Rocky and His Friends (1959–1961)
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Jet Fuel Formula/Bullwinkle's Ride or Goodbye, Dollink 

With a cheerful "Hi," Rocket J. Squirrel introduces his pal Bullwinkle Moose. We first glimpse our heroes via telescope, on the moon, retrieving their stove blown there by an all-powerful ... See full summary »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Edward Everett Horton ... Fractured Fairy Tales narrator (voice) (as E.E. Horton)
June Foray ... Rocket J. Squirrel (voice)
Paul Frees ... Boris Badenov (voice)
William Conrad ... Narrator (voice) (as Bill Conrad)
Walter Tetley Walter Tetley ... Sherman (voice)
Daws Butler ... (voice)


With a cheerful "Hi," Rocket J. Squirrel introduces his pal Bullwinkle Moose. We first glimpse our heroes via telescope, on the moon, retrieving their stove blown there by an all-powerful fudge cake/rocket fuel over-baked by Bullwinkle. As the boys speed back to Earth in their home-made spaceship, Doorsand Bells assures the startled planet "please fell free to panic." On landing, spies Natasha Fatale & Boris Badenov battle to steal Bullwinkle's Grandma's recipe. Moose und squirrel friend, the ex-puppy prodigy Mr. Peabody relates how he came to adopt a boy & invented the Wayback Machine to allow the apartment-bound Sherman room to run. The show's first Fractured Fairy Tale is Rapunzel. In Bullwinkle's Corner, he recites Robert Louis Stevenson's poem, The Swing. Written by David Stevens

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Release Date:

19 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jet Fuel Formula Part 1 and 2 See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the panic as the Earth awaits the arrival of the "moon men" (in reality Rocky and Bullwinkle), a deep-voiced radio announcer named Dorson Belles gives a grave account of the rocket ship approaching Earth and the imminent invasion, which he stresses is "not a play", following with, "Please feel free to panic."

This is a spoof of Orson Welles's famous October 30, 1938 radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" for "The Mercury Theatre on the Air". Based on H.G. Wells's science fiction novel about a Martian invasion of Earth, the radio play was presented in the style of breaking news coverage, and is said to have caused genuine panic among listeners who believed it was real. See more »


Narrator: A thunder of jets in an open sky, A streak of gray and a cheerful "Hi"; A loop, a whirl, and a vertical climb And once again you know it's time for Rocky! And his Friends.
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Spoofs Lassie Come Home (1943) See more »


Overture to an Unwritten Comedy
by Michael Hurd
[Was the Rocky and His Friends theme]
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Off to a Great Start
4 September 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Rocky and Bullwinkle was such a staple for me and my friends growing up. We were intelligent kids and this was intelligent animation. The Jay Ward factory created this unlikely couple, a rodent and a moose that commented on things during the Eisenhower administration and all that followed. They are as fresh today as they were then. In this first episode, the boys are spotted by astronomers, waving from the moon. It would seem that our moose friend baked a cake using his grandmother's formula. It exploded, sending their yet mortgaged stove to the moon. Upon their return (using another cake), they become celebrities. All efforts at space travel are forsaken so Bullwinkle can try to reproduce his formula (sadly, it was torn in half in the explosion). Of course, we are introduced to Boris Badinov and Natasha Fatale. They make their first effort to steal the formula and "keel" the moose.

Along with this, we see our first Fractured Fairy Tale, "Rapunzel" where a prince wanders in the woods for two years thinking he's blind (actually he didn't notice his hat was pulled over his eyes).

We are introduced to Mr. Peabody, who tells us how he adopted Sherman and how the Way Back Machine came to be. This is a pivotal entry in the series.

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