Eva's Retro 60s Flashbacks
NATASHA—That Femme FATALE
Natasha Fatale: Boris,
Though I lacked Dead Man’s curves at the age
of ten-- a little Russian dressing enabled me to hammer-and-sickle the mannerisms, accent, and dialogue of Natasha
Fatale as animatedly as her voice actress, June Foray. Ms. Fatale, Cold War cartoon villainess of
Rocky & Bullwinkle (1961 – 1973) fame, became slightly more
curvaceous with each progressing episode. In
Jet Fuel Formula, the first and
longest story arc of the series, covering forty episodes, Natasha’s last name is pronounced “Fuh-TAH-lee”,
while in the second story arc, it is pronounced “Fuh-TAHL.”
Though the Cold War mushroom cloud hovered
over the Baby Boomer generation, R&B’s political satire about the political conflict, military tension, and economic competition
existing between the United States and the Soviet Union after World War II, went over my head like the desk
I crouched under during those lame duck and cover drills.
Boris Badenov: Shut up your mouth!
Natasha’s short, stout sidekick who began
the first story arc as a menacing villain with a demonic, red-eyed look, transformed into a more comic character
and master of disguise vis a vis “Sir Thomas Lippenboris,” the millionaire yachtsman, spoofing Sir Thomas
Lipton, the tah tah tea totalitarian. Natasha posed as “Lady Alice.”
Правильно!(pra-vil’- na) That’s
right! I experienced espionage
Jet Fuel jet lag when it came to a burial under Cold War parodies
Nikita Khrushchev style. The fictional nation of Pottsylvania represented
the Soviet Union, though certainly not devoid of Nazi occupied Germany either. After all, Pottsylvania was
ruled by a Fuhrer type “Fearless Leader,” a thin, scarred, monocle-wearing character. The
name, Boris Badenov, my dollink, was punned from the 16th
century Russian czar, Boris Godunov. Easier than spotting a KGB agent, Natasha Fatale was simply herself-- a
femme fatale! The nuclear arms race, space race, tech competition, and espionage of two world powers were as
formulaic to the series as a benzochlorine chemical explosion which occurred in episode 1.
Equally lost on me were the exchanges of double
entendres, as elusive in their meanings as spy code:
Badenov: Ah, it good to be back on
Natale: Boris, you went to college?
Badenov: No, state
Ah, those two no
good-niks! Pottsylvanian spies in various disguises, they were
relentless in their attempts to hoodwink Rocket J. Squirrel and his dim-witted pal, Bullwinkle J.
Moose. In their serial
efforts to sabotage the US
economy, they counterfeited the cereal box top.
Jay Ward and Alex Anderson
formulated the idea for The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show. Considered
metafiction because the characters often reveal that they’re inside
a work of fiction, its choppy animation has critics describing the series as a “well-written radio program with
Badenov: Phooey! Foiled
Fatale: Don't you mean, "Curses!
Boris Badenov: Please, Natasha. This is kiddie show.
In the cartoon, the villainous antagonists proved to be as bumbling as the protagonists were naïve. During the Cold
War, American spies for the CIA and Russian spies for the KGB conducted clandestine operations to gather
intelligence about the other. Rivaling June Foray’s impression of
FATALE—I ask: Boris, you think
maybe “intelligence” big exaggeration?
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