The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle is a 2000 American live-action/animated adventure slapstick comedy movie directed by Des McAnuff and produced by Universal Pictures, based on the television series of the same name by Jay Ward. The animated characters Rocky and Bullwinkle share the screen with live actors portraying Fearless Leader (Robert De Niro, who also co-produced the movie), Boris Badenov (Jason Alexander) and Natasha Fatale (Rene Russo) along with Randy Quaid, Piper Perabo, Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. June Foray reprises her role as Rocky, while Keith Scott (no relation to original voice actor Bill Scott) voiced Bullwinkle and the movie's narrator. It also features cameo appearances by performers including James Rebhorn, Paget Brewster, Janeane Garofalo, John Goodman, David Alan Grier, Don Novello, Jon Polito, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Max Grodénchik, Norman Lloyd, Jonathan Winters and Billy Crystal. The movie follows a young rookie FBI agent named Karen Sympathy enlisting the help of Rocky and Bullwinkle to stop Boris, Natasha and Fearless Leader from taking over the United States.

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
Directed byDes McAnuff
Screenplay byKenneth Lonergan
Based onThe Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends by Jay Ward
Produced byRobert De Niro
Jane Rosenthal
StarringRene Russo
Jason Alexander
Randy Quaid
June Foray
Keith Scott
Piper Perabo
Robert De Niro
CinematographyThomas E. Ackerman
Edited byDennis Virkler
Music byMark Mothersbaugh
TriBeCa Productions
Jay Ward Productions
Capella International
KC Medien
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
June 30, 2000
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$76 million
Box office$35.1 million

Released on June 30, 2000, the movie was a box office bomb, grossing $35.1 million worldwide against its $76 million budget and received generally mixed reviews with criticism towards its writing, plot, and humor while praising the performances, visual effects and faithfulness to its source material.



In October 1998, it was announced that Monica Potter had been cast as the lead role of Karen Sympathy. Robert De Niro was also announced to be in negotiations for the role of Fearless Leader, with Des McAnuff set to direct from Kenneth Lonergan's screenplay. In November 1998, Jason Alexander was cast as Boris Badenov. In January 1999, Rene Russo was cast as Natasha Fatale. In February 1999, Potter dropped out from playing Karen and was replaced by Piper Perabo.

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