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The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
Review by Susan Granger|
2½ stars out of 4
The intrepid squirrel who has a slight problem with flying ("Out of
practice") and the goofy moose who's a few crayons short of a box -
otherwise known as Rocky and Bullwinkle - are back to save the wacky world from
destruction. After years of being trapped in TV animation, those villainous
Soviet spies from Pottsylvania, Boris Badenov (Jason Alexander) and Natasha
Fatale (Rene Russo), along with their dastardly Fearless Leader (Robert De Niro)
have broken the secret code and made the leap into reality, courtesy of Minnie
Mogul, a Phony movie producer (Janeane Garofalo). It seems Fearless Leader has a
plan to conquer the planet by turning Americans into zombies by using really bad
television broadcasting so he can unseat the President of the United States
(James Rebhorn). So Rocky and Bullwinkle leave Frostbite Falls and join up with
a bumbling rookie FBI agent (Piper Perabo) to come to civilization's rescue.
Based on Jay Ward's cartoon characters, this live-action/animation adventure,
written by Kenneth Lonergan and directed by Des McAnuff, has absurd slapstick
for the kids and occasionally clever language humor for the adults. And fans of
Robert De Niro will chuckle at his Germanic parody of his own famous "Taxi
Driver" line: "Are you talkin' to me?" June Foray still voices
Rocky, while Keith Scott does Bullwinkle, along with the stentorian narrator.
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jonathan Winters - in three
roles - make cameo appearances. Whoopi's even named Judge Cameo, who astutely
rules: "Celebrities are above the law." On the Granger Movie Gauge of
1 to 10, "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" is a silly 6, filled
with pretty punny dim-witted humor. Evil has met its moose.
Copyright © 2000 Susan Granger
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