On the Greatest Moose

Bullwinkle is more than a classic cartoon character – he is an icon.

#3 (with Rocky) on TV Guide’s Great Cartoon Characters

Name: Bullwinkle J. Moose

Middle initial J for is from the two J’s: Jay Ward (creator) and Bill J Scott (co-producer, head writer, and Bullwinkle’s voice)

Named after Bullwinkel Motors, a car dealership in Berkeley, California

Gender: Male

Home: Frostbite Falls, MN (a parody on International Falls, MN)

Occupation: Former coat rack

Education: Studied under Francis the Talking Horse, attended M.I.T. (Moose Institute of Toe-dancing), attended Wossamatta U, and received an Honorary Mooster’s Degree from Wossamatta U

Football quarterback at Wossamatta U

As Mr. Know-It-All, received several awards from prestigious universities that have yet to exist

Political: Bull Moose Party

Wealth: Received fortune in the form of a cereal boxtop collection and an Upsidaisium mine from Uncle Dewlap’s will

At one time, a part-owner, part-governor of the island of Moosylvania

Debuted with blue gloves, which became white on the second episode

On to the Show

60 episodes of Mr. Know-it-All

39 episodes of Bullwinkle’s Corner

“Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.”

Debuted November 19, 1959 as Rocky and His Friends on ABC with Jet Fuel Formula
Moved to NBC in 1961 as The Bullwinkle Show
Ended June 27, 1964

Created by Jay Ward, Alex Anderson, and Bill Scott

Produced by Jay Ward Productions

With satire and humor, the writing appealed to adults as well as children

Animation outsourced to a studio in Mexico

Music by Frank Comstock (1959–1961) Fred Steiner (1961–1964)

Sponsored by General Mills

Voiced by Bill Scott

Narrated by actor William Conrad

Show composed of episodes, with each episode ending with a cliffhanger and the announcer giving two titles (actually puns of each other) for the next segment

5 seasons, 163 episodes, 366 segments

27 continuing storylines

Two collection of WAV files sound bites from the show: one and two

Supporting Characters in the Show (tributes linked): Rocky J Squirrel, Boris and Natasha, Peabody and Sherman, Dudley Do-Right, Fractured Fairytales

Ending of a show showing the story continuing another time

60 thoughts on “On the Greatest Moose

  1. I loved Rocky and Bullwinkle, although I think the humor and satire was written more for adults – during the Cold War era. Much of it probably went over my head as a very young child…


  2. Rocky and Bullwinkle are easily my favorites! Occasionally I watch them to this day, so amused by how clever they are! I loved Fractured Fairy Tales, too, but really loved Boris and Natasha! Thanks for all the good clips. These really make me smile!


  3. Love this, Frank! I think a lot of cartoons had adult humor sprinkled throughout. It used to be that parents actually watched many cartoons with their children on Saturday mornings. I remember when the Flintstones debuted as an evening cartoon, and our entire family watched.

    As for Rocky and Bullwinkle, we were huge fans, but my very favorite segment that I waited for every time was Fractured Fairy Tales. Your post sent me over to YouTube to watch a fractured Hansel & Gretel. 😉


  4. Had forgotten the head-spinning entendres…and how quickly they leapt to the next. Such writing genius…such unabashed fun! Once again Frank…thanks for pointing all of us “of a certain age” in the direction of….younger days…


  5. Even though the animation was lacking in comparison to what was produced by Warner Bros in the 30s, 40s and early 50s, I loved Rocky and Bullwinkle due to the wonderful storytelling. June Foray, who voiced Rocky is still alive — and working — at age 95!


    • Redhead,
      Always good to have another Bullwinkle fan in the midst … and I suggest you follow the Boris and Natasha link …. and just so you know, Dudley Do-Right is on my list to do.


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