Parents' Guide to

Rocky & Bullwinkle

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Slapstick and satire has aged well but may bore kids.

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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

fun for all

Here's a joke in the show that even many adults might not get. The town where Rocky and Bullwinkle live, Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, is a parody of the icebox of the nation- International Falls, Minnesota, which is on the Canadian border. If you think about it it's logical. After all, in March the temperature in Frostbite Falls "rises" to 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Other jokes in the show are more obvious, at least to adults, and sometimes to kids too. Kids will see that Boris and Natasha are evil, but they won't think much beyond that. After all, they never succeed. The slow pace will bore some kids, but others won't mind and will even find it a refreshing departure. As for the title characters, Bullwinkle isn't very smart, but Rocky is. Kids will identify with that, as most kids either have a friend who's smarter than they are or have a friend for whom everything has to be explained. Just give this show a try.

Is It Any Good?

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When collaborators Jay Ward and Alex Anderson made Rocky & Bullwinkle in the late '50s and early '60s, they were way ahead of their time. Maybe that's why this mix of silly and deadpan satire still seems pretty modern. It's not laugh-out-loud funny, but it's smirk-worthy, and that's a rare quality in television you can watch with your children. Speaking of those children, they might find Rocky & Bullwinkle boring. Sometimes the moose and squirrel do cartoonishly interesting things like going out in space in a flying saucer; other times they sit and talk for minutes at a time. The references alone will confuse the heck out of most children: Mom, what's a telegram?

Fractured Fairy Tales are the likeliest segments to appeal to kids, taking on classic fairy tales with a satirical bent as they do. For instance, in FFT's version, passive Sleeping Beauty becomes obnoxious Leaping Beauty. Even very young kids can get that joke. The rest of the show may drag too much for them, but older kids may catch on faster. This is great whole-family viewing, as mom and dad will like Rocky & Bullwinkle as much as (maybe even more than) kids.

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