It was a tribute to my father after he died: Maybe I should take these characters into a realm he hadn't taken them and my primary thing was new production in the motion picture arena," said his daughter, Tiffany Ward, executive producer of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, which opened this weekend after an eight-year journey to the big screen.
The film mixes animation with live action from the likes of Rene Russo as Natasha Fatale, Robert De Niro as Fearless Leader and Jason Alexander as Boris Badenov, one of Fearless Leader's spies.
"The cartoons are good — they are clever and smart," said De Niro.
Alexander says the key to Ray Ward's creation is the witty repartee between the humanized animals.
"The puns and double entendre ought to play to a grown-up audience while the kids go 'Oh look, there's a moose and squirrel running around,'" he said.
The marriage of live action and animation is nothing new, but the job of making it look real hasn't gotten any easier.
"We rehearsed with the puppets so I can choose marks beyond them to focus on to be stationary," said actress Piper Perabo, who plays Karen Sympathy. "Although it's kind of hard in a moving car, after a while you kind of get used to it. I know how tall Bullwinkle and Rocky are so I can guess."
"There are as many effect shots in this film as there are in the new Star Wars film, which is kind of staggering, so I think they are going to go on a ride to another world, a world that moves very quickly and very silly," said Alexander—Fox Online.
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