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2013-07-08 08:40:26 PM
 
2013-07-08 08:57:17 PM
Barely watched?

/Hey Rocky! Watch me pull an anecdote out of my ass!
 
2013-07-08 09:11:58 PM
Whoa. I always thought that show was made in the 70s.
 
2013-07-08 09:14:10 PM

make me some tea: Whoa. I always thought that show was made in the 70s.


Me too. 1959? What's that's over a half-century ago right? huh. They never even got a chance to mock The Beatles.
 
2013-07-08 09:19:01 PM
Rocky and bullwinkle show is The best cartoon ever!

/seconded by Jonny Quest.
 
2013-07-08 09:22:27 PM

Confabulat: make me some tea: Whoa. I always thought that show was made in the 70s.

Me too. 1959? What's that's over a half-century ago right? huh. They never even got a chance to mock The Beatles.


Just think how old most of the classic Looney Tunes episodes are.
 
2013-07-08 09:24:41 PM

Nefarious: Confabulat: make me some tea: Whoa. I always thought that show was made in the 70s.

Me too. 1959? What's that's over a half-century ago right? huh. They never even got a chance to mock The Beatles.

Just think how old most of the classic Looney Tunes episodes are.


Not to mention they can only show about half of them due to non-PC references or characters
 
2013-07-08 09:27:28 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Nefarious: Confabulat: make me some tea: Whoa. I always thought that show was made in the 70s.

Me too. 1959? What's that's over a half-century ago right? huh. They never even got a chance to mock The Beatles.

Just think how old most of the classic Looney Tunes episodes are.

Not to mention they can only show about half of them due to non-PC references or characters


Yeah I think even the ones I grew up on the 70s had been pretty heavily censored by then. Still I doubt they show a lot of Speedy Gonzalez these days. "So laaaaaazy."
 
2013-07-08 09:27:55 PM
I grew up watching that show (yes, I'm old). It had a lasting effect on me, because everytime I hear about tax cuts helping the economy, all I hear is "Again? But that trick never works!".
 
2013-07-08 09:36:48 PM

Confabulat: Yeah I think even the ones I grew up on the 70s had been pretty heavily censored by then. Still I doubt they show a lot of Speedy Gonzalez these days. "So laaaaaazy."


By the '70s they'd been pretty thoroughly scrubbed for racial references

/this was among my favorites: Inki and the Minah Bird from 1943
//the bird still cracks me up
 
2013-07-08 10:05:14 PM
My childhood was the 60s. I loved that shiat.
 
2013-07-08 10:16:21 PM
It actually took me a long time to realize all the Rocky and Bullwinkles are connected plotwise. I'd only see them occasionally so I'd always take the "Last time on Rocky & Bullwinkle!" as sort of a joke. Then I watched like two dozen episodes in a row and was oh, they weren't kidding.
 
2013-07-08 10:26:18 PM
I loved Fractured Fairy Tales

/old
 
2013-07-08 10:27:31 PM
While we're on the subject, the funniest actress you never heard of

/but you certainly did hear from her
 
2013-07-08 10:29:59 PM

brigid_fitch: I loved Fractured Fairy Tales

/old


High five
 
2013-07-08 10:36:00 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: While we're on the subject, the funniest actress you never heard of

/but you certainly did hear from her


She's returning as Magica DeSpell for the new DuckTales Remastered game too. Only game I'm really looking forward to this year.
 
2013-07-08 10:47:26 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Barely watched?

/Hey Rocky! Watch me pull an anecdote out of my ass!


Much like Animaniacs did when it was originally broadcast Rocky & Bullwinkle often made jokes & references that most adults understood, but children did not.
 
2013-07-08 10:50:53 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Much like Animaniacs did when it was originally broadcast Rocky & Bullwinkle often made jokes & references that most adults understood, but children did not.


Hell, that was WHY I watched it when I was a kid

/Beanie and Cecil, too
 
2013-07-08 10:57:03 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: Much like Animaniacs did when it was originally broadcast Rocky & Bullwinkle often made jokes & references that most adults understood, but children did not.

Hell, that was WHY I watched it when I was a kid

/Beanie and Cecil, too


Yep, me too


lol...we're old :-D
 
2013-07-08 10:58:44 PM

Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: Much like Animaniacs did when it was originally broadcast Rocky & Bullwinkle often made jokes & references that most adults understood, but children did not.

