A Flintstone Christmas
|A Flintstone Christmas|
|Written by||Duanne Poole
|Directed by||Charles A. Nichols|
|Voices of||Henry Corden
Jean Vander Pyl
|Music by||Hoyt Curtin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||William Hanna
|Running time||48 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Original release||December 7, 1977|
|Followed by||Hanna-Barbera's All-Star Comedy Ice Revue|
A Flintstone Christmas is a 1977 animated Christmas television special featuring The Flintstones. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera and aired on NBC on Wednesday December 7, 1977. This special is not to be confused with the fifth season episode "Christmas Flintstone" which aired Friday December 25, 1964 during the show's run from ABC. The special has been seen on WGN and in 2010 aired on ABC Family as part of their 25 Days of Christmas. It was also shown on Boomerang in 2010 as part of the "Boomerang Classic Christmas Party". This is the first Flintstones' special and incarnations that premiered on NBC.
Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a an inferior laugh track created by the studio.
On Christmas Eve, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble save Christmas for children all over the world by taking Santa's place temporarily when he sprains his ankle on Fred's roof delivering presents at the Flintstones' house. Santa teaches them all they need to know and they do a great job, but Fred is late for a Christmas party hosted by his boss, Mr. Slate, and he could lose his job.
Note: This special can conflict with the Flintstones episode "Christmas Flintstone", which was created before this one. At the end of the Flintstones episode, Fred believes in Santa Claus, and specifically says that no one can tell him there is no Santa Claus. At the beginning of this special, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus and Fred doesn't believe Barney until he sees it for himself.
The songs featured in A Flintstone Christmas included:
- "Which One is the Real Santa Claus?"
- "It's My Favorite Time of the Year"
- "Sounds of Christmas Day"
- "Brand New Kind of Christmas Song"
"Which One is the Real Santa Claus?", "Sounds of Christmas Day" and "Hope" were previously featured in the 1972 TV special A Christmas Story.
"It's My Favorite Time of the Year", sung here by Fred, was later re-used in Yogi's First Christmas (1980).
- Henry Corden - Fred Flintstone
- Mel Blanc - Barney Rubble, Dino
- Jean Vander Pyl - Wilma Flintstone, Pebbles Flintstone
- Gay Hartwig - Betty Rubble
- Lucille Bliss - Bamm-Bamm Rubble
- John Stephenson - Mr. Slate
- Hal Smith - Santa Claus
- Virginia Gregg - Mrs. Claus
- Don Messick - Ed the Foreman, Otis
- Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
- Creative Producer: Iwao Takamoto
- Associate Producer: Alex Lovy
- Story: Duanne Poole, Dick Robbins
- Story Direction: Gerald Baldwin, Ron Campbell, Jerry Eisenberg, George Gordon, Alex Lovy, Bill Perez, Bob Singer, Paul Sommer
- Recording Director: Alex Lovy
- Voices: Mel Blanc, Lucille Bliss, Henry Corden, Virginia Gregg, Gay Hartwig, Don Messick, Hal Smith, John Stephenson, Jean Vander Pyl
- Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
- Musical Supervisor: Paul DeKorte
- Character Design: Bob Singer
- Unit Director: Ray Patterson
- Layout Supervisor: John Ahern
- Layout: Pete Alvarado, Jamie A. Diaz, Hak Ficq, Owen Fitzgerald, Moe Gollub, Jack Huber, Larry Huber, Ziggy Jablecki, Homer Jonas, Warren Marshall, Jim Mueller, Lew Ott, Terry Slade, Paul Sommer, Dick Ung, George Wheeler
- Animation Supervisors: Bill Keil, Jay Sarbry
- Animation: Ed Aardal, Hal Ambro, Frank Andrina, Ed Barge, Oliver Callahan, Lars Calonius, Rudy Cataldi, Stevve Clark, Charlie Downs, Joan Drake, Marcia Fertig, Hugh Fraser, Mark Glamack, Terry Harrison, Fred Hellmich, Harry Holt, Sam James, Volus Jones, Ernesto Lopez, Don Lusk, Ken Muse, Margaret Nichols, Ken O'Brien, Don Patterson, Tom Ray, Morey Reden, Arnulfo Rivera, David Tendlar, Carlo Vinci, John Walker, Xenia, Rudy Zamora
- Assistant Animation Supervisor: Bob Goe
- Animation Coordinator: John Boersema
- Background Supervisor: Al Gmuer
- Background Design: Paul Julian
- Backgrounds: Lorraine Andrina, Fernando Arce, Ron Diaz, Dennis Durrell, Bob Gentle, Ann Guenther, Paro Hozumi, Mike Humphries, Alison Julian, Richard Khim, Eric Semones
- Sound Direction: Richard Olson, Bill Getty
- Titles: Iraj Paran
- Checking and Scene Planning: Evelyn Sherwood
- Xerography: Star Wirth
- Ink and Paint Supervisor: Billie Kerns
- Camera: Jerry Mills, George Epperson, Curt Hall, Jerry Whittington, Ron Jackson, Jerry Smith, Chuck Flekal, Joe Ponticelle
- Supervising Film Editors: Larry C. Cowan, Dick Elliott
- Dubbing Supervisor: Pat Foley
- Editors: Tom Gleason, Terry W. Moore, Joe Sandusky, Bill Kowalchuk
- Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
- Production Manager: Jayne Barbera
- Post Production Supervisor: Joed Eaton
- Executive Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
- A Hanna-Barbera Production
- RCA Sound Recording
- This Picutre Made Under The Jurisdiction of IATSE-IA Affiliated With A.F.L-C.I.O.
- (c) 1977 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.
Home media releases
A Flintstone Christmas was first released on VHS in 1988 by Worldvision Home Video in association with Kids Klassics Home Video. In 1997, it was re-released on VHS again by Turner Home Entertainment as part of their "Cartoon Network Christmas" video collection.
On September 27, 2011, Warner Archive released A Flintstone Christmas on DVD in region 1 via their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection, in a release entitled A Flintstone Christmas Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.