Be with us this time for: “If the people who did these voices watched the cartoon before making the record, I’m Lorna Doone” or… “Puss Gets the Bootleg!”
BULLWINKLE AND ROCKY
10 Action Characters Plus Record
Spotlight Inc. #1 (7” 45 RPM in 12” Gatefold Package / Mono)
Released in 1963. Producer/Designer: Vince Wayne and B.B.C. Associates, New York. Running Time: 8 minutes.
Performers: Uncredited (presumably two)
Music: Public domain marches.
Last time you remember, Bullwinkle and Rocky were purchasing the latest item at the makeshift checkout of a makeshift record store run by a familiar-looking fellow calling himself ‘Boris Makeshift.’ After his store manager, Natasha Goody, rang up the questionable purchases and shoved our heroes out the door, Rocky expressed his doubts to his antlered friend.
“Bullwinkle, I don’t think this record is the real thing.”
“But Rock, it’s got our names right on it! Lookie, ‘Bullwinkle and Rocky Play Circus!’ What could be more litigimous and over-board? I can’t wait to hear about all the fun we had at the circus on this keen new record!”
“But that’s just it, Bullwinkle. We didn’t go to the circus, and we haven’t made a record for two years!”
The sharp thinking squirrel was absolutely right, for it had been in 1961 that he and Bullwinkle had stepped before the microphones and committed their vocal talents to vinyl—for an erstwhile record that would briefly grace store shelves before becoming a prized collector’s item and the subject of a snappy online article.
But with their trusty Silvertone stereo in the shop, our friends journeyed to the home of Captain Peter Peachfuzz, who eagerly set the disc to spinning and the needle to grooving on his gramophone. The startled Captain was the first to remark about the spurious voices that met his ears.
“Heavens to Eliza! They made you sound like a little fuzzy comet, Rocky!”
“Well golly, it sure isn’t me! And it’s not you either, Bullwinkle!
“No, Rock! Let’s call our lawyer!”
“You wanna ask him if we should sue?”
“No, I wanna ask if that’s him doin’ my voice on the record.”
And so while Rocky phoned their lawyer, Captain Peachfuzz and Bullwinkle amused themselves by playing with the paper figures that came with the record—ten off-model representations of our favorite moose and squirrel, Boris, Natasha and various generic circus animals. After slavishly following the instructions, they were able to manipulate the puppet-like figures to their heart’s content–back and forth, two and fro–in front of the fold-out circus backdrop. Like playing a tissue and a comb, they found it more enjoyable than listening to the record.
Rocky waited on hold and listened to all nine Beethoven symphonies. Seeing the brave Captain and the mighty moose having so much fun with the humble paperboard play set, he placed the telephone receiver on its cradle and the lawsuit was forgotten. The record album did not sell well anyway and was buried in the landfill of obscurity that fate holds ready for such things.
You’ll be with us next time, won’t you?