TV Series | TV-G | | Animation, Comedy, Family
Rocky, a plucky flying squirrel and Bullwinkle, a bumbling but lovable moose, have a series of ongoing adventures.
Jay Ward was able to avoid network interference by working close to the deadline. Prints of the show would reportedly arrive at the network only hours before broadcast.
Hey, what's the meaning of this?
Agent: Military intelligence. That phrase mean anything to you?
Rocky: It sounds like a contradiction of terms.
The currently available episodes of "Rocky and His Friends" on DVD (as Seasons 1 and 2 of "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends") differ from the original broadcast versions in several ways. The opening and closing animation from Season 2 has been applied to most of the episodes from both seasons, with a newer title logo and appropriately re-dubbed voice-over for the show's rebranding as part of "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends" (a blanket title that covers this show and its later incarnation as Rocky and His Friends (1959) on a different network). Furthermore, due to copyright issues, the original Frank Comstock theme music from "Rocky and His Friends" has been replaced by the music composed by Fred Steiner for "The Bullwinkle Show". The DVD releases also use the altered-for-syndication versions of the opening and closing sequences that excise any mention of the show's original sponsor, General Mills. While the DVDs present Rocky & Bullwinkle's serialized adventures in their chronological order, there's some debate over which backup segments ("Fractured Fairy Tales", "Peabody's Improbable History", "Aesop and Son", "Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties", "Bullwinkle's Corner", "Mr. Know-It-All") should be paired with each episode, as the segments have been mixed and matched, separated and recombined countless times in the decades since their original broadcast. While the current DVD versions of these episodes are considered the "official" versions in circulation, they fall short of being accurate representations of the show as originally broadcast from 1959-1961.