The Adventures Of Rocky & Bullwinkle

Fans of Jay Ward's classic TV kids' cartoon for adults (which is to say, just about everybody) can relax. This megastar mix of CGI animation and live action is remarkably faithful to the spirit of the original; it's also a mostly adorable comic-adventure fantasy brightened by flashes of true inspiration. The film's real hero may be playwright-turned-screenwriter...read more

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Fans of Jay Ward's classic TV kids' cartoon for adults (which is to say, just about everybody) can relax. This megastar mix of CGI animation and live action is remarkably faithful to the spirit of the original; it's also a

mostly adorable comic-adventure fantasy brightened by flashes of true inspiration. The film's real hero may be playwright-turned-screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan, whose script re-creates the show's mix of frantic punning, topical references and plot implausibilities and maintains the breakneck

rhythm of its three-minute episodes. As to the plot, suffice it to say that plucky Rocket J. Squirrel (voice of original Rocky June Foray) and dim-bulb Bullwinkle T. Moose (Keith Scott, also the voice-of-God narrator) find themselves in the real world along with arch nemeses Fearless Leader

(Robert De Niro, in a hilarious chin prosthetic) and his no-goodnik henchpersons Boris and Natasha (Jason Alexander and Rene Russo, who have the cartoon characters down cold). With a little help from not-so-tough FBI agent Karen Sympathy (Piper Perabo), Moose and Squirrel have two days to foil

FL's scheme to take over America. Their adventures play out like a sweet-natured, Hope and Crosby road picture complete with numerous celebrity cameos, including Whoopi Goldberg as the aptly named Judge Cameo and veteran scene stealer Jonathan Winters, who nearly makes off with the picture as

three separate characters. Director Des McAnuff takes a little too long getting our heroes into the action, but once they do appear, their animated incarnations are so inherently funny that they're de facto sight gags. The opening and closing Frostbite Falls scenes, done in the style

of the TV show, are also a treat. The only jarring notes are the steroidal action sequences; Boris and Natasha were always trying to kill Moose and Squirrel, but it's disconcerting to see our heroes menaced in the flesh... as it were.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Fans of Jay Ward's classic TV kids' cartoon for adults (which is to say, just about everybody) can relax. This megastar mix of CGI animation and live action is remarkably faithful to the spirit of the original; it's also a mostly adorable comic-adventure… (more)

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