A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle is a reboot of the classic cartoon Rocky & Bullwinkle. It has plenty of slapsticky violence (crashes, falls off cliffs, bumps into objects, the occasional flattening with a large object), but most of it is exaggerated and presented as funny. Some characters delight in plotting against/doing harm to Rocky and Bullwinkle, but the villains never manage to seal the deal, usually because of their own ineptitude, and the heroes carry on unaware. Expect some stereotypes in speech patterns and physical appearances. This satirical series is a decent pick for parents and older kids to watch together.
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What's the story?
THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE continues the misadventures of the titular best friends and their run-ins with a team of villains bent on their undoing. Mostly oblivious to the schemes of their adversaries, Rocket J. Squirrel (voiced by Tara Strong) and Bullwinkle J. Moose (Brad Norman) stumble into bizarre situations, the byproducts of their aspirations to win contests, discover inspiration for stories, and other unusual pursuits. Unbeknownst to them, their movements are tracked by the crack spy duo of Boris (Ben Diskin) and Natasha (Rachel Butera), under the direction of Fearless Leader (Piotr Michael), who hopes to be the undoing of the best-friend team.
Is it any good?
This reboot looks and sounds much like the original series, but DreamWorks' involvement and the evolution of animation means there are much improved visuals. Still, it doesn't mess too much with a good thing, settling for emphasizing the bold lines and sharp drawing style of the first show rather than redesigning unnecessarily. Again, this updated series leans heavily on physical humor, improbable scenarios, and some satire to entertain fans of varied ages, often with much success.
Older kids will like The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle for the unlikely duo's ability to weather storms together. For all their goofiness and hyperbolic calamities, Rocky and Bullwinkle ultimately are friends who do everything together and couldn't live without each other. The show's format, which incorporates narration and involves plots that bridge three, four, and even five episodes, also lends itself to an older audience than that of typical cartoons.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence on TV shows and how its presentation affects their reactions. The characters on The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle are hurt a lot, but why does it never last? Is violence on TV or in movies ever necessary?
Are this show's presentations of Boris, Natasha, Director Peachfuzz, or any other characters offensive? Are stereotypes like these always problematic, or can they serve an important purpose?
What redeeming characteristics do you see in Rocky and Bullwinkle? What explains their enduring friendship? Who among your friends would help see you through the ridiculous situations in which these characters find themselves?
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