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Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 9 E 18

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Release: September 27, 2016

Film: The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle

Tagline: After years of being asked, the Nostalgia Critic looks at the animated dud that bored the world...but was it worth the hate?

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  • Adaptation Decay: Deconstructed, as the Critic struggles with the possibility that in its hit-or-miss brand of humor the film stays faithful to that of the original cartoons — equally hit-or-miss, but no less endearing for it.
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  • Call-Back: Tamara threatens to drink all the Ecto-Cooler left at the office unless the Critic snaps out of his Heroic BSoD.
  • The Cameo: Awesome Comics cast member Walter Banasiak reprises his role as Fr. Venkmann from the Ghostbusters (2016) review.
  • Critical Dissonance: Much of the Critic's anguish stems from the fact that he finds the film much better than its poor critical ratings and box office numbers suggest.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: The fact that that the Rocky And Bullwinkle movie does a far better job at staying true to the source material than other better and more deserving properties have ever done sends the Critic to insanity.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Double subverted. Malcolm and Tamara storm the Critic's room to find him with a pistol on his head. Malcolm replaces his standard pistol with a 9mm, but when Tamara reminds him of what's happening, he comes to his senses and instead knocks the Critic unconscious.
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  • Heroic BSoD: The Critic spends the rest of the review in a dour mood.
  • Shout-Out: Much of the underlying sketch takes cues from the Framing Device of Amadeus, where Antonio Salieri confesses to a priest about his "murder" of Mozart, with the Critic and Fr. Venkmann taking on the roles of Salieri and the priest, respectively.
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