Yabba-Dabba-Doo! It’s been fifty years since the first time we heard Fred Flintstone giving his memorable salute. The first The Flintstones episode was aired on September 30, 1960 and was aired on ABC. The last episode was aired on April 1, 1966. The cartoon was produced by Hanna-Barbera Production.
Some say that this show is an animated imitation of The Honeymooners, even William Hanna admitted he was a fan of that show and he was inspired by it when he created the crazy life in Bedrock. The Flintstones is a classic cartoon about a Stone Age family who’s working in constructions and is going bowling with his best friend and neighbor while their children ride dinosaurs kept as pets.
The animated show was full of gags and puns involving rocks: Mexico was Mexirock, Hollywood was Hollyrock, Cart Grant was Cary Granite, Alfred Hitchcock was Alvin Brickrock while Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones was Mick Jadestone and The Rolling Boulders.
The voice of Fred Flintstone was resembled to actors Alan Reed and Jackie Gleason while Henry Corden voiced Fred after Reed passed away in 1977, Mel Blanc was providing the voice for Barney (Fred’s best friend) and Dino.
The most popular spin-off of the show, after going off the air in 1966, was “The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, ” which ran on TV from 1971-72. This new series figured Pebbles, Fred’s teenage daughter and Barney’s son. Pebbles was voiced by Sally Struthers while Bamm-Bamm (Barney’s son) was voiced by Jay North.
Also, did you know that The Flintstones was the first American cartoon to show two people of the opposite sex sleeping together in one bed? Fred and Wilma and Barney and Betty were the first cartoons who slept in the same bed.
And if you’re wondering who had the brilliant idea of the song “Meet the Flintstones“, well, the famous song started as a main theme in the third season. The first opening and closing theme was called “Rise and shine” and resembled “The Bugs Bunny Overture”. The music credit goes to Hoyt Curtin for the first five seasons after which Ted Nichols took over the show for its final season.