Wossamotta U

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"Wossamotta U"
Rocky and Bullwinkle episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 9 (12 segments)
Directed by Gerard Baldwin, Pete Burness, Bill Hurtz, Gerry Ray, Bob Schleh, George Singer, Ernie Terrazas
Written by George Atkins, Chris Hayward, Chris Jenkins, Lloyd Turner
Production code 351-362
Original air date 1963–1964
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Wossamotta U — a mondegreen of "what's the matter [with] you" — is the ninth story arc from the fifth season of Rocky and Bullwinkle (originally titled The Bullwinkle Show). It was broadcast on the NBC network during the 1963–1964 television season.


When two scouts see Bullwinkle tossing Rocky, R&B are offered scholarships to Wossamotta U., a school with a dreadful football record. Bullwinkle's passing skills enable Wossamotta to consistently win, so Boris concocts the fiendish plan of having his team of brutal thugs and murderers, the Mud City Manglers (coached by Fearless Leader), compete—disguised as girls. Since the latter are certain to lose, Boris can safely bet the Pottsylvania treasury on their winning, and rake in a fortune at 200:1 odds. The Big Game is played following Civil War ("Tha's War between the States!") battle plans, and needless to say, Our Heroes win.

The dialog includes one of the series' most-memorable exchanges. When Rocky is informed they'll be playing against females...

"Bullwinkle, this is terrible!"
"It is?"
"What kind of game can you play with girls?"
[addressing the audience] "Boy, this really is a children's show, isn't it?" <beat> "Parcheesi, of course!"

The University of Wossamotta was shown as Rocky and Bullwinkle's alma mater in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle movie.

Video Releases[edit]

In the late 1970s, this story arc was released in complete form on an RCA SelectaVision disc (which included episodes of Fractured Fairy Tales, Peabody & Sherman, and Dudley Do-Right). In the early 1990s, it was released in a version that deleted about seven minutes, as the main feature of the video "Norman Moosewell" (VHS and LV). These episodes have been excerpted on the 2007 Best of Rocky and Bullwinkle: Volume 2 DVD. Volume 5 of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends, released on March 29, 2011, includes all 12 episodes, unedited.

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