Rocky and Bullwinkle are bitter and stuck in a world of re-runs. The animated Fearless Leader (soon to become the over-animated Robert De Niro) hatches but another plot to become the Supreme Leader. His answer: RBTV — Real Bad Television.Not much here, though it’s relatively harmless for the kids. Rocky and Bullwinkle face the usual Hollywoodization of a (classic) TV show-cum-movie. The story and subsequent results are all minor and in most regards, a feature length recreation of the show. The question being, of course (as always), was this the right stuff to be turned to feature length? Who am I to say? The humor is very low brow, very self-referential, and very unintelligent. The movie, or more in fact, the writer (Kenneth Lonergan — Analyze This) is also very aware of this, and makes sure to make a point of it. And because it acknowledges that it’s a stinker and knows such, doesn’t make it a more cogent case, either. Piper Perabo was a nice find as Karen Sympathy (get it — “care-and-sympathy”), and easily fits in with the abundant amount of youthful and attractive actresses rushing the screen. The golden hair, full lips, gleaming smile and “professional” tan are all eye-catching but very much the same as the next. Only her name (and wide, toothy grin) distinguishes her from the next. An unexpected fall down the stairs for Des McAnuff after an auspicious directorial debut with Cousin Bette.
With Janeane Garofalo, Jason Alexander, Rene Russo, Randy Quaid, Jonathan Winters, John Goodman, James Rebhorn, Whoopi Goldberg and the voices of June Foray and Keith Scott.[Redeemable.]