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

On Cartoon History

Now that’s a 17-second classic and the basis for this post.

Growing up in the 1960s sparks images of the turbulent late 60s, which were vastly different from the early 1960s, but it is the early 1960s that motivated Ted Turner to create today’s Cartoon Network.

Whether it was tuning in after school to WSAZ’s Mr. Cartoon through the week at 4 o’clock, or a few hours on Saturday morning with the characters from Hanna-Barbera and Looney Tunes, I loved them. When going to the local theater, cartoons preceded the movie – thus I anxiously anticipating the cartoon was part of the evening.

Last weekend I posted several of the introductions to cartoon shows. Several comments by readers sparked an idea of a potential weekend series of posts about cartoons of that time. Although this is not a commitment, the idea is still in my head – so just in case I pursue the idea, here are some key events in history of animated cartoons.

1915: Max Fleisher patents the rotoscope

1916: The first animated short, Krazy Kat

1920: Felix the Cat, silent-film era animation craze in theaters

1928: Walt Disney creates the first animated short with sound: Steamboat Willie, the first Mickey Mouse

1930: The first Looney Tune debuts

1937: The first full-length animated feature, Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

1940: The first Hanna-Barbera collaboration: Tom and Jerry

1949: Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote debut

1960: The first animated, prime-time sitcom: The Flintstones

1992: Ted Turner launches the Cartoon Network

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