The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show was a television animated series created and produced in the USA by Jay Ward. Rocky & Bullwinkle enjoyed great popularity during the 1960s, and is frequently rerun in the United States.
The heroes of the show are Rocket "Rocky" J. Squirrel, a flying squirrel, and his best friend Bullwinkle J. Moose, a dim-witted but good-hearted moose, from the fictional town of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota (inspired by International Falls, Minnesota).
They foil the schemes of villains Mr. Big, Fearless Leader, and the fiendish but inept agents of the fictitious nation of Pottsylvania, Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale (see Boris Godunov, femme fatale).
Other segments on the show were also popular. These included:
Each segment was announced by Rocky, who would invariably be interrupted by Bullwinkle's cry of "Hey, Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat." Undaunted by by Rocky's response ("That trick never works."), Bullwinkle then pulls out something preposterous, like a rhinoceros.
Much of the success of the series was due to its ability to work on two distinct levels. As an animated series with zany characters and plots, it appealed to children; but its clever use of puns and topical references that were often over the head of children appealed to adults. The animation is quite limited while the scripts and audio are inventive and sometimes sophisticated. Some critics at the time described the effect as being like a well written radio program with illustrations.
The show started in 1959 as Rocky and His Friends on the ABC television network. In 1961 the series moved to NBC and was renamed The Bullwinkle Show. The show moved back to ABC in 1964 and was cancelled that same year, although episodes continued to be aired on ABC until 1973 when it went into syndication.
A movie (The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle) was released in 2000; this film was mostly live action with the characters of Rocky and Bullwinkle added in animation. A live action movie Dudley Do-Right, featuring Dudley and friends, was released in 1999.
The animated show featured many noted voice-artists, including: