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 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