The Flintstones (TV series)
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On-screen title card for the first two seasons.
|Created by:||William Hanna|
|Original release:||September 30, 1960—April 6, 1966
Jean Vander Pyl
|Music composed by:||Hoyt Curtin|
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The Flintstones is an American animated prehistoric sitcom television series created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It was produced by their studio, Hanna-Barbera, for ABC in prime time. It ran from 1960 to 1966, airing 166 episodes that spanned six seasons. Every episode was also produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It was the first prime-time animated series geared towards adults, although its accessibility for the whole family ended up changing the format, thus allowing it to be frequently repeated on Cartoon Network and Boomerang in their heydays. The popularity and success of The Flintstones spawned spin-off shows, television specials, and movies. One such movie, The Man Called Flintstone, was released theatrically four months after the series had finished.
In the Stone Age town/city of Bedrock, lives a working-class man, Fred Flintstone, and his wife, Wilma, along with their next door neighbours and best friends, Barney & Betty Rubble. Later additions included children for both families, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, respectively, and an alien visitor named the Great Gazoo. The comedy of the series rests squarely on Fred and company's antics, as well as the juxtaposition of modern everyday concerns in the Stone Age.
Screen Gems/Columbia Pictures Television, who also co-produced, put it into syndication until 1981 when The Program Exchange picked up syndication on Columbia's behalf. In the mid-1990s, syndication moved to Turner Program Services, shortly after Turner's acquisition of H-B, and its acquisition of The Flintstones from Columbia. In 1998, it transferred to Warner Bros. Television Distribution, when Time Warner bought out Turner and its HB library.
The entire series has been released on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
The idea of The Flintstones came after Hanna-Barbera produced The Huckleberry Hound Show and The Quick Draw McGraw Show. Although these programs were successful in the ratings, they were targeted to children and did not have the same general audience appeal as their previous theatrical short series Tom and Jerry, which entertained both kids and the adults that accompanied them. Since children did not need supervision from their parents to watch television, though, Hanna-Barbera's output had begun to be labeled as "kids' only". William Hanna and Joseph Barbera wanted to reclaim an adult audience with an animated sitcom. While their previous two shows were packages of three animated shorts in a 30-minute block, the sitcom would be produced as a fully half-hour program; a first in the studio.
Several settings were considered for the series, including a pair of hillbilly families, ancient Romans, pilgrims, and Native Americans. The Stone Age was settled in the end, as Barbera stated that it was chosen because "you could take anything that was current, and convert it to stone-age". The working title for the series was The Flagstones, but a name changed occured when it went to production, possibly to avoid confusion with the Flagstons from the comic strip Hi and Lois. After a brief period in production as The Gladstones, Hanna-Barbera settled upon The Flintstones as the series' name.
The Flintstones was largely inspired on the sitcom The Honeymooners, which originally aired on CBS from 1955 to 1956. William Hanna was honest about the inspiration, saying, "At that time, The Honeymooners was the most popular show on the air, and for my bill, the funniest. The characters, I thought, were terrific. Now, that influenced greatly what we did with The Flintstones… The Honeymooners was there, and we used that as a kind of basis for the concept." Joseph Barbera disavowed these claims in a separate interview, however, stating, "I don't remember mentioning The Honeymooners when I sold the show, but if people want to compare The Flintstones to The Honeymooners, then great. It's a total compliment. The Honeymooners was one of the greatest shows ever written."
According to Brian Levant in his book, My Life and Toys, Hanna and Barbera were fans of the silent movie era and based Fred and Barney on comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Interestingly enough, though, The Honeymooners was inspired in part to Laurel and Hardy.
After recording five episodes, Joseph Barbera didn't feel right about the series, but gave it another go once Alan Reed and Mel Blanc, the voices of Fred and Barney, respectively, were brought together in the same room.
The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin. The theme song for the first two seasons was called "Rise and Shine," while the second theme song introduced in the third season, "(Meet) The Flintstones," was written by Curtin, Hanna, and Barbera.
