Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Hey, Rocky! Watch Me Pull a Rabbit Out of a Hat!"

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

Anyone who was coming of age in the 1960's knows that Rocky and Bullwinkle set the bar for intelligent, yet very funny, cartoons.  The show ran for the first two years (1959-1961) as Rocky and His Friends, and it was carried under the banner The Bullwinkle Show  from 1961 to 1964.  It was smart and witty, offering humor on one level for children and wickedly funny one liners designed to keep the older crowd in front of the television as well.

Bullwinkle, a proud graduate of Wassamadda U, was a master showman whose tricks seemed to always backfire.  He and Rocky were regularly called from their home in Frostbite Falls, Minnesota,  to take part in many adventures, often involving saving the government from the evil machinations of those sneaky Russians, Boris and Natasha.  It was all fun, some of the best fun on television!

The classic shows are finally becoming available on DVD, and I recently became the proud owner of Season 4.  (I have the earlier ones on backorder.)  So, for the next few weeks I'll be sharing my spare time with Rocket "Rocky" J. Squirrel, Bullwinkle J. Moose, Boris and Natasha, Sherman and Mr. Peabody, Dudley Do-right and Nell, and all of the other characters who joined forces to make this such an unbelievably good show.

Rocky and Bullwinkle were really big in their time, but the concept would never work today.  There is no way that teabaggers would condone a show that featured a flying squirrel and a moose as domestic partners!  Besides, teabaggers just don't get the concept of "funny!"  But I digress.  For those with open minds and a good sense of humor, the boys from Frostbite Falls are just as funny now as they were then!

If my kids have read this far, they will know what to expect for Christmas!

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