The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show is the collective name for two
separate American television animated series: Rocky and His Friends (1959–1961) and The Bullwinkle Show
(1961–1964). Rocky & Bullwinkle enjoyed great popularity during the 1960s. Much of this success was a result of
it being targeted towards both children and adults. The zany characters and absurd plots would draw in children,
while the clever usage of puns and topical references appealed to the adult demographic. Furthermore, the strengths
of the series helped it overcome the fact that it had choppy, limited animation; in fact, some critics described
the series as a well-written radio program with pictures.
The series was created by Jay Ward and Alex Anderson, who
had both previously collaborated on Crusader Rabbit, and was based upon the original property The Frostbite Falls
Revue. This original show was about a group of forest animals running a TV station. The group included Rocket J.
Squirrel, Oski Bear, Canadian Moose (Bullwinkle), Sylvester Fox, Blackstone Crow, and Floral Fauna. The show in
this form was created by Jay Ward's partner Alex Anderson
The show was broadcast for the first time in the fall of 1959
on the ABC television network under the name Rocky and His Friends. In 1961, the series was moved to NBC, where it
was renamed The Bullwinkle Show. Subsequently, in 1964, the show returned to ABC, where it was canceled within a
year. However, reruns of episodes were still continually aired on ABC until 1973, at which time the series went
into syndication. In addition, an abbreviated fifteen minute version of the series ran in syndication in the 1960s
under the title The Rocky Show. This version was sometimes shown in conjunction with The King and Odie, a fifteen
minute version of Total Television's King Leonardo and his Short Subjects. The King and Odie was similar to Rocky
and Bullwinkle in that it was sponsored by General Mills and animated by Gamma Productions.