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The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000) Poster

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This film was originally in pre-production in the early 1990s, with Danny DeVito and Meryl Streep set to play Boris and Natasha. Legal problems with copyrights prevented the film being made until several years later.
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For the narration, Keith Scott is doing an imitation of the voice of the late William Conrad, who had been the narrator for the original animated adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Rocky and His Friends (1959).
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The students in the film were real students of Chapman University, where part of the film takes place.
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When Fearless Leader is explaining a way to kill a cartoon character a spy asks him "What about that movie Roger Rabbit?" June Foray the voice of Rocky and Natasha starred in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) as the voices of Lena Hyena and Wheezy the weasel.
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Palm trees that were left on the Chapman University campus after the filming of Crimson Tide (1995) were covered and disguised as redwood trees.
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Rene Russo met June Foray at the film's table reading. By her own account, Russo was very nervous about taking on the role of Natasha Fatale and requested Foray to demonstrate the voice. Foray graciously obliged.
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Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, a comedy duo of the mid 1990s, play Lewis and Martin, respectively. A nod to another comedy duo, Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin.
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Fearless Leader (Robert De Niro) says to Boris and Natasha, "You talkin' to me? There's no one else here, so you must be talking to me." This is a reference to his most famous lines in Taxi Driver (1976).
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As Fearless Leader, Robert De Niro, known for being a method actor, is the first actor to interpret a cartoon character as a method performance.
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Jason Alexander admitted to doing the movie strictly for the money.
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The University infirmary is labeled "J. Ward", an homage to Rocky and Bullwinkle Creator, Jay Ward.
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Robert De Niro said in an interview that he only did this film purely for the money.
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The businesses lining the highways have some rather unusual names. Among them are "Lotta Room Motel", "Pump Her Up" (gas station), "Beefy Buns" (fast food), and (glimpsed briefly through the driver's window of the truck) "Boob Mart".
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Joe Pesci and Cher turned down the roles of Boris and Natasha.
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The young Karen Sympathy was played by Julia McAnuff, who is the daughter of Director Des McAnuff.
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The name of Bullwinkle's alma mater is Wossamotta U.
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This was the last film from the Rocky and Bullwinkle franchise, and the last to be a live-action movie until Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) was released, and became the first film to be a computer animated film for the franchise.
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Monica Potter was originally cast as Karen Sympathy.
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When Rocky and Bullwinkle arrive at Wossamata U, Keenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell's characters mention how the university has been live-action since 1964, once the show went into reruns. Keenan then turns to Kel and jokes, "That'll never happen to us, right?" To which Kel responds, "Right" as they wink at each other. Ironically, their show "Keenan and Kel" on Nick had just ended a month before the film's release, and went into reruns shortly after.
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Keith Scott used the same narrator voice that he did for George of the Jungle (1997) and George of the Jungle 2 (2003).
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Kenan Thompson's first live-action animated film role. His next one is Fat Albert (2004).
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Billy Crystal and John Goodman, who played the mattress salesman and an Oklahoma cop, respectively, starred in Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Monsters University (2013) as the voices of Mike and Sulley.
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DIRECTOR CAMEO (Des McAnuff): The first person to turn off his television after Bullwinkle's speech.
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Piper Perabo and John Goodman appeared in Coyote Ugly (2000).
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John Goodman's third Universal Pictures movie role after We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993) and The Flintstones (1994).
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June Foray, one of the surviving members of Rocky and His Friends (1959), who created the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel, does Rocky's voice for this movie. She also re-created the voice of Natasha (when Natasha is in cartoon form) and her ubiquitous "old woman" voice from the old series, as the voice of the narrator's mother.
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As the Oklahoma cop is arresting Karen Sympathy, Rocky protests, "But she really is with the F.B.I.!" The cop responds, "Yeah, and I'm really John Goodman." This is an inside joke, because John Goodman is actually playing the cop.
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The second Universal's live-action/animated hybrid film to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Casper (1995).
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The second Universal's live-action/animated hybrid film, after Casper (1995).
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June Foray's second film from Universal Pictures after Problem Child 2 (1991).
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Three of Bullwinkle's original lines were changed for the final film to try to keep the movie from feeling dated. For example, when Bullwinkle drove off a ramp into the harbor, he was going to shout out, "I'm king of the world!" as a reference to Titanic (1997), but this line was removed from the final film. When Bullwinkle crashed the airplane at the White House he was going to say "I'd like to use one of my life lines please," which was replaced with "Couldn't find the brakes". Also towards the end, Bullwinkle is shown wearing a pair of sunglasses, and he winks at the camera saying, "Whaassuuuuup?", but for the final film, this line was changed to "What's the difference?" All three of these lines can still be heard in some of the trailers.
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Two scenes in the original movie trailer which were Fearless Leader saying there would be no one to stop him with Rocky and Bullwinkle out of his way and Karen telling Rocky America needs him were both not shown in the actual film at all.
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