- Alan Reed as Fred Flintstone
- Mel Blanc as Barney Rubble and Dino; Daws Butler filled in for Blanc during episodes 1, 2, 5, 6, 9 of season 2
- Jean Vander Pyl as Wilma Flintstone and Pebbles Flintstone
- Bea Benaderet (seasons 1-4) and Gerry Johnson (seasons 5-6) as Betty Rubble
- Don Messick as Bamm-Bamm Rubble and Hoppy
|Title||Number||Original air date|
|The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones||1||November 15, 1987|
|Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: "The Dabba Don"||2||July 28, 2002|
|The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: "Modern Primitives"||3||January 27, 2006|
The Flintstones influenced H-B to make the Space-Age counterpart, The Jetsons (there was a crossover movie called The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones in 1987), as well as the Roman period The Roman Holidays, and the then 1970s contemporary Where's Huddles?. Since 1989, Fox Television has aired animated sitcoms that have been compared similarly to The Flinstones, including The Simpsons and Family Guy.
Among the movies that have been made, two of them were live-action (The Flintstones and The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas), having been produced by Steven Spielberg's company, Amblin Entertainment, and released by Universal Pictures in 1994 and 2000, respectively.
Between 2011 and 2012, Seth MacFarlane (creator of Family Guy) was tasked with bringing a new Flintstones series to Fox Television. In 2019, it was announced that Elizabeth Banks had been given her own shot at a reboot. In 2020, a sequel series was officially announced to be in development called Bedrock, which would see Fred retiring and Pebbles embarking on her own career set at a time of the new Bronze Age. It will air on Fox.
In 2014, it was announced that Warner. Bros had begun work on an animated feature film based on the series. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy were announced as writers. Ferrell and McKay were also mentioned to be producing the film. In 2018, Warner Animation Group was reported as being in "deep development" on the movie, although it is currently unknown if the aforementioned writers remain attached to the project.
In popular culture
- In the Cheers episode "Sam at Eleven," he says that he feels sorry for The Flintstones because viewers will be switching the TV to watch him instead, leaving Bedrock a lonely town.
- In the movie Police Academy 2, Mahoney talks about Fred and Wilma.
- In the movie Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Del sings "(Meet) The Flintstones" on the bus, even adding "Wilma!" at the end.
- In the movie St. Elmo's Fire, "(Meet) The Flintstones" is played on the sax.
- In the Family Matters episode "Body Damage," Carl mentions that Rachel broke his Flintstones mug.
- In The Golden Girls episode "Snap Out of It," Sophia informs an old woman that it's Flintstone, not Flintstein.
- In The Simpsons episode "Marge vs. the Monorail," the episode begins with a parody of Homer singing "(Meet) The Flintstones" with his own lyrics, ending when Homer crashes his car into a chestnut tree, having only paid partial attention to the road.
- In the Boy Meets World episode "Sixteen Candles and Four-Hundred-Pound Men," when Cory has to be at Topanga's birthday party and help Francis at his wrestling match at the same, Shawn uses "Pebbles' Birthday Party," as an example of how it is doable, despite Cory's objections of Flintstones being a cartoon. When Topanga later finds out what he was doing, she also refers to this episode.
- In "Episode 8" (season 2) of Heartbreak High, Mr. Deloraine asked his nephew, Matt, how the stereo was at the warehouse he had recently moved into, with Matt responding that it looked like something Freddy Flintstone built.
- In the Sabrina the Teenage Witch episode "Dante's Inferno," Dante magically splits his bowling ball into pieces before it hits any pins, leaving Harvey to say he had never seen anything like that, except maybe on The Flintstones.
- In the Clerks: The Animated Series episode "The Clip Show," Steven Spielberg directed Flintstone's List, a parody of Spielberg's film Schindler's List. The scene was cut when the episode was broadcast on ABC, but restored on the DVD.
- In Nick at Night's pop-up trivia edition of the Brady Bunch episode "Adios, Johnny Bravo," they said that the Flintstones shared a bed (although this didn't happen at first).
- In The Fairly OddParents special "Channel Chasers," Timmy, Wanda and Cosmo are sent into a parody of the Flintstones called "The Meatflints". While being chased by Vicky in their car, Timmy points out that if the cars are powered by feet, shouldn't they just keep running?
- In the Hank episode "Drag Your Daughter to Work Day," Maddie says to her dad that when he was her age, people pushed cars around with their feet, which led her boyfriend to make the comparison with The Flintstones.
- In "The Tennis Match," an episode of the British series Outnumbered, Ben says that cavemen would fight each other to prevent the other one from stealing their brontosaurus based on the rules of Charles Darwin, but his mother retorts that it's something more like out of The Flintstones.
- In The Cleveland Show episode "Cleveland Live!," the black card on-screen says "December 17, 1989, History is made. America says hello to the first non-prehistoric family in prime-time animation."
- In the DC comic Harley Quinn's Valentine Day Special, Harley Quinn says Fred's catchphrase, "Yabba dabba do me!" when seeing Bruce Wayne.
