drawn that way.”

The Monday Movie series continues July 25 with “Mary Poppins,” Aug. 1 with “The Big Sleep” and Aug. 15 with “The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain.” In the case of rain, the movie will be postponed; Aug. 22 is reserved as a rain make-up date.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or