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Total Crap32.26%

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Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, The
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"I couldn't keep from smiling."
3 stars

It was not without some trepidation that I accepted my assignment to review a feature length, mostly live action, revisit of the late Jay Ward's pioneering TV cartoon classic. Not that I was ever much of a fan of moose or squirrel. I always preferred the more obviously surreal and subversive Fractured Fairy Tails.

As a child growing up on a farm in the 1970s, the satire of the cold war in the early 1960s was lost on me, I never did understand why Boris and Natasha were so intent on blowing things up and trying to kill Rocky and Bullwinkle. After all, their evil plans never succeeded, and when the ones to foil your plan are as obviously stupid as Bullwinkle and Rocky... well folks, the writing is on the wall, find something else to do! What I didn't know way back when though, was that the series had been in rerun for over a decade, and is still on rerun as I type.

Ahh, but this is all back story to my story of; the Adventure of Cyndy goes to a media preview of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. The first thing I notice when I arrive at the theatrette foyer (aside from being an early arrival) is the size of the press notes. "My gods!" I exclaim "It's as big as a script!" One of my fellow reviewers notes "In this case, probably bigger." In my limited experience, the thicker the press kit, the worse the film. I didn't even bother to read the front comer that credited it's stars as being Robert de Niro, Rene Russo and Jason Alexander, I would save it for my tram ride home. I eyed the complementary white wine instead, reasoning the need for fortification, and listened to one of the other reviewers hold court and tell of his recent globe trotting adventure which included some minor name dropping. Finally ushered to our seats, my glass refilled, I gird my loins and make myself prepared for the worst.

Would Bullwinkle pull a rabbit out of his hat? Or would it still be the wrong hat? The lights dim, the screen flickers into life, the iconic theme tune begins. We begin with a kinetic animated recap of how it all ended for Rocky (voiced by the original Rocky, June Foray) and Bullwinkle (voiced by Keith Scott). The Narrator (also voiced by Keith Scott), narrates that in 1964, after five hit years of television history, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show is cancelled and they are exiled into eternal reruns. Thirty five years later the iron curtain has fallen on top of Boris, Natasha and Fearless Leader, Frostbite Falls Forest has been clear felled, the Narrator is forced to narrate his own life and Rocky and Bullwinkle are still in rerun. Oh, and for some reason I have a big grin on my face.

The transition to live action was pun induced and filled with referential, post modern irony, quite frankly, no description would do it justice. The screenplay by Kenneth Lonergan is clever, fast paced, cartoon silliness in the first degree. Characters are barely two dimensional, but always in the best possible way. Alexander, Russo and de Niro as Boris, Natasha and Fearless Leader form and effortless ensemble and look like they are having a ball. If you were in a mean spirited mood you could pick holes in Piper Perabo's performance as FBI Agent Karen Sympathy, but hey, you try acting to thin air sometime?

Think of Flying High (Airplane!) or Top Secret on speed and acid and you will have some idea of what you can expect from The Adventures Of Rocky and Bullwinkle- an air conditioned roller coaster ride with no pit stops, and what more could you ask for on a stinking hot summers day. As for that rabbit, Bullwinkle must have left his hat in Frostbite Falls.--Cyndy Kitt Vogelsang

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User Comments

8/22/13 dr.lao One of those movies that really wants to be clever, but isn't, not even slightly 1 stars
7/23/09 the dork knight Exactly ONE funny scene, and (surprise) it's Natasha's solioquy about having babies 2 stars
1/21/08 Sharon M Did you ever hit the nail on the head! I loved Rocky and Bullwinkle... UNTIL I saw this! 1 stars
1/13/08 mrsinister I'm pretty sure DeNiro wrecks this movie. 2 stars
7/03/05 Quigley funny as a kid, but now it makes me want to slap de-niro. don't kill your brain cells. 1 stars
5/28/05 tony best childrens movie ive seen in years 4 stars
2/10/05 Jeff Anderson Man, this is one seriously godawful & deranged film! JAY WARD MUST BE SPINNING IN HIS GRAVE 1 stars
1/21/05 DM Oh, somebody please make the pain stop! 1 stars
5/24/04 Monster W. Kung Once again, DeNiro has lost his mind. 2 stars
5/15/04 tatum I cannot believe I did not hate this film 3 stars
1/12/04 Samuel the most annoying film ever made 1 stars
11/14/03 Sylvie Alice Borden Now Scott, definitely not as bad as BATTLEFIELD EARTH. 2 stars
4/17/03 Jon "Thumb the Toad" Lyrik Everyone involved has smoked a whole lotta crack. 1 stars
2/19/03 Dana Carvey must DIE!!! de niro simply should not do comedies 1 stars
3/23/02 Butterbean R&B's comedy doesn't work in movies. I'll always love R&B, but this was the pits 2 stars
12/04/01 The $1.98 Pyramid Even my little brother hated it. 2 stars
7/03/01 Elvisfan I couldn't believe how much I liked this and laughed like hell too! 5 stars
6/03/01 Thrillhouse Shrek was soo freaking better than that tepid shitbag. 1 stars
4/02/01 Andrew Carden Cameo Filled, One-Gag Movie, That Makes Cool World look good. 2 stars
3/27/01 Richard Wright Amusing at times, but not enough to compensate for the tired script and the woeful acting. 2 stars
3/11/01 mad hatter This movie is really good, if a few things were tweeked it would have been a classic. 4 stars
8/07/00 Gavin Moore Thought I would hate it, but it was really original and creative 4 stars
7/30/00 Digitalus Russo and DeNiro were terrific... this movie is pitiful 1 stars
7/25/00 Lord Raymos Good movie if you liked the cartoon, though not always true to it. 4 stars
7/22/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble The cartoon of my youth ruined by cheesy computer graphics. 1 stars
7/18/00 mad movie lover de niro has turned into a pussy now......fucking cocksucker 1 stars
7/10/00 Jamie Who the hell is Piper Perabo anyways?? Bad Execution. Bad jokes. Total crap. 1 stars
7/10/00 Andrew J. A lot funnier than I expected. Too bad I was the only one in the theater laughing. 4 stars
7/07/00 Captain Highcrime Be thankful for DeNiro otherwise this movie would never have been made--or watched. 3 stars
7/06/00 Benjamin Lesbian Two jokes and some cameos were the only compelling thing about the film. Zero charm. 1 stars
7/01/00 The Bomb 69 a few laughs but the rest was poorly written and acted 2 stars
7/01/00 Judge Cameo A huge surprise. Funny, Jason Alexander & Rene Russo are the best parts. Makes you smile=^) 5 stars
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  30-Jun-2000 (PG)
  DVD: 02-Sep-2003

  09-Feb-2001 (U)

  11-Jan-2001 (PG)

Directed by
  Des McAnuff

Written by
  Ken Lonergan

  Jason Alexander
  Rene Russo
  Robert DeNiro
  Randy Quaid
  Piper Perabo
  Janeane Garofalo

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