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1001 Stories Collection

The Flintstones

1001 The Flintstones
Added on 21st August 2020

Directors and Writers William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
First shown 1960, Hanna Barbera Productions, USA

Funny
1001

The day to day life of a 'modern Stone Age family'.

Story

The Flintstones is an animated sitcom about the everyday lives of ‘a modern Stone Age family’, Fred and Wilma Flintstone, and their best friends and neighbours Barney and Betty Rubble.

Why we chose it

The Flintstones was the first animated comedy created for both adults and children and, until The Simpsons, the longest running, with 166 episodes airing between 1960 and 1966. It has been ranked the second-greatest TV cartoon of all time (after The Simpsons).

The series’ many fans praise the lovable characters, comic voice acting, stylish graphics and catchy theme tune, ‘Meet the Flintstones’ (which combines ‘Yabba Dabba Doo’ lyrics with melodies from Beethoven’s Piano Sonata 17).

But the greatest praise is for the clever plot lines which place modern suburban concerns – domestic squabbles, home improvements, rows with the boss –in a Stone Age setting, and recreate modern gadgets from rocks and prehistoric animals. While most of the jokes still work, younger viewers may notice comedy violence, smoking and sexism that would not appear in cartoons today.

Where it came from

Hanna-Barbera wanted to make an animated comedy for adult audiences to capture the valuable primetime advertising slot. Many believe the series was inspired by the popular 1950s sitcom, The Honeymooners, about a New York bus driver inventing scams with his best friend Ed.

Barbera added the original twist of setting the series in the Stone Age. After months of pitching the idea to studios and advertisers, it was finally bought by ABC, an emerging network.

Where it went next

Despite critical reviews The Flintstones quickly became a hit. It re-ran continuously for more than 50 years and spawned a dozen (poorer quality) spin-off series such as The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, as well as animated and live action films for cinema and television, commercials, theme parks, games and toys. In 2019 Warner Bros announced they are working on a new series.

Associated stories

Fans of The Flintstones often enjoy other Hanna-Barbera cartoons like The Jetsons, Top Cat, Penelope Pitstop and Scooby Doo.

Added on 21st August 2020

Directors and Writers William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
First shown 1960, Hanna Barbera Productions, USA

Funny
1001