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THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE

Introduction

Legendary cartoon vocalist June Foray, who originated the voice of Rocky in all 326 TV episodes, is the voice of Rocky and Australian comedian-mimic Keith Scott voices both Bullwinkle and the film's omnipresent, wry Narrator.

The behind-the-scenes crew for The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle includes: cinematographer Thomas Ackerman, A.S.C. (George of the Jungle); production designer Gavin Bocquet (Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace); Oscar -nominated film editor Dennis Virkler (Batman Forever); composer Mark Mothersbaugh (Rushmore); and costume designer Marlene Stewart (Space Jam).

Rocky and Bullwinkle, grace the screen through the pioneering wizardry of the Academy AwardÒ -winning Industrial Light & Magic with David Andrews (Mars Attacks!) as animation supervisor and Roger Gyuett (Saving Private Ryan) as visual effects supervisor.

The film also features: John Goodman (The Flintstones) as a highway patrolman who temporarily disrupts FBI agent Sympathy's quest; Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost) as Judge Cameo, who presides over a trial at which Bullwinkle acts as defense council; Billy Crystal (Analyze This) as a Chicago mattress salesman; and Janeane Garofalo (Mystery Men) as Phony Pictures Studio executive Minnie Mogul, who accidentally brings the trio of villains from the reel world into the real world.

In addition, a number of notable performers make cameo appearances, including: Carl Reiner (The Dick Van Dyke Show) as Mogul's boss, P.G. Biggershot; David Alan Grier (In Living Color) as Measures, the President's campaign manager; and Jonathan Winters (The Andy Williams Show) in a trio of roles that includes an old-time farmer who helps moose and squirrel escape from the inept Pottsylvanian spies.

The characters of Rocky and Bullwinkle and their bumbling, ineffectual adversaries, Boris and Natasha, first appeared in Jay Ward's series Rocky and His Friends on ABC-TV's afternoon lineup on November 19, 1959. In 1961, the program (renamed The Bullwinkle Show), moved to NBC's primetime Sunday schedule, and finally landed on NBC's Saturday morning slot before the new shows ended in 1964. The series returned to ABC in reruns from 1964-73, and since that time has remained a television staple in syndicated or cable reruns. The original episodes currently air on The Cartoon Network.

In addition to the adventures of the plucky squirrel and the droll moose, Ward's half-hour program (326 episodes in all) also included such popular segments as Fractured Fairy Tales, Aesop's Fables, Peabody's Improbable History, The Adventures of Dudley Do-Right and Bullwinkle's Corner. Each 30-minute program was book-ended with a 3 1/2-minute installment featuring the antics of Rocky and Bullwinkle.

"My father's animation was really a comic strip brought to life," daughter Tiffany Ward and one of the film's executive producers observes. "In creating the first cartoon ever for television, Crusader Rabbit, Jay Ward and a childhood friend, Alex Anderson, came up with this concept of taking a comic strip, keeping the backgrounds kind of the same and having very limited (character) movement. They subscribed to the concept that the animation could be very simplistic, and that the writing was the most important thing."

"The key to Rocky & Bullwinkle was that sharp, witty writing," Ward continues. "You had to pay attention to the words in the script to get it all. As my dad always envisioned it, the adults would get all the jokes, and the kids would get the joy of seeing a moose and a squirrel with those incredible voices. He also said he was writing for ad

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