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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 »
For syndication, all of the episodes were re-edited to have standardized opening and closing credits. The "Meet the Flintstones" version of the credits/theme was used, with these variations depending on original air date:
All pre-February 1963 (meaning "pre-Pebbles") episodes feature only Fred, Wilma, and Dino going to the drive-in/coming home from the drive-in.
Episodes which contain Pebbles but not Bamm-Bamm (February 1963- October 1963), save for episode 4.3 "Little Bamm-Bamm" feature Fred, Wilma, Dino and Pebbles going to the drive-in/coming home from the drive-in (completely new insert shots features Fred going in to pick Pebbles up and take her to the car). The corresponding end credits have a copyright of "1962," although episodes which were produced in 1960 and 1961 (which originally aired with the "Rise and Shine" opening credits) appeared in syndication with this set of credits.
Episodes with both kids (from November 1963 on) have not only all three Flintstones (and Dino) going to/coming home from the movies, but also all three Rubbles as well. The corresponding end credits have a copyright of "1965," although episodes which were produced in 1963 and 1964 appeared in syndication with this set of credits (these episodes originally featured the "Pebbles' version). Virtually all of the syndicated prints (and most copies broadcast today) feature incorrect end credits (which were always episode-specific during the original run of the show), except for the three episodes from which the syndicated opening/closings were pulled.
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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