Jay Ward’s Rocky and Bullwinkle Show is a beloved touchstone for at least a couple of generations of cartoon-watchers, a Kennedy-era comedy revue that pitched jokes at adults as well as kids. But will it be a draw for 21st-century audiences?
After all, those Cold War-era gags about the tensions between Russia and the USA must be dated now … all right, bad example. But surely many of the routines are ancient history.
We’re about to find out whether there’s a new audience for the shtick, because here’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, an animated feature spun off from a regular segment in the show. If this one doesn’t feel dated, it might be because it always had a loosey-goosey relationship to time.