Flintstone - Fred Flintstone

Yabba-Dabba-Don’t: Scandal Rocks The Flintstones!

Meet the Flintstones. Are they a modern Stone Age family or a family with a hidden past?

Flintstones - Betty and Barney Rubble

Neighbors Betty and Barney Rubble
“We thought they were so nice!”

Fred works at the local quarry and is a popular member of the Loyal Order of Water Buffalos. Other than occasionally being caught talking to an invisible friend Gazoo, Fred seems like an average Bedrock citizen.

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He was the star of a popular television series in the 1960s and is still a celebrity. It is impossible to waltz up and down the cereal isle without finding Fred on a cereal box. Unfortunately, it is all a sham. Karen Williams and a team of investigative reporters for The Retroist have uncovered undeniable evidence that Fred and Wilma have a sordid secret history that escaped the light of public knowledge.

When we first met the Flintstones, they were living under the assumed name the Flagstones. That should have been the first sign of a hidden secret. But shortly afterwards, Fred and Wilma’s hit TV series premiered and everyone forgot about their past.

What if they were living under a different name because they were trying to hide something? Or better yet…someone? Before we go any further, we should introduce the players in this unsolved mystery.

“Meet Fred Flintstone …
His boy Junior ….
Daughter Pebbles ….
Wilma his wife …..”

I know what most of you are thinking – who is Junior? What if cute little Pebbles wasn’t Fred and Wilma’s first child? What if they had a long forgotten son, Fred Flinstone, Junior? I know it sounds like the plot from an outlandish cartoon, but we have found undeniable proof.

Before September of 1960, when the Flintstones TV show premiered, Fred and Wilma were totally unknown, so William Hanna and Joseph Barbera began a publicity campaign. For adults, Fred and Barney promoted beer and cigarettes.

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For kids, there were Flintstone comic books and story books. And appropriately enough, that is where our story begins. These images come from the great site – Golden Gems.
Flintstones - Little Golden Book Cover

In 1961, Little Golden Books published their first book about the Flintstones.
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A few years before Pebbles was born, the Flintstones were Fred, Wilma, and Junior. While grilling, a little dinosaur snuck up and ate every hamburger that Fred had cooked. Fred was furious, but Junior thought the little dinosaur was adorable. After pleading with him, Fred gave in and let Junior keep the little dinosaur as a pet.
Flintstones - Junior and Harvey

Junior named him Harvey and built him a dinosaur house. Harvey was happy, but the more Junior fed him, the more Harvey grew.
Flintstones - Giant Harvey

Harvey grew so large that finally, Fred put his foot down and sent Harvey away. A few days later, Fred was fishing in a little row boat when a storm suddenly appeared and capsized his boat.
Flintstones - Fred's Boat Sinking

Harvey saw that Fred was in trouble and rescued him. After this, Fred decided that having a giant dinosaur for a pet wasn’t so bad after all.
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And, they all lived happily ever after? Yeah, right! What do you think this is – a cartoon? While Fred and Wilma became famous, Junior and Harvey were never heard from again. Inquiring minds want to know – what happened to Junior and Harvey?
Flintstones - Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm

We interviewed Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, but they claimed that they’ve never heard of Junior or Harvey. I don’t trust any of the Flintstones, but Pebbles may be telling the truth since she wasn’t born until 1963.

We also interviewed Fred Flintstone, but he is old and unfortunately his memory is fading. So, he was no help.
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The mystery remains regarding The Flintstones – what happened to Fred Flintstone, Junior?


Flintstones - Junior Flintstone - Milk Carton

If you have any information about Junior’s final fate, please contact any of The Retroist staff.

Would You Like To Enjoy Breakfast at Jellystone Park Every Morning?

Imagine being able to have breakfast with Yogi Bear, Pixie and Dixie and the rest of the gang in Jellystone Park. Every morning! This Jellystone Park plate and Pixie and Dixie bowl set, which was made in the 1960s, makes this possible.
Jellystone Park

My husband loves all things pop culture, just like I do. He has fond memories from his childhood of eating from this plate and bowl set. I was amazed to discover that his mother still had it and it was in excellent condition.

My husband enjoyed being able to see the familiar Saturday morning cartoon characters on plates and bowls. He has fond memories of his mom telling him that he was not finished until he could see Pixie and Dixie at the bottom of the bowl.

These characters first appeared in the late 1950s and early 1960s. My husband and I saw them as kids as Saturday morning cartoons re-runs.

The plate has Yogi Bear, Ranger Smith, Quick Draw McGraw, Blabber Mouse, Snooper, Hokey Wolf, Ding-A-Ling Wolf, Mr. Jinks., Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey, Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, Yakky Doodle, Pixie and Dixie.

On the plate, Ding-A-Ling is helping put up the sign and Snooper is carrying a bowl of food. Baba Looey, the Mexican burro, Huckleberry Hound, and Snagglepuss are putting the tablecloth on the table. Blabber Mouse is carrying Yakky Doodle in a pink flower pot. Pixie and Dixie are wrapping a present.

I’m a big fan of the Hanna Barbera cartoons. I feature them regularly on my blog, Between the Pages. Check out this Snagglepuss Cake and these amazing Flintstone Cakes and Scooby-Doo Cakes and this Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons.

Yabba Dabba Doo! It’s the Flagstones.

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.

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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.

The Hatrocks - The Flintstones

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.