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Alex Anderson, creator of Rocky and Bullwinkle, dies at 90
Washington Post ^ | October 24, 2010 | Matt Schudel

Posted on 10/25/2010 7:40:11 AM PDT by billorites

Alex Anderson, 90, the artist who created the cartoon characters Rocky and Bullwinkle, the flying squirrel and hapless moose who were TV fixtures in the early 1960s, died Oct. 22 at a nursing facility in Carmel, Calif. His wife said he had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Anderson, who grew up in a cartooning family in California, was also the creator of Crusader Rabbit, which became television's first animated cartoon series in 1949. He spent much of his career in advertising, and his role in creating Rocky and Bullwinkle was overlooked with time. He fought a long legal battle late in life to reclaim recognition as the cartoon characters' artistic father.

Rocket "Rocky" J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose first landed on network TV in 1959. They lived in the town of Frostbite Falls and found themselves embroiled in all manner of absurd plots involving espionage and devious villains. The show contained outrageous puns and veiled Cold War commentary that sailed over the heads of the children who were its primary audience.

The Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons also featured another of Mr. Anderson's popular creations, Dudley Do-Right, a Canadian Mountie in constant pursuit of his nemesis, the mustache-twirling Snidely Whiplash.

Mr. Anderson was not part of the production of the original series, which ran on ABC from 1959 to 1961 and NBC from 1961 to 1964. As the years passed, his role in developing the characters was largely forgotten. He received nothing when a lucrative video deal was struck for the burgeoning Bullwinkle franchise.

"I'm thrilled that something I did has become so popular," he told the San Francisco Chronicle in 1991. "But I'm sorry that I don't get any credit for it."

He decided to take legal action after seeing a documentary about Bullwinkle that didn't mention his name at all.

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1 posted on 10/25/2010 7:40:13 AM PDT by billorites
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To: billorites

“No doubt about it. I gotta get another hat.” Thanks Alex!!


2 posted on 10/25/2010 7:41:44 AM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: billorites

Rest in peace


3 posted on 10/25/2010 7:41:50 AM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: therightliveswithus

“You ain’t nothing but a Moon Mouse, crying all the time. yo ho ho!” - Boris in a Metal Moon Mouse Suit


4 posted on 10/25/2010 7:43:26 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: therightliveswithus

Crusader Rabbit was one of my favorites.


5 posted on 10/25/2010 7:43:26 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: billorites

Moose, cheese,
Rest in peas


6 posted on 10/25/2010 7:43:57 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 642 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: billorites
Thanks for the great childhood memories.

RIP

7 posted on 10/25/2010 7:44:17 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: billorites

” The show contained outrageous puns and veiled Cold War commentary that sailed over the heads of the children who were its primary audience “

FYI - HULU.com has 111 episodes (4 seasons) available for streaming...

One of my guilty pleasures is to retreat there when politics and the world’s problems start to get too intense.... ;)


8 posted on 10/25/2010 7:45:50 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: billorites
the cartoons that came from Jay Ward Studios were "seinfeld" before there was a seinfeld.

Hopefully there will be a memorial placed at Anderson's alma mater, Whattsamatta U ;-)

9 posted on 10/25/2010 7:46:04 AM PDT by llevrok (November 2 is not an election. It's a restraining order - PJ O'Rourke)
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To: theDentist

A graduate of Whatsamatta U. RIP


10 posted on 10/25/2010 7:46:20 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: billorites

Love it that the evil enemies of Moose and Squirrel were portrayed as commies.


11 posted on 10/25/2010 7:46:33 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Palin/Christie 2012)
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To: billorites

Frostbite Falls, Minnesota will never be the same...............


12 posted on 10/25/2010 7:47:00 AM PDT by Red Badger (WOULD SOMEBODY PLEASE GIVE MEGHAN MCCAIN A BOX OF KRISPY KREMES SO SHE'LL SHUT THE HELL UP?!)
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To: billorites
Interesting. I'm a big Bullwinkle fan and never knew of this guy's contribution.

However, that pic is wrong. It's a pet peeve of mine that so many illustrations (including VHS and DVD covers) show Bullwinkle with gold-colored antlers. Bullwinkle was brown all over.

