Upsidaisium (story arc)

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Upsidaisium
Rocky and Bullwinkle story arc
Story arc (#) 3
No. of segments 36
Air date (start) September 25, 1960
Air date (end) January 22, 1961
Program title Rocky And His Friends
Network ABC
Directed by Gerard Baldwin
Pete Burness
Bill Hurtz
Gerry Ray
Bob Schleh
George Singer
Ernie Terrazas
Produced by Ponsonby Britt
Written by George Atkins
Chris Hayward
Chris Jenkins
Lloyd Turner
Production 53-88
Guests Capt. Peachfuzz, Mr. Big
Boris's disguises Gunga Drain
Mojave Max
Death Valley Dotty
Five-star General
Episode list List of Rocky and Bullwinkle episodes
Episode chronology
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"Box Top Robbery" "Metal-Munching Mice"

Upsidaisium is the first story arc from the second season of Rocky and His Friends. With 36 segments it was the second-longest of all Rocky and Bullwinkle story arcs, and concerns Rocky and Bullwinkle's efforts to reclaim Bullwinkle's Uncle's Upsidaisium mine. It was broadcast on ABC during the 1960-1961 television season on Sundays, concurrently with Metal-Munching Mice on Thursdays.[1]

Plot synopsis[edit]

Bullwinkle receives a letter informing him that his uncle Dewlap has passed on, leaving him a mine located on Mt. Flatten. Rocky and Bullwinkle set out to find it, and soon discover that they're being monitored by not only Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, but their old friend Captain Peter "Wrong Way" Peachfuzz, the new head of G-2. Peachfuzz has been sent to make sure Rocky and Bullwinkle find Mt. Flatten, as its ore, the anti-gravity metal Upsidaisium, is much sought after by the U.S. government. While under the guise of a pair of prospectors, Boris and Natasha manage to help Rocky and Bullwinkle locate Mt. Flatten, which floats high in the air due to the high amount of Upsidaisium within it. Once they reach the mountain, Boris and Natasha are joined by their intimidating superior, Mr. Big, who tells them that Pottsylvania also seeks Upsidaisium as a means to eliminate a traffic problem (by building cars with the anti-gravity ore). Eventually, thanks to Rocky's ingenuity, Mt. Flatten is transported to Washington D.C., and the Upsidaisium is put under lock and key by the government. Unfortunately, Boris attempts to smuggle the precious metal out of the government's reach, even going so far as to disguising himself as a U.S. general. Rocky and Bullwinkle are cornered by Mr. Big, but when they attack him, they find that he's really a very tiny individual. Mr. Big escapes into an Upsidaisium vault, and Boris and Natasha are put under arrest. Seizing a bit of Upsidaisium and using Rocky as a hostage, Mr. Big attempts to escape but is carried into the air by his ill-gotten gains, never to be seen again, resulting in another happy ending for the duo.

Episode Segments[edit]

Episode 1[edit]

  1. Upsidaisium
  2. Aesop and Son: The Hares and the Frog
  3. Mr. Know-It-All: How To Remove a Moustache (without Getting Any Lip)
  4. Dudley Do-Right: The Centaur
  5. Big Bomb at Frostbite Falls or The Exploding Metropolis

Episode 2[edit]

  1. The Road to Ruin or Mine Over Matter
  2. Fractured Fairy Tales: Androcles and the Lion
  3. Mr. Know-It-All: Falling Asleep on the Job Can Lead to a Rude Awakening or Don't Be a Sonambulist Chaser
  4. Peabody's Improbable History: Louis Pasteur
  5. Two Flying Ghosts or High Spirits

Episode 3[edit]

  1. Crash Drive or Oedipus Wrecks
  2. Fractured Fairy Tales: King Midas
  3. Mr. Know-It-All: How to Remove an Unwanted Guest From Your Home (and Make More Living Room)
  4. Dudley Do-Right: Railroad Tracks
  5. Fender Benders or The Asphalt Bungle

Episode 4[edit]

  1. Burning Sands or The Big Hot Foot
  2. Aesop and Son: The Frogs and the Beaver
  3. Mr. Know-It-All: How To Be a Star Reporter
  4. Peabody's Improbable History: Robin Hood
  5. Death in the Desert or A Place in the Sun

Episode 5[edit]

  1. The Boy Bounders or Plane Punchy
  2. Fractured Fairy Tales: Riding Hoods Anonymous
  3. Mr. Know-It-All: How To Do Stunts In The Movies (without Having the Usher Throw You Out!)
  4. Peabody's Improbable History: Robinson Crusoe
  5. A Peek at the Peak or Your Climb is my Climb

