I love revisiting the cartoons I used to watch as a kid. How good were Saturday morning cartoons!? If reincarnation does turn out to be a thing, I want to come back as a human again, just so I can be a kid that sprawls out on the lounge room floor watching cartoons on a Saturday morning all over again. Bliss!
The other day I asked my sister what her fave cartoon was. I hang my head in shame that I actually had no idea! But I've righted my wrongs now, and that's why we're hanging out with The Flintstones today.
Hands up who knew The Flintstones was a cartoon from the SIXTIES!? All these years I've been thinking they were an '80s thing - probably because my head has a really hard time dealing with the fact that people & places & stuff & things were all happening before I was ever a thing.
So FUN FACT #1: The Flintstones first aired on tele from 1960 to 1966, and even though it wasn't technically an '80s or '90s cartoon, we're bending the rules today a.) for my sister, and b.) because I highly doubt there is even a single '80s kid out there who didn't grow up watching The Flintstones.
I'd like to know who everyone's favourite Flintstones characters were. Mine was the bird that sat on the record player and stuck his beak onto the LP like a needle so they could play music. That shit used to crack me up all over the show. Still does... (shhh!) And I always got a kick out of Fred getting turfed outside by Dino. Oh Dino, you cray-zee pet dinosaur you.
The love affair between Pebbles & Bam Bam always seemed a bit strange to me. Kind of incestuous, no? Just me? I'll just leave that one alone for now.
Hanna-Barbera cartoons were the bomb-diggitty! FUN FACT #2: we have H-B to thank not only for The Flintstones, but also for The Smurfs, The Jetsons, Captain Planet, Scooby Doo, Captain Caveman, Tom & Jerry, Pound Puppies, Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Pac-Man, Snorks, Top Cat... do I even need to go on!?!? That list right there is what Saturday mornings were all about. Then on Sunday night we'd move over to The Wonderful World of Disney. (That is, for Aussie kids at least, until we came of age & watched Countdown religiously on Sunday nights - am I right?)
What I didn't know about (& I don't even know how this could even happen!) was that the B-52s recorded the theme song under the name The BC-52s (get it? get it? hilarious!).
(Not-so) FUN FACT #3: it was released with a TERRIBLE music video that nobody - NOBODY! - should ever be forced to endure. So, of course, here it is. You're very welcome...
In the mid-90s there was a bit of a resurgence in popularity for The Flintstones. Those with a Sega Genysis console could play the video game. We had a trusty Commodore 64, so I have no idea if it was a good game or not. Maybe some of you out there can shed some light on how good it was?
Then in 1994 John Goodman fronted a live action movie of everyone's favourite stone-age family. I kinda remember it as a fun little family movie, but I do also remember it being rubbished pretty badly as well. If I'm totally honest, I can't stand Halle Berry at the best of times, so let's just blame any shortcomings the movie had on her then, shall we? Settled.
I think we call all safely agree that the charm of The Flintstones is in those original cartoon series. I'd love to find out if those cartoons are still being run on some obscure channel somewhere these days. I'm especially interested to hear if anyone has rugrats of their own who watch The Flintstones - or any of those awesome Hanna-Barbera cartoons for that matter. How sad would it be if the Flintstones-love dies out right here & now, with my little dedication to my sister? Noooooo!!!!