13 posted on 10/25/2010 7:47:01 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Rebelbase

I loved all the great Cold War jokes they slipped into the cartoons.


14 posted on 10/25/2010 7:47:24 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
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To: billorites

Hokey smoke! RIP!


15 posted on 10/25/2010 7:47:25 AM PDT by jessduntno (9/24/10, FBI raids home of appropriately named AAAN leader Hatem Abudayyeh, a friend of Obama.)
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To: billorites

Secret Agent: Does this mean anything to you? Army Intelligence.

Rocky: Sounds like a contradiction in terms.


16 posted on 10/25/2010 7:48:16 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Class warfare is Obama's thing.)
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To: Uncle Ike

“” The show contained outrageous puns and veiled Cold War commentary that sailed over the heads of the children who were its primary audience “”

Isn’t that the formula for a successful kiddie show, one with jokes the parents can get a laugh out of too?


17 posted on 10/25/2010 7:48:16 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Palin/Christie 2012)
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To: billorites
I've got 26 episodes on DVD that I bought at a Cracker Barrel. I'm going to have to break them out tonight.

Stroke!, Stroke!, Stroke!
Bail!, Bail!, Bail!
18 posted on 10/25/2010 7:49:29 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: billorites

My absolute all-time favorite cartoon.


19 posted on 10/25/2010 7:49:52 AM PDT by livius
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To: billorites

“Nuthin’ up my sleeve...Prestooo!”

RIP


20 posted on 10/25/2010 7:50:01 AM PDT by hoagy62 (.)
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To: billorites

TV’s greatest Cold Warriors.


21 posted on 10/25/2010 7:51:01 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: billorites

I like the “Fractured Fairy Tales” part of the show.


22 posted on 10/25/2010 7:52:35 AM PDT by fella (.He that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough." Pv.28:19')
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To: theDentist

“Eet was Moose and Squirrel!”


23 posted on 10/25/2010 7:52:52 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Sans-Culotte
Bullwinkle was brown all over.

Our TV was black & white!

24 posted on 10/25/2010 7:53:41 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty too! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: billorites

I’ve got the full DVD set of Rocky & Bullwinkle. It was a favorite of mine when I was a kid and the humor is still as funny today as it was back then.

RIP, Mr. Anderson. Thanks for so many great, wonderful memories.


25 posted on 10/25/2010 7:54:11 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Today, Congress. Tomorrow, the White House!)
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To: billorites

“Keel moose and squirrel.”

“Do NOT keel moose and squirrel.”


26 posted on 10/25/2010 7:54:30 AM PDT by eCSMaster
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To: billorites

RIP

As I read this I am sitting in front of the computer with my Bullwinkle sweatshirt on.

Rocky and Bullwinkle are the only cartoons I still watch - have ‘em on DVD. Great stuff.


27 posted on 10/25/2010 7:55:13 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: sinanju; rightwingintelligentsia; Rebelbase; billorites
> TV’s greatest Cold Warriors.

Rocky and Bullwinkle were unabashedly patriotic, and kicked commie butt all over. God bless you Alex Anderson!

And don't you wish modern TV shows showed even a 1/10th as much patriotism! Can you imagine a show these days where the All-American heroes went around kicking Islamist terrorist butt??!?!?

28 posted on 10/25/2010 7:58:13 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: billorites
If Boris wasn't Badenov, Natasha was Fatale.
29 posted on 10/25/2010 7:58:50 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: billorites

Thank you, Mr. Anderson!

R.I.P.


30 posted on 10/25/2010 8:00:05 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: billorites

OMG!!

Not Bullwinkle J. Moose!!

RIP, Alex. Thanks for all the Sat morning chuckles.


31 posted on 10/25/2010 8:02:44 AM PDT by djf (OK, so you got milk. Got Tula???)
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To: Beowulf9

I also loved “Fractured Fairy Tales”.

And don’t forget the Kerwurd Derby!!


