The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from September 30, 1960, to April 1, 1966, on ABC. The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera. The Flintstones was about a working-class Stone Age man’s life with his family and his next-door neighbor and best friend.
Fred Flintstone: [bangs on the door after being locked out by the cat] WILMA!
Wilma Flintstone: I work hard all day, too, and what do I get? A lot of yak from you. You at least get out everyday, see things, talk to people. I never get out of this cave.
Fred Flintstone: yabba dabba dooooo!!
The Flintstones (1994)
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)
The Flintstones was the most financially successful network animated franchise for three decades, until The Simpsons debuted.In 2013, TV Guide ranked The Flintstones the second Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time (after The Simpsons ranked at first).
The show is set in the Stone Age town of Bedrock. In this fantasy version of the past, dinosaurs, saber-toothed tigers, woolly mammoths, and other long-extinct animals co-exist with cavemen. Like their mid-20th century counterparts, these cavemen listen to records, live in split-level homes, and eat out at restaurants, yet their technology is made entirely from pre-industrial materials and largely powered through the use of animals. For example, the cars are made out of stone, wood, and animal skins, and powered by the passengers’ feet. Often the ‘prehistoric’ analog to a modern machine uses an animal
The first two seasons were co-sponsored by Winston cigarettes and the characters appeared in several black and white television commercials for Winston (dictated by the custom, at that time, that the star(s) of a TV series often ‘pitched’ their sponsor’s product in an ‘integrated commercial’ at the end of the episode).
For a full season after Mel Blanc’s near-fatal automobile accident on Tuesday, January 24th, 1961, the show was taped in his bedroom where he lay in a full-body cast. Daws Butler, who had voiced both Fred and Barney in the original pilot The Flintstones: The Flagstones (1960) filled in as the voice of Barney for five episodes. Executive Producer, Joseph Barbera did say that as many as 16 people, along with recording equipment, speakers and other items crowded into Mel Blanc’s bedroom.
Meet the Flintstones
They’re the modern stone age family
From the town of Bedrock
They’re a page right of history
Let’s ride with the family down the street
Through the courtesy of Fred’s two feet
When you’re with the Flintstones
you’ll have a yabba dabba doo time
a dabba doo time
You’ll have a gay old time.
Frederick Allan ‘Rick’ Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian actor and a two-time Grammy nominated musician. Moranis came to prominence around 1980 in the sketch comedy show Second City Television and later appeared in several Hollywood films, including Strange Brew, Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (and its sequels), Little Giants, Parenthood, The Flintstones, and My Blue Heaven. Moranis has not appeared in a film since 1997 although he has provided voice-over work for a few anim