Saturday, November 19, 2011

Happy 52nd Birthday to Rocky and Bullwinkle!

Fifty-Two Years ago yesterday at 5:30 p.m. ET on the ABC television network, a unique series staring a flying squirrel and a talking moose first aired. As you can guess by the name of this post, that series was the Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends!

Jay Ward & Bill Scott & their impact
 Few know who Jay Ward or Bill Scott were and what their impact to animation was. They created many iconic characters and shows, such as George of the Jungle (yes, there was something before the movies and the new animated tv show!), Cap'n Crunch, and most majorly for me: the Rocky and bullwinkle show! Their comedy style illustrated in their shows has inspired The Simpsons, Darkwing Duck and so many other comedy shows! (in fact, the first episode of Family Guy played homage to the show by having June Foray, the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirel, make a cameo as her iconic character).

"That Voice...Where have I heard that voice?"
Ok, sorry, had to do that title! I just had to! On this show, there were so many talented people! I wish I could name them all! Bill Scott did Bullwinkle and Dudley Do-right (among others). Edward Everett Horton and William Conrad were both narrotors for the show (Horton for Fractured Fairytales and Conrad for R&B). Hans Conried voiced the devilous Snidley Wipelash. Charlie Ruggles voiced Aasop and Daws Butler did Aasop Jr. Walter Tetley played Sherman (from Mr. Peabody). Paul Frees did so many voices including Boris Badenov. Last but not least was June Foray, who was the voice of Rocky the flying Sqirel, Natasha Fatale, and a host of others. If you search any of those names, you will see how much stuff you are familiar with and you might say, "hey, I remember that!"
The Segments
There were so many great segments on the show. There was Dudley Do-right, Mr. Know-it-all, Aasop and Son, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Fractured Fairytales in addition to the Rocky and Bullwinkle segments. All were very funny and enjoyable.

Ponsonby Britt
Hope you didn't mind that I did this one last. Ever wonder where the name of this blog comes from? Well, I can say my name is not Ponsonby Britt (though I wish it was!). Ponsonby Britt was the executive producer of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, George of the Jungle, Hippoty Hopity, and Fractured Flicks. Its an impressive carrier he had. Oh...did I mention he was fictional? That right! Jay Ward and Bill Scott didn't want to take all the credit so they made Britt up!

In honor of Jay Ward and everyone else's impact on my own childhood, I created this blog!


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