Bumbling Brothers Circus

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"Bumbling Brothers Circus"
Rocky and Bullwinkle episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 1 (10 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 301–310
Original air date 1963–1964
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Bumbling Brothers Circus is the first story arc from the fifth season of Rocky and Bullwinkle (originally titled The Bullwinkle Show). It was broadcast on NBC during the 1963–1964 television season.


The Bumbling Bros. Circus comes to Frostbite Falls, and Rocky and Bullwinkle are introduced to the brothers Hugo and Igo Bumbling. Our heroes are almost attacked by a lion, until Bullwinkle plays a song on his comb that quells the beast. The lion tamer (aka Boris Badenov in disguise) is promptly fired. Boris also attempts to burn down the circus tent, but is foiled in his attempt.

Rocky and Bullwinkle join up with the circus, but soon the circus is set upon by a rainstorm that follows them wherever they go. Rocky investigates, and finds a group of Indians being led by Boris (unknown to Rocky, of course). Eventually, the Indians make peace with the Bumbling Bros, and normalcy returns, until the brothers find that their elephants are losing weight at a rapid pace. It is soon found out that Boris has disguised himself as a little boy (his disguise was Gunga Drain, the water boy, leading to dialogue resulting in a terrible, in a good way, pun), and is feeding the elephants weight-loss pills. This is eventually stopped, but not before Boris and Natasha Fatale disguise themselves as a lion, intending to kill Bullwinkle with poison-tipped teeth in the lion. The two end up donating the disguised lion to a zoo, and then returning home with the Bumbling Bros continuing their famous circus elsewhere.

Episode segments[edit]

Episode 1[edit]

  1. Bumbling Brothers Circus
  2. Fractured Fairy Tales: The Shoemaker and the Elves
  3. Mr. Know-It-All: How To Do Stunts in the Movies
  4. Dudley Do-Right: Railroad Tracks
  5. Lion in the Bedroom or The Cat’s Pajamas

Episode 2[edit]

  1. A Red Letter Day or Drop Us a Lion
  2. Fractured Fairy Tales: The Fisherman and his Wife
  3. Bullwinke's Corner: "Taffy"
  4. Peabody's Improbable History: John L. Sullivan
  5. The Fire-Eaters or Hot Lips

Episode 3[edit]

  1. The Show Must Go On or Give ‘Em the Acts
  2. Aesop and Son: The Jackrabbits and the Mule
  3. Mr. Know-It-All: How to Avoid Tipping the Waiter
  4. Peabody's Improbable History: Richard the Lionhearted
  5. Looney Lightning or Nuts and Volts

Episode 4[edit]

  1. The Fire Chaser or Bullwinkle Goes to Blazes
  2. Aesop and Son: The Owl and the Wolf
  3. Bullwinkle's Corner: "Rockabye Baby"
  4. Dudley Do-Right: Masked Ginny Lynne
  5. Flaming Arrows or Bullwinkle Goes to Blazes

Episode 5[edit]

  1. It’s In the Bag or Rocky Gets the Sack
  2. Fractured Fairy Tales: Ridinghoods Anonymous
  3. Mr. Know-It-All: How to Tame Lions
  4. Peabody's Improbable History: Lord Nelson
  5. A Short Weight for All Seats or One of Our Trunks Is Missing

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