Natasha Fatale

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Natasha Fatale
Rocky and His Friends
The Bullwinkle Show
character
Boris natasha fearless.jpg
From left to right, Boris Badenov, Natasha Fatale, and Fearless Leader.
Created byJay Ward, Alex Anderson and Bill Scott
Portrayed bySally Kellerman (1992 film)
Rene Russo (2000 film)
Voiced byJune Foray (1959–2014)
Lauri Fraser (2014 short)
Rachel Butera (2018)
Information
GenderFemale
Occupationspy
criminal
AffiliationBoris Badenov
Mr. Big
Fearless Leader
Significant otherBoris Badenov

Natasha Fatale is an antagonist of the 1959–1964 animated cartoons Rocky and His Friends and The Bullwinkle Show, collectively referred to as The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. She was voiced by June Foray.

Character overview[edit]

Natasha is a spy for the fictional country of Pottsylvania, and takes orders from the nation's leader, Fearless Leader. Natasha usually serves as an accomplice to fellow spy Boris Badenov.[1]

According to the Rialto Theater's Moosebill for "Downhill: The Musical" (a special table of contents insert created for the DVD box set Rocky and Bullwinkle & Friends, The Third Season), Natasha is supposedly the only child of Axis Sally and Count Dracula. A former Miss Transylvania, she was expelled from college for subversive activities at a local cemetery. She traveled from Transylvania to the United States at the age of 19, landing in New York, where she spent two years posing for cartoonist Charles Addams, and as the party girl who pops out of the big cake at embalmers' stag parties.

Creator Bill Scott modeled Boris and Natasha after two of Addams' original characters from his cartoons, who were later named Gomez and Morticia Addams.[2] She met Boris when they were arrested for throwing rocks at Girl Scouts. He became smitten with her charms and they became partners in crime.

Usually, Natasha's and Boris's misdeeds are thwarted by Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Bullwinkle the Moose. She refers to them collectively as "moose and squirrel." She is almost always shown in a purple dress, but in the last season it is often red.[citation needed]

Name[edit]

Natasha's last name is a pun on the phrase femme fatale, with emphasis on the "fatal" part; in keeping with that, Natasha was drawn as a shapely, attractive looking woman. However, in nearly all episodes, the character is identified only as Natasha, with no surname.

She is apocryphally known as "Natasha Nogoodnik".[citation needed] However, she is identified in the series premiere by her proper name by the show's narrator, making "Fatale" her canonical and correct surname. However, either or both may be a nom de guerre.

In other media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Browne, Ray Broadus; Browne, Pat. The Guide to United States Popular Culture. Popular Press. p. 122. ISBN 9780879728212. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  2. ^ "Alex Anderson interview". Hogan's Alley. 26 October 2010. Archived from the original on 26 October 2010.

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