August 17, 2003

Subject: [paulfrees] Boris Badenov

Back on the subject of Mr. Frees, this is a review of a newly released DVD set from the August 15, 2003 issue of Entertainment Weekly:

ROCKY & BULLWINKLE & FRIENDS: Complete Season 1 Unrated, 610 mins., 4 discs, 1959 (Sony)

On the surface, it was just a goofy cartoon about a flying squirrel and talking moose, but for all its silliness (once again: flying squirrel and talking moose), Rocky & Bullwinkle was surprisingly sophisticated. The duo's first adventure not only aped the Cold War space race, but unfolded over an astounding 40 installments. The "friends" in question are a mixed lot (Dudley Do-Right can do no wrong, while Mr. Peabody is like the schoolyard know-it-all you wish would just shut his yap), but whenever the moose is loose, so are the laughs.

EXTRAS

You get a Savings Stamp Club episode and never-before-seen bumpers featuring a wacky Bullwinkle puppet, but the notorious Boris Badenov steals the show with one hilarious promo clip.

B+

--Dalton Ross

I highly recommend this set to everyone. I picked up two (one as a gift) just the other day.