Rocky and Bullwinkle honored at the Paley Center

From now until December 31st, The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, California, will host the Jay Ward Legacy Exhibit which features original artwork pieces from many well known character and cartoon series that came from Jay Ward Productions. Now known as Bullwinkle Studios, fans can now see some great pieces from their childhood with characters like Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, Peabody’s Improbable History, Fractured Fairy Tales, and even some original artwork from Captain Crunch.

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Sponsored by DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the opening night of the event had a few special guests on hand including Jay Ward’s daughter, Tiffany Ward, who with her daughter helped unveil a refurbished Rocky and Bullwinkle statue that was originally a piece located on Sunset Blvd. from 1961 until 2013. It was a very touching moment for Tiffany who talked about her father and the legacy he left behind.

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“And now, here’s something we hope you’ll really like!”

The event also celebrated the upcoming release of the Mr. Peabody and Sherman movie to Blu-ray and DVD on October 14th. Director Rob Minkoff was on hand along with the voice of Sherman (Max Charles) who talked about the movie. The event also hosted the U.S. premiere of the new Rocky and Bullwinkle short that will come exclusively on the 3D Blu-ray version. It’s directed by Gary Trousdale (Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and voiced by Tom Kenny.

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After unveiling the statue, we got to see some of the art pieces. It will bring nostalgia for childhood fans.

Right before the Rocky and Bullwinkle special, all the guests on hand talked about how they grew up watching the series, and in Tiffany’s case, what it was like having her dad animate many of the popular cartoons back in the day. Tiffany and Frank Hursh, who worked on the original series, talked about how it was with the series being made in Mexico due to budget restraints and how everything worked together in the end.

Gary Trousdale talked about the work behind the Rocky and Bullwinkle short and how it took two years to make it (many of the staff members were pulled away for other DreamWorks movies). Tom Kenny smiled as he talked about growing up watching the cartoon as a kid and how honored he was to get the role, especially getting to work with June Foray, the original voice of Rocky the squirrel. He also talked about how he thought the short was originally going to appear along side the Mr. Peabody and Sherman movie, and he joked about his kids thinking he was a pathological liar because it never aired.

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An overall great experience for fans of Jay Ward, whose work from the past is still loved in the future.

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.