Frostbitely Asked Questions

What is the name of Snidely Whiplash's dog?
The name of the dog you're thinking of is Muttley, but the name of his owner is Dick Dastardly, the name of the cartoon is Wacky Races, and the name of the studio is Hanna-Barbera.

However, it's also true that Snidely Whiplash won the Skagway Dogsled-Pulling Contest with an elephant named Spot, thereby foreshadowing George of the Jungle's "big, gray, peanut-loving puppy", Shep.

What is the name of the turtle in "Peabody's Improbable History"?
"Tooter the Turtle" was part of Total TV's King Leonardo and His Short Subjects and Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales. Neither Tooter nor Mr. Wizard the Lizard ever appeared in "Peabody's Improbable History".

What is the name of Dudley Do-Right's horse?

Who is Ponsonby Britt?
Ponsonby Britt, O.B.E., is the fictitious executive producer credited at the end of Jay Ward cartoons. There is no such person. The letters O.B.E. indicate that he is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

What is Bullwinkle's middle initial?
Bullwinkle's full name is Bullwinkle J. Moose (not Bullwinkle T. Moose, as sometimes reported). Rocky's full name is Rocket J. Squirrel. Both characters' middle initials allude to J. Troplong Ward and/or William J. Scott. Matt Groening gave the three male members of the Simpson family the same initial as a tribute to Rocky and Bullwinkle: Bartholomew J. Simpson (Bart), Homer J. Simpson, and Abraham J. Simpson (Grandpa).

Where do Rocky and Bullwinkle live?
Rocky and Bullwinkle live in Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, which is based on International Falls, Minnesota. International Falls is the seat of Koochiching County, and Rocky is taken to Koochiching County Hospital in "Buried Treasure". The population of Frostbite Falls is given variously as 23 ("Jet Fuel Formula"), 48 (during the summer rush, "Upsidaisium"), 29 ("Last Angry Moose"), 31-1/2 ("Painting Theft"), and 4001 ("Pottsylvania Creeper").

Bullwinkle is governor of Moosylvania, a small island in the Lake of the Woods, but he doesn't live there. Moosylvania is the subject of a dispute between the United States and Canada: each country claims that it belongs to the other. Jay Ward actually bought an island in the Lake of the Woods and dubbed it Moosylvania. He and publicist Howard Brandy crossed the country in a circus wagon, gathering signatures on a petition for statehood for Moosylvania. Unfortunately, they arrived at the White House just at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis and were escorted off the grounds at gunpoint.

How many episodes of "The Adventures of Bullwinkle and Rocky" were produced?
There were 326 episodes of "The Adventures of Bullwinkle and Rocky" (numbered 1-260 and 301-366). Episodes 1-156 were first aired on Rocky and His Friends (ABC, 1959-1961). Episodes 157-260 and 301-366 were first aired on The Bullwinkle Show (NBC, 1961-1964). Most packagings of the series have included two "Bullwinkle and Rocky" episodes per half-hour show. There were 28 separate adventures, ranging in length from four episodes (i.e. two half-hour shows) up to forty episodes ("Jet Fuel Formula", the first adventure).

What is the difference between Rocky and His Friends and The Bullwinkle Show?
When the show changed networks in 1961, NBC insisted that it be retitled. Aside from the title, The Bullwinkle Show was simply a continuation of Rocky and His Friends. The syndicated Rocky Show, the syndicated Bullwinkle Show, and Nickelodeon's Moose-a-Rama all contained cartoons from both original network series.

What Jay Ward cartoons are available on video?
Buena Vista Home Video has released twelve volumes of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. CBS/Fox Video has released eight volumes of George of the Jungle. Rhino Home Video released two volumes of Crusader Rabbit, but distribution was limited to 7500 copies of each due to a lawsuit filed by 20th Century Fox.

Have any Jay Ward characters appeared in non-Ward productions?
Rocky and Bullwinkle appeared in commercials for Hershey's Kisses in the 1980s.

Rocky, Bullwinkle, Boris, and Natasha appeared in commercials for Target Stores, Taco Bell, and Eveready batteries in the 1990s.

Boris and Natasha (1992) is a live-action film starring Sally Kellerman and Dave Thomas.

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