Trivia / Rocky and Bullwinkle

The Animated Series:

  • Channel Hop: It went from ABC to NBC when the show was renamed The Bullwinkle Show.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: June Foray as Rocky. Bill Scott also frequently played little old ladies, such as assorted fairy godmothers in Fractured Fairy Tales.
  • Defictionalization:
    • The producers of the show rented out a small island in Minnesota, called it Moosylvania, and began a tongue-in-cheek statehood campaign. The "Moosylvania for Statehood" campaign was cut short when the petition reached the White House just as the Cuban Missile Crisis was unfolding.
    • The Wayback Machine was an internet archive tool.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Jay Ward was having trouble getting William Conrad to read his lines fast enough, as Conrad felt that his voice sounded hysterical the faster he spoke. So one day, just before the recording session started, Ward walked into the recording booth and set Conrad's script on fire.
  • The Other Darrin: Keith Scott voiced the narrator, Bullwinkle and the cartoon versions of Boris and Fearless Leader in the movie.
  • Syndication Title: There are two syndication packages. A 30-minute package which uses the "Bullwinkle Show" title, and a 15-minute package, which uses the alternate title "The Rocky Show".
    • When aired on Nickelodeon, the show was called "Bullwinkle's Moose-O-Rama", while Cartoon Network reruns were titled "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show".
    • International airings as well as the DVD releases title the show "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends", replacing not only the original "Rocky and His Friends" title ("The Bullwinkle Show" opening does not appear on any of the DVDs) but also "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" title card for those segments.
  • What Could Have Been: In 1981, there was going to be a revival involving a Super Bowl parody. It was ultimately scrapped because the NFL didn't like the idea of parodying team owners and it involved Boris fixing the game.
    • If Disney had the rights to make a new Rocky and Bullwinkle series in 1989, we would've had this. It would've had new Rocky and Bullwinkle stories, new Peabody's Improbable History stories, new Dudley Do-Right stories, new Mr. Know-It-All segments and a whole new segment called Fractured Scary Tales, which would've been spoofs of famous horror films. Of course, if Disney did have the rights, then we wouldn't have gotten what was the end result of the replacement pitch, Darkwing Duck. This is because Disney held the video rights at the time- the TV animation dept. misconstrued that to mean they had all the rights (Universal had most other rights at the time- see for evidence the theme park rides with Ward-created characters, the 1999/00 adaptation films, and even the 1995 Energizer commercials with Boris and Natasha (which bore an MCA/Universal copyright).
    • A few years before Rocky and His Friends began, there was a storyboard idea called The Frostbite Falls Revue, which would've starred Rocky, Bullwinkle (then called Canadian Moose), Sylvester the Fox, Flora Fauna, Blackstone the Crow and Oski the Bear. It would've involved them running a TV station in the North Woods.
    • Matt Groening, a Big Name Fan who counts the show as a big influence on the Simpsons, very nearly revived the show around the turn of the millennium. However, he decided to go with his little sci-fi show instead.

The Film

  • Actor Allusion:
    Rocky: But she is an FBI agent!
    Sheriff (played by John Goodman): Yeah, and I'm John Goodman.
  • Box Office Bomb: The film takes the crown as the most expensive animated/live-action hybrid box office failure of all time.
  • Fake Nationality: Keith Scott, who provides the voice of Bullwinkle in the film, is actually Australian. Fearless Leader, Boris, and Natasha are all played by Americans, sporting Russian-esque accents.
  • Franchise Killer: This movie's massive failure along with the massive failure of its predecessor Dudley Do-Right froze the Jay Ward franchise dead in its tracks for 14 years until the Mr. Peabody and Sherman spinoff that was meant to be made got followed up on by DreamWorks Animation in 2014.
  • Old Shame: Jason Alexander issued a public apology for his part in The Movie.
  • The Other Darrin: Interesting case in this movie. Yes, Robert DeNiro played Fearless Leader, Jason Alexander played Boris, and Rene Russo played Natasha, but when in their original, cartoon form, Keith Scott voices both Fearless Leader and Boris, and June Foray voiced Natasha.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Keith Scott is a huge fan of Jay Ward's work (but despite the surname, not a relative of Bill Scott). He got to voice Bullwinkle, the narrator and the cartoon versions of Boris and Fearless Leader in the movie. He even wrote a book (The Moose That Roared) on Jay Ward, his staff and their work. It's well worth seeking out.