The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
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Everyone's favorite moose and squirrel, Rocky and Bullwinkle, are back in an all-new live-action adventure! Those ruthless spies, Boris (Jason Alexander) and Natasha (Rene Russo), have wrangled their way into the real world...while their Fearless Leader (2-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro) is plotting to take over America. Only Rocky and Bullwinkle can save us, but first it's up to squirrel and moose to foil Fearless Leader's scheme to destroy the world! This fun-filled, pun-filled comic adventure picks up where the much-beloved series left off, spoofing television, politics, higher education, the Internet and especially themselves. They prove once again that laughter is ageless, timeless and in Rocky's case, weightless.
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I don't understand a lot of the hate this movie gets in reviews. It's fun, and I can excuse the film's stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid puns, because the story makes sense and the film realizes it's not gonna be some masterpiece and just tries to have fun, and sometimes in a film, that's good enough for me.
But does it hold up? I say YES! At least for me it does.
I think that the animation is borderline horrendous by fake it looks. But I think that adds to the charm of it, since they are playing cartoon characters in the real world.
But otherwise, it's a pretty fun kids movie. And I remember me and my brother both leaving the theater very happy after this seeing movie. Sadly as you grow up, that becomes a rarity. I can't even remember the last time I left a movie going "THAT WAS AWESOME!!!!!"
So watching this again was a fun blast from the past. And the celebrity cameos are a lot of fun too. I had no idea who these people as a child.
wholesome, the photograph is some of the best ever and it has lots of love, which everyone should enjoy, even the fearless leader. The story is clever and the visiual language is rich, not to mention there's a smoragoborg of talent and more!
And despite falling into all three of these, this movie not only avoids disaster it captures the spirit of the original show but also blends it into the current setting.
The movie, while mostly fun and loaded with self-aware humor (which I love), contained a touch of emotion somewhere between nostalgia and sadness, for lack of better words. Beautifully done.
The voices of Rocky and Bullwinkle are indistinguishable from those of the original cartoon characters. In fact, June Foray (the original Rocky) is the voice of the present Rocky. The images are different, of course, since THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE shows the two characters as quasi-three dimensional drawings. The voice of the narrator seems exactly as in the original cartoons.
The movie has the following plot. In brief, Robert De Niro takes over a number of television networks, with the goal of putting on hypnotically dull programming, with the eventual goal of hypnotizing the American public into letting him the entire country. The FBI hires a young investigator, Piper Perabo (FBI agent Karen Sympathy), to get Robert De Niro under control. She goes to Hollywood, and uses a special green ray to rouse Rocky and Bullwinkle from retirement, travel from Hollywood to New York City, and bring Robert De Niro under control.
Piper Perabo provides many amusing facial expressions. If you like all the amusing winks, flirts, grimaces, eyeball rollings, and other expressions found in kids' movies, such as the classic FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF then you will love Piper Perabo in THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE.
Most of the movie takes the form of a road comedy, for example, in the manner of the road movie, IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD. Please note that Jonathan Winters appears in both THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE and in IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD.
The film begins with a cartoon drawn in the old style of the original series. The narrator begins, "In a little house at the top of the stump forest . . ." referring to the fact that the forest at Frostbite Falls, MN, has been cut down. Bullwinkle says, "I'm going for a walk in the forest." But Rocky corrects him, "But Bullwinkle, there aren't any woods any more." To this, Bullwinkle replies, "You don't have to tell me. I'm chairman of the Frostbite Falls Society for Conversation." "You mean conservation," says Rocky, providing a correction. "Well, somebody's got to start talking about it," exclaims Bullwinkle, continuing the pun.
In the next scene, we see Minnie Mogul, a young executive in the movie industry, reviewing scripts. Behind her are stacks of at least 1000 scripts. "Too intelligent," she quips. "Too intelligent," she efficiently comments. Eventually, she decides to recommend a film about Rocky and Bullwinkle. She goes to the head of the studio, but he proclaims, "I DON'T LIKE MOOSE MOVIES."
The issue of Fearless Leader arises when the President of the United States is being briefed in the Oval Office. "For the last six months, a cartoon TV villain named Fearless Leader has been buying up every single cable TV network in the country."
In Fearless Leader's headquarters, we see him testing one of his boring movies on 30 or so subjects. A technician turns the dial on an amazing Star Wars-type machine. The machine jiggles and jumps. A needle on the machine moves from BORED, to APATHETIC, to HYPNOTIZED, and finally to ZOMBIFIED. We see the subjects becoming more and more glassy-eyed and complacent, with goofy smiles.
Fearless Leader receives training for using a machine intended to get rid of Rocky and Bullwinkle. A ten year old girl provides the training: "The computer degenerating imagery or CDI is totally user friendly. Just enter the binary code and the CDI will dismantle the film stock. Okay?" The ten year old rattles off the instructions very quickly and with charming arrogance. "Here's the manual. She's all yours. I assume you're both computer literate," she snaps at Boris and Natasha, with arrogant charm. The manual is a huge book, weighing at least 20 pounds. The machine is shown being tested on a cartoon weasel. The CDI dissipates the weasel.
Piper Perabo arrives in Hollywood and, using spy techniques, gains access to the Green Light, located in a lighthouse on the movie lot. Piper Perabo activates the controls of a huge science fiction gadget. She types: ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE. She selects a button reading: ROAD COMEDY. Moments later, Rocky and Bullwinkle spill out of the light, and land on the floor of the lighthouse. "I think we're on the wrong show," exclaims Bullwinkle, taking note of Piper Perabo a few feet away from him. (This is the first time that Rocky and Bullwinkle see a real person.) "Look how good they drew that girl," exclaims Bullwinkle.
To provide more fun examples: Rocky and Bullwinkle are on their way from Hollywood to New York, traveling in a truck they stole from Boris and Natasha. They get arrested and are put on trial. Bullwinkle, never known for being clever, accidently testifies against himself in court. In other words, he believes that he is in control of the situation, as he stands in the courtroom, but he is actually incriminating himself. Later on in the courtroom scene, the judge (Whoopy Goldberg) displays disinterest and impatience with the trial. But when she puts on her glasses, things come into focus, and she realizes who the defendants are. "Omigawd! Omigawwwd! It's Rocky and Bullwinkle," she gushes in admiration. Regaining composure, Whoopy Goldberg becomes stern, bangs her gavel, and proclaims, "CELEBRITIES ARE ABOVE THE LAW. CASE DISMISSED!"
Kids will especially like the depiction of slow-witted adults, for example, the handsome Scandinavian prison guard. FIVE STARS