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Bullwinkle Statue Removed!

by Jerry Beck
July 22, 2013 7:31 PM
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Earlier today, the landmark Rocky & Bullwinkle statue was removed from its Sunset Blvd. location of over 50 years. The removal was caught on Instagram by Tristan James Butler:

The statue across from the Chateau Marmont on the Sunset Strip was removed earler today. LA Curbed was told "it had a severe crack in the statue that was too expensive for the landlord to repair," according to a statement on the Vintage Los Angeles Facebook page

"The Bulwinkle statue was removed today due to a severe crack in the statue that was too expensive for the landlord to repair. It has been taken by Dreamworks Studio and is being refurbished to preserve for future generations to enjoy"

The statue was unveild on September 24, 1961 in front of the former studios of Jay Ward Productions (Rocky and Bullwinkle, Peabody and Sherman, Dudley Do-Right, George of the Jungle, Super Chicken and Cap'n Crunch). It was a parody of the Sahara Hotel billboard across the way, on which "a scantily clad mechanized showgirl" spun on a silver dollar.

Jay Ward's daughter, Tiffany, was well aware of the move. She told me, "I had sold the building years ago and the new owner let me keep the statue there until he needed it moved. He needed it moved so it was picked up by crane today (unharmed) and moved to Dreamworks Animation studio in Glendale where it will be completely refurbished and we will find it a permanent home."

They are thinking of the TV Academy in North Hollywood. What do you think? Where would you like to see it relocated?

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  • Fred Patten | July 24, 2013 8:22 PMReply

    For other possible locations, what about the CalArts campus? Or DreamWorks Animation itself? That is not open to the public, but presumably DreamWorks would take good care of the statue.

  • Fred Patten | July 23, 2013 3:32 PMReply

    The suggestions of the TV Academy or Forest Lawn seem the best if the managements of those places want the statue and will do right by it. Restoring it to Sunset Boulevard is a nice dream, but if nobody there today is willing to take care of it, how long would it last?

  • bisto | July 23, 2013 1:02 PMReply

    It should go right back where it was as a reminder of what used to be there. It is historic and a landmark.

  • Bret Marnell | July 23, 2013 12:06 PMReply

    Just so everyone knows, the picture above must be at least 10 years old, because the statue as it looks right now is totally cracked and peeling, and in need of some serious conservatorship. Yes, the Sunset location was nice, and historic, but if the property owner has no intention of taking care of the statute, then moving it to a new television oriented location makes the most sense.

  • Jay Sabicer | July 23, 2013 11:27 AMReply

    I do hope it finds a new home where people will enjoy it. My question is, are the concrete slabs of the voice actors and Jay Ward that have their elbow prints (their take on the Grauman's Chinese Theater hand/footprints) be taken to the same place? Without the statue, they would seem to be out of place, in front of a dog groomers.

  • troy | July 23, 2013 1:47 AMReply

    put it back its a landmark.

  • Toon | July 23, 2013 1:31 AMReply

    If it gets stuck in a place like Paley Center or Television Academy, it will be mostly unseen and forgotten. It needs to be where the public can see and appreciate it. Too many chefs in the kitchen here.

  • Jon Reeves | July 22, 2013 11:54 PMReply

    I spoke to Ric (the guy who's refurbing it - same guy as last time) today, and he said the Paley Center is a more likely destination, and that he hopes to restore it to the original colors or at least a more classic color for Bullwinkle (more brown, less orange). In any case, if it goes back where it was, it will be on a much shorter pole.

  • Ted Herrmann | July 22, 2013 11:26 PMReply

    It's like the Watts Towers - you really have to put it back on the strip. Anywhere else, it makes no sense.

  • Vintage Los Angeles | July 22, 2013 11:12 PMReply

    Please put it back on the strip or in my back backyard :)

  • Sunset Strip is where it belongs | July 22, 2013 11:11 PMReply

    I would like to see it back on Sunset Strip.

  • Kay Kirscht | July 22, 2013 10:42 PMReply

    Thanks, Jerry - I knew you'd have the scoop!

  • Melvin | July 22, 2013 10:18 PMReply

    Forest Lawn. That place allegedly likes art and could stand to be a little less stuffy.

  • Michelle Klein-Hass | July 22, 2013 10:03 PMReply

    The TV Academy sculpture garden would be an IDEAL place for this iconic statue.

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