- In the season 8 "Columbus, Ohio" episode of Man v. Food, host Casey Webb referred to the pork as "Fred Flintstone food," alluding to the giant-sized ribs Fred would eat.
- In the Young Sheldon episode "A Race of Superhumans and a Letter to Alf," Missy is worried that Sheldon's offer to make her smarter involves brain swapping which she is against because it didn't go well on Gilligan's Island or Flintstones, with "Monster Fred" being episode she was presumably referring to.
- An episode of Lucifer is called "Yabba Dabba Do Me," and a young Jimmy Baines watches the series, mostly from the "(Meet) the Flintstones" theme song.
- We Baby Bears had an episode called "Modern-ish Stone Age Family," with the bears having gone back to the Stone Age, leading Grizz to make references to The Flintstones and its theme song, although the show he is actually watching is called The Fossil Folks which is somewhat different.
Comic Book Men
- "Stash Wars:" When the guys talk about which cartoon background they'd like to live in, Mike picks Flintstones.
- "To the Bat Cave:" Mike says he would want to base his man cave on Bedrock.
- "Wookie Fever:" Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, mentioned how his legs would stick out the bottom of the Millenium Falcon cockpit, which called for Brian to compare him to Fred driving the Flintmobile with his feet.
- Of the City of the Saved...: In this book, Catriona was dismissive of Baines's novels about Paynesdown District as they gave about as much an idea about the real place as The Flintstones did about everyday life in "Neolithic flint quarry."
- The Last Dodo: In this book, the Tenth Doctor slid down a Megalosaurus's back like Fred in the title sequence.
- Main article: Family Guy
- "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Bucks:" While walking in New York set to Flintstones-esque music, Peter tries to lift Meg's spirits by telling her she'll find her hidden talent, when they suddenly walk onto Bedrock.
- "Dammit Janet!:" When Peter and Lois don't return to America after the plane they were on was hijacked in Cuba, it is reported on the news, with the artist's rending capturing a fat man inexplicably married to an attractive redhead, which is in the form of Fred and Wilma.
- "Wasted Talent:" When the final scroll to entering the Pawtucket Brewery was found, Peter disappointedly asked aloud what he was going to do now, when the Great Gazoo popped up asking the "dum dum" what he could do for Peter, but all Peter wanted was to be left alone. Annoyed at Peter's treatment of him, Gazoo whined that it wasn't always about him, the "fatso."
- "Ready, Willing, and Disabled:" A cavegirl carhop tips Joe's wheelchair over with a plate of ribs in the same manner as what happens to Fred's car in the "(Meet) The Flintstones" theme song.
- "From Method to Madness:" Former child star Bamm-Bamm has grown up to become a taxi driver. When a bouncer tells Bamm-Bamm to take home another former child star Elroy Jetson, all Bamm-Bamm can still say is his own name.
- "The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire:" Peter tells Cleveland that he walked in on the latter's wife having sex with another man, and when playing it out he uses the word "bam" several times as an onomatopoeia. Peter then asks Bamm-Bamm to continue for him in referencing his catchphrase, then Bamm-Bamm asks Emeril Lagasse to take over as he uses a similar catchphrase. Bamm-Bamm is voiced by MacFarlane.
- "Peter's Got Woods:" When Brian is busy on another date with his new girlfriend, Peter tries to replace him with Barney. We then see Peter at the Rubbles', where he is waiting for Barney to finish in the toilet, so they can go play darts. Barney is using a pelican as a toilet, who makes a joke about his predicament. A sheep later made the same kind of joke after hearing Meg was on her period. MacFarlane voices Barney.
- "Patriot Games:" Brian takes the same $50 bet on a celebrity boxing match between Mike Tyson and Carol Channing as Betting Freddie does, who stutters the word "bet" like the addicted gambler he was in "The Gambler." He then gets serious and claims there's nothing funny about addiction and tells the audience to vote "No" on Indian gaming bars. Fred is voiced by Jeff Bergman.
- "Road to Rupert:" In a reenactment of "(Meet) The Flintstones," Meg drives Peter to the Quahog Drive-In, where he sticks his head through the car roof like Dino and then has Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm placed on top of his head.
- "Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking on Air:" Fred and Barney attend the inaugural ball of the Quahog Men's Club, where Fred reveals to Barney that he accidentally caught sight of Betty undressing, who say Fred, but continued anyway, giving way to Fred's e-rock-tion. Bergman voices both Fred and Barney.
