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"This Only Happens In The Movies" is a song written by Alan Menken and one of five songs intended for the unproduced prequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Who Discovered Roger Rabbit. In 2008, it found life when it was recorded by Broadway actress Kerry Butler in her debut album, Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust, a collection of covers of her favorite Disney songs.

Plot

It was originally going to be sung early in the film, in a scene where Roger Rabbit and his friend arrive in Hollywood and are hired as waiters for a grand party to celebrate the town's biggest producer's new movie musical. The producer asks the stars of the film, a duo that pays homage to Fred Astraire and Ginger Rogers, to perform his favorite number, This Only Happens In The Movies. The actor is a drunk who cannot perform, but Roger's friend accepts the offer, having had a longtime crush on the actress, by stepping forward and says that he has memorized the entire routine after seeing one of the team's previous films multiple times. The actress is not too sure about this, but the crowd insists that she does it, so the two perform the number.

Roger's friend turns out to be even better than the actor himself. By the end of the song, they fall in love with each other "at first sight" in a way that can "only happen in the movies". They gaze into each other's eyes and the crowd holds its breath, but Roger ruins the moment by causing mayhem.

Lyrics

This only happens in the movies
Life's not this perfect off the screen
Stars never gleem so bright
Nights never seem so right
Except in the movies that I've seen

Fate doesn't work like in the movies
Love never enters right on cue
Strangers don't meet like this
And get swept off their feet like this
The way movies always say they do

Somehow this moon is too enchanting
Somehow this moment's too ideal
Somehow this moonlight we're enthralled to
Is all too unreal

For this only happens in the movies
So this can only be pretend
But if this is my chance
The prelude to a new romance
Let's hope that it has a happy end

A Hollywood platnium stardust happy-end 

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Media
Films and Television: Who Framed Roger RabbitRoger Rabbit II: The Toon PlatoonMickey's 60th BirthdayTummy TroubleRoller Coaster RabbitTrail Mix-UpBonkersVideo

Music: Soundtrack
Video Games: 1988 video gameNES gameGame Boy game

Disney Parks
Disney Classics ParadeRoger Rabbit's Hollywood (Unbuilt)Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
Characters
Toons

Film: Roger RabbitJessica RabbitBaby HermanBaby Herman's MotherBenny the CabBongo the GorillaToon BulletsSinging SwordLena HyenaToon ShoeToon PatrolSmartyGreasyWheezyPsychoStupid
Comics: SunshineNightwing
Deleted: Captain CleaverVoltaire
Other: Lenny the CabList of cameos in Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Humans
Film: Eddie ValiantDoloresR.K. MaroonMarvin AcmeLt. SantinoAngeloJudge DoomTheodore Valiant
Comics: C.B. MaroonRick Flint

Songs
Why Don't You Do Right?The Merry-Go-Round Broke DownSmile Darn Ya SmileThis Only Happens In The Movies
Locations
ToontownCloverleaf IndustriesMaroon CartoonsLos AngelesValiant & ValiantAcme CorporationTerminal BarInk and Paint ClubHollywood
Objects
The DipThe Dip MachineAcme Disappearing/Reappearing InkMarvin Acme's willToon RevolverRed Car Trolly

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