"I created the concept of Rocky the flying squirrel and he had to have a teammate. I thought, squirrels are up in the north woods, maybe a moose would be a good possibility, so I came up with Bullwinkle the moose. There was a fellow named Clarence Bullwinkle who had a used car lot in Oakland, and I thought Bullwinkle was such a funny name, because Bull is usually followed by something not quite as appropriate as 'winkle.' It was a joke in itself."
About This Interview
In his two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Alex Anderson (1920-2010) speaks about his early years where he began his animation career at his uncle's Terrytoons. Anderson talks about deciding to produce animated cartoons for television (at the time of the medium's introduction) and forming a partnership with Jay Ward to produce the first animated cartoon for television, Crusader Rabbit, which debuted in 1949. Anderson describes the technique that was used for the series called "limited animation." Anderson also discusses the creation of the prototypes of "Rocky and Bullwinkle" and "Dudley Do-Right" – characters that Ward later used to create those classic cartoons. After Crusader Rabbit went off the air, Anderson became an advertising executive and is now currently retired. Karen Herman conducted the interview at Anderson's home in Pebble Beach, CA on July 20, 2001.