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Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose are the main characters of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, an American animated television series produced by Jay Ward, which, though originally aired on ABC, was moved to NBC in 1961 and remained there until 1964. The duo are anthropomorphic-animal characters, Rocky a plucky flying squirrel and Bullwinkle a dimwitted but good-hearted moose, who go on adventures to confront their Russian-like spy adversaries, Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. They are also accompanied by a large supporting cast that includes (among other characters) the Canadian mountie Dudley Do-Right, a boy named Sherman, and his intellectual talking-dog friend Mr. Peabody.

History with the Macy's Parade

Bullwinkle first appeared in the parade in 1961. In 1982, he sprung a leak in his nose, Just a few blocks from the finish line. Rocky and Bullwinkle then appeared together and back from the parade in 1996, and a walk-around version of Bullwinkle appeared in the same parade as well. The Rocky and Bullwinkle balloon was the first balloon in the parades history to have a separate balloon attachment. The propeller on Bullwinkle's head was a separate balloon that was inflated first, then attached to Bullwinkle's head. It also had a motor so the propeller span around on Bullwinkle's head during the parade.

The duo did not appear in the 1997 nor the 1998 parade because Macy's wanted to keep their balloon safe from the strong winds and rainfall which could have destroyed it. Rocky & Bullwinkle returned to the parade in 1999. During their last appearance, in 2000 ― which was to promote their new CGI feature film ― Rocky was not seen with Bullwinkle because he had deflated during preparation.

Incidents

  • In 1974, Bullwinkle's foot was deflated
  • In 1982, Bullwinkle sprung a leak in his nose, just a few blocks from the finish line.
  • In 1983, Bullwinkle's head and legs were pushing due to heavy winds and rain.
  • In 2000, Rocky wasn't seen with Bullwinkle because he was deflated during preparation.

Balloons

  • Bullwinkle J. Moose (1961-1983)
  • Rocky & Bullwinkle (1996, 1999-2000)
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    Bullwinkle in the 1982 parade getting damaged due to high winds.

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Bullwinkle in 1975