The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show
The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera that originally aired for one season on CBS Saturday morning from September 11, 1971, to January 1, 1972. With an ensemble voice cast of Sally Struthers, Jay North, Mitzi McCall, Gay Hartwig, Carl Esser and Lennie Weinrib, the show follows teenage Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble as they encounter problems growing up in the fictional town of Bedrock. The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show is the first spin-off series of The Flintstones and the 2nd show of the franchise overall. For the 1972-73 season, the show was revamped as The Flintstone Comedy Hour, with more time given to the original Flintstones cast alongside both reruns and newly produced segments of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm.
Why It Rocks
- This is the first spin-off of a very golden age cartoon, The Flintstones, which is awesome.
- Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are still very likable characters, are very loyal to their families, and still have an awesome, believable friendship.
- Pebbles is a beautiful, social teenager. She often tries to help someone in trouble, but usually ends up getting herself and her friends into even bigger trouble. Even with that, she’s still very loyal to her friends, especially Bamm-Bamm, and is always there for them.
- Bamm-Bamm is a muscular teenager. He often tries to warn Pebbles about her ideas, but is also a very loyal friend like she is, and is always willing to help people.
- A lot of other great and memorable characters such as Fred, Barney, Wilma, and Betty.
- Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm’s friends are also very likable, such as Penny, Wiggy, Moonrock, and "Bad Luck" Schleprock.
- Great voice acting. Sally Struthers was great as Pebbles, and Jay North was great as Bamm-Bamm.
- There were also the returning voices of Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, and Jean Vander Pyl.
- Gay Hartwig, Betty’s new voice actor, did really good as well.
- Received great foreign dubs (that could match or exceed the original), like the Latin America dub and the Hungarian original dub.
- A lot of clever jokes and funny moments.
- Like most of Hanna-Barbera's shows at the time, the show has colorful and unique backgrounds.
- Very catchy music, such as the opening theme song, all played by the main cast as the Bedrock Rockers.
- The idea of watching Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm during their teenage years was very good, and it shows many fun and creative adventures.
- Appropriate use of music and sound effects.
- The character designs look very good, especially Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm’s teenage designs.
- Decent animation.
- Good catchphrases, like the famous "Yabba-Dabba-Doo!" from Fred, and Pebbles’ own version of her father’s catchphrase, "Yabba-dabba-doozy!".
- There are some episodes that (depending on your point of view) unintentionally have bad morals like:
- Accepting free art lessons from con-artists instead of real professional teachers ("Putty in Her Hands")
- Some unlikable characters, such as Cindy and Fabian.
- The show sadly only lasted one season. But on the brighter side, there are still more Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm stories in the next Flintstones show, The Flintstone Comedy Hour.
- Some of Pebbles plans aren’t the best, such as disguising Bamm-Bamm’s pet at school.
- After this and the Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm segments in the next show, the pets of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, Wooly and Snoots, would mysteriously be gone during Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm’s adult years as shown in the future animated Flintstones specials in the 90s.
- Dino never appeared.
- In the episode, Revenge of the Man Crab from Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm made a short cameo appearance as background characters.