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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!
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 »
Since 1997, a slightly truncated new color version of the original opening and closing credits have been added to first and second season episodes airing on some stations. In addition, the Laserdisc versions of first season episodes have the complete color credits that include the ABC network logo (stone age version!) at the very end. It is widely believed that the only complete, uncut versions of the first and second year episodes complete with commercial promos exist as 16 mm black and white prints in the hands of a few collectors. See more »
A historic cartoon show that broke many boundaries including being the first to air over a hundred episodes.
Fred Flintstone, the gruff but also lovable working class stiff was introduced to audiences everywhere in the 60's. His wife Wilma and his neighbours Betty and Barney Rubble were the most loyal and helpful people in his life and Fred took advantage of that in every way he could.
Although what I have just written makes Fred look like the ultimate beast you couldn't write a character like this without him having redeemable qualities as well. So Fred is also trustworthy when Wilma tells him to and works hard to give her things she so desperately craves eg. glamorous clothes though the most times she has to return them.
As the series evolved so did the characters so Fred, Wilma, Betty and Barney all became parents. Pebbles, Fred and Wilma's daughter were the pride and joy of Fred and he became a babbling softy when he became her father. Barney stayed himself and Betty and Wilma didn't change all that much either. There was one major difference in Wilma's character. She didn't put up with so much anymore. She wasn't just a spectator anymore. She tried to become something other than a housewife and Fred didn't like it one bit at first, but those were the breaks and he had to.
I think the earliest episodes of the Flintstones were the best but not because the character of Fred was more mean spirited and chauvinistic (a caveman if you will) but when Betty got a new voice (Gerry Johnson) she lost all appeal. She sounded like a boob (no pun intended) and Barney got pushed into the background. The early episode saw Betty and Barney actually standing up to Fred on a number of occasions and that was the morale of the show that you couldn't let Fred get away with his selfishness all the time.
I will not compare this show to the other more successful show the Simpsons of today because I think they are in entirely different leagues. The Simpsons are at times so out there where as the Flintstones is for the most part totally believable except for the stone age setting. So both have merit and they should be judged entirely on their own terms.
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