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The Bullwinkle Show 

Rocky and His Friends (original title)
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Rocky, a plucky flying squirrel and Bullwinkle, a bumbling but lovable moose, have a series of ongoing adventures.

Creators:

Bill Scott, Jay Ward
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5   4   3   2   1  
1963   1962   1961   1960   1959  
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
June Foray ...  Additional Voices / ... 163 episodes, 1959-1963
Edward Everett Horton ...  Fractured Fairy Tales Narrator 163 episodes, 1959-1963
Paul Frees ...  Additional Voices / ... 163 episodes, 1959-1963
William Conrad ...  Narrator / ... 163 episodes, 1959-1963
Walter Tetley Walter Tetley ...  Sherman / ... 163 episodes, 1959-1963
Bill Scott ...  Bullwinkle J. Moose / ... 163 episodes, 1959-1963
Daws Butler ...  Various Fairy Tale Characters / ... 157 episodes, 1959-1963
Hans Conried ...  Snidely Whiplash / ... 108 episodes, 1960-1963
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Storyline

Main continuing story involved Rocky and Bullwinkle in conflict with spies Boris and Natasha. Other segments included "Fractured Fairy Tales", "Peabody's Improbable History" (smart dog Peabody and his boy Sherman get in the way-back machine), the "Adventures of Dudley Doright" (Canadian Mountie vs. evil Snidley) and "Aesop and Son" (odd telling of the famous fables). Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Trivia

This version of the show ran from 1959 to 1961, not until 1964, as is sometimes believed. See more »

Goofs

Given the inherent absurdity of this cartoon, in which practically anything goes, and nothing is impossible, it could be argued that all of the show's continuity errors are deliberate gags, rather than goofs. They are kept on the list because they are interesting. See more »

Quotes

Bullwinkle: I'd like to apply for a job as an usher?
Boris: What experience have you had?
Bullwinkle: I've been in the dark for most of my life.
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Crazy Credits

Daws Butler (voice of Aesop's son, and numerous incidental characters) has his credit removed after the first season. This was due to a contractual stipulation with Hanna-Barbera, which stated that he could not receive on-screen credit for work at another studio. See more »

Alternate Versions

The commonly available episodes of "Rocky and His Friends"/"The Bullwinkle Show", as released on DVD between 2003 and 2011, differ from the original broadcast versions in several ways. "Rocky and His Friends", originally broadcast on ABC for two seasons (1959-1961), and its later incarnation "The Bullwinkle Show", originally broadcast on NBC for three seasons (1961-1964), are combined under the blanket title "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends". The combined five seasons are presented on DVD with altered title sequences. The opening and closing animation originally from Season 2 of "Rocky and His Friends" has been applied to most of the episodes from each of the first two seasons, with a newer title logo and appropriately re-dubbed voice-over for the show's rebranding as part of "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends". Furthermore, due to copyright issues, the original Frank Comstock theme music from "Rocky and His Friends" has been replaced by the music composed by Fred Steiner for "The Bullwinkle Show". The DVD releases also use the altered-for-syndication versions of the opening and closing sequences that excise any mention of the show's original sponsor, General Mills. The original opening animation from "The Bullwinkle Show" is not used for any episode in any season, as the episodes originally broadcast as "The Bullwinkle Show" (represented as Seasons 3-5 of "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends") use animation from earlier seasons of "Rocky and His Friends" (including the Season 1 animation that was replaced on the Season 1 DVDs). While the DVDs present Rocky & Bullwinkle's serialized adventures in their chronological order, there's some debate over which backup segments ("Fractured Fairy Tales", "Peabody's Improbable History", "Aesop and Son", "Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties", "Bullwinkle's Corner", "Mr. Know-It-All") should be paired with each episode, as the segments have been mixed and matched, separated and recombined countless times in the decades since their original broadcast. While the current DVD versions of these episodes are considered the "official" versions in circulation, they fall short of being accurate representations of the show as originally broadcast from 1959-1964. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Night of the Creeps (1986) See more »

User Reviews

A Great TV show for Kids and Adults, or Look What the Moose Dragged In
1 July 2000 | by jimmy-120See all my reviews

There was a station in Huntsville, Alabama that used to play Rocky and Bullwinkle early on Sunday mornings. The reception was poor, but I would wake up early, nonetheless. I never got the jokes, but I knew that there was something there that I was missing and laughed anyway (Remember the Ruby Yacht of Omar Kiyam? Hilarious! What kid gets that joke?). I loved the other shorts too--Mr. Peabody, Bullwinkle's Corner, Dudley Doright, Fractured Fairy Tales, Mr. Know It All--which all seemed to be just as funny, and in some cases funnier, than the moose and squirrel.

I am only 27, but the show reminds me of better times, and I enjoy watching it to this day, finally being able to get the jokes. I can never find it, but when I do, and I rarely do, I sit and watch and remember. I am not sure if I will ever see the live action/animated version of the film, however, because I hate what modern technology has done to the animated characters I grew up loving in flat monotone colors. Isn't this the only way to view Rocky and Bullwinkle, and if Peabody the dog and his boy Sherman ain't in it do I really want to pay money to watch? Oh well, maybe the film will make the TV show more available. One can only hope.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocky & Bullwinkle See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color | Black and White (digitally colored)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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