Fifty years ago today, ABC debuted the show featuring our favorite animated moose and squirrel, Rocky & Bullwinkle.
Or more formally, Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose.
Bullwinkle: Hey Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.
Created by Jay Ward, the cartoon was a witty, pun-riddled parody of Cold War politics. The best friends lived in Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, and did battle with the incompetent Russian-accented agents (they were from the country of Pottsylvania) little trench coated Boris Badenov and the shapely Natasha Fatale; their bosses were Mr. Big and Fearless Leader.
Some quick trivia: Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, gave Bart, Homer and Grandpa the middle initial "J" in a tribute to Jay Ward.
It's also the anniversary of the Dudley Doright (who was banned in Canada because they didn't like the incompetent Mountie portrayal) and Peabody and Sherman, the time traveling genius dog and his boy assistant, and Aesop and Son of the Fractured Fairytales.
Then watch a full episode of Rocky & Bullwinkle shorts and laugh.