Two For Tuesday: “Fractured Fairy Tales”! (Encore)

I was still pretty much blooging whenever I felt like it in June of 2014, and Two For Tuesday was about the only thing I was doing regularly. Exactly a week after this appeared, I started blogging every day, something I’ve now done for 4 years, 1 month, 29 days including today, according to TimeAndDate.com. This particular day, rather than playing music, I decided to share a couple of episodes of my favorite cartoon.

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.

One of the comments I received was from my friend Halfmoon Mollie (still out there, Mollie?) who asked “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.” As a bonus, here’s that episode, “The Little Tinker.”

And this ends my series of “summer reruns.” Tune in on Monday when I’ll reveal my next series.

19 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: “Fractured Fairy Tales”! (Encore)

  1. Hokey-Smoke! ‘Rocky & Bullwinkle’ is one of my all-time Top Ten TV shows, and I’m currently in the process of watching every episode in chronological order for the second time. (I have them all on DVD.) I loved it as a kid and love it even more as an adult, now that I’m able to understand all the jokes. When I was in 3rd and 4th grade, probably 95% of the jokes went over my head. In my defense, however, I was much shorter then.

    That ‘Sleeping Beauty’ segment, with its obvious jab at Walt and Disneyland, is probably my very favorite episode of ‘Fractured Fairy Tales’. Another fantastic one is ‘Little Red Riding Hoods Anonymous’. Hilarious!

    It’s not likely that anyone has ever realized this on their own, but my habit of titling most of my blog posts as “_______ (Or, _______)” — which I’ve been doing since I first started blogging in 2008 — was borrowed from the way the Rocky & Bullwinkle narrator always gave two different titles to each upcoming episode.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’

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    1. Naturally, I was one of those who didn’t see what you were doing until you told me you were doing it…

      William Conrad was the narrator, by the way. He usually appeared in dramas (e.g. “Cannon”) but he was hilarious. He appeared on Carol Burnett’s show on at least one occasion, and I was flabberghasted at how talented he was….

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  2. I became a regular viewer of Rocky and Bullwinkle after it first came on the air. The father and older brother of one of my best friends back then were fanatics about the show and so we watched too. I didn’t get a lot of the humor at the time, but the show was wacky enough to draw me in.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Like I told Janet a while ago, the original cartoons we saw on TV after school were aimed at adults. We just happened to watch them. We didn’t see the true humor of them until years later, but we knew it was there.

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    1. They sure don’t. The cartoons we grew up with were aimed at adults, not children. We just happened to be watching. We learned all about the adult world by watching the cartoons the adults watched. Think about it: Popeye, all the Warner Brothers cartoons, The Flintstones (Winston cigarettes sponsored their first season), Rocky & Bullwinkle, even the Hanna-Barbera cartoons were intended for adults. They were okay to show the kids (nothing obscene or off-color), but kids weren’t the primary audience. (There were, of course, exceptions to the “nothing obscene or profane” rule, of course: Betty Boop was a bit of a tramp who wore her skirts too short, and Popeye got away with some pretty salty language under his breath.)

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    1. Another of my favorites was “Aesop & Son.” Same idea as Fractured Fairy Tales, but using Aesop’s fables and a really bad pun at the end by his son. And let’s not forget “Bullwinkle’s Corner” and “Mr. Know-It-All.”

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  3. I think I saw a few fractured fairy tales but it is very vague. These are hilarious and so clever! I love Edward Everett Horton who was a great character actor. The second one which is a great take on Disneyland, made me laugh and the one who plays the evil fairy is the same voice of Witch Hazel from Bug Bunny..I think it’s the same one. I love Rocky and Bullwinkle and used to watch it a lot when I was a kid. I watched a couple on YouTube and the one who plays Dudley DoRight’s boss is the same voice as the soldier in the great Christmas cartoon, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” The Burger Meister, meister Burger is the same voice actor as Boris…I don’t think I am wrong but I never knew that until now

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    1. Paul Frees is the voice of Boris and the Burgermeister. June Foray, who voiced Rocky and Natasha, provided pretty much all the female voices on Rocky & Bullwinkle and was a very busy voice actor, also working with Warner Bros. Bill Scott voiced Bullwinkle and provided other voices, and Hans Conreid did some voices (I think he was the voice of Snidely Whiplash). And of course William Conrad was the narrator….

      Edward Everett Horton was great in all the Fred Astaire movies and a very funny man besides.

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