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(1960–1966)

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Almost like appearing as a guest male or female villain, on Batman (1966), being guest-star voice(s) on The Flintstones (1960) animation series was considered, by most celebrities during the 1960s, as a badge of honor.
William Hanna wanted to do a family-style series, but he and Joseph Barbera couldn't agree on the setting or the costuming. Suddenly, Hanna exclaimed, "Let's do it in a caveman setting! They won't wear clothes, they'll just wear animal skins!" After that great & supreme idea, everything from then on , "perfectly fell into its place".
Fred and Wilma were originally supposed to be parents to a son, named "Fred Flintstone Junior".The decision was made, that there would be a "Wilma Flintstone Junior", instead of "Fred Flintstone Junior". They added an s, to Wilma's maiden name of Pebble. (Pebble + s = Pebbles). The s was added to Wilma Pebble's earlier days, as a damsel. The mother, Wilma & daughter, Pebbles, are 100% redheads for sure. Their son to-be, appeared in an early press release book, and in a Little Golden Book, "The Flintstones". However, this was changed from the cast before the series went into production. Later, when the Flintstones did have a child, it was decided that the baby would be a daughter, instead of a son, especially for merchandising reasons, as girl dolls especially the most popular Barbie, of almost any design, supposedly sells far much better than boy dolls, like G. I. Joe, approximately a 60 to 1 ratio.
The Flintstone's top two characters, "Fred Flintstone", (voice of Alan Reed) "Wilma Flintstone" (voice of Jean Vander Pyl) and their nearby neighbors, the Rubble's, "Barney Rubble" (voices of Mel Blanc & Daws Butler and "Betty Rubble" (voices of Bea Benaderet, in first four seasons & Gerry Johnson, in seasons five and six) were originated from the four main characters and with extremely identical personalities, from The Honeymooners (1955). Jackie Gleason was heavily tempted to sue the Hanna & Barbera studio, over The Flintstones (1960)'s resemblances, (in animation) to The Honeymooners (1955) until friends pointed out to him that it might be bad for his current acting career image and heavily tarnish his acting career (from then on), if he became known as "the man who killed Fred Flintstone" & deeply weaken his popularity & acting career, with a negative note. If Gleason did go through,with his extremely heavy thought & temptation of suing Hanna & Barbera, he most likely would have been given the role of Sheriff, Buford T. Justice, in 1977's top theatrical comedy role in theatrical movies, Smokey and the Bandit (1977) & its sequel Smokey and the Bandit II (1980). A Warner Brothers cartoon, Wild Wild World (1960) was also been cited as an additional influence, as a "trouble maker".
The original unaired pilot The Flintstones: The Flagstones (1960) was produced in 1959. It is only 1 minute & 42 seconds, equaling 102 seconds. The series was intended to be called "The Flagstones" but the title was changed when the creators of the comic strip "Hi and Lois" (a spin-off of "Beetle Bailey"), about a suburban American family named the Flagstons, threatened legal action, of a possible law suit, so William Hanna & Joseph Barbera changed the Stone-Age family's last-name, from Flagstone to Flintstone, before The Flintstones: The Flintstone Flyer (1960) was produced.
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For almost all of season two, after Mel Blanc's near-fatal automobile accident on Tuesday, January 24th, 1961, the show was taped in his bedroom where he lay in a full-body cast. Daws Butler, who had voiced both Fred and Barney in the original pilot The Flintstones: The Flagstones (1960) filled in as the voice of Barney Rubble for five episodes. The titles & address links, (where Daws Butler filled in for the recovering 'Mel Blanc' are 1st: The Flintstones: The Hit Song Writers (1961). 2nd: The Flintstones: Droop Along Flintstone (1961). 3rd: The Flintstones: Fred Flintstone Woos Again (1961). 4th: The Flintstones: The Rock Quarry Story (1961). & 5th, The Flintstones: The Little White Lie (1961).Executive Producer, Joseph Barbera did say that as many as 16 people, along with recording equipment, speakers and other items crowded into Mel Blanc's bedroom, as he was recovering.
To capitalize on the then-current craze of "ghoul comedies" such as The Addams Family (1964) and The Munsters (1964), the Gruesomes (Weirdly, his wife Creepella and their son Gobby) were introduced in the fifth season as the Flintstones' newest neighbors. But they appeared just twice. They were in The Flintstones: The Gruesomes (1964) & The Flintstones: The Hatrocks and the Gruesomes (1965).
