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"THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE"
(2000) (Piper Perabo, Jason Alexander) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Minor None *Heavy Minor Moderate
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None Moderate None Minor
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Minor Minor None Minor Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: A rookie FBI agent recruits the legendary Rocky and Bullwinkle after their lifelong archenemies manage to escape from the cartoon world into reality and plot to take over the country.
PLOT:
It's been more than thirty years since their TV show was cancelled and the most famous residents of Frostbite Falls, MN - better known as Rocky J. Squirrel (voice of JUNE FORAY) and Bullwinkle J. Moose (voice of KEITH SCOTT) - have since been stuck in perpetual reruns.

That changes when their longtime archenemies and overall No-Goodniks from Pottsylvania -- Fearless Leader (ROBERT DE NIRO) and his two bumbling assistants, Boris (JASON ALEXANDER) and Natasha (RENE RUSSO) -- manage to escape into the real world. By broadcasting their RBTV (Really Bad TV) programming signals across the country, Fearless Leader plots to turn everyone in America into mindless zombies incapable of independent thought, and then make them vote for him as the next President.

That doesn't sit well with the current chief executive, President Signoff (JAMES REBHORN) and so FBI agent Cappy Von Trapment (RANDY QUAID) assigns rookie agent Karen Sympathy (PIPER PERABO) to find the only characters capable of stopping such a diabolical plan - Rocky and Bullwinkle - and get them to New York City before Fearless Leader makes his executive broadcast to the nation.

After retrieving the two cartoon characters into the real world, Sympathy, and her two animated companions, then set out on a cross-country trek to stop Fearless Leader. As they do so, however, they must contend with various complications and obstacles, including those introduced by Boris and Natasha who've been assigned to stop Rocky and Bullwinkle at any cost.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Since it's aimed directly at young kids, they may, especially if they're at all familiar with the original cartoon from the 1960s (that still airs here and there in syndication).
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For brief mild language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • PIPER PERABO plays a rookie FBI agent assigned to locate and then accompany Rocky and Bullwinkle to New York. Although she lies and steals some, she does so in line with the duty of her assignment.
  • ROCKY is the animated flying squirrel who overcomes self-doubts to help save the country.
  • BULLWINKLE is the animated moose who perseveres despite being somewhat bull-headed and not particularly bright.
  • ROBERT DE NIRO plays Fearless Leader, a dictator-like character who wishes to take over America by hypnotizing its citizens. He also smokes a few times.
  • RENE RUSSO and JASON ALEXANDER play his two bumbling cronies who repeatedly try to stop and/or kill Rocky and Bullwinkle but are too incompetent to do so successfully.
  • RANDY QUAID plays Sympathy's FBI boss.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a quick look at the content found in this PG-rated film. Brief language (a few minor profanities and colorful phrases) are what earn the film its rating. Various instances of slapstick style violence occur (where people are unintentionally and certainly not seriously injured), while some brief comedy style violence is also present in the form of two characters repeatedly trying to harm others.

    A few of those scenes and others may be a bit suspenseful to the youngest of viewers, but all of them are played solely for laughs or action and not to be scary. The villains obviously have bad attitudes, but in a cartoon-like way, various weaponry in present at different points of the film, and a few characters drink and smoke.

