Hokey smoke! There’s a bit of moose DNA in a lot of entertainment- Bill Scott, the voice of Bullwinkle, wrote for Bugs Bunny before working with moose and squirrel, and writers Allan Burns and Chris Hayward would eventually go on to create and write for various programs including The Munsters, Get Smart, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and others. Matt Groening has stated that Homer and Bart Simpson have J as their middle initial in tribute to Bullwinkle J. Moose and Rocket J. Squirrel (which in turn had theirs in tribute to J Troplong Ward), and Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh have stated that Bullwinkle was a direct inspiration for Phineas and Ferb, quite possibly the best children’s cartoon on TV today. And although moose and squirrel may not have been a direct inspiration, I’ve often referred to Pearls Before Swine as the Bullwinkle of comic strips- it makes up for its average drawings with its brilliant writing. Now there’s something you do see every day, Chauncey!
Congrats to the whole goofy Ward gang- that super-sonic speedster, the moose with the most, that no-good trickster (say the name…) Boris Badenov and his USC (Ukranian Safecracking College) co-conspirator Natasha Fatale, Mr. Peabody and his pet boy Sherman, Dudley Do-Right, and a host of others. Let’s take a ruby yacht of Omar Khayamm over to Frostbite Falls and give a toast to Jay Ward, Bill Scott, Ponsonby Britt, and the whole gang.