32 posted on 10/25/2010 8:03:20 AM PDT by Radagast the Fool ("Mexico-Beirut with tacos!"--Dr. Zoidberg)
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To: dayglored

“Can you imagine a show these days where the All-American heroes went around kicking Islamist terrorist butt??!?!? “

Rocky: “Hey, Bullwinkle”
Bullwinkle: “Yes, Rockie?”
Rocky: “These Islamo-terror freaks are scared of bacon, I say we give’m a breakfast they’ll never forget!”


33 posted on 10/25/2010 8:03:33 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Palin/Christie 2012)
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To: reagan_fanatic

My wife asked for S4 of R&B on DVD. I had to order it from Best Buy online. When I walked into my 2 local BBs, there were almost no DVDs. Blu-Ray and other HD formats had taken over most of the space DVDs were in.

RIP


34 posted on 10/25/2010 8:06:08 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: billorites

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65t-OzhlmvE


35 posted on 10/25/2010 8:07:32 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9; billorites
But credit where credit is due


36 posted on 10/25/2010 8:10:09 AM PDT by tlb
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To: Rebelbase
Isn’t that the formula for a successful kiddie show, one with jokes the parents can get a laugh out of too?

The best example of that was a Pinky & the Brain Christmas Episode where the mice were infiltrating Santa's workshop. The elves and reindeer were getting together for a celebration at Donner's house and the Brain responded [my paraphrase] "Somehow I don't find the idea of joining the Donner party to be all that appealing." Nothing like launching a cannibalism joke over the kids' heads to get the parents to laugh.

I just noticed that season 4 has finally been released on DVD many years after the first three seasons. Time to buy more DVDs.

37 posted on 10/25/2010 8:16:48 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Grblb blabt unt mipt speeb!! Oot piffoo blaboo...)
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To: Beowulf9

Aka Paul Frees and June Foray.


38 posted on 10/25/2010 8:18:27 AM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Thanks for mentioning the Pinky dvds. Gift idea for a couple family members.


39 posted on 10/25/2010 8:29:06 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: billorites

Our family loves Rocky and Bullwinkle. We are all about bad accents and silly puns. Of course, that does mean people don’t invite us over very often...


40 posted on 10/25/2010 8:31:25 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: married21

Oops. Never get distracted in the middle of writing or you risk messing up antecedents. The DVD’s I mentioned were the Rocky & Bullwinkle ones which just came out in August. I have no idea what Pinky & the Brain DVDs are out.


41 posted on 10/25/2010 8:32:37 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Grblb blabt unt mipt speeb!! Oot piffoo blaboo...)
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To: billorites

That’s funny; I thought it was Jay Ward who created those characters.


42 posted on 10/25/2010 8:35:01 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ve'Avraham zaqen ba' bayamim; veHaShem berakh 'et-'Avraham bakol.)
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To: billorites

Fan mail from some flounder?


43 posted on 10/25/2010 8:37:19 AM PDT by ArtDodger (Reread Animal Farm (with your kids))
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To: KarlInOhio
Nothing like launching a cannibalism joke over the kids' heads to get the parents to laugh.

I remember an episode of either Fractured Fairy Tales or Aesop and Son in which it told the story of a prince who entered the army. It showed him in a line with other recruits getting a physical; and the doctor said "now turn your head and cough"--another line that went over the kiddies' heads.

I was a kid when the show started. Didn't really get into it until around college age when I understood that it was really targeted at adults. I have the 4 available seasons on DVD (and George of the Jungle, too); but have not watched them all. They are coming out with a complete 5-season set, but I have not heard if they will release season 5 as a separate set (which is all I need).

44 posted on 10/25/2010 8:47:28 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Rebelbase
> "...I say we give’m a breakfast they’ll never forget!”

Mmmm-mm-mmmmm, BACON!!!

That scenario works for me! :)

46 posted on 10/25/2010 9:30:11 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: billorites

A VERY big childhood favorite. R.I.P.


47 posted on 10/25/2010 10:02:51 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: billorites

RIP.


48 posted on 10/25/2010 5:09:14 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: tet68

“Crusader Rabbit was one of my favorites.”

Watch me pull a rabbit out of a hat...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMyhH81IV9o&feature=related


49 posted on 10/25/2010 9:41:37 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: I Drive Too Fast

self ping for later read


50 posted on 10/27/2010 3:19:17 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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