The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show

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The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show
An green title card displaying the name of the television series in a yellow-brown font and two face cutouts of a red haired girl and a white haired guy.
The series' title card
Genre Animation
Directed by Charles A. Nichols
Voices of Sally Struthers
Jay North
Mitzi McCall
Gay Hartwig
Carl Esser
Lennie Weinrib
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Ted Nichols
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Ted Nichols
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Iwao Takamoto
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 11, 1971 (1971-09-11) – January 1, 1972 (1972-01-01)
Chronology
Preceded by The Flintstones
Followed by The Flintstone Comedy Hour

The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show is an American animated television series, produced by Hanna-Barbera, which originally aired for one season on CBS from September 11, 1971 to January 1, 1972. With an ensemble voice cast of Sally Struthers, Jay North, Mitzi McCall, Gay Hartwig, Carl Esser and Lennie Weinrib, the show follows teenage Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble as they encounter problems with growing up in the fictional town of Bedrock. The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show is the first spinoff series of The Flintstones. After its cancellation in 1972, various segments sharing the same title were broadcast on The Flintstone Comedy Hour, serving as a continuation of the show.

Similar to Hanna-Barbera's Josie and the Pussycats, it used contemporary rock music to attract more viewers. The series lasted for one season with a total of sixteen episodes; it has since had reruns broadcast on Boomerang often surrounded by interstitial cartoons and shorts. Critical response was mixed; although noted for its popularity, it was also described as one of the worst moments of the Flintstones franchise. It has since been released on DVD as part of Warner Bros. Television Distribution's "Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection" on a two disc set.

Premise[edit]

Set in the prehistoric time period, the series follows Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble as they face problems with growing up in the fictional town of Bedrock.[1] No longer toddlers, the two were now teenagers attending Bedrock High School and also getting their first jobs.[2] Together, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm formed a musical band called the Bedrock Rockers, in an attempt to be the "Stone Age" version of the Archies.[3] Unlike The Flintstones, it centered on the children of the family, rather than parents Wilma and Fred Flintstone, and Betty and Barney Rubble.[4]

Characters[edit]

The series features the following seven main characters throughout its run:

  • Sally Struthers as Pebbles Flintstone, a beautiful and social teenager.[2] Much like The Flintstones, Pebbles' "trademark" ponytail was held in place with a bone in the show.[2] When Struthers left the series in order to fulfill a role on the American sitcom All in the Family, actresses Mickey Stevens and Russi Taylor took her place for the "The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show" segments on The Flintstone Comedy Hour.[1]
  • Carl Esser as Fabian, the other spoiled antagonist of the series.[2]

Production and continuation[edit]

The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show was the first spin-off series derived from The Flintstones, minus the made-for-television film The Man Called Flintstone in 1966.[9][10] Several individuals wrote episodes for the series, including Joel Kane, Woody Kling, Howard Morganstern, Joe Ruby, and Ken Spears. Executively produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's Hanna-Barbera Productions, Charles A. Nichols served as the director and Iwao Takamoto was an additional producer. The main title theme and music for The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show were composed by Hoyt Curtin and Ted Nichols.[11]

