The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Fun reboot stays true to classic's vibe, cartoon mayhem.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Kids see Rocky and Bullwinkle's friendship stand the test of time and catastrophe, and that plus a little bit of luck always seems sufficient for overcoming the duo's adversaries. Villains are easily identifiable and do not obscure their evil intent. Many characters are stereotyped for humor, including Boris and Natasha, who speak with thick accents.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The show's protagonists are dogged optimists and the best of friends, despite the calamities that usually befall them. Villains are suggested to be incapable of executing even simple schemes, leaving Rocky and Bullwinkle the benefactors of their ineptitude.

Violence & Scariness

Slapstick and other physical comedy includes falls, collisions, knocks to the head, and some slapping and kicking but no lasting injury. Some of the violence is intentional, but other instances are situational.

Sexy Stuff

The show is a reimagining of the classic cartoon Rocky & Bullwinkle and features characters whose images are on a wide range of merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDanny McDonough March 10, 2020

Utterly terrible

I distinctly remember the show being essentially the opposite of this. This show is terrible, the animation and voice acting in particular are truly next-level... Continue reading
Adult Written byJackson Hilpp March 10, 2020

Pathetic Cashgrab

This is one of the most awful shows I've ever seen in not just the content itself, but the reasons as to why it exists. If you've ever seen the origin... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old May 17, 2020
Kid, 12 years old January 15, 2021

Super funny

Rocky and Bullwinkle made me laugh out loud, something TV shows rarely do. My sister and I are OBSESSED with it! People do tend to fall out of a tower, but they... Continue reading

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?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love classic cartoons

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