    Should you still be concerned about the film's content and its appropriateness for anyone in your home, you may want to take a closer look at our detailed content listings for more specific details and information about what occurs in the film.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Boris and Natasha celebrate with some champagne and later pour more for themselves (but don't drink it).
  • We briefly see some miscellaneous characters in a bar who appear to be drinking.
  • People celebrate with champagne.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • None.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • The villains obviously have both, but in a very cartoon-like fashion as Fearless Leader tries to take over America while Boris and Natasha try to kill Rocky and Bullwinkle.
  • Sympathy steals Boris and Natasha's truck, lies to a prison guard to have him help her escape (she's wrongly imprisoned for part of the film), steals his truck, and lies to Rocky and Bullwinkle (but does all of that in the line of her job assignment).
  • Boris and Natasha steal a helicopter.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • It's possible that the youngest of kids could find scenes listed under "Violence" or others such as Sympathy, Rocky and Bullwinkle trying elude some guards and later her hanging from a biplane's wing and then falling off (but Rocky catches her) as a tiny bit suspenseful, but it's all played in a goofy, cartoon-like way.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Cartoon rifles: Carried by a cartoon soldier/guard and briefly aimed by a cartoon firing squad preparing to shoot some prisoners (but that never happens).
  • Machine gun: Seen in the back of Boris and Natasha's truck.
  • Dynamite: Used by Boris and Natasha while trying to blow up Rocky and Bullwinkle.
  • Lit cannon: Prepare to be fired by them at Rocky and Bullwinkle, but Sympathy snuffs out the fuse.
  • Handguns: Aimed by the police several times at Sympathy.
  • Shotguns: Carried by prison guards.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Shut up," "Holy mackerel," "Idiot," "Great googly moogly," "Holy cow," an incomplete "What the…" "Freak" and "Suck."
  • On her command, Sympathy, Rocky and Bullwinkle jump from a moving car (just before it goes over a cliff).
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A moderate amount of dramatic and comically suspenseful music plays in a few scenes.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • 1 damn and 1 crap, 4 uses of "Oh my God" and 1 use of "Oh God" as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • We very briefly see a real woman in a bikini.
  • Natasha shows a bit of cleavage in one scene.
  • SMOKING
  • A cartoon character smokes a cigar and we see the cartoon narrator's hand holding a cigar.
  • Fearless Leader smokes cigarettes several times (via a holder), while another man smokes once.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • None.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Rocky, Bullwinkle and Sympathy's perseverance of making their way across the country and stopping Fearless Leader.
  • Sympathy's "white lies" and other wrongdoings (stealing/borrowing other's vehicles) in her quest to complete her mission.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Slapstick style violence includes a cartoon eagle being hit by a falling tree; the cartoon narrator's mother throws a metal skillet that presumably hits him (we hear the sound of it doing so); a wall smashes down onto some cartoon characters; Rocky tries to fly but ends up falling and smashing into the ground; a bus runs over Rocky and Bullwinkle and squashes them back into two-dimensional form; Bullwinkle accidentally knocks people over with his large antlers; Boris falls off a water tower and lands on several people just before a laptop computer lands on his head, knocking him out; Rocky accidentally drives a car into a wall hard enough that he leaves an imprint of his head in that wall; Boris and Natasha land on a mattress salesman and the mattress he's carrying after they fall from the sky; Bullwinkle flies a biplane through a billboard sign; and various cartoon characters are hit by the credits during the end credit roll.
  • In a TV commercial for RBTV, a real car crashes into a wall and explodes.
  • A cartoon character is zapped by a beam that seemingly vaporizes him (but in reality just sends him onto the Internet).
  • Boris and Natasha drop a large safe that nearly hits Sympathy, Rocky and Bullwinkle as they drive along, and then light sticks of dynamite that blow up around that car as it swerves out of the way. The three then jump from that car as it goes over a cliff and then explodes.
  • Natasha whacks Boris hard enough (trying to get his attention) that she knocks him to the ground.
  • Boris and Natasha try to squash Rocky and Bullwinkle in their convertible with a helicopter, but only manage to tear off their car's windshield.
  • Sympathy smashes Boris and Natasha's heads together, briefly knocking them silly and/or unconscious.
  • Several of Fearless Leader's goons try grabbing Bullwinkle, but he effortlessly knocks them aside, sending one crashing through a large glass panel and another into a large TV panel. He then charges and smashes into Fearless Leader sending him flying across the room.
  • Sympathy smashes a large piece of Fearless Leader's machinery, causing it to explode.



  • Reviewed June 27, 2000 / Posted June 30, 2000

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