Yabba Dabba Doo: 'The Flintstones' mark 50th anniversary
Remember when Fred Flintstone ticked off that hothead Mr. Slate? Wilma's elephant faucet (just one of her living, breathing, complaining appliances)? That utterly annoying and condescending little alien the Great Gazoo? No? In that case, you may not be that interested in learning that Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of "The Flintstones" -- you know, the animated misadventures of a modern stone-age family and staple of after-school cartoon-watching for generations of kids, including this one. Even Google has marked the occasion with a "Flinstones" Google Doodle.
More clips after the jump...
It's hard to overstate "The Flintstones'" impact on TV and culture in general. The show broke ground as one of the first successful animated prime-time sitcoms, paving the way for "The Simpsons," "Family Guy," and "King of the Hill." Then there was Fred's signature "Yabba Dabba Doo" -- basically the "Doh!" or "Ai Caramba" of the '60s. Not to mention changing the landscape of the breakfast table with Fruity Pebbles (or the icky chocolate Cocoa Pebbles).
A "Honeymooners" set in a prehistoric utopia, we were charmed by Fred, Wilma, Pebbles, Barney, Betty and even Bam-Bam. The show was even hip in its own way, which is probably why Ann Margaret made a cameo appearance and why most of my favorite moments involved musical numbers, like the catchy Way Outs:
Or Rock Roll's "The Twitch":
And the incomparable "Burger on a Bun" as performed by Wilma and Betty:
And what modern day cartoon character would be caught pushing Winston cigarettes? None, that's who. But Fred and his pal Barney Rubble did it. Rebels.
The closing lines of the "Flintstones" opening song promised we'd, "have a doo time, a dabba doo time, we'll have a gay old time."
And so we did.
| September 30, 2010; 2:25 PM ET
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