Author Christopher P. Lehman wrote that the success of The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show inspired Hanna-Barbera to create The Flintstone Comedy Hour in 1972. It combined previously broadcast episodes alongside new cartoons and shorts.[12] Serving as a continuation, the new series featured vignettes titled "The Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm Show" during each of the eighteen episodes; it also included musical interludes performed by The Bedrock Series, similar to the original series.[13][3] Fred Flintstone and Friends (1977) followed a similar setup by borrowing elements from the previous spinoffs, including both The Flintstones and The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show.[1]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original air date Production
code
1 "Gridiron Girl Trouble" September 11, 1971 (1971-09-11)[14] PEB-1
Bamm-Bamm's pet dogosaurus Snooks is disguised in order to hide from a dogcatcher. However, the disguise causes both Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm trouble at their high school.
2 "Putty in Her Hands" September 18, 1971 (1971-09-18)[14] PEB-2
After being offered free art lessons at a local school from a con artist, Pebbles vows to prove her artistic abilities with the assistance of Bamm-Bamm to spite her rival Cindy.
3 "Frog for a Day" September 25, 1971 (1971-09-25)[14] PEB-3
In an attempt to learn about witchcraft, Pebbles accidentally turns Bamm-Bamm into a frog, requiring the help of an actual which to turn Bamm-Bamm back into a human.
4 "The Golden Voice" October 2, 1971 (1971-10-02)[14] PEB-4
Pebbles hears Bamm-Bamm singing in the shower and recognizes his talent. However, Bamm-Bamm finds difficulty singing live when he is brought into Pebbles' band as the lead singer.
5 "Daddy's Little Helper" October 9, 1971 (1971-10-09)[14] PEB-5
Mr. Slate, Fred's boss, hires Pebbles as a new employee. However, Pebbles misinterprets a conversation with an important individual, which risks Fred's future in the company altogether.
6 "Focus Foolery" October 16, 1971 (1971-10-16)[14] PEB-6
In order to remain unnoticed during a bank robbery, Bamm-Bamm dresses up as an infant. Meanwhile, Pebbles enters Bamm-Bamm into a toddler pageant contest with the hopes of beating Cindy.
7 "Pebbles' Big Boast" October 23, 1971 (1971-10-23)[14] PEB-7
Pebbles lies to Cindy, claiming that she is friends with the members of a popular rock band. In order to prove her popularity, Pebbles wants to track down the band and get them to perform for her friends.
8 "Grand Prix Pebbles" October 30, 1971 (1971-10-30)[14] PEB-8
Due to several misfortunes on Barney and Fred's behalf, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm must fill in for their fathers during the Bedrock Grand Prix racing competition.
9 "The Terrible Snorkosaurus" November 6, 1971 (1971-11-06)[14] PEB-9
Pebbles tracks down a snorkosaurus in order to receive $1,000 from a local zoo. However, the zoo dislikes the animal so Pebbles is forced to hide the snorkosaurus in her parents' swimming pool.
10 "Schleprock's New Image" November 13, 1971 (1971-11-13)[14] PEB-10
In an effort to help Schleprock and his continual experiences with bad luck, Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm and their friends accidentally become trapped in an underground mine shaft.
11 "Coach Pebbles" November 20, 1971 (1971-11-20)[14] PEB-11
Despite being unfamiliar with the rules of baseball, Pebbles becomes the new coach of a local baseball team, replacing Fred. Upset, Bamm-Bamm and Moonrock persuade Fred to remain as the coach.
12 "No Cash and Carry" November 27, 1971 (1971-11-27)[14] PEB-12
Pebbles begins working at the Gimbelstone's department store and is tricked by a phony security guard into robbing the store. After realizing the situation, Pebbles and her friends must undo the damage she has caused.
13 "Wooly the Great" December 4, 1971 (1971-12-04)[14] PEB-13
Pebbles' pet elephant, Wooly, learns how to fly after testing out a magical shampoo. Wooly abuses his powers and causes everyone to get mad at him, so he runs away and joins a local traveling circus.
14 "Mayor May Not" December 11, 1971 (1971-12-11)[14] PEB-14
Pebbles serves Bedrock as an honorary mayor for a week, so she decides to improve the town to the best of her capabilities. Because of this, all of the city's workers decide to leave their jobs, which causes ruckus and mayhem.
15 "They Went That Away" December 18, 1971 (1971-12-18)[14] PEB-15
As a favor, Pebbles promises to look after her uncle's ranch while he is away on vacation. However, she mistakenly hires cattle rustlers who rob her uncle of his prized animals.
16 "The Birthday Present" January 1, 1972 (1972-01-01)[14] PEB-16
Wooly steals Pebbles' present that she bought for Wilma, leaving Pebbles in a panic. Pebbles wrongfully blames her neighbor Mr. Gruesome for the crime, which also disrupts a party that the Gruesomes are throwing.

Reception[edit]

Broadcast history[edit]

The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show was broadcast on CBS as part of their Saturday morning children's lineup between September 11, 1971 and January 1, 1972.[14] Reruns of the series would later air again during 1975 and 1976.[15] An episode featuring two shorts from The Flintstone Comedy Hour ("Squawkie Talkies" and "Suitor Computer") was broadcast as part of The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show in September 1972.[14]

Boomerang has broadcast The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show on several occasions since its initial launch in 1992.[16][17] Reruns on the network would occasionally air alongside interstitial cartoons, such as Barney Bear's The Unwelcome Guest or Tex Avery's Hound Hunters for example.[16][18] As part of the Warner Bros. Television Distribution's "Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection", the complete series was made available on DVD as a two-disc set.[19]

Critical reception[edit]

Author Derek Tait wrote in his book 1970s Childhood: From Bell-Bottoms to Disco Dancing that the cartoon was one of the popular Hanna-Barbera productions of the 1970s.[20] In a retrospective view of older cartoons, the staff at MeTV included the show on their list of "15 Forgotten Cartoons from the Early 1970s You Used to Love".[21] Regarding the musical aspects, Tom and Sara Pendergast felt that both The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show and Josie and the Pussycats incorporated contemporary rock music to attract a larger audience.[22] On The Christian Science Monitor's list of "The five dumbest moments" of The Flintstones, writer Chris Gaylord listed the series at number two. He called it "the most curious" of the various spinoffs and wrote, "Mercifully, these misadventures at Bedrock High School only lasted one season".[23]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Klossner 2006, p. 114
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Mansour 2011, p. 357
  3. ^ a b Lehman 2006, p. 173
  4. ^ Chance 2011, p. 13
  5. ^ Terrace 2008, p. 820
  6. ^ Lentz III 2007, p. 397
  7. ^ Lisanti 2012, p. 303
  8. ^ Mansour 2011, p. 160
  9. ^ Chagollan & Milvy 2017, p. 109
  10. ^ Terrace 1985, p. 321
  11. ^ Perlmutter 2014, p. 152
  12. ^ Lehman 2006, p. 172
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show: TV Show". TV Guide. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  14. ^ Newcomb 2014, p. 1060
  15. ^ a b "Boomerang Schedule: Thursday, August 9, 2004". Cartoon Network. August 9, 2004. Archived from the original on August 10, 2004. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Boomerang Schedule: Tuesday, November 7, 2006". Cartoon Network. November 7, 2006. Archived from the original on November 7, 2006. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Boomerang Schedule: Friday, February 15, 2008". Cartoon Network. February 15, 2008. Archived from the original on February 15, 2008. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  18. ^ "The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show – The Complete Series". Amazon.com (US). Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  19. ^ Tait 2011, p. 146
  20. ^ MeTV staff (June 17, 2016). "15 Forgotten Cartoons from the Early 1970s You Used to Love". MeTV. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  21. ^ Gaylord, Chris (September 30, 2010). "The Flintstones turns 50: The five dumbest moments". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 

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