On a Cute Couple

To those of us who grew up during cartoon’s golden age, Rocky and Bullwinkle are icons. Add the show’s entire cast, now we have a tribute to creator Jay Ward’s brilliance.

J Troplong “Jay” Ward, creator and leader of Jay Ward Productions, is responsible for such characters as Rocky and Bullwinkle, Peabody and Sherman (past post), Dudley Do-Right, Snidely Whiplash, Hoppity Hopper, Tom Slick, Super Chick, Crusader Rabbit, and the two honorees in this post.

Rocky and Bullwinkle debuted in 1959 on ABC, and then moved to NBC two years later. Notables as Frostbite Falls, Wossamatta U, Mr. Know It All, Fractured Fairytales, a way-back time machine for Peabody and Sherman (past post), and more became part of popular culture.

Two villains constantly chasing Bullwinkle – and always foiled by Moose and Squirrel – were Boris and Natasha. Not only was the Cold War prominent in our lives at that time, this event of the era also served as the springboard for these two characters. A few notes about each are below, followed by a wonderful music video about them. Enjoy, and thank you Larry for the find.

Boris Badenov

  • From Pottsylvania
  • Name is a play on the 16th-century Russian Tsar Boris Godunov
  • Degree from The University of Safe-Cracking (USC)
  • Taglines: Must capture moose and squirrel;
  • Report to Fearless Leader, and occasionally Mr. Big
  • List of his disguises

Natasha Fatale

  • Taglines: Hello Dollink, Sharrup your mouth,
  • A former Miss Transylvania
  • Almost always seen in a purple dress, put also wore red in the final season
  • Original name Natasha Nogoodnik
  • Appeared in two Mr. Know-It-All segments
  • Appeared in all but four Rocky and Bullwinkle storylines

37 thoughts on “On a Cute Couple

  1. Love these cartoons; fond memories of Saturday morning TV. I always thought that Danny DeVito would be a great Boris. All of these cartoons were multi-layered – kids loved them and adults got to enjoy all of the hidden jokes (glad you mentioned the Boris Godunov reference, as it is also a musical work) But I still love Fractured Fairytales the most 🙂

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  2. Rocky and Bullwinkle was a favorite of my dad and watching it with him and my brother is one of my earliest memories. I always thought there was something he was getting that my brother and I were missing. Must be the hidden jokes. 🙂

    Hope your weekend is a good one Frank!

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  3. Hi,
    Oh yes I remember all these cartoons very well. They were always on Saturday mornings and I always enjoyed watching them, great memories, and good laughs.

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  4. Loved Fractured Fairytales. I think I learned more about Greek mythology from them than in class!
    Thank you, Frank for posting “something you’ll REALLY like”! (“Again? That joke NEVER works!” 😀 )

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  5. I loved all the Rocky and Bullwinkle characters. I particularly loved Boris and Natasha. What great memories…I think some of the episodes are still available on Netflix. We’re never too old for these clever episodes. They really were really amazingly complex and unique. 🙂 Debra

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    • Pat,
      A special welcome to you and I’m glad this post of two classics from Rocky and Bullwinkle met your approval! Thanks for visiting and commenting … a special thanks for my first-ever Bean’s Pat!

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