Fred and Barney are caught up in a swirl of spies' intrigue, with exotic and menacing strangers and multiple threats on their lives, all while Wilma and Betty are waiting for them to return with the ...
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 famous theme song "Meet the Flintstones" wasn't introduced until season three. 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". 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. 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). See more »
The bosses of Fred and Barney both have a first name of George, but their last name keeps changing from Slate to Granite, back & forth throughout season one. See more »
[Having discovered Fred and wanting to cast him in the role of the loud-mouthed husband in the new show, "The Frogmouth"]
That voice, that voice! He's the perfect Frogmouth! Get that frog! I mean, get that man! Get him up here right away! So you're Wilma's husband. I knew it, I knew it! One look at her, and I knew it! Tell me, Fred, did you ever do any acting?
Well, heh-heh, one year I was in the spring play at Public School 158.
And you were Hamlet? Uh, Romeo? Er, King Arthur?
Na-a-aw, no, none of...
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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 »
In 1970s Hungary, the series' dialogue was rewritten in prose by renowned playwright, poet and satirist József Romhányi, who made all of the characters speak in constant rhymes and wordplays, and inserted cultural references not found in the original dialogue. Most of the cast were also given new names that often also rhymed with each other (Frédi & Béni for Fred & Barney, and Vilma & Irma for Wilma & Betty), and even the Hungarian title had a rhyme in it ("Frédi és Béni, avagy a két kökorszaki szaki", meaning "Freddy and Benny, or the Two Stone-Age Pals/Handyman"). All of the music and sound effects were also redone, though music was only minimally used, allowing the snappy dialogue to carry the series. The show became an astonishing success in the country, Romhányi became a celebrated star and the voice actors were often asked to perform comedy routines at various events or on TV, dressed as their cartoon counterparts. The dub's cult status continues to influence many Hungarian cartoon dubs even to this day. Romhányi's reasoning for this drastic reinterpretation was that he felt the rhymes and wordplays would add not only a new layer of humor, but also help non-Americans familiarize themselves with the American themes and jokes. One urban legend even claims that upon hearing of the show's success in Hungary, the original creators attempted to rewrite the dialogue in verse, however there are no known records to confirm this rumor. Hungary did produce a series of official Flintstones filmstrips with rhyming dialogue cards, which were indeed exported to other countries and translated into other languages, which might be where the rumor originated from. Since only part of the series was dubbed in the '70s, it was given a modern Hungarian dub during the mid-to-late 2000s, with the new translators making great efforts to stay true to the spirit of Romhányi's work. This dub kept the original soundtrack, but changed character names even further (Frédi Flintstone to Kovakövi Frédi and Béni Rubble to Kavicsi Béni) and added more contemporary pop culture jokes. Some episodes and spin-off movies were also dubbed during the '90s for VHS releases, these versions had no rhyming and stayed faithful to the original dialogue. See more »
Performed by Fred, Barney and L. Johnson
Written by A. Smith and L/ Johnson See more »
We Owe A Debt To Joseph Barbera And William Hanna
Joseph Barbera and the late William Hanna are responsible for giving us many many hours of cartoon fun over the years with fantastic shows such as The Flinstones, The Jetsons, Top Cat, Penelope Pitstop and Scooby Doo. The Flinstones is my favourite along with Scooby-Doo.
For starters, who can forget the theme song? I've never ever been able to get it out of my head-it will stick with me for a long time.
The premise itself is interesting-a comedy series about a stone age family who lead simple and carefree lives. The funniest thing was how the Flinstones used to use animals as everyday objects.
Who can forget the chemistry between Fred and Barney Rubble? Two good friends who would do anything for each other and whose friendship meant the world to them both. Two friends who were devoted to their wives and children even if they were buffoons at times. Two good friends whose hearts were always in the right place. Hey, I've got to be honest-the world would be a better place if we all lived like the Flinstones.
A great cartoon show. Hanna and Barbera have given us enough great cartoon memories to last a lifetime.
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