Who doesn't love a good spoof--especially when the spoof takes on some of your favorite and most time-honored memories? In 1959, Jay Ward introduced his famous Fractured Fairy Tales series, as 4.5-minute back-up segments for Rocky & His Friends.
A total of 91 episodes were made, tackling such tales as The Brave Little Tailor, The Princess and the Pea, Goldilocks and Sleeping Beauty.
While the tongue-in-cheek twists offered in each segment were a big hit with adult and kid viewers alike, Fractured Fairy Tales was never able to pick up an independent fanbase and thus, it never experienced the multimedia success of other potential spinoff series. One comic book was published in 1962, adapted from actual episodes by cartoonist Mel Crawford. But Fractured Fairy Tales ended its regular televised run in 1969, as part of the short-lived Dudley Do-Right series.
In 1999, the Fractured Fairy Tales experienced a momentary revival, as an all-new Jay Ward short called "The Phox, the Box and the Lox" premiered before Universal Studios' live-action Dudley Do-Right film. The short, produced and directed by Oscar Moore and written by Jay Ward Productions head write, Bill Scott, went on to become part of The Oscar Shortlist Showcase in 2000.