Jay Ward Movies
"The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle"
In June 30, 2000, Universal Pictures released "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle". The movie follows the continuing adventures of the moose and squirrel, as over 40 years have passed in Frostbite Falls, the hometown of Rocky and Bullwinkle. While our heroes are living off of residual checks from reruns, the rest of the town isn't doing so well. When Fearless Leader (Robert De Niro) unveils his latest plan to take over the real world via mass media, he sends Boris (Jason Alexander) and Natasha (Rene Russo) to do his bidding. Eventually all three villians cross over into the real world and wreak havoc on Hollywood. It is up to the plucky squirrel and dimwitted moose to save the day once again!
The film is rated PG and now avaliable on DVD from Amazon.com. The official site at RockyandBullwinkle.com
I can't really give an unbiased review of this movie because I love Rocky and Bullwinkle so much. On the surface the film is pure cheese. Puns, lame jokes, a corny plot, and stupid humor. It may not be an Oscar winner, but it is worth seeing if you are in the mood for a cheesy laugh. The movie played out just like the 'lost episode' of Rocky and Bullwinkle. For all the critics that groan at the "pun a minute" mentality, I'd suggest they revisit the original cartoon. As much as people would like to say Bullwinkle was comedy excellence, they cannot deny the intentional campy factor the show had all along. Self-mockery, lame jokes, and cheap visual gags were all part of the original package over 50 years ago. They didn't change the script of the movie to be a better version of the show, it is the show. As Bullwinkle said in the film, "Its always been this way."
I highly suggest the movie to Bullwinkle fans. The film is filled with light-hearted fun that kind of lets your brain "float", rather than digest the plot. The surreal visuals give you a mixed of the feeling of Roger Rabbit and a thanksgiving day parade. The type of humor used in a movie was very similar to the show. One things fans forget is that The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle never had a plot to begin with. Aside from Boris and Natasha trying to hatch an evil scheme, the fab-four were thrown into random situations weekly. This movie makes no exception as it brings Rocky, Bullwinkle, Boris, Natasha, and Fearless Leader into the real world, and beyond.
Overall the movie serves as a delightful escape from anything sane. Robert DeNiro, Jason Alexander, and Rene Russo deliver a cheesed-up version of the major villains, while Piper Perabo's generic Agent Sympathy thrusts along the lingering heroes. Like I said, it might not win awards, but the nostalgia, wit, and just plain gaudy factor are enough to keep you from thinking, "I could be watching Jurassic Park instead." Use this movie for what it was indented for, a vacation of the mind.
What to Own the Movie?
Buy it now from Amazon.com!
Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, Animated
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.85:1
Audio Encoding: DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1
Studio: Universal Studios
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
Run Time: 92
- Available Audio Tracks: English (DTS), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French
Spotlight on Location: Making Of featurette
DVD-ROM features including Screen Friends, voice activated software allowing the film's characters to navigate your computer