Film / Rocky and Bullwinkle

The Live-Action Adaptation of the animated series, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle is a mix of animation and live action starring the famous moose and squirrel and their enemies, Fearless Leader, Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale.

In this film, Rocky and Bullwinkle's home of Frostbite Falls has fallen into ruin from years of their show's reruns, while the three villains find a way into the real world and plot to take over America with a cable TV station that brainwashes the viewers. To save the country, FBI agent Karen Sympathy brings the moose and squirrel to the real world and journey across the country to stop the fiends and save the people of America.

The film ended up being a box-office flop, with Jason Alexander expressing actor's remorse for his role as Boris. Nevertheless, it has become a cult classic even with fans of the original show.

This film contains examples of:

  • And I Must Scream: The three FBI agents (and later Karen and Rocky) subjected to RBTV and turning into literal vegetables, with their screams for help muffled.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: After the villains' defeat, everyone, even the Pottsylvanian spies, celebrated their demise.
  • Artistic License Law: "All celebrities are above the law." Yeah, tell that to Wesley Snipesnote  and Lindsay Lohannote .
    • Hell, tell that to the family of Fatty Arbucklenote .
  • Award Bait Song: Through the Eyes of a Child by Lisa Mc Clowry
  • Better Than a Bare Bulb
  • Brick Joke: The cartoon ferret that got subjected to the CDI is later seen when Bullwinkle is surfing the Internet. Also, the occasional cuts to the prison guard that Karen abandoned at the movie theater halfway through the film as he waits for her to park his truck (It's explicitly mentioned that this guy is even thicker than Bullwinkle).
  • Brought Down to Normal: Rocky can't fly after entering the real world. He gets better.
  • Cassandra Truth: When Karen is falsely arrested, the heroes' insistence that she is an FBI agent goes unbelieved.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Bullwinkle's antlers picking up radio waves proves very useful in the climax.
  • Cold Equation: Realizing the plane can't hold their weight, Rocky gain the confidence to fly again and carries Karen to New York while Bullwinkle redirects to Washington, DC.
  • Cyberspace: Bullwinkle surfs the net near the conclusion.
  • Darkest Hour: Fearless Leader has zombified most of the country and Rocky and Karen are held captive.
    Narrator: At that moment, Karen and Rocky's only hope in the whole world, was Bullwinkle J. Moose. In other words, they didn't have a prayer.
  • The Ditz: Bullwinkle
  • The Faceless: The narrator.
  • Fangirl: Karen is a huge fan of Rocky and Bullwinkle.
  • Genki Girl: Karen
  • Ghost in the Machine: Karen's inner child located inside her eye, which becomes a Running Gag.
    Bullwinkle: Hey, there's someone in your eye!
    • The Swedish prison guard she falls in love with has one too. At one point, the two children wave to each other at a distance.
  • Hair-Trigger Sound Effect: there's a handsome-but-not-particularly-bright security guard. There's an Audible Gleam every time he smiles.
  • Immune to Mind Control: Bullwinkle can't be hypnotised because he's just to dumb to fall for it. At least, that's what the narrator says.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: It gets to where eventually the group is charged with "criminally bad punning".
  • Inner Monologue: Near the end, Karen has an argument with her inner child, which causes Rocky to ask who is she talking to.
  • Insult Backfire
    Karen: Boris Badenov. I've seen you on TV. You're a crooked, creepy, no-good rotten worm.
    Boris: Oh, thank you.
    Karen: You're slimy, sneaky, sleazy...
    Boris: Please. You'll turn my pretty head.
    Karen: You're a sadistic spy and a...really bad person.
    Boris: Stop. You're embarrassing me.
  • Interactive Narrator: It wouldn't be a Rocky & Bullwinkle movie without him.
  • The Long List: Karen, Rocky and Bullwinkle are charged with one count of grand theft auto, one count of breaking out of jail, one count of impugning the character of a prison guard, four counts of reckless driving, five counts of talking to the audience and eighteen counts of bad puns.
    Bullwinkle: And three dukes and seven earls.
    Judge Cameo: Make that nineteen.
  • Medium Awareness / Wrong Genre Savvy: When beset by bad guys, Bullwinkle exclaims, "I know! Let's go to a commercial break!" When none happens, Bullwinkle mutters, "What is this, PBS?!"
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailers had Bullwinkle saying things like "Wassup" and "I'd like to use one of my lifelines please". He never says those in the film.
  • No Fourth Wall
  • Oh Crap!: "Fearless Leader, MOOSE IS LOOSE!"
  • Precision F-Strike: Well, precision D-strike anyway - from the narrator, when Boris and Natasha somehow run across a helicopter (with the keys in the ignition) right after he pointed out that there's no logical way they could ever find one in the middle of the desert.
    • Done right in the French dub of the film however, where the Narrator will accurately say "Et merde".
  • Punny Name: Karen Sympathy
  • Real World Episode
  • Road Trip Plot: The whole movie is involves our heroes trying to get to New York. Lampshaded by Bullwinkle, who points out that even though they're in a hurry if they took an airplane or anything quicker then there would be no plot - though they do ultimately take one.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: A CGI Rocky and Bullwinkle interacting with live people.
    • The same goes to a traditionally animated test subject for the CDI.
    • The Trope Namer is briefly referenced
    Fearless Leader: There has never actually been a way to destroy a cartoon character until now.
    Spy: What about that movie Roger Rabbit?
    Fearless Leader: SHUT UP! This is totally different!
  • Shout-Out: The laptop called "CDI" is also the same name that was came from the infamous video game console.
  • Stylistic Suck: The shows Boris, Natasha and Fearless Leader come up with to show on Really Bad Television to turn their viewers into vegetables, all of which are somehow spy themed. "Three Wacky Spies And Horse Who Is Also Spy" actually sounds better than some programs that have made it on TV in real life.
  • Take That: Rocky and Bullwinkle are acquitted in court because the law states that celebrities are above the law.
    Narrator: Even their wordplay had become cheap and hackneyed.
    Bullwinkle: No, it was always like that.
  • Tempting Fate
    Karen: If the FBI has taught me one thing, it's that life is not a cartoon.
    (cue safe falling overhead)
  • Theme Song: Rocky's is Supertramp's "Dreamer".
  • Too Dumb to Fool: Since he's already an idiot, Bullwinkle is unaffected by the effects of RBTV.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Bullwinkle in the climax, where he manages to effectively toss several spies with his antlers.
  • Villainous B.S.O.D.: Boris and Natasha when the heroes get away in the plane, and they sit down and contemplate quitting spying and having kids who are as bad as them.
  • Visual Pun: Frequently.