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 Cartoon Cephalopod

Happy Cephalopod Day!

Squiddly Diddly isn’t an icon, but given today is Cephalopod Day, he is getting some love

Called a squid but looks like an octopus

Squids have 10 tentacles, octopus have eight, but Squidly had six legs – four for walking, two others like arms

Lives in an aquatic park called Bubbleland

The bossy antagonist was Bubbleland Administrator Chief Winchley (voice was done by John Stephenson)

Squiddly continually tried to escape so he could use his musical talents to pursue a show business career

Can simultaneously playing a saxophone, a guitar and a set of bongo drums

A short clip of Squiddly encountering the Queen of Hearts

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Created by Hanna Barbera

Seen as a segments on the Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show

Two seasons, 26 episodes (20 the first, six the second)

First episode: Way Out Squiddly; October 2, 1965

Last episode: Baby Squidder; October 15, 1966

Squidly is voiced by Paul Frees

Known in other languages as Lula Lelé (Brazilian Portuguese), El Pulpo Manotas (Spanish), Squiddly la pieuvre ((French), Inky de inktvis (Dutch), Squiddly Diddly (Italian), Squiddly Diddly (German), Tako no Roku chan (Japanese)

Had an LP, Squiddly Diddly’s Surfin’ Surfari (Hanna Barbera Records, 1966)

Squidly appeared in Yogi’s Treasure Hunt, Yo Yogi!, and a MetLife commercial
Enjoy this tribute to Squidly Didley to Octopuss’s Garden, written by Ringo Starr, performed by The Beatles, and released on Abbey Road (1969)

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