On Reviewing Frostbite Falls

Seldom a ratings superstar,m but it’s longevity speaks volumes. From the originals to reruns to syndication to remakes to movies and more, Rocky, Bullwinkle, and their friends are legends.

Based on The Frostbite Falls Review, a proposal that never aired

Premiered on November 1959 as Rocky & His Friends on ABC for airing on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons

Original series in black and white

Moved to NBC (1961) in a Sunday night timeslot

After moving the series into different timeslots, the last show aired June 27, 1964

5 seasons provided 163 episodes

Created by Jay Ward and Bill Scott

Produced by Jay Ward Productions

Voices by Bill Scott, June Foray, Paul Frees, Walter Tetley, Daws Butler, Charlie Ruggles, Hans Conried, William Conrad, and Edward Everett Horton

Previously-Honored Characters –  Visit as many as you want … Which did you visit?

Closing Credits

On Aesop’s Tale of the Fractured Son

Fractured

Fractured Fairy Tales and Aesop & Sons were two segments on various versions of Rocky and Bullwinkle. They presented fairy tales or fables in a humorous, modernized manner while altering the storyline.

Commonalities

Debuted in 1959 on ABC’s Rocky & His Friends (The first of the Rocky & Bullwinkle show titles)

Produced by Jay Ward

Became part of The Hoppity Hooper Show in 1964

Became part of the Dudley Do-Right Show in 1969

Did not spinoff into books or comics

 

Fractured Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales had three different introductions

Produced by Jay Ward

Narrated by Edward Everett Horton

Voices by June Foray, Bill Scott, Paul Frees, and an uncredited Daws Butler

91 episodes were made; first – Goldilocks; Last – The Youth Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was (Click for episode list)

Each episode 4½ minutes long

One of the few TV cartoon series with no continuing characters,

Enjoy the Three Little Pigs

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Aesop and Son

Same theme music as Fractured Fairy Tales

Structure: Aesop attempting to teach a lesson to his son using a fable. After carefully listening to the story, the son undermines the moral with a pun.

Continuing Tag Line: ..and do you know the moral of the story?

39 episodes: First – The Lion and the Mouse; Last – The Fox and the Three Weasels (Click for episodes list)

Voices: Aesop by Charles Ruggles (the only Jay Ward character he did), Junior by Daws Butler

Here’s an episode: The Fox and the Winking Horse

On a Right Doing


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It’s Dudley Do-Right: The conscientious and cheerful Canadian Mountie who wasn’t the brightest bulb in the pack

Segment on Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

Music was in the style of a silent-movie melodrama with a piano in the background

Theme song derived from Franz von Suppe’s Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna; Light Cavalry, and Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin

Trumpet played by Branwell Smith, Jr. – who later played in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Band

Dudley’s Profile
Rides his horse sitting backwards

The name of his horse is Horse

Under the command of Inspector Fenwick

Smitten over Nell, the daughter of Inspector Fenwick (and voiced by Jane Foray)

Nell is more interested in Horse than Dudley

Main nemesis is Snidley Whiplash, who usually captured Nell and tied her to train tracks

The Show
Created by Alex Anderson with Chris Hayward and Allan Burns

Voiced by Bill Scott

Narrated by William Conrad

Produced by Jay Ward Productions

Debuted: September, 1961 (The Disloyal Canadians)

Last episode: September 6, 1970 (Snidley Arrested)

39 segments, but only 38 syndicated because one segment (Stokey the Bear) was pulled after the US Forest Service objected to a bear starting fires – but it was released in 2005

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Other Stuff
Dudley Do-Right Show aired on ABC from April 27, 1969 to September 6, 1970 featuring segments of Dudley Do-Right, Commander McBragg, Tooter Turtle, and The Hunter


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Appeared in a few Rocky & Bullwinkle comic books from Dell Comics and Gold Key Comics; plus briefly in his own comics by Charlton Comics

The Dudley Do-Right Emporium at 8200 W. Sunset Blvd was the gift shop for Jay Ward Productions from 1971-2005

Ripsaw Falls is a log flume ride at Universal Orlando

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Here is a musical parody involving Dudley from Al Yankovic (and in no offense to Canadians)

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Enjoy the first episode, The Disloyal Canadian

On a Swinger

George, George, George of the Jungle,
Strong as he can be.
(Ahhhhahhhahhhhhh)
Watch out for that tree.

