I Yabba-Dabba Do!
|I Yabba-Dabba Do!|
Original UK VHS cover.
|Production company:||H-B Production Co.|
|Release date:||February 7, 1993|
Jean Vander Pyl
|Executive producer(s):||William Hanna|
|Music composed by:||John Debney|
|Screenplay by:||Rich Fogel|
|Storyboard artists:||Iwao Takamoto|
Gordon Hunt (voices)
|Animation director(s):||Joanna Romersa|
I Yabba-Dabba Do!, also known as The Flintstones in I Yabba-Dabba Do!, is an American animated prehistoric comedy television film produced by Hanna-Barbera, based on The Flintstones TV series, which aired on ABC from 1960 to 1966. It aired on February 7, 1993 on ABC. It was written by Rich Fogel and Mark Seidenberg, produced by Iwao Takamoto, and directed by Hanna-Barbera co-founder, William Hanna, and voice directed by Gordon Hunt.
The big day has finally arrived when childhood sweethearts, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, finally say "I do." But Fred tries to postpone it as long as possible after he loses his and Wilma's nest egg to fund the wedding after betting it on a football match.
This is the first of a duology, as by December of that same year, it was followed by a sequel called Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby, which follows Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm's lives as they move to Hollyrock and start a family. To a lesser extent, it's also the beginning of a loose trilogy, as Hollyrock-a-Baby was followed in the same month by the short film, A Flintstone Family Christmas, with cameos of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm and their babies, who are now a few months older.
- Slate Rock and Gravel
- Rock Bay Pachyderms (mentioned)
- Bedrock Brontos (logo)
- Rock-Away Trucking Co.
- Bedrock Water Department
- Granite Furniture Co.
- Bedrock Police Department
- Bone Appétit
- Stoner & Stoner and Pyrite Ad Agency
- Wedding Whackers
- Water Buffaloes
- FBI (mentioned)
- Rock Vegas Police Department
- United States
- Cliff's Diner (mentioned)
- Bedrock Bank
- Bronto Bistro
- Piltdown Palace
- Gravel Avenue Garage
- Flintstone residence
- The Big Boulder Cafe
- The Very First National Bank of Bedrock
- Mount Crater (mentioned)
- Stony Point Harbor (mentioned)
- Bedrock Ampitheater (mentioned)
- Rubble residence
- Slaghoople residence
- Marblestone Park
- Bedrock Convention Center
- The Rocksy
- Tommy Pterodactyl's Tuxedo Emporium
- Rockbottom Estates
- Rockendales club
- Water Buffalo Lodge
- Comedy Cave (mentioned)
- First Church of Bedrock
- Rock Bay (mentioned)
- California (indirectly mentioned)
- United States
- The Moon
David Kirschner came close to selling a 90-minute prime-time movie to NBC, with a script written by himself. He got William Hanna on board, which lead to Iwao Takamoto joining the project, who decided to storyboard the whole thing if they were that desperate in needing him. He got help from Bill Proctor with layouts. After three months of pre-production, however, NBC pulled the plug, so Kirschner took it to ABC, who accepted it, on the condition that they do two.
It was copyrighted in 1993.
- "(Meet) the Flintstones"
- "I've Got You Under My Skin" - Darryl Phinnesse
- "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home" - Henry Cordon and Frank Welker
- "I Yabba-Dabba Do" - Darryl Phinesse
Dates are in order of release:
- United States: February 7, 1993
Behind the scenes
- According to Bamm-Bamm, it is currently 30 million B.C.
- Arnold Schwarzenrocker is a parody of actor/bodybuilder and future governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- Bedrock Hills Nine Zero Zero Zero is a parody of Fox's teenage drama Beverly Hills, 90210.
- Millie and Marilyn look oddly familiar to Penny Pillar and Wiggy Rockstone from The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show.
- In 2000, Fred and Wilma also had a Rock Vegas marriage in live-action form in the theatrical film The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.
- The minister in the flashback is dressed like Elvis Presley.
- Tom Cruisestone is a parody of actor Tom Cruise.
- The Rockendales are a parody of the Chippendales.
- Rockney Dangerfield is a parody of comedian and actor Rodney Dangerfield.
- Bouldini and Rocko are a parody of Seigfried & Roy. Additionally, Bouldini is a play on magician Harry Houdini.
- In this film, Mr. Slate's first name is George.
- Pearl calls Fred the Birdbrain of Alcatraz, which is a reference to the Birdman of Alcatraz.
- The end credits feature some scenes with storyboards to complete animation comparisons.
- Fred and Wilma look and sound exactly the same in the flashback 20 years ago.
- When Betty reacts to Pebbles's announcement that the wedding is off, her dress is purple.
- As mentioned way above, the movie was followed up with both Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby and A Flintstone Family Christmas.
- In Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby, Bamm-Bamm is shopping his script called I Yabba-Dabba Do to different studios.
Marketing and promotion
The same year the film was aired, Bedrock Press published a semi-adaptation in Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm's Wedding Album, a keepsake of key moments from the movie with in-universe comments from Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. What's notable about the book is that it confirms Marilyn's name and identifies wedding guests, such as Dr. Rockpile, who delivered Pebbles in "Dress Rehearsal," private investigator, Perry Gunnite, from "Love Letters on the Rocks," and apparently a now grown up Arnold the paperboy, who was an unintentional frequent pest to Fred in original series. It even confirms they went to Hawaii on their honeymoon, which went undecided in the film.
There was also a promotional art piece called "Pebbles and Bamm's Nuptial Piece," which featured wedding reception guests who weren't in the movie.
In other languages
- In the United Kingdom and Ireland:
- In the United States:
- January 17, 1997: Cartoon Network Video releases The Flintstones: I Yabba-Dabba-Do! on VHS.
- April 21, 1998: Warner Home Video releases The Flintstones: I Yabba-Dabba-Do! on VHS.
- March 14, 2000: Warner Home Video releases The Flintstones: I Yabba-Dabba-Do! on VHS.
- October 9, 2012: Warner Archive Collection releases The Flintstones: I Yabba-Dabba Do! on DVD.
- August 4, 2020: Warner Home Video releases The Flintstones: 2 Movies & 5 Specials on DVD.
- Takamoto, Iwao, Mallory, Michael (March 30, 2009) Iwao Takamoto: My Life with a Thousand Characters, page 168. University Press of Mississippi. Retrieved August 9, 2022.
- Takamoto, Iwao, Mallory, Michael (March 30, 2009) Iwao Takamoto: My Life with a Thousand Characters, page 169. University Press of Mississippi. Retrieved August 9, 2022.