Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs

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Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs
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Created by: Mark Marek
Marly Halpern-Graser
Production company: Warner Bros. Animation
Distributor: Warner Bros. Television
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 TV sitcom produced by Warner Bros. Animation for the Boomerang's SVOD service, although this never came to fruition, because Boomerang had no convictions towards the negative reactions from the animation community based on one episode that was leaked. 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. It is the sixth Flintstones series after The Flintstones.

The canned laugh track has made a comeback, but is employed at completely random times (just like Sports Night). There is also a Hanna-Barbera logo at the end, despite the fact it's still a defunct studio.

The series is about Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, along with pet, Dino, who 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]

Aftermath

On December 12, 2018, Will Terrell an artist on Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, another Warner Bros. Animation-produced series, announced that his series, Wacky Races, and Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs had been canceled.[2][3] Joe Apel, who worked as an artist on Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs, confirmed this abrupt cancellation since the series was intended for two seasons. All the storyboard artists had been laid off that same month.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

Music

The music is composed by Alessandro Tabora, while the theme song is written and performed by Mark Marek.

Episodes

Title Number Air date
"Mistaking Sides" 1x01 February 3, 2020 (UK & Ireland)
"Rock Me, Plantasaurus" 1x02 February 3, 2020 (UK & Ireland)
"Yabba-Dabba-Dabba-Kamma-Kamma-Chameleon" 1x03 February 4, 2020 (UK & Ireland)
"Treehouse Blues" 1x04 February 5, 2020 (UK & Ireland)
"Yabba Dabba Don't" 1x05 February 6, 2020 (UK & Ireland)
"Alien vs. Pebbles" 1x06 February 7, 2020 (UK & Ireland)
"Gonna Fly Now" 1x07 February 10, 2020 (UK & Ireland)
"The Grass is Always Dinner" 1x08 February 11, 2020 (UK & Ireland)
"Dawn of the Disposals" 1x09 March 8, 2020 (Poland)
"Agony Alley" 1x10 February 12, 2020 (UK & Ireland)
"Dino Holds Barred" 1x11 February 13, 2020 (UK & Ireland)
"The Spirit of Frostnos" 1x12 February 14, 2020 (UK & Ireland)
"Invasion of the Trendsetters" 1x13 February 17, 2020 (UK & Ireland)
"Bammnesia" 1x14 February 18, 2020 (UK & Ireland)
"The Rocks and the Rolliest" 1x15 March 21, 2020 (Poland)
"Dino Whisperer" 1x16 March 22, 2020 (Poland)
"Dinosaurs with Angel Faces" 1x17 March 22, 2020 (Poland)
"The Puddle Sitters Club" 1x18 March 28, 2020 (Poland)
"Doppel Dino" 1x19 March 28, 2020 (Poland)
"Pave Crag-adise" 1x20 March 29, 2020 (Poland)
"Art Attack" 1x21 March 29, 2020 (Poland)
"Over My Shed Body" 1x22 April 4, 2020 (Poland)
"Goo-rillas in the Mist" 1x23 April 4, 2020 (Poland)
"Woman from the Future" 1x24 April 5, 2020 (Poland)
"Caveman Begins" 1x25 April 5, 2020 (Poland)
"The Point of a Friend" 1x26 April 11, 2020 (Poland)

One of the unproduced episodes was called "The Bedrock Beast," possibly about Captain Caveman.[7]

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. ^ Terrell, Will (December 12, 2018). "Sadly, three shows at Warner Bros. were canceled this week, including mine.". Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Apel, Joe (January 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.