Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA/Germany, 2000. CJ Entertainment, CJ Entertainment Animation Group, Sunwoo Entertainment, Company K Partners Contents Investment Fund, Daewoo Corporation, CJ Venture Investment, Finecut, Michigan Venture Capital, KTB Network, Industrial Bank of Korea, DC Digital Content Comics, Capella International, KC Medien, Tribeca Productions, Wildbrain Entertainment. Screenplay by Kenneth Lonergan, based on characters created by Jay Ward. Cinematography by Thomas E. Ackerman. Produced by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal. Music by Mark Mothersbaugh. Production Design by Gavin Bocquet. Costume Design by Marlene Stewart. Film Editing by Dennis Virkler.
Not great but very sometimes funny update of the classic television cartoon. The inane plot involves the evil trio of Fearless Leader (Robert De Niro), Boris (Jason Alexander) and Natasha (Rene Russo), who have turned themselves from cartoon into live-action so that they can buy a television station and take over the world. Piper Perabo is somewhat feeble as the FBI agent sent to stop them with the help of that unstoppable duo Rocky and Bullwinkle (here rendered with impressive computer animation). Russo is a gas as the gorgeous femme fatale, while De Niro is over the top plus there’s a boatload of famous names doing cameos (Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, John Goodman). The film does not maintain its hectic hilarity throughout.