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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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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 Bill Scott ...  Bullwinkle J. Moose / ... 163 episodes, 1959-1963
Daws Butler ...  Various Fairy Tale Characters / ... 122 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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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends See more »

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Mono

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Color | Black and White (digitally colored)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Jay Ward was able to avoid network interference by working close to the deadline. Prints of the show would reportedly arrive at the network only hours before broadcast. See more »

Quotes

Rocky: Are you getting sea sick, Bullwinkle?
Bullwinkle: No, I always turn green this time of year.
Rocky: Well if you think this is bad?
Bullwinkle: Yeah.
Rocky: Just wait till we cast off.
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Alternate Versions

Original broadcasts of "The Bullwinkle Show" in NBC's Sunday night prime time lineup (starting in September 1961) opened with a segment featuring a live-action hand puppet version of Bullwinkle. Syndicated versions of the show do not include the puppet segments from the prime time format, keeping strictly to the animated stories. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Simpsons: Simpson Tide (1998) See more »

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Precursor to The Bullwinkle Show
2 October 2000 | by briankistlerSee all my reviews

Who would have ever thought, when this show came out, in 1959, that between this cartoon, and its successor, The Bullwinkle Show, that these cartoon characters would have five years of episodes?......kind of modelled in the old radio episodic format, I would say.

I wonder if Jay Ward would have also been surprised that his creation had lasted that long. He had done Crusader Rabbit, back in 1949---TV's first animated show ever----but certainly that cartoon could not hold a candle to this one.

From what I have read, there were no other cartoon TV series, up until this point, which had lasted 5 years (shortly AFTER this series began, The Flintstones ran 6 years---1960-1966). After Rocky, Bullwinkle (and Hanna Barbera's Flinstones) I think that it was EXTREMELY RARE that any animated series lasted 5 or more years......Until The Simpsons came along!.....

The story that I have read, as to why Jay Ward switched the name, from Rocky and His Friends, to The Bullwinkle Show, is very simple. In 1961 the show switched networks. The new station would only pick the series up if Ward renamed it The Bullwinkle Show (for what reason, I will never know). The rest is history......


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