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The Adventures of Rocky and BullwinkleUSA / Germany 1999
Directed by Des McAnuff
Running time 88 minutes
This film, scripted by Kenneth Lonergan, who went on to direct the successful indie hit You Can Count On Me, is obviously aimed at the cult market, most particularly, aficionados of the 60s classic TV cartoon series The Adventure of Rocky and Bullwinkle. Presumably number amongst the latter Robert De Niro, for not only does he appear in this (as the megalomaniacal Fearless Leader) he also co-produced. Rene Russo is virtually unrecognisable as Natasha and, surprise, surprise, Jason Alexander does a good job as Boris (Danny De Vito was originally intended for the role as Meryl Streep was for that of Natasha but legal issues intervened, stalling the production for some years). There are also cameos from the likes of John Goodman and Carl Reiner amongst others (was that Billy Crystal as the mattress salesman?). Rocky and Bullwinkle appear as themselves. If you’re not familiar with,, or a fan of the TV show this may leave you cold.
Anyone interested in this style of thing may like to compare it with Who Framed Roger Rabbit?(1988) which is arguably both technically more accomplished and stronger in the content department.