The Flintstones was one of my favorite cartoons on television when I was growing up. I liked the way the show featured two families that were the best of friends: Fred and Wilma Flintstone and their little girl, Pebbles; and Barney and Betty Rubble and their son, Bamm-Bamm.
The prehistoric gadgets were always cute. It was inventive how all of the appliances were prehistoric animals. With each episode you wondered what fight Fred and Barney would get into and how they would make up and be best friends again by the end of the episode.
I recently discovered the original pilot for The Flintstones which was called The Flagstones.
Here’s The Flagstones Pilot.
The Flagstones pilot starred Daws Butler as the voice of Fred Flagstone and Barney Rubble, June Foray as the voice of Betty Rubble, and Jean Vander Pyl as the voice of Wilma Flagstone. Jean Vander Pyl went on to be the voice of Wilma Flintstone in the Flintstones.
Daws Butler did the voices of Yogi Bear, Snagglepuss, Mr. Jinks and Dixie from Pixie, Dixie, and Mr. Jinks, Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey, and Huckleberry Hound.
Here’s a video of some of the character voices of Daws Butler.
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June Foray did the voices for Granny in the Looney Tunes Tweety cartoon, Witch Hazel in Looney tunes, Nell Fenwick of Dudley Do-Right, and Rocky Squirrel and Natasha Fatale from the Rocky & Bullwinkle show. Here??s a video of some these voices.
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June Foray was thrilled to do The Flagstones pilot. When she was later told that Hanna Barbera did not want her for the part, she was disappointed and refused to work for Hanna Barbera for many years after that.
Here’s a clip of an interview that she did where she talks about her role on the pilot.
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In the Flagstones pilot, Fred is floating in the pool and bellows to Wilma to bring his lunch. She brings out the tray. Fred says to put it where he can reach it, so Wilma places it on Fred’s tummy. Wilma tells him, “If you sink, don’t let my best dishes go down with the ship.” The Flagstones clip was incorporated into The Flintstones “The Swimming Pool” Season 1 Episode 3. This clip is an example of some of the banter between Wilma and Fred that made The Flintstones great to watch.
In the clip, Barney comes out dressed in a spear fishing outfit. Barney scares Wilma and then accidentally shoots the spear and sinks Fred. This is a classic example of Barney and Fred having squabbles among best friends.
The characters in the Flagstones Pilot have a somewhat rustic hillbilly look and appear more like they live in caves. The Flintstones characters are more nicely dressed and because of this, look like they live in houses, even if the houses are made of stone. Both Betty’s and Wilma’s dresses are jagged at the top and bottom in The Flagstones and Betty’s hair looks somewhat unkempt, even though Wilma’s hair was styled very much like the hair she had in The Flintstones. Barney looks very similar in both, but his hair is more messed up in The Flagstones. Fred looks pretty much the same in both.
For The Flintstones, Alan Reed was chosen as the voice of Fred Flintstone. Jean Vander Pyl did the voice of Wilma and Pebbles, and Bea Benaderet did the voice of Betty Rubble until Gerry Johnson took over for seasons 5 and 6. Mel Blanc did the voice of Barney Rubble.
A rustic hillbilly type look resembling the Flagstones was used in the Flintstones in “The Big Move” Season 3 Episode 26 when Barney and Betty dress up as hillbilly relatives of Fred and Wilma to get the landlord to break the lease so Fred and Wilma can return to their house beside Betty and Barney. Hillbillies appear again in “The Bedrock Hillbillies” Season 4 Episode 18 when Fred inherits the Flintstone Homestead in the Arkanrock Mountains. The Hatrocks from “The Bedrock Hillbillies” appear again in “The Hatrocks and the Gruesomes” Season 5 Episode 19.
I have enjoyed writing this post as my first post for The Retroist. I have been writing about Pop Culture food on my blog Between The Pages for several years. If you like the Flintstones, check out these Flintstone cakes, cookies, and cupcakes.. I love pop culture and retro so I’m honored to be writing for The Retroist.