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Dino was originally the very talkative bright blue furred Snorkasaurus & with black round spots, in The Flintstones: The Snorkasaurus Hunter (1961), his fur/skin color often changed throughout the show, but he was at least 90% purple. Plus, he has three large solid black round circles, in his fur color.
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The famous theme song, "Meet the Flintstones", wasn't introduced until season three, and colorized. The song was first introduced on a children's record, performed by the TV cast, and included verses about Barney and Betty Rubble as well as Dino. The first two seasons used an instrumental piece of music titled "Rise and Shine" that resembled the later Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show theme "Overture." When the series went into syndication, a standardized set of opening and closing credits was used for most episodes in order to remove references to first season sponsor Winston cigarettes, thus all episodes now begin with "Meet the Flintstones", in the Opening Credits. Although "Meet the Flintstones" was not used as the show's theme until season three's debut, The Flintstones: Dino Goes Hollyrock (1962), it was the theme song for the final 106 episodes, of the series' run. The DVD release of season one reveals that the melody of the song was a major part of the show's score as early as the second episode, The Flintstones: The Flintstone Flyer (1960).
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The Flintstone's had three addresses, during the series' six seasons run. First: 222 Rocky Way. Second: 345 Stonecave Road. Third: 301 Cobblestone Way. The final ("official") address given was 301 Cobblestone Way, Bedrock 70777. 70777 is the real ZIP code for Slaughter, Louisiana.
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Pebbles Flintstone was born at the Rockville Hospital on February 22nd, 10,000 B. C. at 8:20 P M. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, equaling 108 ounces. Her name originated from Wilma's maiden name of Pebble, Fred also added one s to Wilma's maiden name of "Pebble". (Pebble + s = Pebbles). There is no doubt, that their red-headed daughter's seven locks of dark red hair, was from Wilma's dark red hair genes & her family side, (before maiden, Wilma met and married bachelor, Fred Flintstone). This special episode, The Flintstones: The Blessed Event (1963) originally televised on Friday, February 22nd, 1963 A. D., 11,963 years after the date written on the DVD, VHS & Blu-ray recordings. The pre-recorded DVD's, Blu-Ray & VHS has it with a substitute title of "Dress Rehearsal".
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The Flintstones (1960) was at one time the longest-running prime-time animation cartoon weekly series. The Simpsons (1989) took their record over, in 1997. However, it is still the longest Hanna & Barbera studio production held, their studio record lasted for 30 years & has been in second place, for 18+ years. 30 years at first place & 18+ years at second place = 48 years, at-least.
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The Flintstone's house size, design and furniture change in almost every episode. The Rubble's house figure is almost always different, when it is shown, which is rare. However, it is shown.(while Barney & Betty are in extremely deep frustrations, about not being parents) in The Flintstones: Little Bamm-Bamm (1963).
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The show was broadcast in black-and-white for the first 61 episodes during seasons 1 & 2 of 1960-61 & 1961-62. There are 29 in 1960-61. 32 more in second season, of 1961-62 [most productive season]. (The final 106: seasons 3, 4, 5 & 6 were filmed in color and the introductory theme song "Meet the Flintstones") There are 28, in season three. There are 26 in season four. There 26 in season five. There are 26 in season six. Although all materials (episodes, Winston cigarette commercials, plus Opening & Closing Credits) were always produced in color (thus the color versions of the "Rise and Shine" Opening & Closing credits that now air).
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Fred and Wilma Flintstone were the first married couple, ever, to be seen actually in bed together on US television.
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Despite later versions and spin-offs, including both of the live action films, showing that he did, Barney Rubble was never once shown to have worked for the Slate & Co. quarry along side Fred in the original series. However, Barney did have leadership over Fred, just once, after Mr. Slate realized they were very closely blood related but unknown to each other for a long time, (like uncle & nephew) in The Flintstones: Fred's New Boss (1962).
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Pebbles' birth in The Flintstones: The Blessed Event (1963) was the 84th and center of the 167 episodes. There are 83 episodes before and 83 episodes after. On a prerecorded DVD or Blu-Ray disc & VHS tape, it has a substitute title of "Dress Rehearsal."
