Fifty years ago [today], a squirrel wearing an old-school aviator’s hat and goggles came flying across the screen followed by a goofy moose, launching arguably the greatest cartoon in television history.

Moose and Squirrel are now old enough for AARP memberships. Yet their warped and wonderful brand of humor, written and performed so that kids and adults could enjoy it on completely different levels, is as fresh today as it was then.

Rocky and BullwinkleMy favorite part of the show was always the adventures of Mr. Peabody and his boy, Sherman, but there is a special place in my heart for Bullwinkle. He wasn’t a bad guy, like Wile E. Coyote, but there was something just as endearing about his relentless repeated failures that struck a chord with me. Oh, how I wanted — just once — for there to be a rabbit in his hat. Just one time …

Have some fun reading the comments on the metafilter post: Bullwinkle Turns 50 — or — The Old Grey Moose Is Still What He Used To Be