- "Peter's Daughter:" Fred takes Wilma to Mr. Stoneberg to get a legal separation for not letting him back in after Baby Puss removes him from their house and locks him outside. He had been knocking for 20 minutes and shouting "Wilma!" but she claims to not have heard because she was taking a shower, but he believes that she was simply ignoring him and goes on further about her spending all his money on expensive clothes and hairdos, and not being available for sex, the "passive-aggressive bitch" she is. Bergman is the voice Fred.
- "Stew-Roids:" Gina says that Chris smells like Fred's ass. The scene then cuts to Fred, who says that no one's telling her to smell it. Fred is voiced by Bergman.
- "Quagmire's Baby:" Quagmire is selling a tape of The Best of the World's Wildest Police Chases, which features the police in a high speed pursuit of Fred in the Flintmobile, also carrying Dino, Pebbles, and Bamm-Bamm. Dino pops his head through the roof, and Fred places the babies on top of Dino's head. Fred manages to avoid them until he enters a drive-in movie theater and smashes into a snack bar. Fred tries to escape over a fence, but is caught and clobbered by the police. The narrator finishes his commentary by saying "Yabba-Dabba-Don't."
- "The Simpsons Guy:" Fred acts as a judge when Peter and Homer Simpson go to court over the Pawtucket Patriot Ale being a copyright infringement over Duff Beer. He claims that both brands are imitations of Budrock, but is in favor of Duff Beer. Fred is voiced by none other than Bergman.
- "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin:" Meg takes a job as a tag remover using her teeth. After she does it, she responds with, "It's a living", with accompanying "wah-wah-wah" music.
- "Peter, Chris, & Brian:" Peter puts "Wilma Flintstone pearl necklaces" on him and Chris as a key to success.
- "Credit Card:" Hakeem enters the Mitchell household and calls the family the Flintstones, as part of a recurring gag of Hakeem referring to the family as other families in pop culture. The scene is used as part of a clip show in "Girls' Night In."
- "This Time You've Gone Too Far:" There are a couple of transition shots of two kids in a ride on car making the same running sound effects as Fred.
- Main article: Robot Chicken
- "Easter Basket:" In a parody of the Fruity Pebbles commercials, things take a dark turn when Barney steals Fred's cereal.
- "Yancy the Yo-Yo-Boy:"
- "Big Trouble in Little Clerks 2:"
- "Casablankman II:"
- "Up, Up and Buffet:"
- "Triple Hot Dog Sandwich on Wheat:"
- "Strummy Strummy Sad Sad:"
Saturday Night Live
- "John Goodman/The Pretenders:" Although more in promotion for the 1994 live-action film, host John Goodman, wearing a Fred costume (not like the one he wore in the film), does a sketch where he gives the Stone Age names of some celebrities, before removing celebrities' names who already have "Stone" or "Rock" in them.
- "Kieran Culkin/Ed Sheehan:" In "The Heist" sketch, the thief sarcastically asks if he is Fred Flintstein when told he has two use both of his feet to drive a stick shift. When the hacker questions him about calling him "Flintstein," the thief responds, "Did I stutter? Frederick Flintstein."
Teen Titans Go!
- Main article: Teen Titans Go!
- "Double Trouble:" Cyborg is dressed like Fred in a game called "Cavemen and Dinosaurs".
- "Serious Business:" Mankind was primitive until the first toilet was made, with the worlds of Flintstones and Jetsons representing the before and after.
In other languages
|Japanese||原始家族フリントストーン (Genshi Kazoku Furintosutōn)|
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- ^ Barbera, Joseph (February 26, 1997). Leonard Maltin interviews Joseph Barbera. Television Achademy Foundation. Retrieved March 1, 2023.
- ^ a b "The Flintstones Frequently Asked Questions List". Archived from the original on October 3, 2010.
- ^ Levant, Brian (September 13, 2022). My Life and Toys, page 28. Retrieved March 1, 2023.
- ^ King, Susan (April 1, 2000). "Hanna-Barbera Cartoons Return on New Boomerang". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 5, 2022.
- ^ Otterson, Joe (April 27, 2021). "‘Flintstones’ Sequel Series in the Works at Fox From Warner Bros. Animation, Elizabeth Banks to Voice Pebbles". Variety. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
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- ^ (October 15, 2018) "‘Tom and Jerry,’ ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movies Land Top Filmmaking Talent at Warner Animation (EXCLUSIVE)".Variety. Retrieved October 15, 2022.