Moosylvania - Fictional
mentioned on the animated cartoon ROCKY & HIS FRIENDS/ABC/1959-61.
According to the storyline "Moosylvania" was the "wettest,
soggiest, dreariest place on Earth (you forgot useless). Situated
directly between the United States and Canada (75 miles from
International falls- in the middle of western Lake Superior), Moosylvania had the distinction of being
constantly fought over by both countries. The United States insisted
it was a part of Canada, and Canada insisted it was a part of the
Moosylvania was the vacation spot of Bullwinkle (Bill Scott)
the Moose and his friend Rocky, the flying squirrel (June Foray).
Bullwinkle is governor of Moosylvania. It's official sport is
Once, Rocky asked Bullwinkle why he always vacationed in Moosylvania? He responded "After two weeks in
place else in the world seems like heaven."
When Boris Badenov (Paul
Frees), a nefarious Pottsylvanian spy learned he had an assignment
in Mooseylvania, he begged his Fearless Leader to reconsider. "Send
me to Siberia, Wilkes-Barre but NOT Moosylvania!"
Moosylvania was featured in the episodes "Moosylvania" (4
in which Boris runs a contest and Bullwinkle wins a set of
Encyclopedia Badenov, rigged to explode when opened to "Moosylvania";
and "Moosylvania Saved" (4 segments) when the stolen treasury of
Pottsylvania surfaces in Moosylvania, and spy Boris Badenov turns it
into the world's most popular disaster area.
Jay Ward, the
creator of the Rocky & Bullwinkle characters bought a real island
off the coast of Minnesota and named it Moosylvania. Then, in an attempt
to have his island adopted for statehood, Jay Ward and friend,
Howard Brandy (the model for Dudley Do-Right) drove across the
country in a Ford Econoline van equipped with circus Calliope music.
They visited over fifty cities and gathered signatures from fans in
support of his project.
Unfortunately, their idea for statehood was soon scuttled upon
their arrival in Washington, D.C. For you see, as they jokingly
approached the gates of the White House to gain support for their
statehood idea, they were unaware that they had arrived on the same
day as the Cuban Missile Crisis. Oh well, the best laid plans of
Moose and Men.
Later, on the cartoons series, these words were spoken:
||Well, that's it, Bullwinkle! It's filed!
||You mean Moosylvania's gonna be a state now,
||That all depends on how many good Americans
get behind it, Bullwinkle.
||But will Rocky and Bullwinkle be joined in
support by people everywhere? Or will the same sinister forces
that defeated the Snooky Lanson presidential boom be at work
again? Perhaps we'll find out more in further adventures of
Rocky Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose
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