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Overall Rating
2.45

Awesome: 3.23%
Worth A Look: 17.74%
Average32.26%
Pretty Bad: 14.52%
Total Crap32.26%

5 reviews, 32 user ratings


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Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, The
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by Charles Tatum

"I cannot believe I am slightly recommending this infamous bomb."
3 stars

"The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show" was canceled in the mid-1960's, and ever since then the cartoon characters have been living in poverty. Through attachment to a movie deal, Fearless Leader (Robert DeNiro), Boris (Jason Alexander), and Natasha (Rene Russo) escape into our real world.

Fearless Leader begins a television network called RBTV (Really Bad Television) and begins hypnotizing the American public with his inane programming. His evil scheme is to brainwash the country into voting for him for president. The FBI sends untested Agent Karen Sympathy (Piper Perabo) to get Rocky and Bullwinkle (and the original show's Narrator) out of their cartoon existences to fight the villains. Fearless Leader is in New York readying to make his speech, so he sends Boris and Natasha to Hollywood to stop Rocky, Bullwinkle, and Karen. Most of the film is essentially a road trip as the cast makes a mad dash for the Big Apple.

When I was a kid, I never really got into Rocky and Bullwinkle. I didn't get into Sid and Marty Krofft's shows, either, but that is another review someday. I do remember liking the Narrator of the cartoon series, but I tired of the puns and lame jokes. I was a Looney Tunes kid, born and bred.

In the feature film, the writer and director give more than enough humor to please kids and adults. There are a ton of cameos here, almost as many as in the Muppet movies. The puns and lame jokes are still here, as is goofy physical humor. The casting of DeNiro, Alexander, and Russo is so inspired I wished the trio had had even more screen time. Keith Scott does the voices of both Bullwinkle and Narrator, and June Foray does the voice of Rocky. Both voice actors do a fantastic job. My one casting complaint is with Piper Perabo as Karen. I thought the role called for someone way older than the actress. What a gas it would have been to get Gillian Anderson as Karen!

The mix of live action and animation is not as smooth here as it was in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," a film this outing even mentions. While adults and children will find some funny stuff here, they will also have to sit through a "find your inner child" subplot and some very choppy editing in the middle third of the film. Mark Mothersbaugh leaves behind the quirkiness of Devo and his "Rugrats" scores, but delivers almost the exact same annoying music cues that came to ruin another live action/cartoon film-"Space Jam."

"The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" turned a lot of people off, and the film tanked at the box office. I found it average, but with enough to give a slight recommendation. I have a feeling true fans of the show hated this as much as those who knew nothing of the show. I kind of fall in the middle of the two groups, and my rating falls in the middle of the scale.

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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
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  30-Jun-2000 (PG)
  DVD: 02-Sep-2003

UK
  09-Feb-2001 (U)

Australia
  11-Jan-2001 (PG)


Directed by
  Des McAnuff

Written by
  Ken Lonergan

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



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