Bullwinkle’s Supermarket Game was copyrighted in 1976 by P.A.T.-Ward for Whitman games and manufactured by Western Publishing Company, Inc., of Racine Wisconsin. This grocery-shopping game features the beloved characters of the Rocky & Bullwinkle TV cartoon show that was popular in the 1950s and 60s. Rocky, Bullwinkle, Boris, and Natasha are all here to buy their favorite groceries and to win the game by completing a row of grocery squares with their corresponding cards.
The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show was an American animated television series that originally aired from November 19, 1959 to June 27, 1964 on the ABC and NBC television networks. Produced by Jay Ward Productions, the series was structured as a variety show, with the main feature being the serialized adventures of the two title characters: the anthropomorphic moose Bullwinkle and flying squirrel Rocky. The main adversaries in most of their adventures are the Russian-like spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. Supporting segments include Dudley Do-Right (a parody of old-time melodrama), Peabody’s Improbable History (a dog and his pet boy Sherman traveling through time), and Fractured Fairy Tales (classic fairy tales retold in comic fashion), among others.
The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show is known for quality writing and wry humor. Mixing puns, cultural and topical satire, and self-referential humor, it appealed to adults as well as children. It was also one of the first cartoons whose animation was outsourced; storyboards were shipped to Gamma Productions, a Mexican studio also employed by Total Television. The art has a choppy, unpolished look and the animation is extremely limited even by television animation standards at the time. Yet the series has long been held in high esteem by those who have seen it; some critics described the series as a well-written radio program with pictures.
Bullwinkle’s Supermarket Game is a very nice family board game to add to your collection or to give as a gift. This delightful game comes complete with all 20 cards and the original spinner. It is in very good condition with minor wear to the box, mainly corner and edge wear. The board and pieces are in very good condition. Do note that the previous owner, a child named Brooke, has penned her name on the back of each grocery card. See accompanying photographs.
For fans of the classic Rocky & Bullwinkle Show, this board game would make for a wonderful gift, for child or adult. If you collect vintage board games or Rocky and Bullwinkle memorabilia, this game is certainly a must-have for your collection.