The Flintstones

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The Flintstones
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"Yabba-Dabba-Doo!"
Genre: Animated sitcom
Comedy
Running Time: 25 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 30, 1960 – April 1, 1966
Network(s): ABC
Created by: William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Distributed by: Screen Gems
Starring: Alan Reed
Jean Vander Pyl
Mel Blanc
Bea Benaderet
Gerry Johnson
Don Messick
Seasons: 6
Episodes: 166
Next show: The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show


The Flintstones is a Hanna-Barbera show produced from 1960 to 1966. The show focuses on a caveman family named the Flintstones who live in Bedrock and are friends with the Rubbles loosely based on the comedy show; The Honeymooners. It was also the first animated show to hold it's own prime time slot. As of today, The Flintstones is considered to be one of Hanna-Barbera's most memorable cartoons.

Why It Deserves A Yabba-Dabba-Doo Day

  1. A concept of the prehistoric sitcom looks a lot more appealing.
  2. A lot of great and memorable characters such as Fred, Barney, Wilma, Betty, Dino, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm.
  3. Great voice acting by Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, and Bea Benaderet.
  4. Received great foreign dubs (that could match or exceed the original), like the Latin America dub and the Hungarian original dub.
  5. The show has left a huge impact and influence on later adult animated shows and sitcom related shows such as The Simpsons. If it weren't for The Flintstones, The Simpsons wouldn’t even have existed!
  6. A lot of clever jokes and funny moments.
  7. Like most of Hanna-Barbera's shows at the time, the show has colorful and unique backgrounds, this time fits the faithful to the time of dinosaurs.
  8. The opening theme song from the third season is very catchy.
    • The closing sequence of the show can be also funny.
  9. Spawned many spinoffs such as:
    • The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (1971–72) (one season)
    • The Flintstone Comedy Hour (1972–73) (one season)
    • The New Fred and Barney Show (1979) (one season)
    • The Flintstone Comedy Show (1980–82) (two seasons)
    • The Flintstone Kids (1986–88) (two seasons)
    • What a Cartoon! – featuring Dino: Stay Out! (1995) and Dino: The Great Egg-Scape (1997)
    • Cave Kids (1996) (one season)
    • The Rubbles (2002–03)
    • Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs (2020)
  10. It nicely spawned its very own breakfast cereals from Post, known as the Pebbles cereals.
  11. Appropriate use of music and sound effects.
  12. The character designs look very good.
  13. Decent limited animation.
  14. Memorable quotes such "Yabba-Dabba-Doo!" and "WILMAAAAA!"

Bad Qualities

  1. Both live-action feature films are poorly-made.
  2. There are some episodes that (depending on your point of view) unintentionally have bad morals like:
    • It's okay for other people to do things for you, and not learn to do them on your own ("The Happy Household")
  3. There were ads involving the characters from the show promoting Winston Cigarettes which caused a lot of controversy (But it may be understandable, because in the beginning, the program was not aimed specifically at children. Plus, the cigarettes weren't a huge issue as they are now).
  4. Betty can be seen as a flat character for some.
  5. Some of the rock puns are rather cringeworthy.
  6. The laugh track is overused and can get annoying once and a while.
  7. Season 6 marked the time when the show jumped the shark due to the introduction of the Great Gazoo.
  8. In the episode "The Babysitters", Fred could get disgusting for some viewers because he yells "Shut up" at a crying baby (although it's actually in a comical tone, depending on your point of view)
  9. While the closing sequence can be funny, Fred were unable to re-open the door for Wilma because of Baby Puss locks it to avoid coming back in by trying to put Baby Puss out of the house, can't he just try to attempt climbing through the window to accept it since the house itself has no glass?

Trivia

  • The Hungarian original dub is known because the entire series was rewritten in rhyming form full of wordplays and puns. It became so popular.
  • It was one of Hanna-Barbera's first ever prime time animated show, as well as one of their first major productions since leaving MGM in 1957.
  • The show received it's own merchandising line as well as several spinoffs, and a 1994 live-action film.
  • It received its own cereals from Post, Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles.
  • In addition to The Honeymooners, the 1960 Looney Tunes short, Wild Wild World, was also the inspiration for this.

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