Episode 6[edit]

  1. You've Got a Secret or Out of Sight, Out of Mine
  2. Fractured Fairy Tales: The Ugly Duckling
  3. Bullwinkle's Corner: "Rockabye Baby"
  4. Peabody's Improbable History: Ponce de León
  5. Boris and the Blade or Shiek Rattle and Roll

Episode 7[edit]

  1. Sourdough Squirrel or Hardrock Rocky
  2. Fractured Fairy Tales: Hansel and Gretel
  3. Mr. Know-It-All: How To Run the 4 Minute Mile in 10 Seconds
  4. Dudley Do-Right: Foreclosing Mortgages
  5. A Creep at the Switch or Sudden Pacific

Episode 8[edit]

  1. The Train on the Plane or The Overland Express
  2. Fractured Fairy Tales: Cinderella Returns
  3. Bullwinkle's Corner: "The Village Blacksmith" by Longfellow
  4. Peabody's Improbable History: John L. Sullivan
  5. Danger in the Desert or Max Attacks

Episode 9[edit]

  1. The Missing Mountain or Peek-a-Boo Peak
  2. Aesop and Son: The Lion and the Aardvark
  3. Mr. Know-It-All: How To Be a Big Game Hunter
  4. Peabody's Improbable History: Leonardo da Vinci
  5. Go Down Mooses or The Fall Guy

Episode 10[edit]

  1. Rocky and the Rock or Braver and Boulder
  2. Aesop and Son: The Jackrabbits and the Mule
  3. Bullwinkle's Corner: "The Childrens Hour"
  4. Dudley Do-Right: Snidely Mounted Police
  5. Mountain Mover or Boris Sneaks a Peak

Episode 11[edit]

  1. Bullwinkle's Rise or This Goon For Higher
  2. Fractured Fairy Tales: The Goose and the Golden Egg
  3. Mr. Know-It-All: How To Be a Barber (or 10 Ways to Clip Your Fellow Man)
  4. Peabody's Improbable History: Paul Revere
  5. Boris Bites Back or Rebel Without a Pause

Episode 12[edit]

  1. Bullwinkle at the Bottom or A Mish-Mash Moose
  2. Fractured Fairy Tales: Three Little Pigs
  3. Bullwinkle's Corner: "The Barefoot Boy"
  4. Dudley Do-Right: Mother Love
  5. Double Trouble or The Moose Hangs High

Episode 13[edit]

  1. Jet Jockey Rocky or One Point Landing
  2. Aesop and Son: The Dog and his Shadow
  3. Mr. Know-It-All: How To Water Ski or 5 Steps To Easy Drowning
  4. Peabody's Improbable History: Confucius
  5. Plots and Plans or Too Many Crooks

Episode 14[edit]

  1. The Cliff Hangar or Taken for Granite
  2. Fractured Fairy Tales: The Pied Piper
  3. Bullwinkle's Corner: "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe
  4. Dudley Do-RIght: Mountie Bear
  5. Supersonic Boom or The Old Mount's A-Moverin'

Episode 15[edit]

  1. The Big Blast or A Many Splintered Thing
  2. Fractured Fairy Tales: Slipping Beauty
  3. Mr. Know-It-All: How To Be An Indian In One Easy Lesson or You Can Be a Tonto...Pronto
  4. Peabody's Improbable History: Nero
  5. The Steal Hour or A Snitch In Time

Episode 16[edit]

  1. Verse without Werse or Crime Without Rhyme
  2. Fractured Fairy Tales: Snow White Inc.
  3. Bullwinkle's Corner: "Woodman, Spare That Tree"
  4. Peabody's Improbable History: Captain Matthew Clift
  5. Truckdrivers in the Sky or Follow the Fleet

Episode 17[edit]

  1. The Squirrel Next Door or High Neighbor
  2. Aesop and Son: The Cat and Fifteen Mice
  3. Mr. Know-It-All: How To Own a Hi-Fi (on a Low Income and I.Q.)
  4. Peabody's Improbable History: Vasco Núñez de Balboa
  5. The Spell Binders or Hex Marks the Spot

Episode 18[edit]

  1. Battle Of the Giants or It Takes Two to Tangle
  2. Fractured Fairy Tale: Rumplestiltskin Returns
  3. Bullwinkle's Corner: "Excelsior" by Longfellow
  4. Dudley Do-Right: Inspector Dudley Do-Right
  5. Bye-Bye, Boris or Farewell, My Ugly

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