March 7, 1991 |
The one disappointment for me in tonight's PBS special "Of Moose and Men: The Rocky and Bullwinkle Story" is that the producers weren't able to include any archival interview footage of the show's creator, Jay Ward. Such material might have made the mysterious Ward a little more real to the legions of us baby-boomers who grew up with the moose and squirrel. So it's disappointing. But surprising? Not at all. Ward, who died in 1989, was notoriously reclusive.
January 18, 2008 |
Jay Ward was my first auteur. Even as a little fellow, I understood that his cartoons were different from other cartoons, even from the ones -- like "Underdog" and "King Leonardo" -- that were made to resemble them.
November 13, 1988 |
There was this squirrel. He had a boyish voice and wore an old-time aviator cap with goggles. He had a tall friend, this moose, who had the voice of a galoot. Together they escaped extraordinary mishaps en route to making the world safe for democracy, usually by thwarting the sinister plans of a couple of Slavic schemers, a squat fellow named Boris and a slinky woman named Natasha. The heroes were Rocky and Bullwinkle. No one who has seen them seems able to forget them.
August 27, 1999 |
"Dudley Do-Right" isn't the only popular Jay Ward creation coming to movie theaters today. Accompanying the Universal live-action comedy (starring Brendan Fraser as the dashing Royal Canadian mounted do-gooder) is a new animated short rescued from the files of "Fractured Fairy Tales." Which means "The Phox, the Box & the Lox" isn't altogether new.
January 10, 2014 |
Decades before Dos Equis introduced the most interesting man in the world via a beer commercial, that title might have belonged to a dog - a debonair, bow tie-wearing, Harvard-educated cartoon beagle named Mr. Peabody. The star of "Peabody's Improbable History," a series of six-minute animated segments that appeared alongside producer Jay Ward's "Rocky and Bullwinkle" cartoons starting in 1959, Mr. Peabody spoke eight languages, worked on government science projects and bore the moniker "The Woof of Wall Street" for his knack with stocks.
April 12, 1999 |
Tiffany Ward sees herself as caretaker of her father's legacy and a stickler for detail. "It's my responsibility to see that the ideals of the family are carried on," said Ward, executive producer of "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Movie." "That the look and feel remain true to the spirit of my father's original characters is absolutely essential," Ward said. For instance, the animated/live action movie features June Foray--the original voice of Rocky.