Rocky and Bullwinkle are icons to those who watched The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends. This American animated TV series aired on NBC and ABC from November 19, 1959, to June 27, 1964. The long blanket title was mandated for released home videos at least 40 years after the TV series aired. It was never used again whenever the animated show was shown. Instead, the titles used were Rock and His Friends (1959 – 1961), The Bullwinkle Show (1961 – 1964), and The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (The Adventures of Bullwinkle and Rocky or The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle).
Jay Ward Productions produced this series, which was formatted as a variety show. The main feature was the chronological exploits of Rocky (the flying squirrel) and Bullwinkle (the moose). Natasha Fatale and Boris Badenov were the two Russian-like spies who always served as antagonists in the series. Segments that supported the animated series were Fractured Fairy Tales, Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties, and Peabody’s Improbable History.
Though it was an animated TV series, it gained unbelievable popularity because of its sarcastic and quality writing. It always combined self-referential humor with topical and cultural satire and puns. Because of this clever mix, children and adults loved to watch the show. Though the animation was unpolished and choppy, the series received high regard. Today, the series, Rocky and Bullwinkle, remains to be an icon, kept alive by many film adaptations of the show’s segments.
Rocky and Bullwinkle Opening Theme
Fractured Fairy Tales
Improbable History with Peabody and Sherman