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The Flintstones: The Swimming Pool (1960) was the first episode made, (but was temporarily held back), after debut The Flintstones: The Flagstones (1960), but not the first one aired. This was because co-directors, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera felt that Fred and Barney's quarreling throughout a majority of their 167 episodes and would not a good way to begin their new series. Therefore, the third episode of the series The Flintstones: The Flintstone Flyer (1960) was the first one to air, following The Flintstones: The Flagstones (1960). The Swimming Pool was the fourth one aired, following the series' debut, "The Flagstones". Second, "The Flintstone Flyer". Third, The Flintstones: Hot Lips Hannigan (1960).
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Fred Flintstone's appearance was based on Alan Reed's personal physique & human appearance, but in animation.
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Bamm-Bamm was adopted by Barney and Betty Rubble, after his true & biological parents abandoned him and left his crib on the Rubble doorstep. The identity of Bamm-Bamm's birth parents, remained a top secret & mystery. The was always kept and never revealed from then on. In for the duration of the series and subsequent animated spin-off projects. His debut was in The Flintstones: Little Bamm-Bamm (1963), on Thursday, October 3rd, 1963, it is 92nd of the 167 episodes, which was just the eighth after Wilma Flintstone bore Pebbles Flintstone in The Flintstones: The Blessed Event (1963) on Friday, February 22nd, 1963. These two parenthood dates, Friday, February 22nd, 1963, (Pebbles' birth) & Thursday, October 3rd, 1963, (when Bamm-Bamm's crib was left at the Rubble doorstep), differ 223 days, equaling 31 weeks & 6 days.
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Actress, Jean Vander Pyl the voice of "Wilma Flintstone" & daughter, "Pebbles Flintstone". She was the only person that was in the series through-out, from beginning to end. She acted and spoke in all 167 episodes. From original pilot episode, The Flintstones: The Flagstones (1960), Sunday, May 1st, 1960 to the series finale, Friday, April 1st, 1966 The Flintstones: The Story of Rocky's Raiders (1966). First and last dates, (Sunday, May 1st, 1960) & series' finale, (Friday, April 1st, 1966), differ 2,161 days, equaling 308 weeks & 5 days. Plus, she occasionally also did the voices of a few other female characters (usually evil or a criminal), through out the series' six season run. In reality, Jean was pregnant, with a child, approximately one month with her third son, Roger DeWitt as Fred & Wilma Flintstones parenthood episode, The Flintstones: The Blessed Event (1963) was being filmed & it first televised on Friday, February 22nd, 1963. Evidence: his IMDb link shows his date of birth, (Thursday), October 19th, 1963, which was 239 days, (34 weeks & 1 day), was after "Pebbles"s debut). Jean occasionally spoke other female characters, along with being Wilma Flintstone & daughter, Pebbles Flintstone, during the series' six seasons' weekly tenure.
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The two "Betty Rubble" voice actresses, Bea Benaderet (seasons 1, 2, 3 & 4, were 114 shows, after the series' debut, titled The Flintstones: The Flagstones (1960) and her replacement, Gerry Johnston (seasons 5 & 6, the final 52 shows). Both were born on April 4th. Bea was born on Wednesday, April 4th, 1906, and Gerry was born twelve years later on Thursday, April 4th, 1918. 12 years, (+ three February 29th's, is 4,383 days, equaling 626 weeks & 1 day), difference, among the two full time "Betty Rubble" voice actress birth-dates, (after series' debut). Second "Betty Rubble" voice & additional fact of Gerry Johnson' Thursday, April 4th, 1918, was her date of birth: she was just seventeen days (2 weeks & 3 days), when Germany's Baron von Richthofen, (aka "Red Baron") was shot down, on Sunday, April 21st, 1918, during World War I.
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Fred Flintstone has 2 construction bosses, their names are "Mr. Slate" (95%) & "Mr. Rockhead" (5%), a 19 to 1 ratio. Plus, Barney Rubble was Fred Flintstone's boss once, in The Flintstones: Fred's New Boss (1962).
