The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills had an exhibit on Rocky, Bullwinkle and their friends
That’s me in the lobby. I’m on the right. This statue originally stood in front of the Jay Ward production offices, the home of Rocky and Bullwinkle on Sunset Boulevard, from 1961-2013. The sculpture rotated in a circle. I’ve lived in Los Angeles since 1988 and never knew it was there. Pigeons must have loved it. It was restored by Ric Scozzri.
From the “hand out” that went along with the exhibit I deduced that a great deal of the cartoon artwork was done in Mexico. This is some original artwork that survived because it’s that odd piece produced in Los Angeles. (Phil Monroe and Sam Clayberger artists) For more clarity on the subject (and Rocky and Bullwinkle in general) you should check out The Moose that Roared by Keith Scott. It’s a whole book on “Jay Ward, Bill Scott, a Flying Squirrel, and a Talking Moose.”
ah, Natasha. She was so sexy for a cartoon character. (artist unknown)
Her co-conspirator in evil doing: Boris Badenov. It’s called a model sheet and drawn by Pete Burness.
Aesop and Son. (Al Shean artist)
Sherman and Mr. Peabody. A boy and his dog is always a good foundation for a story. Don’t tell anybody but Mr. Peabody is smoking. (Art Diamond artist)
Sherman drawn for the movie. (Tim Lamb artist)
Sherman with a bad perm? Done for the motion picture. (Craig Kellman artist)
Guy Whiplash’s place. Used in the first Dudley Do-Right episode, “The Disloyal Canadians.” (Sam Clayberger artist)
Inspector Fenwick and Dudley Do-Right. Dudley kind of looks like his horse. (See below) (Al Shean artist)
Nell, who constantly needed saving! How old school. (Al Shean artist)
From one of the display cases. Jay Ward had a big block party for the unveiling of the Bullwinkle and Rocky statue in 1961 and he wisely invited Sheriff Peter Pitchess to the event. Pitchess then generously blocked off one lane of Sunset Boulevard, in front of Jay’s production facility, for the festivities. For his efforts the sheriff got his picture taken with Jayne Mansfield which turned out to be a great deal for him. From left to right: Jay Ward, Jayne Mansfield, Sheriff Pitchess and Bill Scott (the voice of Bullwinkle). They look like they’re having fun.
A Bullwinkle block party give away. This was in a glass case so you’ll have to overlook the reflection. It’s wonderful that they saved this stuff.
Something else they gave out at the block party. Bullwinkle looks extra goofy which is a plus.
I’m not completely against clean living but to each his own.
After I looked at the exhibit I walked upstairs and went to the Paley Library. They have all these TV shows that are instantly accessible with a mouse click. You can walk in and watch anything in their library for up to 90 minutes. I watched an episode of Rocky and Friends. It was from 1959 and contained all the original commercials from when it aired in 1959.
Adjacent to the library was an exhibit of typewriters owned by the famous and the infamous.
UNDERWOOD STANDARD No. 5: This is Marlene Dietrich’s typewriter. She sings a song I like called, “Das Lied ist Aus, Frag’ Nicht Warum.” It’s a lot more beautiful than the title would lead you to believe.
OLIVETTI IVERA PORTABLE: Glen Ford’s typewriter. He’s a great actor. He’s never been bad in any movie I’ve seen him in.
MONTGOMERY WARD SIGNATURE: Ted Kaczynski’s typewriter. If you click on the image and look at the yearbook you can see Ted on the right page at the very bottom. He’s actually very good looking. This was way before he became a survivalist who was living in a shack and writing missives as the Unibomber.
The Paley Center for Media is located at 465 N. Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. The building’s architect is Richard Meir. Its website is: http://www.paleycenter.org/
The Moose That Roared: Jay Ward, Bill Scott, a Flying Squirrel and a Talking Moose is a great book on the series.
It’s this book.
The typewriters are part of the Steve Soboroff Collection. There are 28 total and many others were on display including typewriters once owned by Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway and E. M. Forester. Here’s a link to a radio spot I heard about it. After you click on the the tiny URL (that follows this sentence) click on the headphones (in the middle on the left side of the California Public Radio page) to hear Steve Soboroff speak. http://tinyurl.com/Soboroffs-Typewriters
Some institutions don’t allow patrons to take photographs but the employees at the Paley Center and the security guard all said it was permissible so I clicked away.
My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.
(This photo was taken by my old friend Greg Lukow.)