Yet another resuscitated television show comes to the big screen, this
time taking an animated program and morphing it into a live action combo. The live action and
cartoon blend very effectively and when The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle stays to a
satiric course biting at Hollywood's toes, it's really lots of fun. Unfortunately, it doesn't
follow this road for very long. The laughs get detoured by typical Hollywood overproduction,
spending too much time on gadgetry and not enough time on clever dialogue.
Too bad there are more clever lines. There's enough talent to
deliver the comic dialogue to perfection. In looking for the right style to define Fearless Leader,
Robert De Niro chooses an accent reminiscent of Hogan's Heroes Colonel Wilhelm Klink, maybe
not the most imaginative choice, but he's got a funny look. You've got to hand it to Jason
Alexander. He just hunches down into his clothes effectively as Boris. Rene Russo is quite engaging
as Natasha. She gets extra points for wearing all that make-up. Piper Perabo is sickly sweet as
Karen Sympathy. Maybe fans of the television show will find some of the live action portrayals of
cartoon characters more rewarding.
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