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At least six episodes in the series contain identical plot summaries, that were very reminiscent & very identical (but animated) of classic Laurel & Hardy films. The Flintstones: The Flintstone Flyer (1960) heavily resembled Laurel & Hardy's 1931 short film, Be Big! (1931). The Flintstones: The Split Personality (1960) resembled a Laurel & Hardy's feature, A Chump at Oxford (1940). The Flintstones: The Hot Piano (1961) very deeply resembled the plot summary of Laurel & Hardy's 1932 classic, Academy Award winning short film, The Music Box (1932). The Flintstones: The Buffalo Convention (1962) resembled the classic 1933 Laurel & Hardy's feature Sons of the Desert (1933). The Flintstones: Seeing Doubles (1965) resembled the 1936 Laurel & Hardy's feature Our Relations (1936). "The Flintstones" (1960) {Jealousy (#6.23)}_ very deeply resembled Laurel & Hardy's 1929 silent film That's My Wife (1929).
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The phrase "Yabba-Dabba-Doo!" was thought up after Alan Reed told Hannah & Barbera creators, William Hanna & Joseph Barbera that his mother was once fond of the long running (now expired) Brylcreem's hair-styling slogan, "A little dab'll do ya!"
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In the Closing Credits, of seasons of 3, 4, 5 & 6, the saber-toothed cat immediately runs back into the Flintstones house, just after Fred took it out, for the night, and it puts Fred out the front door, (just like "return to sender"). It can be seen three times, first in The Flintstones: Nuttin' But the Tooth (1962). Second is The Flintstones: The Blessed Event (1963). And the third, is in the opening minutes of The Flintstones: Pebbles' Birthday Party (1964). After being rudely awakened, it verbally & quickly said "That does it. I'm turning myself in at the animal shelter. At least I can get a night's sleep" (it then immediately ran away, especially to avoid any more of Fred Flintstone's extremely loud snoring).
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Among all The Flintstones (1960)'s 167 episode dates: 124 were on Fridays, 40 Thursdays, 1 Sunday, 1 Saturday & 1 Monday. Only Sunday, was Hanna & Barbera's test debut of the long time hidden, The Flintstones: The Flagstones (1960) was on Sunday, May 1st, 1960. Only Saturday, The Flintstones: The Astra' Nuts (1961), was on Saturday, March 1st, 1961. Only Monday, The Flintstones: Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1962), it was on Monday, April 30th, 1962.
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In an least one production cel, it appears that the series was almost mistakenly titled "The Gladstones" at one point.
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The original Rubbles: Mel Blanc (Barney) and Bea Benaderet (Betty) also worked together voicing Warner Brothers' Looney Toons &.Merry Melodies characters. Both Blanc and Benadaret also voiced parts, together in some of Jack Benny's radio programs.
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Actress, Jean Vander Pyl (only full timer), was truly pregnant for approximately one month, with her third son, Roger DeWitt. Also, the two family parenthood episodes were filmed & televised n 1963, (Flintstones were first & Rubbles were second, at adopting Bamm-Bamm, 223 days later). The Flintstones: The Blessed Event (1963), as Fred &.Wilma became parents of daughter, Pebbles Flintstone, on Friday, February 22nd, 1963 & The Flintstones: Little Bamm-Bamm (1963), Thursday, October 3rd, 1963, 223 days (31 weeks & 6 days, between Pebbles' birth & "Bamm-Bamm" left at the Rubbles doors, overnight). Roger DeWitt's date of birth, Saturday, October 19th, 1963, proves he was born just over half a month, sixteen days (2 weeks & 2 days) after "Bamm-Bamm" was given up by his biological parents, on Thursday, October 3rd, 1963 & 239 days (34 weeks & 1 day) & 239 days (34 weeks & 1 day) after Wilma successfully bore Pebbles, on Friday, February 22nd, 1963. Roger's birth occurred 223 days, a week shy of being just over seven months after Pebbles' birth & sixteen days after "Bamm-Bamm" being left at the Rubble doorstep. Additional fact: seven episodes are between these two parenthood programs.
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The Flintstones: The Flintstone Canaries (1963) is the very first time Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are put on Dino's head as Opening Credits conclude. This occurred the final 73 Opening Credits. (Pebbles is on Dino's head 83 times, 10 times alone, and 73 with Bamm-Bamm) Pebbles was alone on Dino's head ten times, starting with The Flintstones: Carry On, Nurse Fred (1963) Only Pebbles is on Dino's head the final five programs of season four & first five of season five.
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