Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs

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Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs
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Created by: Mark Marek
Marly Halpern-Graser
Network: HBO Max
Production company: Warner Bros. Animation
Salty Dog Pictures
Distributor: Warner Bros. Television
Original release: September 30, 2021February 17, 2022
Run time: 11 minutes
Starring: Jessica DiCicco
Ely Henry
Eric Bauza
Jeff Bergman
Kevin Michael Richardson
Tress MacNeille
Grey Griffin
Executive producer(s): Sam Register
Producer(s): Mark Marek
Marly Halpern-Graser
Music composed by: Alessandro Tabora
Writer(s): Steve Clemmons
Director(s): Mark Marek
Todd Dejong
Erik Knutson
Zach Smith
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Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs is an American animated prehistoric comedy television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation for HBO Max. It ran from 2021 to 2022, airing 26 episodes that spanned one season (although HBO Max will tell you it spanned two). It is the sixth Flintstones series after The Flintstones. There is a Hanna-Barbera logo at the end, despite the fact it's still a defunct studio.

Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, along with pet, Dino, venture into the unexplored Crags outside of Bedrock, where new dinosaurs are waiting to be discovered and potentially harassed by the scientifically curious Pebbles and meat-headed Bamm-Bamm.

This is the second series after Cave Kids to star Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm, and Dino, although, unlike that series, the parents are included, who now barely read like their original counterparts, so, pros and cons.

It's also notable for cameos by the Great Gazoo from The Flintstones, Moonrock Crater from The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, and Captain Caveman, who's only called Caveman (or Oomf) at this point.

Production

Development

In early 2016, character designer Chris Battle was one of the artists tasked with creating a new series called Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!, about a much younger Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, which came close to being made into a pilot, before being put on hold.[1]

On May 23, 2018, the series was announced to be debuted in 2019 on Boomerang's online subscription service, with Mark Marek and Marly Halpern-Graser producing.[2]

Marek aged them up to around 8 to 10, because he felt that age group had yet to be fleshed out yet.[3] making it inadvertently appear to be random (just like ABC's Sports Night).

On August 13, 2018, it was announced that the series would be outsourced to Dublin-based animation studio Salty Dog Pictures.[4]

The canned laugh track has made a comeback but is employed only in the scenes set in Bedrock, as a nod to the original series,[3]

Aftermath

In 2018, Boomerang previewed the series with "The Grass is Always Dinner" in a newsletter for subscribers, which was subsequently leaked, receiving negative reactions from the animation community of fans, causing Boomerang to silently drop it. It did, however, air in Europe during 2020, and eventually, after a year-long delay in Canada, the first few episodes aired on Teletoon during the fall of 2020, until all their attention moved onto the Animaniacs revival for not only first-run showings, but also repeated viewings.

Series co-creator Halpern-Graser confirmed the series had been cancelled by the end of that year.[5][6] All the storyboard artists were laid off that month, which was abrupt according to Joe Apel, as the series was expected to last at least two seasons.[7] Will Terrell, an artist on Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, another Warner Bros. Animation-produced series, also announced that his series, Wacky Races, and Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs had been canceled.[8][9]

Joan Ford, writer of "Dawn of the Disposals," which introduced Shaley, was a male to female transgender cave kid, but the cancelation of the series prevented that revelation from occurring.[10]

Two other Caveman/Oomf episodes had been written, where he would travel to Bedrock, and then join a circus gaining the moniker of Captain Caveman.[11]

On August 19, 2021, it was announced that HBO Max would host it as one of their originals for September 30.[12] Would the positive reactions to Jellystone! have anything to do with it? The second half of the season, promoted as season 2, was made available on February 17, 2022.

Music

The theme song was written and performed by Mark Marek. The score was composed by Alessandro Tabora.

