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This popular animated television cartoon featured two Stone Age families, the Flintstones and their neighbors, the Rubbles. Much of the humor was based on its comic portrayals of modern conveniences, reinterpreted using Stone Age 'technology.' Most notably were their cars, complete with absence of floorboards to allow them to be 'foot-powered.'Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Something old - Something new! But nothing borrowed and nothing blue! A brand new idea - an adult cartoon series! THE FLINTSTONES!...a couple just like the folks you know - except they live in the Stone Age!
The opening sequence started out the same all through the series, with Fred working, the foreman blowing the work whistle, Fred happily jumping out of his workstation on the dinosaur, sliding down the tail straight into his car and taking off.
The original opening had him stopping at the time clock, clocking out, then heading home, where Wilma, Dino and Baby Puss run out of the house to get in the car. After that they're shown driving to a drive-in theater, then Fred puts the drive-in speaker on the car and Dino pops his head through the roof of the car, and they settle in to watch the movie.
The first change was after Pebbles was born. The time clock scene was eliminated entirely for the rest of the series. Fred is shown driving home, running into the house to pick up Pebbles, then running back out with her, with Wilma, Dino and Baby Puss in tow. After settling in at the drive-in Pebble is placed on top of Dino's head.
The second change was after Bamm-Bamm was adopted by the Rubbles. When Fred pulled up, Wilma ran out holding Pebbles, followed by Dino and Baby Puss as usual. The Flintstones then stop for the Rubbles, and they squeeze into the back of the car before continuing on. At the drive-in, both Fred and Barney place Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm on Dino's head. See more »
In numerous episodes throughout the series, the capacity of passengers in both Fred and Barney's cars changes back and forth from seating two passengers to four passengers. See more »
[while reading from an issue of "Weird Detective" magazine]
Hmmmm, here's the "Crook of the Month" - "Fifteen thousand reward for information leading to apprehension of Albert Bonehart - wanted for questioning in disappearance of three former wives - Bonehart's fourth wife was last seen in a railroad station - in a valise, a ladies hat box and an executive's brief case." Well, that's one way of sending your wife to the country.
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First season episodes incorporated an ad for Winston Cigarettes into the opening credits (this version of the opening was removed for syndication). Due to the decision to use a standard opening and closing for syndicated versions of the episodes, numerous episodes have incorrect closing credits. Sixth & last season episode debuted with, The Flintstones: No Biz Like Show Biz (1965) dropped the "Meet the Flintstones" closing credit song, in favor of footage of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm singing "Let the Sunshine In." (a reminder of Fred Flintstone's dream, earlier in the musical program). See more »
The original opening credits for the first two seasons of the show feature Fred driving home (presumably from work), along the way stopping to gets his gas filled up and buy a dress for Wilma. When he gets home, he walks right pass Wilma (grabbing the food she offers him), and then pops back into the shot to give her a kiss. He then proceeds to hop into his chair (requiring a green Dino to hop *out* of the chair), turns on the TV, and proceeds to tune in to "The Flintstones, sponsored by Winston Cigarettes..." This credits sequence also featured a different (instrumental) theme song, "Rise and Shine." The more familiar "Meet the Flintstones" opening sequence and theme song were not used until season three (1962-1963). Due to the decision to use standardized credits in syndication, the early version of the credits went unseen for almost 30 years, although "Rise and Shine" is still present as incidental score in most episodes. Turner finally began distributing prints using the original opening credits sequence (in color and on the shows that it orginally aired with) in 1997, minus its plugs for Winston. See more »
Classic Hanna-Barbera show though it took some hits.
"The Flintstones" to me is indeed one of the greatest cartoons that was produced by Hanna-Barbera. For those who aren't familiar with this show (which I'll be shocked with if there are.) The shows premise is about a blue collar, dino crane operator in Fred Flintstone, who in each episode had a wacky situation along with his wife Wilma, and his neighbors Barney and Betty Rubble. The show is basically "The Honeymooners" except it's animated. The show also had an adult style (not porno) to it, but it was light. However, there were some things that occured that affected the show...
First off, the birth of Pebbles. Don't get me wrong, I had nothing against Pebbles, or Bam-Bamm the world's strongest baby that the Rubbles adopted, I think their appearances to the show hurt it since the show was originally a adult oriented show. What I'm saying is that now with kids on the show, it wasn't as adult oriented. The show was losing ground then, but that moment can't top the moment when the Great Gazoo came in. This was when the show really lost it. All of the life that "The Flinstones" had left was sucked dry when Great Gazoo came in. He ruined the show, and finished what was left of it off, and left it for dead basically. Sadly the show left the airwaves in 1966, but Hanna-Barbera began to beat the show to the ground in the 1970's with debacles like "The Pebbles and Bam-Bamm Show" (Possibly the WORST Hanna-Barbera spinoff show ever!), and the shows where Fred and Barney met the Thing, and that blob called "The Shmoo" (Both of these shows were CRAP!!!) were just bad. However, the original show itself is still great after 40+ years.
This show overall gets a 10/10 for the Pre-Pebbles birth episodes, a 5/10 for the Post Pebbles birth episodes, and a whomping 0/10 for the awful Great Gazoo episodes (thought there weren't a lot).
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