Seldom Asked Questions
Below are the answers to some questions that are not asked often enough--because incorrect answers have been printed in newspaper articles, TV reference books, T-shirts, or other sources.
- Hans Conried's name is not spelled Conreid.
- Walter Tetley, not June Foray or Paul Frees, was the voice of Sherman.
- Skip Craig, Barbara Baldwin, and Adrienne Diamond were not voice actors. Craig was the editor; Baldwin and Diamond were artists.
- Bullwinkle Moose's middle initial is J., not T.
- Rocky says "And now here's something we hope you'll really like", not "And now here's something you'll really like".
- Boris and Natasha are Pottsylvanian, not Russian.
- Natasha's surname is Fatale, not Nogoodnik. She and Boris were often referred
to as nogoodniks, but this was not either one's name.
- Natasha's surname is Fatale (as in femme fatale), not Fataly.
The confusion may have arisen because in one early episode, narrator Bill
Conrad pronounced Fatale as if it were Italian or Spanish (fah-TAH-lay)
instead of French (fah-TALL).
- There is no character in George of the Jungle called Bella (allegedly played by June Foray). The theme song contains the line "While Fella and Ursula stay in step." George never seemed to recognize that his mate was female, and often referred to her as "fella". Hence the double-vision effect of the title animation: Fella and Ursula are really just two names for the same person.
- Bullwinkle played football for Wossamotta U, not Whatsamatta U or Wossamata U or Wassamotto U.
- Gidney's partner is named Cloyd, not Cloide.
- Do-Right is hyphenated.
- Dudley Do-Right's horse is named Horse, not Steed.
- Dudley Do-Right's enemy is named Snidely Whiplash, not Snively, Snidley, Snidly, or Snydely.
- George of the Jungle lives in Mbwebwe Province, not Imgwee Gwee.
- No "Francis Scott Key" episode of "Peabody's Improbable History" was ever produced. The script was rejected by the ad agency.
- There is no "Peter and the Three Pennies" or "Sweeping Beauty #2" episode of "Fractured Fairy Tales".
- After two years of Rocky and His Friends (1959-1961), new episodes of The Bullwinkle Show played for three years (1961-1964). Network reruns lasted until 1973, at which time the shows went into syndication.
- Rocky and His Friends was not the first animated series produced specifically for TV. Jay Ward and Alex Anderson's Crusader Rabbit (1950) had that distinction.
- The Bullwinkle Show was shown in primetime during its first season (1961-1962), but it was not the first primetime animated series. The Flintstones, The Bugs Bunny Show, and The Gerald McBoing Boing Show are among the primetime animated series that preceded it.
- Rocky and Bullwinkle can hardly be said to have followed in the footsteps of Rowan and Martin. Although Dan and Dick teamed up in 1953, Laugh-In did not debut until 1967. Incidentally, that show bore a considerable resemblance to Jay Ward's 1964 pilot The Nut House.
- Fractured Flickers premiered in 1963, not 1961.
- Bill Scott, not Jay Ward, voiced and manipulated the Bullwinkle puppet.
- Bill Scott, not Alex Anderson, was co-producer of Rocky and His Friends and all subsequent Jay Ward cartoons. (Alex Anderson was co-producer of the earlier Crusader Rabbit.)
- Bill Hurtz was a director, not a writer.
- Chris Hayward, not Allan Burns, was a writer and producer for Barney Miller.
- Lloyd Turner, not Chris Hayward, wrote for The Jeffersons.
- June Foray, not Helen O'Connell, was the voice of Rocky.
- Nell Fenwick has red hair, not blond.
- Super Chicken's assistant Fred is a lion, not a rooster.
- It is not the case that "Box Top Robbery" has never been seen since the original broadcast in 1960. It is part of the syndicated Bullwinkle Show.
- The hat in "Missouri Mish Mash" was referred to sometimes as the Kirward Derby and sometimes as the Kirwood Derby. But the real person's name was Durward Kirby, not Durwood Kirby.
- Cedar Yorpantz Flying School is from a Rocky t-shirt. It was never mentioned in a cartoon.
- The Isle of Lucy was the home of Merlin Brando in an episode of "Super Chicken". It was never mentioned in Rocky and His Friends or The Bullwinkle Show.
- Votane, the gas that turns Democrats into Republicans and vice versa, appeared in the 1948 pilot for "Hamhock Jones", but not The Bullwinkle Show.
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