The failure of socialism is an obvious target for ridicule and Maddin's doll-faced, ardent heroes can readily appear as Eisenstein's conquering proletariat recast as arty but still harmless versions of Boris and Natasha
. However, the film's Russophilic aspects are not parodic, and Maddin's valourization of Soviet cinema's more immoderate gestures is an earnest proposition for feckless contemporary filmmaking.
During their first-run heyday in the Cold War era, the two fought the good fight against enemy agents from Pottsylvania: Boris and Natasha, two inept and heavily accented bad guys, and their short-fused Fearless Leader.
But Fearless Leader is determined to make a comeback -- with, of course, a little help from Boris and Natasha.
Early on, Bullwinkle patiently explains that he, Rocky and Agent Sympathy can't take a jet from Hollywood to New York, because "this is a road movie." Later, Boris and Natasha are able to locate the good guys by snatching a scene-setting map from the unseen narrator (Keith Scott, who also does the voice of Bullwinkle).