November 19 – Rocky and Bullwinkle Day

Posted on November 19, 2015

Happy birthday to The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show!

The adventures of a moose and a flying squirrel shouldn't be THIS funny! This animated series also includes some bad guys (Russian-esque spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, plus Snidely Whiplash of “Curses! Foiled again!” fame), a rather feeble-minded Canadian Mountie named Dudley Do-Right, a dog and his pet boy, and everyone's favorite: Fractured Fairy Tales!

On this date in 1959, Rocky & His Friends debuted; the show lasted almost five years. It's one of the few TV shows I remember from my early childhood!

There have been film adaptations (which were mostly terrible), music recordings, toys, and video games. Of course, Rocky and Bullwinkle episodes are available in reruns, on YouTube, and on DVDs; Rocky and Bullwinkle have appeared in ads, on U.S. postage stamps, in a newspaper comic strip, and in a children's opera.

One of the things I like about the humor of Rocky and Bullwinkle is that it sometimes gets self-referential. Here are two examples:

Rocky: Bullwinkle, I'm worried.
Bullwinkle: Ratings down in the show again?
Rocky: No.
Bullwinkle: That's odd.
Rocky: I'm worried because there have already been two attempts on your life.
Bullwinkle: Oh, don't worry. We will be renewed.
Rocky: I'm not talking about the Bullwinkle Show.
Bullwinkle: You had better; we could use the publicity.


Rocky: Bullwinkle, do you know what an A-Bomb is?
Bullwinkle: Sure, a bomb is what some people call our show.
Rocky: I don't think that's very funny.
Bullwinkle: Neither do they, apparently.


I can think of no better way to celebrate than watching episodes! Here is one – and from there you can link to many more!
  • Here are some coloring pages. 
  • Here is an online coloring game with Rocky (and no Bullwinkle!).

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