The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
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It's not a laugh riot. But then again, neither was the original cartoon. What it has going for it is a lot of corny humor, a ridiculous plot, and, of course, Robert Deniro's dead on impersonation of Fearless Leader. Really, it's kind of scary how well he does it. And the entire movie could've been terrible and it still would've been worth it to watch DeNiro spoof his "Taxi Driver" role.
The movie's humor comes from its dialogue, its strange characters, its patently absurd plot twists, and of course, the trademark breaking of the fourth wall. There's even some intelligence behind this silliness, though most won't get past the puns to notice it.
Look, I liked it. I can't say much more than that. It's amusing and the animation is really quite amazing considering how bland the original was. And it's got a lot of cameos, too. Worth seeing.
the one that's taken the most severe beating is easily the turn-of-the-century showcase for the series' flagship characters. most obviously, there's the less than stellar track record of cinematic revivals of tv series. movies translating cartoons to live action aren't overly renown, either. for another thing, comedy in general gets only token respect. oh yes, and most infamously, Robert DeNiro dared to play as far against type as he could possibly get (in terms of both character and vehicle.) so there was plenty of ammunition for the sourpusses of this world to make the film sound like some sort of medieval torture device.
(well, as per a common them in my reviews, it wouldn't be the first movie "common knowledge" basically slandered.)
in point of fact, it's hard to imagine any other way to approach the project. this film fully understands and sincerely appreciates the spirit of it's source material. (which, incidentally, is still the single greatest cartoon series in television history.) the plot is as close to genius as this sort of thing gets: our "stalwart moose" and "plucky squirrel" heroes bemoan their apparent redundancy in a world that appears to of forgotten them since cancellation decades ago...until summoned to Real Life by a perky but dedicated FBI agent.Read more ›
Through a contrived plot device (we know it's contrived because the familiar voice of the narrator tells us it is) those dastardly villains Boris, Natasha, and Fearless Leader have become live action humans and are plotting to take over America. But thankfully a wise FBI agent (Randy Quaid) sends one of his agents (Piper Perabo) to retrieve Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose from their quiet life in reruns in Frostbite Falls, and the animated stars are soon interacting with the real world like the Toons in Roger Rabbit.
This is a loving tribute to the television show, with an absolutely silly sense of humor throwing jokes of every kind in every direction. Everything works wonderfully, from the voices of original Rocky June Foray and new Bullwinkle Keith Scott to the visual effects to the performances of the human stars and the celebrity cameos that pop up every few minutes. Special mention must be made of the bad guys. Jason Alexander and Rene Russo are simply terrific as Boris and Natasha, and Robert DeNiro seems to be having the time of his life as Fearless Leader. Also, kudos to Piper Perabo, at the time a screen newcomer who's just too cute for words as FBI Agent Karen Sympathy.
This is a fantastic family film, with enough to offer the adults as well as the kids. I give this one a high recommendation--load the kids up and get `em out to the theater for this one!
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My kids enjoyed this movie. We got bored and they wanted new movies so we ordered a few. They laughed a lot. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a hopeless Rocky & Bullwinkle fan, this movie is an essential "must have" item. I especially love the scene where Boris & Natasha are sitting in a spirit of defeat... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Movie Man
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Remake Schremake: Look at that cast! How bad can it be?!
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Must. Get. Moose. And. Squirrel.
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How about "flop"? Or are you looking for something more grandiose, like "cash bonfire"?
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