In the late '50s and early '60s, the most subversive show ever to hit the airwaves enchanted millions of American grade-schoolers. The kiddies tuned in to watch Bullwinkle J. Moose and Rocket J. Squirrel of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, indulge in cartoon acrobatics and rattle off a series of unbelievable puns. This encyclopedic volume details their every adventure, from chasing the wailing whale Maybe Dick to joining the football team at Wossamotta U. The sinister Pottsylvanian spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale sneak into a goodly share of the pages, along with Dudley Do-Right, the square-jawed Mountie; Snidely Whiplash, the luxuriantly mustachioed villain; Mr. Peabody, the beagle who knows everything; and his boy Sherman. It's a loving, cleverly-illustrated tribute to these saviors of the free world and an admiring paean to the twisted, hilarious genius of Jay Ward, their modest creator, who set the standard for TV animation for generations to come.
From School Library Journal
YA. The popular cartoon show that debuted in 1959 and continued for only five years is remembered as one of the most innovative and beloved series in TV history. The combination of simple unsophisticated drawings of Rocky the Squirrel and Bullwinkle the Moose and their contrasting sophisticated dialogue and that of the voice-over narrator made for wry political and social satire as well as obvious humor. Here is a history of the show, complete with biographies of the main characters; photos of promotion campaigns; discussion of the animation, acting, and directing techniques; and a complete summary of each of the 298 episodes. Lavish illustrations and photographs complement the text, which provides historical as well as artistic background. A browsable reference for cartoon fans, an informative guide for aspiring cartoonists, and a unique history for students of political and social satire.?Jackie Gropman, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA
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