Two for Tuesday: “Fractured Fairy Tales”!

Something a little different for your viewing pleasure…

I’m a big fan of the old cartoon show “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle,” developed by Jay Ward Studios and brought to you by General Mills Cereals. The original show ran from 1959 to 1964 on the NBC and ABC television networks, and in reruns ever since, though I haven’t seen it in a long time. This was a show that was definitely not for kids, but we watched it every night at 6:00 for a long time with absolutely no ill effects whatsoever. (Well, okay, a few.) I’m such a fan of the show that my icon on Google+ is Boris Badenov and my Twitter icon is of Aesop and his son. Boris was Rocky’s nemesis, “Aesop and Son” were characters in another feature, one practically the same as today’s feature.

A regular feature of the show was something called “Fractured Fairy Tales,” narrated by the wonderful comedic actor Edward Everett Horton. They would take a fairy tale and destroy it to great comedic effect. They would introduce characters that were not in the original story, modify some of the characters so that they were grifters, and basically wreak havoc on the entire legend.

I’ll show you what I mean. First, we have “Snow White.”

Now, here’s what they did to “Sleeping Beauty.”

For more of this madness, YouTube appears to have just about all of them, as well as many of the other features of the show, such as “Aesop And Son”, “Peabody’s Improbable History”, “Dudley Do-Right”, and many other features of the show, not to mention the stars, “Rocky and Bullwinkle”.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed the cartoons. Let me now if you’d like me to do more of this.

And that’s your Two for Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

5 thoughts on “Two for Tuesday: “Fractured Fairy Tales”!

  1. John this is so great. I watched Rocky too and Popeye. Talk about a child shouldn’t see that one. Ha ha

    My son had very little therapy in the hospital. I was very disappointed, but he was a little combative (confusion) and I think they didn’t want to mess with him. However, he is in the best rehab clinic in southwest Mo. It’s great so we’re hoping for the best results.


    1. Max Fleischer had some pretty raunchy cartoons: Popeye, Betty Boop, Koko the Clown, etc. They had to weed though those pretty carefully before they put them on the air, and I’m not sure they caught everything. Some of the stuff Popeye said under his breath was rather salty. They couldn’t even put Betty on the air, with all the open sexuality and racism in some of the cartoons. YouTube has a pretty extensive collection of them, if you want to reminisce. They also have a bunch of Felix the Cat cartoons that are quite a bit different than what they showed kids in the 50’s and 60’s.

      The hospital is no place for a person recovering from a stroke. I caught pneumonia while I was there, and I swear they treat you like an idiot in inpatient therapy. I finally told my speech pathologist that if all she was going to do was to relay everything I said to the docs in rehab (who would then come and discuss my poor attitude), that I would simply work out any speech problems I had (and I really didn’t) on my own. He’s probably better off in outpatient therapy. They treat you with a lot more respect there.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  2. what was the one where the main character was a tinker and walked through town proclaiming “I tink”. No one wanted to hire him because he smelled. So, he became a cobbler and walked the roads saying “Cobble cobble” until someone shot him because he sounded like a turkey….I love R&B and especially Fractured FairyTales.


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