Hell, that was WHY I watched it when I was a kid

/Beanie and Cecil, too

Yep, me too


lol...we're old :-D


Ay yi yi

/no sh*t
 
2013-07-08 10:59:45 PM
Hooray for syndication.  Loved them in the '80s.
 
2013-07-08 11:09:41 PM
Loved me some Rocky and Bullwinkle as a kid. It was cancelled when I was 2 years old but I can't seem to remember a time when it wasn't part of someone's Saturday morning cartoon cavalcade.

Great article with lots of nice details. A good read. As a Canadian kid the Dudley Do-Right stuff was especially cool to see.

/Except for Nell, of course, who was hot!
 
2013-07-08 11:12:27 PM

Confabulat: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Nefarious: Confabulat: make me some tea: Whoa. I always thought that show was made in the 70s.

Me too. 1959? What's that's over a half-century ago right? huh. They never even got a chance to mock The Beatles.

Just think how old most of the classic Looney Tunes episodes are.

Not to mention they can only show about half of them due to non-PC references or characters

Yeah I think even the ones I grew up on the 70s had been pretty heavily censored by then. Still I doubt they show a lot of Speedy Gonzalez these days. "So laaaaaazy."


Forgive me if I've pointed this out before, but you two should hunt down and own the Loonie Toons Golden Collection... 6 sets of 4 DVD's each of UNEDITED toons, the odd doc and featurettes.  Days of awesome!
 
2013-07-08 11:21:52 PM

sno man: Forgive me if I've pointed this out before, but you two should hunt down and own the Loonie Toons Golden Collection... 6 sets of 4 DVD's each of UNEDITED toons, the odd doc and featurettes.  Days of awesome!


Thanks! I'll look for that

/I have a few of them ripped, but I think I'd LOVE that set
//I think I have most of the Rocky and Bullwinkle shows somewhere around here, too
 
2013-07-08 11:31:17 PM
I watched it on Saturday mornings in the 1960s and on Sunday mornings in the early 1970s.

As for barely-animated cartoons, I think that Clutch Cargo and Space Angel win the prize.
 
2013-07-08 11:33:31 PM
Just coming up with the name "Bullwinkle" is pretty impressive, really.
 
2013-07-08 11:38:21 PM
Rocky: [recognizing Boris's voice] That voice. Where have I heard that voice before?
Bullwinkle: In about 365 other episodes. But I don't know who it is, either.
 
2013-07-08 11:40:49 PM

Lorelle: I watched it on Saturday mornings in the 1960s and on Sunday mornings in the early 1970s.

As for barely-animated cartoons, I think that Clutch Cargo and Space Angel win the prize.


I loved Clutch Cargo, but it always kind of weirded me out

/that was a creepy method of animation
//with his pals; Spinner and Paddlefoot
///on one hand, I'm old. On the other, at least I can still remember pudding
 
2013-07-08 11:45:25 PM
One of my favorite exchanges in Rocky and Bullwinkle was a direct smash on communistic rule.

A scientist had developed an motor that ran on chipmunks. He relayed discovery to his military boss.
""Now I have to arrest you"
"But why?"
"You know too much"
 
2013-07-08 11:53:34 PM
Hoppity Hooper kinda sorta reminded me of Rocky & Bullwinkle, and no wonder: it was also a Jay Ward production.

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I loved Clutch Cargo, but it always kind of weirded me out

/that was a creepy method of animation
//with his pals; Spinner and Paddlefoot
///on one hand, I'm old. On the other, at least I can still remember pudding


Oh yeah, it was definitely creepy.
 
2013-07-09 12:02:48 AM

Lorelle: I watched it on Saturday mornings in the 1960s and on Sunday mornings in the early 1970s.

As for barely-animated cartoons, I think that Clutch Cargo and Space Angel win the prize.


I thought I was the only one who remembered Space Angel.   I 've mentioned it a few times over the years (I' m 49) and nobody had a clue what I was taking about,  and most all remembered Clutch Cargo and their creepy mouths.
 
2013-07-09 12:12:12 AM

elvisaintdead: Lorelle: I watched it on Saturday mornings in the 1960s and on Sunday mornings in the early 1970s.

As for barely-animated cartoons, I think that Clutch Cargo and Space Angel win the prize.

I thought I was the only one who remembered Space Angel.   I 've mentioned it a few times over the years (I' m 49) and nobody had a clue what I was taking about,  and most all remembered Clutch Cargo and their creepy mouths.