George, George, George of the Jungle,
Lives a life that’s free.
(Ahhhhahhhahhhhhh)
Watch out for that tree.

When he gets in a scrape,
he makes his escape
with the help of his friend,
an ape named Ape.
Then away he’ll schlep
on his elephant Shep
While Fella and Ursula
Stay in step.

Well….George, George, George of the Jungle,
Friend to you and me.

Watch out for that tree.

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George is a dim-witted parody of Tarzan

#30 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters

Basic plot: District Commissioner Alistair contacts George to save jungle inhabitants from various threats

Running gag: George forgetting he lives in a treehouse, thus falling to the ground every time he leaves home

Other Characters

  • Ursula, a Jane-like character whom George refers to as “Fella”
  • Ape (an ape) is George’s closest friend
  • Shep, George’s pet elephant (“great big peanut-lovin’ poochie”)
  • Tookie Tookie, a bird whose call is, “Ah ah ee ee tooky tooky”
  • Frequent foes are hunters”Tiger” Titherage and “Weevil” Plumtree, plus Dr. Chicago (a mad scientist)

Production
Produced by Jay Ward and Bill Scott

First Jay Ward production since Rocky and Bullwinkle

Appeared on ABC Saturday mornings from September 9 to December 30, 1967

Only 17 original episodes, so reruns continued through 1970

Unlike previous Ward series, the animation production was done in Hollywood

Limited number of episodes due to production going over budget

Bill Scott, June Foray, Paul Frees, and Daws Butler provided most of the character voices over all three segments.

The Show
Each episode featured three segments in the form of three unrelated cartoons: George of the Jungle, Tom Slick, and Super Chicken.

Each segment’s theme song was written by the team of Stan Worth and Sheldon Allman

Tom Slick Intro

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Super Chicken Intro

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Other Tidbits
“Weird Al” Yankovic did a cover version of the George of the Jungle theme on his 1985 album Dare to Be Stupid

Disney released George of the Jungle movies in 1997 and 2003

Dedicated George of the Jungle website

Enjoy The Sultan’s Pearl

On a Flying Squirrel

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Companion of Bullwinkle the Moose (his dedication page)

#3 (with Bullwinkle) on TV Guide’s Greatest Cartoon Characters

Of the duo, Rocky is the upstanding, slightly naive, and smarter than Bullwinkle

Proper name is Rocket J. Squirrel

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

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

Created by Jay Ward, Alex Anderson, and Bill Scott as part of The Frostbite Falls Review

Voice artist June Foray

Ability to fly with a jet engine sound effect

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

It the first episode, Rocky’s flying ability limited to gliding

Learned to fly at Cedar Yorpantz Flying School (get it?)

Appeared in Gary Larson’s The Far Side

Also in video games and comics

Catch Phrases
Hokey Smoke!
Those two look familiar!
That voice, where have I heard that voice?
KNEW we shouldn’t have left him! We haven’t been apart in thirty-five years!
Hokey smoke, are you all right?
Don’t say it!
I don’t think that’s very funny.”
“And now, here’s something we hope you’ll really like!”
Not again.

Rocky: “Look, Bullwinkle, a message in a bottle.”
Bullwinkle: “Fan mail from a flounder?”
Rocky: “This is what I really call a message.”

Enjoy a segment of Jet Fuel Formula (you will have to watch on YouTube)

On the Greatest Moose


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

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

Resume
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

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60 episodes of Mr. Know-it-All


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39 episodes of Bullwinkle’s Corner

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

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Background
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

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Narrated by actor William Conrad


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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

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