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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rocky and Bullwinkle




Bullwinkle J. Moose and Rocket J. Squirrel


It's Throwback Thursday!
Let's go back in time in the WABAC machine and visit The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.




Mr. Peabody and Sherman in front of the WABAC machine
 (pronounced Way Back for you youngsters out there).


The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show was produced from 1959-1961 and later went into syndication and appeared until 1973.  The series was the result of the collaboration of Jay Ward and Alex Anderson.  The show was for children, but had plenty of clever puns and topical references that also appealed to adults. There were lots of outrageous characters and goofy plots that kept everyone entertained. The name of Bullwinkle came from a car dealership in Berkeley, California that was called Bullwinkel Motors.





              Three versions of the Fractured Fairy Tales Intro Theme music.


The fictional town where Bullwinkle lived was called Frostbite Falls Minnesota. Much debate ensued over which real town this was based on. In Minnesota one candidate was the town of International Falls.  The Canadians were also included in the show, who could forget Dudley Do-right the love-struck Canadian Mountie! Other favorite skits within the show were Fractured Fairy Tales, Peabody's Improbable History, Mr. Know-It-All and Aesop and Son.





This zany show was created during the cold war and the satirical look at politics was evident in the characters of the no-good-nicks Boris and Natasha. Fortunately for Rocky and Bullwinkle, these spies were incompetent and ended up the victims of there own devilish ways.  I still find the show to be quite funny and now as an adult it has a whole new meaning. It was very cleverly written with lots of innuendos thrown in.



This is just a peek into the past, if you would like to know more about the show or just want to refresh your vintage memory, check out this link at FunTrivia.



Next to Rocky and Bullwinkle the Fractured Fairy Tales were my favorite feature.

The two most memorable lines from the show are....

 "And now, here's something we hope you'll really like!" -- Rocky.
 "Hey Rocky, watch, me pull a rabbit out of my hat." ---Bullwinkle

The joke with Bullwinkle was that he usually pulled a lion or Rocky out of the hat, but never a rabbit!


Here is a trivia question for you.  In the 'Dudley Do-Right' features, Dudley was always trying to gain the affections of the beautiful Nell. She was in love with another. Does anyone remember towards who were Nell's affections directed? 




10 comments:

  1. Loved Fractured Fairy Tales! I think I liked it better than Rocky and Bullwinkle.

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  2. Dear Diane - Isn't it really clever how adult satire made it into children's shows. Of course like you I didn't realize it at the time. I need to go see if I can find this old show and try to remember who Nell's love interest was? Maybe I will check with my hubby is very good with tv trivia. At any rate you brought back once again sweet memories. Have a great day.

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  3. I wish my husband was home. He would know the answer.

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  4. one of my favorites as a kid

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  5. I totally didn't get the political references when I saw these on reruns as a kid, but they are even funnier, getting those references now. BTW, my late godfather LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE Boris. I kid you not.

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  6. ~ Hello am not familiar with these characters, being not from your 'wee' corner of the world...But LOVED looking at your pretty blossoms from earlier post..I could almost smell the scent! Thank you for kind visits always...am wishing you a fun weekend too! ~ Maria with hugs....x

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  7. Spoiler Alert!!
    Alright folks, the answer to who Nell adored is ....
    Dudley's horse named Horse. Nell Fenwick had eyes for Dudley's horse, named Horse.

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  8. I never watched this cartoon, but it sounds so cute! I love all the information and facts! Very interesting! Big Hugs Diane ;o)

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  9. Bullwinkle J. Moose and Rocket J. Squirrel are such brilliant names! I’ve never seen the show, but I know I would like it if I did.
    Poor old Dudley – unrequited love is always sad! :)

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