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In these days of Chicken Run and Toy Story 2, cartoon magic (and budgets) can fly higher than a rocketing squirrel. But the animation in this Who Framed Roger Rabbit?-style take on the 1960s TV classic is woefully underprepared to make an impact with either adults who grew up watching the series or a gang of new, young, bright-eyed fans.
In fact, it's the live-action villains who ultimately save this flick from full pratfall. De Niro, who mocks his Taxi Driver character quite cleverly in one scene, and Alexander have enough common sense to not take their careers too seriously and just aim to have fun with these roles. They hit their marks, as does Jonathan Winters in a cameo. That and 80-year-old voice-over legend Foray's squirrely tones make this a-moose-ing tale almost worth checking out. Almost.