Mon, 7 March 2022
When we last left our heroes, Rocky and Bullwinkle, they were desperately trying to foil the plans of those dastardly fiends Boris and Natasha. This week Jay and Shua look back at the classic Jay Ward creation The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.
In 1959, Jay Ward productions created the first animated series for TV. Using a modern style of animation and very clever humor, they set up a crazy world that would inspire a kind of cartoon not found in the creations of giants like Disney or Warner Bros. This is Rocky and Bullwinkle!
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What we’re Enjoying
Shua has been filling the silence of work time by listening to the offerings of classic Disneyland audio from a site called DisneyChris.com. It has just about any Disney audio you can think of from the parks, Disney storybook records, and even TV shows. Jay is getting ready for a season 6 return of Better Call Saul by rewatching the series. But which order should we watch this show? Listen to find out.
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle debuted in 1959. It was the first time we had ever seen an animated series on TV, and it established a style that would become popular with cartoons, advertising, and design. A show about a moose and a squirrel constantly foiling the plans of Pottsylvanian spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale sounds pretty far out there. And it was!
And to add to the wackiness of the show, other cartoons filled the space between cliffhangers our heroes had to endure. One was Fractured Fairy Tales when we got a very unconventional style of classics.
Peabody’s Improbable History introduced us to Mr. Peabody and his pet boy Sherman and all their time traveling adventures.
Dudley Do Right taught us all about how brave (and sometimes dimwitted) those Canadian Mounties could be. But they always managed to save Nell from the mustache twirling Snidely Whiplash.
Aesop and Son helped us learn valuable lessons from fables and then turned them into ridiculous puns.
Plus, these classic toons inspired live action movie versions. The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle from 2000 starred the likes of Jason Alexander, Rene Russo, and even Robert DeNiro!
Did you grow up experiencing Rocky and Bullwinkle? What lessons did you learn from this crazy pair? Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to email@example.com