The beloved Rocky & Bullwinkle statue that once adorned the Sunset Strip is on its way back—it's expected to be permanently placed in a city-owned lot owned near Sunset and Sherbourne Drive, says Wehoville. After 52 years, the statue was suddenly lifted away in 2013 from its long-time home across the street from the Château Marmont. Boris and Natasha were, for once, not to blame.
When the statue first went up in 1961, it stood in front of what was then the home of Dudley Do-Right, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and, of course, Rocky & Bullwinkle: Jay Ward Productions. At the time, a Sahara Hotel billboard stood right across the street from Ward's studios, featuring "'a scantily clad mechanized showgirl' [who] spun on a silver dollar," and so Bullwinkle, not to be outdone, was posed "sexily" (as sexily as a cartoon moose can be) and spun in circles too.
In 2012, DreamWorks Animation acquired the rights to Rocky & Bullwinkle, and it turned out they were the ones who scuttled the statue away in 2013; they performed some repair work on "a severe crack" and the statue reappeared in October 2014 at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills as part of The Jay Ward Legacy exhibit there. Now it's got a chance to come home to WeHo, but in a slightly different location (and with a slightly different outfit for Bullwinkle). Instead of going back to its old spot in front of the former home of Jay Ward Productions, it will go straight to a city parking lot at 8775 Sunset Blvd.—a bit further west on the Sunset Strip. Ward's daughter worked with DreamWorks on the restoration, and she joins the animation house in donating the statue back to WeHo. The WeHo City Council will have to vote formally on the plan tonight.
· Rocky and Bullwinkle May Find a Permanent Home in WeHo [Wehoville]
· Breaking: 52-Year-Old Bullwinkle Statue Lifted Off the Strip [Curbed LA]