The Rocky and Bullwinkle show was an animated kids series about the adventures of a Moose and a Squirrel. Other segments included Fractured Fairy Tales, Aesop And Son, Peabody's Improbable History, Mr. Know It All, Bullwinkle's Corner and on every other show - Dudley Do-Right Of The Mounties. The series is also often referred to as "Rocky And His Friends" and "The Bullwinkle Show" (See explanation in trivia section).
Rocky and Bullwinkle Characters
Bill Scott .... Bullwinkle J. Moose / Dudley Do-Right
Bill Scott .... Mr. Hector Peabody / Fearless Leader
June Foray .... Rocket "Rocky" J. Squirrel / Natasha Fatale
June Foray .... Nell Fenwick
Paul Frees .... Boris Badenov / Captain Peachfuzz
Paul Frees .... Inspector Fenwick / Cloyd
Hans Conried .... Snidely Whiplash
Charles Ruggles .... Aesop
Walter Tetley .... Sherman
William Conrad .... Narrator (Main)
Edward Everett Horton .... Narrator (Fractured Fairy Tales)
Julie Bennett .... Additional Voices
Daws Butler .... Aesop's Son
Rocky and Bullwinkle Trivia
This series could be known as the "Show With Many Names"! So here's the explanation: "Rocky and His Friends" was the name of segments which appeared on ABC from 1959-60 during their afternoon children's shows. It continued for one more season as "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show". In September of 1961 the show was moved to NBC and they retitled it to, "The Bullwinkle Show". The show remained on the air in reruns until 1973 (Eventually returning to ABC)! Then after eight years, it even made a comeback, again in reruns as "The Bullwinkle Show", on NBC Saturday mornings for the 1981-82 season.
Rocky and Bullwinkle live in Frostbite Falls, Minnesota. Bullwinkle is also the President of Moosylvania! Rocky is a flying squirrel and can only actually glide. He needs to take off from a high place or, in most cases, he gets thrown into the air by Bullwinkle.
Boris and Natasha are two evil-doers whose dastardly plans must be thwarted by Rocky and Bullwinkle. They originate from Pottsylvania and they never win out over our the Moose and Squirrel!
Mr. Peabody's first name was Hector. He was modeled after the actor Clifton Webb.
The series was created by Jay Ward, a businessman with a Master's degree in business from Harvard. He was actually working as a real estate agent when he began to produce the show. Perhaps due to his business background, spending was held to a minimum. If an actor made a mistake, they were encouraged to ad-lib their way out of it. On one occasion, William Conrad was having a problem getting his closing narration read within the time remaining for the episode. Jay motivated him into reading faster by setting fire to the script. Conrad had to read fast to finish before the fire reached his fingers!
Speaking of Jay Ward; did you ever wonder why so many characters had the middle initial J? Rocket J. Squirrel, Bullwinkle J. Moose, Captain Peter J. Peachfuzz? Many of Boris' alias's also had the middle initial J. So, now you Know.
Peachfuzz, and many of Boris's disguises
The show was somewhat a conglomeration of many different productions. Individual segments were done separately by different individuals or companies and then combined to make up the episode. All of the animation was done outside the country in Mexico.
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