Episodes

Title Number Air date
"Mistaking Sides" 1x01 September 30, 2021
"Rock Me, Plantasaurus" 1x02 September 30, 2021
"Yabba-Dabba-Dabba-Kamma-Kamma-Chameleon" 1x03 September 30, 2021
"Treehouse Blues" 1x04 September 30, 2021
"Yabba Dabba Don't" 1x05 September 30, 2021
"Alien vs. Pebbles" 1x06 September 30, 2021
"Gonna Fly Now" 1x07 September 30, 2021
"The Grass is Always Dinner" 1x08 September 30, 2021
"Dawn of the Disposals" 1x09 September 30, 2021
"Agony Alley" 1x10 September 30, 2021
"Dino Holds Barred" 1x11 September 30, 2021
"The Spirit of Frostnos" 1x12 September 30, 2021
"Invasion of the Trendsetters" 1x13 September 30, 2021
"Bammnesia" 1x14 February 17, 2022
"The Rocks and the Rolliest" 1x15 February 17, 2022
"Dino Whisperer" 1x16 February 17, 2022
"Dinosaurs with Angel Faces" 1x17 February 17, 2022
"The Puddle Sitters Club" 1x18 February 17, 2022
"Doppel Dino" 1x19 February 17, 2022
"Pave Crag-adise" 1x20 February 17, 2022
"Art Attack" 1x21 February 17, 2022
"Over My Shed Body" 1x22 February 17, 2022
"Goo-rillas in the Mist" 1x23 February 17, 2022
"Woman from the Future" 1x24 February 17, 2022
"Caveman Begins" 1x25 February 17, 2022
"The Point of a Friend" 1x26 February 17, 2022

One of the unproduced episodes was called "The Bedrock Beast," possibly about Captain Caveman.[13]

Release

Premiere dates of countries are in order of release:

Cast

References

  1. ^ Battle, Chris (February 5, 2020). "In early 2016, I was one of several artists asked to take a shot at designing a new Flintstones show about young Pebbles & Bamm Bamm that was in development at WB. A fun assignment (done between seasons of TTG), and it almost went to pilot, but the project stalled and I figured that was the end of that. Little did I know that almost 2 years later there’d be more work to do…". Instagram. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  2. ^ Spangler, Todd (May 23, 2018). "Boomerang Streaming Service to Add New ‘Scooby-Doo,’ ‘Flintstones’ Spinoffs in 2019". Variety. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Swardt, Edward (March 5, 2020). "Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs brings back The Flintstones for the new age". Vamers. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  4. ^ AWN Staff Editor (August 13, 2022). "Ireland's Salty Dog Pictures Headed to Bedrock". Animation World Network. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  5. ^ Halpern-Graser, Marly in response to @KennyPickett (December 17, 2018). "Bad news: it's canceled.". Twitter. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  6. ^ Halpern-Graser, Marly in response to @KennyPickett (December 17, 2018). "Working on this show, I learned that after Gazoo was introduced to The Flintstones, the show was almost immediately canceled. I can't confirm or deny that we have Gazoo in an episode of Yabba but we WERE canceled so...". Twitter. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  7. ^ Apel, Joe (January 1, 2019). "Our crew on Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs found out a week before Christmas that our show, which was intended for 2 seasons, is being abruptly cut short and we're only producing one season of the show.". Instagram. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  8. ^ Terrell, Will (December 12, 2018). "Sadly, three shows at Warner Bros. were canceled this week, including mine.". Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  9. ^ Terrell, Will (December 12, 2018). "Not that I know of. The 3 shows that I know were canceled were all the Boomerang App Exclusive shows. Wacky Races, Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs, and Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, which I was on.". Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  10. ^ Ford, Joan (March 31, 2020). "Happy #TransDayOfVisibility! This is Shaley! A character I created for Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs. She's a 10 year old, action star wannabe and she's trans! I think she's the first LGTBQ character to appear in a Flintstones show. (There have already been some in the comics).". Twitter. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  11. ^ Clemmons, Steve (March 22, 2021). In response to @HBgrifkuba: "Yes! We wrote a 3 episode arc but the 2nd and 3rd scripts were never produced. One was about Oomf going to Bedrock and the other was about him joining a circus where he's given the moniker Captain Caveman. We had no plans for his story beyond that though.". Twitter. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  12. ^ Leiber Sarah Jae (August 19, 2021). "HBO Max Announces New Material for September 2021". Broadway World. Retrieved August 20, 2021.
  13. ^ Grunert, Dick (March 23, 2021). "“The Bedrock Beast” was my favorite script to write. It kills me it never got made.". Twitter. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  14. ^ Media Release (February 3, 2020). "Ignite your inner fire with Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs!". WarnerMedia. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  15. ^ Boomerang TV (February 17, 2020). "Pebbles Flintstone, Bamm-Bamm Rubble and Dino the crazy pet dinosaur, are here to take you through endless adventures, without forgetting about the importance of friendship ❤️🌳 🦕 Tune in TODAY for Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs premiere at 18:05 CAT!". Facebook. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  16. ^ Florey DM (April 30, 2020). "Mark Marek discusses Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs". Cinema Online. Retrieved July 20, 2022.