Space Angel's ship was the inspiration for years of binder cover doodling for me

/hell... I had a notebook full of variations on the theme
//I was a really nerdy kid before nerd had a word
 
2013-07-09 12:44:16 AM
my favorite
 
2013-07-09 01:02:33 AM
I loved Rocky and Bullwinkle and Fractured Fairy Tales cracked me up every time.  Since I got all growed up, when I meet someone who thinks they know everything, I hear Rocky's voice in my head saying, "And now it's time for Mr. Know-it-all!"
 
2013-07-09 01:10:28 AM

notyomama: Since I got all growed up, when I meet someone who thinks they know everything, I hear Rocky's voice in my head saying, "And now it's time for Mr. Know-it-all!"


I get that voice a lot when I'm on the Poli-tab.
 
2013-07-09 01:16:33 AM

quatchi: notyomama: Since I got all growed up, when I meet someone who thinks they know everything, I hear Rocky's voice in my head saying, "And now it's time for Mr. Know-it-all!"

I get that voice a lot when I'm on the Poli-tab.


The one I get most often from that is this
 
2013-07-09 01:43:00 AM
A lot of my sense of humor was shaped by that show.
 
2013-07-09 02:06:17 AM
i140.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-09 02:43:43 AM
June Foray is a siren with a magic voicebox.
 
2013-07-09 03:48:57 AM
I don't necessarily have an encyclopedic knowledge of cartoons, but I always thought that Rocky and Bullwinkle was one of the first animated gigs (along with Chuck Jones' shorts) to demonstrate that cartoons could be fundamentally different from live action while doing things typically associated with live action.  I guess the best way I can describe it is that they could get more flexibility for portraying the routine, much in the way that The Simpsons can use half-a-dozen voice actors to create dozens upon dozens of characters and outstrip the flexibility of any live action comedy show.  Maybe I'm wrong on that, but it's what makes sense in my head right this instant.
 
2013-07-09 03:50:24 AM

Mike_LowELL: I don't necessarily have an encyclopedic knowledge of cartoons, but I always thought that Rocky and Bullwinkle was one of the first animated gigs (along with Chuck Jones' shorts) to demonstrate that cartoons could be fundamentally different from live action while doing things typically associated with live action.


Not really. It was just a good show.
 
2013-07-09 07:00:09 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Barely watched?

/Hey Rocky! Watch me pull an anecdote out of my ass!


- a-GAIN!?!

- Nothing up my sphincter..... PRESTO!

media.tumblr.com

"People fondly remember their favorite cartoons in different ways from reality."

- Wow. No wonder bears do their poo-poo in the woods!

- And now here's something I hope you really like!
 
2013-07-09 07:03:01 AM
I always thought the boat race one where they discover the Ruby Yacht of Omar Khayam was one of the funniest
 
2013-07-09 07:04:16 AM

OtherLittleGuy:
- And now here's something I we hope you really like!


/I blame mooseandsquirrel
 
2013-07-09 07:12:04 AM

EnviroDude: Rocky and bullwinkle show is The best cartoon ever!

/seconded by Jonny Quest.


You of course mean the original Jonny Quest (which I  own on DVD)  not that abomination that was "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest".

Jonny Quest was better than Moose and Squirrel. Moose and Squirrel did not even have jetpacks, bazookas or hovercraft.
 
2013-07-09 07:20:06 AM

brigid_fitch: I loved Fractured Fairy Tales

/old


Grandmas you can tell from afar,
They belong to the D.A.R.
 
2013-07-09 07:21:41 AM
I can (barely) remember watching Crusader Rabbit. Can't remember the name of his cream puff eating tiger friend 'tho.

/Old
 
2013-07-09 07:34:57 AM

Lorelle: I watched it on Saturday mornings in the 1960s and on Sunday mornings in the early 1970s.

As for barely-animated cartoons, I think that Clutch Cargo and Space Angel win the prize.


Just a few years ago, Billy G came to work one morning with his mustache shaved off.  We had worked with him for years and had never seen this.
Kent F called him Clutch Cargo, which made me cry.
 
2013-07-09 07:35:56 AM
I remember watching when I was a kid in the 60s.
Didn't "get it" until years later.
Brilliant program.
 
2013-07-09 07:37:48 AM
Barely watched? When it made its TV debut in 1959, it was the highest rated program in its time slot.
And it succeeded for a very simple reason. Kids liked the funny animals, and then as they got older, they realized just how good the jokes were that went over their heads.
 
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