Rocky and His Friends (1959–1964)

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An comedic anthology featuring primarily the adventures of a heroic flying squirrel and his dumb moose friend.

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Series cast summary:
 Rocket J. Squirrel / ... (47 episodes, 1959-1961)
Bill Scott ...
 Bullwinkle J. Moose / ... (47 episodes, 1959-1961)
 Fractured Fairy Tales narrator (36 episodes, 1959-1961)
Paul Frees ...
 Boris Badenov / ... (34 episodes, 1959-1961)
 Narrator (34 episodes, 1959-1961)
Walter Tetley ...
 Sherman (32 episodes, 1959-1961)
 Fearless Leader (29 episodes, 1959-1960)
 Various Fairy Tale Characters (12 episodes, 1959-1960)


Animated antics of flying squirrel Rocket J. Squirrel, or Rocky, and his dim companion, Bullwinkle J. Moose. And let's not forget the two spies who always complicate things for our heroes: Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, who incognito try and help Rocky and Bullwinkle then immediately put them in life-threatening situations that result in major cliffhangers. Also features Grimm Fairy Tales Jay Ward-style and Peabody and Sherman taking intriguing trips through time courtesy of the Way-Back machine. Written by Dylan Self <>

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Release Date:

19 November 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frostbite Falls Follies  »

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The first episode, Part One of the Jet Fuel Formula story arc, was recorded in February 1958. However, subsequent episodes were not recorded until February 1959, using a different soundtrack stock. This led to some notable changes in the performances of the voice cast - in Part One of Jet Fuel Formula the clarity of the voice cast is noticeably better than in subsequent episodes, particularly the voice performances of June Foray and Paul Frees; a close listen finds that the studio echo of the session bleeds into the soundtrack. For subsequent episodes the different soundtrack stock used eliminated this echo. In addition, the voice cast's performances began changing, particularly William Conrad's narrations. Throughout Part One, Conrad's narration is totally straight, but in Part Two he began in inject a mild flamboyance to his narration in keeping with the show's whimsical flavor, and as the series continued his narration became ever more comically melodramatic. See more »


Rocket J. Squirrel: Bullwinkle, those are girls!...
Rocket J. Squirrel: Bullwinkle, this is terrible!
Bullwinkle J. Moose: It is?
Rocket J. Squirrel: What kind of game can you play with girls?
Bullwinkle J. Moose: Boy, this really is a children's show, isn't it?
[Bullwinkle looks into the camera]
Bullwinkle J. Moose: Parcheesi, of course.
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Referenced in Hoppity Hooper: Costra Nostra (1964) See more »

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Four decades later, this is still a winner
22 July 2006 | by (Netanya, Israel) – See all my reviews

As a kid, I wasn't a big fan of the Saturday morning kid shows, even though I was a TV addict. But then I discovered "Rocky and His Friends". What a difference! Clever, witty plots and dialog - even the episode titles were hilarious. Then some network executive with brains and imagination (a rare breed) apparently noticed that some of the jokes were going over the heads of the kids, and adults would enjoy them more. Theshow moved to a different network and to a Sunday evening time slot, so the whole family could watch. The format changed slightly, and the title became "The Bullwinkle Show." But the wit remained, and the show became a long-running success.

Now, more than four decades later, the show has held up very well. It is still funny, still full of surprises. And the humor is still far above the level of most of the comedy shows on TV (live or animated).

As a teenager, I thought I understood the humor in the name of the villain Boris Badinov (bad enough, get it?) It took me another fifteen years to realize that it is also a pun on the name of the Russian opera Boris Gudinov. I wonder how long it will take before I get ALL the plays on words in all the episodes.

By the way, fans of this show should look out for "Sheep in the Big City", which, though by no means a copy, is obviously inspired by Rocky and Bullwinkle.

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