Film / The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
aka: Rocky And Bullwinkle

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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.

Not to be confused with Boris and Natasha, with Dave Thomas and Sally Kellerman in the title roles.


The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle provides 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 I'm the Queen of Sheba: Parodied:
    Rocky: But she really is with the FBI!
    Oklahoma Cop: Yeah, and I'm really John Goodman.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: After the villains' defeat, everyone, even the Pottsylvanian spies, celebrate their demise.
  • Artistic License Law: "Celebrities are above the law." Yeah, tell that to Wesley Snipesnote  and Lindsay Lohan.note  Hell, tell that to the family of Fatty Arbuckle.note  Granted, it seems to be a Take That! aimed to celebrities who actually believe that, but in the world of the film it's literally part of the penal code.
  • As Himself: See the Trope Image.
  • Award Bait Song: Through the Eyes of a Child by Lisa Mc Clowry
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Courtesy of Fearless Leader: "Well, Agent Sympathy. I have waited many years to face an enemy I could respect... and I'm still waiting!"
  • 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.
  • Failure Hero: Bullwinkle, as usual. And we love him for it.
  • Fangirl: Karen is a huge fan of Rocky and Bullwinkle. As is Judge Cameo.
  • A Fool for a Client: Bullwinkle represents himself, Rocky and Karen in court. He then proceeds to examine Karen as if he was prosecuting her.
  • Genki Girl: Karen, as much as she tries to restrain it around her superiors. She eventually finds out this was why she was assigned to this case in the first place.
  • Ghost in the Machine:
    • Karen's inner child located inside her eye, which becomes a Running Gag.
    Bullwinkle: Hey, there's something in your eye!
    Karen: No there's not! (rubs at her eye, pushing her inner child over backward.)
    • 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 hypnotized because he's just to dumb to fall for it. At least, that's what the narrator says.
  • 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. At the start of the movie, he's been forced to move in with his mother and narrate his own life, which gets on her nerves.
  • Leitmotif: For this film, "Dreamer" is Rocky's.
  • 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: While escaping from the Green Lighthouse, Bullwinkle exclaims, "I know! Let's go to a commercial!" 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!"
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Since no one can figure out what the heck Bullwinkle says during his speech at Wossamatta U., no one is offended.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Karen, who is not above lying and stealing - whether from the villains or from naive prison guards - if it means completing her mission. She gets called on it by Rocky at one point and it gets her arrested twice. She does at least fulfill her promise to the prison guard at the end.
  • 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 accurately says "Et merde".
  • Pun: It gets to where eventually the group is charged with "criminally bad punning".
  • Punny Name: Karen Sympathy
  • Real World Episode
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: After Fearless Leader learns that Moose and Squirrel have followed them to this world.
    Fearless Leader: How many times in the past have they stood between me and my dreams of glory? How many times have they foiled my plans with their bungling interference?
    Boris: Er... 28?
    Fearless Leader: Quiet, idiot!
  • Road Trip Plot: Most of the movie involves our heroes trying to get from Los Angeles 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 it wouldn't be a road movie. - 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!
      [awkward pause]
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Famous!: Played for Laughs when the judge proclaimed that "celebrities are above the law" when she found out she met Rocky and Bullwinkle.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The laptop called "CDI" is also the same name that was came from the infamous video game console.
    • The Swedish security guard waiting for Sympathy at the movie theater recalls the Airplane! Brick Joke of Stryker leaving the hapless passenger in the cab with the meter on.
  • 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!: Karen, Rocky and Bullwinkle's charges are dropped because the penal code states that celebrities are above the law.
  • Take That, Us: All over the place.
    • This example, that also crosses with Medium Awareness:
      Narrator: Even their wordplay had become hackneyed and cheap.
      Bullwinkle: No, it was always like this.
    • Later:
      Karen: Your jokes have gotten really corny.
      Bullwinkle: No they haven't, they were always that bad. When you were a kid, you didn't notice.
    • Then:
      Narrator: Then, RBTV was changed from Really Bad TV to Rocky and Bullwinkle TV!
      Bullwinkle: What's the difference?
  • 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.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Bullwinkle, as usual. It's his BFG.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: Rocky and Bullwinkle are as critical as anyone else at the Incredibly Lame Puns they spout - and that it's the same stuff they'd always done. It's a Take That Me since Jay Ward co-wrote the film.

Alternative Title(s): Rocky And Bullwinkle

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