Reviewed byforehead1Vote: 4/10/10
First and foremost I see that a number of comments on this film havesuggested that it was too 'grown-up' for the younger viewers - on thispointI couldn't disagree more. I felt the main reason for my lack of enjoymentof this film was that the many gags in it were unintelligent and obviouslyaimed at children, unlike films such as Toy Story and A Bug's Life which -while being aimed primarily at children - include moments of irony andsatire that make the adults laugh too. I believe my nephews and niecewouldhave enjoyed this film much more than I did.
The basic plot was thin and basic (as expected in a film like this) but thejokes did nothing to let you forget this. At the very least the storylineshould have been created around well thought-out moments of humour. Itwasn't. Robert De Niro was the best part of it but not even he - or themany cameos - could save what was primarily a bad film. The moose wasalmost as annoying as that God-awful Jar-Jar Binks from Star Wars: ThePhantom Menace and irritated me throughout. The whole production smelt ofapoor man's Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
I've never seen the original cartoon of Rocky & Bullwinkle and afterwatching the film have no intention too. Expect to see this screened ataround lunchtime on Bank Holidays for years to come.
Reviewed byjohnnymonsarratVote: 3/10/10
Having enjoyed the original cartoon series, I went into this film witha good attitude. I enjoyed "Airplane!" and am hardly one of those filmschool arty types who can't take a joke. If Rocky & Bullwinkle had beencampy, dumb, but fun, I think I would have enjoyed it.
Unfortunately, the only good thing I can say is that I was hoping tohear a lot of bad puns, and I did. But there the similarity ended.
Taking Rocky & Bullwinkle out of its cartoon format into a 3D realmdidn't work for me. The plot stuttered and didn't make any sense. Evenstarting from the attitude that this is a cartoon, so things will bewacky and nonsensical, it still didn't make any sense.
Worst of all were the syrupy and melodramatic interactions with KarenSympathy, the FBI agent. The emotions and decisions of the charactersdidn't make sense.
Finally, there's something about comedy that involves timing. I don'tknow what it is. But the build-ups and physical pranks didn't work forme. Something was really askew in the presentation.
Who should see this film:
-- nobody, even kids, and especially if you've seen the originalseries, it will just make you sad
I'm forced to give The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle a 3 out of 10.
Reviewed byvip_ebriegaVote: 2/10/10
My Take: Yet another lame attempt to put animation into flesh-and-bloodreality.
"This is not a cartoon, this is the real world!", claims rookie FBIagent Karen Sympathy, played by Piper Perabo, and I wish I can say thesame thing about THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY AND BULWINKLE. It has a bigbudget, which it spends on fancy cartoonish sets and other bizarregimmicks, for what? To make it look like a cartoon! This results into alot of things that we could prefer seeing in a Saturday morningcartoon. But as a movie, it's pretty hard to see why this was such afavorite cartoon during the early '60's. This is one of the mostineffective and unfunny movies I've seen in a while. And if your notconvinced, lets move to to the casting. Lets see, Robert De Niro asFearless Leader and Jason Alexander and Rene Russo as his bumblingminions. Okay, now your convinced.
The film uses the technique of putting animated characters in real-livesettings and real actors. This was done many times since films in the80's like WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT and, recently SPACE JAM. And likeSPACE JAM, although not quite as bad, ROCKY AND BULWINKLE enjoys toomuch with the playfulness of its cartoon characters that they forgetthat they're making a feature film here. So, it has not much to telland can't even afford to make jokes that really work.
The film is basically a cartoon on a live action movie (which is madejust as cartoonish as the animated world). Animated evil mastermindFearless Leader (De Niro) and his henchmen have crossed the boundariesof an animated world and arrive in our 4-dimensional world and start aTV company called RBTV, meaning "Really Bad Television" (howprophetic), and turn people to mindless drones with their horriblecable shows. The FBI sends a rookie agent (Perabo) to protectstill-animated Rocky and Bulwinkle from being zapped, allowing themegalomaniac from ruling the world.
And as the story goes, the laughs and silliness get even worse. Thefilm hardly made me laugh, and no head-hitting, car-crashing and anyother mishap to change my mind about that. They should know they'remaking a motion picture here, not a an episode of Bugs and Daffy(which, at least, is better than this). Despite its budget, directorDes McAnuff instead spends it on silly cartoonish gimmicks that, joinedin with the corny laughs (if you'd call it laughs) and embarrassedleads, it can all be summed up in a 30 minute animated feature for TV,not an 88 minute film.
Still, I did find one thing that was quite bearable in this walkingdisaster waiting to happen, and that is the entertaining cameos. Howmany movies can you see well-known (and then well-known) talents likeWhoppi Goldberg, John Goodman, Kenan (Thompson) and Kel (Mitchell) andBilly Crystal just to name a few. Their cameos thankfully lightens upmy high criticism for the film, but that doesn't stop me from giving ita big thumbs down.
Still, I won't discourage you from letting the kids see it, for it'smainly made for them and they might be the only ones who'll enjoy it.
Rating: * out of 5.
35 years after The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show's cancellation, our two TV heroes have been living off the finances of their reruns on TV. To make matters worse, Rocky has lost his ability to fly, and the trees in Frostbite Falls have all been cut down. Meanwhile, over in Pottsylvania, home of Rocky and Bullwinkle's arch enemies Fearless Leader, Boris, and Natasha, the Iron Curtain has fallen, leading the villains to leave Pottsylvania, and dig through a tunnel all the way to the TV of a Hollywood Producer, Minnie Mogul. She signs a contract, giving her the rights to produce the Rocky and Bullwinkle Movie, and accidentally pulls the three villains out of the TV, turning them into humans! Now, they have an evil plan to hypnotize America, using RBTV (Really Bad TeleVision), making everyone's mind mush, so he can go on to the TV, and get everyone to vote him President of the USA! However, new FBI Agent Karen Sympathy has an assignment--get the only ones who could ever defeat the villains- ...