The Flintstones – Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Series
The Flintstones is probably the most famous of all Hanna-Barbera animated series. It is quite notable for his originality. Set in the Stone Age, it features the Flintstone family, and their friends and neighbors, the Rubble family. Fred Flintstone, the main character, works as a crane operator in a gravel company. His favorite hobby is playing bowling and is best known for his trademark yell he gives out whenever he is happy:”Yabba-Dabba-Doo”.
The Flintstones full review
Ranked as one of the greatest cartoon series of all time, second to the Simpsons, this Hanna-Barbera production was on air on ABC from 1960 to 1966 and was centered on a man and his family that lived in the Stone Age and his neighbor and best friend.
The series was set in the town of Bedrock and portrayed the use of Stone Age technology in a comical way. Names were also adapted to fit the Stone Age era, and all blended to provide viewers excitement and fun, having them wanting more of the series.
For the Stone Age technology, photos for example were taken with cameras that were inside a camera box with a bird carving the image on a stone tablet with the use of its beak. Other gadgets that featured in the series are baby woolly mammoth that was used as a vacuum cleaner, an adult woolly mammoth used as a shower by spraying water with its trunk, automatic windows engineered by monkeys, birds as car horns when the driver pulls their tails or squeezes their bodies, and a host of others.
The series also adapted some words into the Stone Age era which added some humor and fun. San Antonio was called “Sand-and-Stony-o” and Sun Valley was referred to as Stone Valley and was run by Conrad Hailstone as opposed to Conrad Hilton. Mexico became Mexirock and Hollywood were changed to Hollyrock. There were somewhat permanent characters of the program and others that were featured once in a blue moon.
The main character was Fred, who couples as the head of the family, being the husband to Wilma and father to Pebbles. He works at Slate Rock and Gravel Company and belonged to the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes fraternity.
The family’s pet is Dino who acts like a dog, barking and repeatedly licking Fred though he did not like this act. The other pet of the family is the cat, Baby Puss who rarely appears in the series. The secondary characters of the show were mainly from the Rubbles’ family with Barney being the head of the family and Fred’s best friend. Barney worked in the quarry Fred worked in and belongs to the same club as Fred.
Other members of the family include Betty who is Barney’s wife and also Wilma’s best friend, Bamm-Bamm, the adopted son of the family, and Hoppy, the family pet who is a combination of a kangaroo and dinosaur.
Besides the primary and secondary characters, other characters that were featured in the program were more than a hundred from Mr. Slate to Arnold, Joe Rockhead, and the Great Gazoo, just to mention a few.