I Yabba-Dabba Do!

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I Yabba-Dabba Do!
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Original UK VHS cover.
Production company: H-B Production Co.
Distributor: Turner Entertainment
Release date: February 7, 1993
Run time: 1:31:39
Starring: Henry Corden
Frank Welker
Megan Mullally
Jerry Houser
Jean Vander Pyl
B.J. Ward
John Stephenson
Janet Waldo
Russi Taylor
Michael Bell
Darryl Phinnesse
Don Messick
June Foray
William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Executive producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Mark Young
Producer(s): Iwao Takamoto
Music composed by: John Debney
Screenplay by: Rich Fogel
Mark Seidenberg
Storyboard artists: Iwao Takamoto
John Ahern
Director(s): William Hanna
Gordon Hunt (voices)
Animation director(s): Joanna Romersa
Allen Wilzbach
Joan Drake
Robert Alvarez
Margaret Nichols
Ray Patterson
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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.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Fred Flintstone Henry Corden
Sam Unavailable
Mr. Slate John Stephenson
Foreman N/A
Barney Rubble Frank Welker
Motorcycle cop Unavailable
Bamm-Bamm Rubble Jerry Houser
Arnold Schwarzenrocker
Dino Frank Welker
Sports announcer Unavailable
Betty Rubble B.J. Ward
Wilma Flintstone Jean Vander Pyl
Pebbles Flintstone Megan Mullally
Russi Taylor (baby)
Millie Unavailable
Mr. Pyrite Michael Bell
Marilyn Unavailable
Rock Vegas minister Unavailable
Pearl Slaghoople Janet Waldo
Bank manager Unavailable
Mr. Mordstone Unavailable
Vinnie Unavailable
Chef Unavailable
Ma Unavailable
Sludge Unavailable
Sludge's brother Unavailable
Piano player/singer Darryl Phinnesse
Waitress Unavailable
Tommy Pterodactyl Unavailable
Monkey Frank Welker
Tom Cruisestone
Delivery guy #1 Unavailable
Mr. Rockbottom Unavailable
Police detective Unavailable
Pawn broker Unavailable
Delivery guy #2 Unavailable
Delivery guy #3 Unavailable
Delivery guy #4 Unavailable
Rockendale dancers Unavailable
Sam Slagheap John Stephenson
Joe Rockhead Don Messick
Go-go dancer Unavailable
Rockney Dangerfield
Bouldini Unavailable
Rocko Howie Morris
Mammoth Randy Crenshaw
Dealer #1 Unavailable
Dealer #2 Unavailable
Slot machine player June Foray
Ma's husband
Stoney Granite N/A
Wendell's fiancée Russi Taylor
Wendell Unavailable
Rock Vegas cop Unavailable
Tex Hardrock N/A
Doctor Rockpile N/A
Perry Gunnite N/A
Bony Hurdle N/A
Mrs. Slate Jean Vander Pyl
Marvin Marblestone Unavailable
Reverend Brimstone Unavailable
Bill Hanna Himself
Joe Barbera Himself







David Kirschner came close to selling a 90-minute prime-time movie to NBC, with a script written by himself.[1] 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.[2] 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.[2]



It was copyrighted in 1993.


The music was composed by John Debney. The director of music production was Bodie Chandler. The music editor was Tom Gleason.


  1. "(Meet) the Flintstones"
  2. "I've Got You Under My Skin" - Darryl Phinnesse
  3. "Neanderthal"
  4. "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home" - Henry Cordon and Frank Welker
  5. "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.

Everlasting influence

  • 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.

Critical reception

In other languages

Language Name Meaning

Home availability



  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b 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.