Yabba Dabba Doo

My favorite memories include the theme song which continues to play in my mind as well as the last segment of the show’s introduction where Fred begins knocking on the door yelling Wilma at the end. An animated sitcom produced by Hanna Barbera, I also liked checking out the different animal appliances and tools. they used in the 1960’s Stone age setting for the Flinstones. Favorites included the mastodon vacuum cleaner and the bird record player where the tip of the birds beak is grooving out songs on the record while a turtle under the record rotates it. Wilma and Fred were the first animated couple to sleep in the same bed on television in the 1960’s. Their daughter Pebbles was always my favorite.

Winston Cigarettes actually sponsored the show and one popular commercial was Fred and Barney taking a break with a cigarettes. Their wives didn’t smoke and yelled at them but it was in the 1970’s when that began to change banning cigarette ads on TV and radio. Then it became about vitamins and breakfast food; my kids wanted Flinstone vitamins and Fruity Pebbles cereal.

The series follows the activities of the family, the Flintstones, and their next-door neighbors, the Rubbles, their best friends. It was originally broadcast on ABC from September 30, 1960 to April 1, 1966, and was the first animated series to hold a prime time slot on television. The Flintstones was the most financially successful and longest-running network animated television series for three decades, until The Simpsons, which debuted in late 1989, outlasted it. In 2013, TV Guide ranked The Flintstones the second-greatest TV cartoon of all time (after The Simpsons)

According to sources, The Flinstones movie was theatrically released on May 27, 1994, and earned almost $342 million worldwide against a $46 million budget, making it a huge box office success, despite earning negative reviews from critics. The film stars John Goodman as Fred FlintstoneRick Moranis as Barney RubbleElizabeth Perkins as Wilma Flintstone and Rosie O’Donnell as Betty Rubble, along with Kyle MacLachlan as a villainous executive-vice president of Fred’s company, Halle Berry as his seductive secretary, and Elizabeth Taylor (in her final theatrical film appearance), as Pearl Slaghoople, Wilma’s mother.

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