The cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle used self-referencing way before The Simpsons. Introduced in 1959, the hapless Bullwinkle J. Moose and Rocket “Rocky” J. Squirrel get into comic situations with Russian-like spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, who are commanded by Mr. Big and scar-faced Fearless Leader. Related segments include Dudley Do-Right, a Canadian Mountie, and his enemy, the mustachioed villain Snidely Whiplash.
The Rocky and Bullwinkle show is an animated series that aired from November 1959 to June 1964. The first two seasons the show was called Rocky & His Friends. Rocky was a flying squirrel and Bullwinkle was a moose. The Rocky and Bullwinkle show appealed to adults, but children enjoyed watching too. The show was known for having wry humor and a mixture of puns. The show was aired twice a week, which was on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons following the American Bandstand show. On September 24, 1961, the show was moved to NBC where it was first broadcast in color, and was shown on Sunday evenings at seven.
Rocky and Bullwinkle Characters
• Rocket “Rocky” J. Squirrel – A flying squirrel whose best friend was Bullwinkle
• Bullwinkle J. Moose – A good natured moose who was a bit dim-witted
• Boris Badenov – Scheming villain
• Natasha Fatale – scheming female villain
• Mr. Big – Sinister leader
• Fearless Leader – Sinister leader
• Gidney – Small, green men from the moon
• Cloyd – Small, green men from the moon
• Captain Peter “Wrongway” Peachfuzz – Captain of the S.S. Andalusia
The Rocky and Bullwinkle show would feature Rocky flying around a snow covered mountain, and Bullwinkle hiking on a trail below him. Bullwinkle would get distracted, then fall off of a ledge, then becomes a moving, large snowball, so Rocky has to fly to him and slow the snowball down. Rocky and Bullwinkle would have to save the day from the villains. At the end of most of the episodes the narrator would announce two funny titles for the next episode that would be coming.
Bill Scott was the voice for Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, Fearless Leader, and Mr. Peabody. Paul Frees was the voice for Rocky, Natasha Fatale, and all female characters in the show. In 1992, a live action feature film was produced, which was called, “Boris and Natasha”. In 1999, a theatrical live action film was released called, “Dudley Do-Right”. Again in 2000, “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle” film was released. It was mostly a live action film.
Rocky and Bullwinkle merchandise was very popular. Fans could purchase a Rocky and Bullwinkle stuff animal that looked like the characters. On April 16, 2008, Xbox Live Arcade created the Rocky and Bullwinkle video game that is downloadable. Fans go crazy for the Rocky and Bullwinkle T-shirts. The Rocky and Bullwinkle tee shirts include Boris and Natasha and Dudley Do-Right, but one of the big selling Rocky and Bullwinkle tee shirts is Rocky and Bullwinkle on the front of the t-shirt.
The Rocky and Bullwinkle show ran from November 19, 1959 through June 27, 1964. Cartoon Network, VH1 Classic, and Boomerang still show episodes of the show. Nothing is better than watching your favorite Rocky and Bullwinkle episode and wearing the famous Rocky and Bullwinkle t-shirt. It makes the perfect gift for any Rocky and Bullwinkle fans.
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