The Flintstone Comedy Hour
|The Flintstone Comedy Hour|
|Directed by||William Hanna|
|Voices of||Alan Reed|
Jean Vander Pyl
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||18|
|Camera setup||Dick Blundell|
|Running time||60 minutes (1972–73)|
30 minutes (1973–74)
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Original release||September 9, 1972 –|
January 26, 1974
|Preceded by||The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show|
|Followed by||Fred Flintstone and Friends|
The Flintstone Comedy Hour is a 60-minute Saturday morning animated series and a spin-off of The Flintstones and The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show produced by Hanna-Barbera which aired on CBS from September 9, 1972 to September 1, 1973 and re-titled The Flintstone Comedy Show for a second season of reruns as a half-hour show from September 8, 1973 to January 26, 1974.
The show's first half-hour featured two shorts with Fred and Barney, one short with the cast of The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, short jokes and two songs performed by the new Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm band called The Bedrock Rockers; the second half-hour featured four new episodes and reruns of The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show. The show also featured Moonrock, Penny, Wiggy, bad-luck Schleprock, Cindy and Fabian, and the Bronto Bunch (Bronto, Noodles, Stub and Zonk) from The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show.
Mickey Stevens replaced Sally Struthers as the voice of Pebbles in four new episodes of The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show and in brief in-between segments, Struthers at the time being fully committed to her role as Gloria Stivic on the sitcom All in the Family. This was the final spin-off to feature Alan Reed as the voice of Fred Flintstone before Reed's death in 1977.
For the 1973–74 television season, CBS dropped The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show episodes and repackaged the first half-hour segments of The Flintstone Comedy Hour for a second season of reruns under the new title The Flintstone Comedy Show from September 8, 1973 to January 26, 1974. The "Fred & Barney" shorts and "The Bedrock Rockers" segments were later featured on the syndicated weekday series Fred Flintstone and Friends in 1977–78. The program continued to air in rebroadcasts under The Flintstone Comedy Show title on USA Cartoon Express, Cartoon Network and Boomerang.
Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track created by the studio.
The Bedrock Rockers
The Bedrock Rockers were Pebbles Flintstone on keyboard, Bamm-Bamm Rubble on bass and their friends: Moonrock on drums, Penny and Wiggy on tambourines. They performed two songs per episode which included:
- "Sunshine Man"
- "Summertime Girl"
- "Oh, How I Love You"
- "Keep in Time"
- "It Should Always Be Saturday"
- "Hop, Skip and a Jump"
- "Flying So High"
- "Yabba Dabba Doozie"
- "Shadow, Shadow"
- "Being With You"
- "Singing Song"
- "Song of the Season"
- "What's Your Sign?"
- "Sunny Sun Day"
- "Rock N Roll Circus"
The music was written by various Screen Gems staffers, which at the time included David Gates (later of Bread) penning the popular "Summertime Girl" and Tony Dancy (of Tony's Tygers) writing with Craig Fairchild & Jackie Mills on "Being With You". Mills would also write "Sunshine Man" with Leonard Pettit, and "Yabba Dabba Doozie" with Tom Jenkins. The actual group on the recordings were known as The Ron Hicklin Singers featuring Tom Bahler on lead (he would later go on to pen the classic Michael Jackson song "She's Out of My Life"), John Bahler, Jackie Ward and Stan Farber. This lineup would record on hundreds of commercials, TV themes and The Partridge Family recordings. Bahler's lead vocals are also prominent with the group The Love Generation who had a few LPs in the late 1960s as well.
Each episode contained two shorts featuring the traditional antics and adventures of Fred and Barney and one short featuring Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm with their friends Moonrock, Penny, Wiggy, Schleprock, Cindy and Fabian, and the Bronto Bunch (Bronto, Noodles, Stub and Zonk).
|1||"Birdbrained / Squawkie Talkies / Bedrock 500"||September 9, 1972|
|2||"The Flying Fools / Bedlam in Bedrock / The Stone Ranger Rides Again"||September 16, 1972|
|3||"Cat Burglars / The Circus / Pizza-Puss"||September 23, 1972|
|4||"Fred Skirts the Issue / Hair Scare / The Not So Desperate Hours"||September 30, 1972|
|5||"Don't Fence Me In / The Spot Remover / Cake Walk"||October 7, 1972|
|6||"The Loving Cup / Bedrock Surfers / Handicapped"||October 14, 1972|
|7||"Something Fishy / Amusement Park / A Pound in Time"||October 21, 1972|
|8||"Dummy Up / Bedrock Radio Rock Festival / Barney the Swami"||October 28, 1972|
|9||"High Noon at Bedrock Pass / Cinderella / Training Pains"||November 4, 1972|
|10||"Fred's Big Brag / Schleprock's Cousin / Fred's Promise"||November 11, 1972|
|11||"The Big Breakup / Bedrock 300 / Candid Camerarock"||November 18, 1972|
|12||"Feet First / The Hobby Show / The Reluctant Candidates"||November 25, 1972|
|13||"Runaway Steaks / Moonrock’s Super Jumping Shoes / Citizen Flintstone"||December 2, 1972|
|14||"The Big Splash / Moonrock's Beauty Farm / Stage Flight"||December 9, 1972|
|15||"Oil Fooled / Bedrock 500 / Sherlock Flintstone"||December 16, 1972|
|16||"Watch the Birdie / Schleprock / Mod Clod"||December 23, 1972|
|17||"The Suitor Computer / Army Dazed"||December 30, 1972|
|18||"Beauty and the Beast / The Galloping Gourmets"||January 6, 1973|
- Alan Reed – Fred Flintstone
- Mel Blanc – Barney Rubble, Dino, Zonk, Stub
- Carl Esser – Fabian Fabquartz
- Gay Hartwig – Betty Rubble, Wiggy Rockstone, Cindy Curbstone
- Don Messick – Schleprock
- Mitzi McCall – Penny Pillar
- Jay North – Bamm-Bamm Rubble
- John Stephenson – Mr. Slate, Noodles
- Mickey Stevens – Pebbles Flintstone
- Jean Vander Pyl – Wilma Flintstone
- Lennie Weinrib – Moonrock Crater, Bronto
- Produced and Directed by: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
- Associate Producer: Alex Lovy
- Story: Dick Robbins, Tom Dagenais, Jack Hanrahan, Len Janson, Bob Ogle, Sheldon Mann, Jack Mendelsohn, Charles Menville, Howard Morganstern
- Story Direction: Jim Carmichael, Carl Fallberg, George Jorgensen, Jim Mueller, Steve Clark, Jan Green, Earl Klein, Bill Perez, Paul Sommer
- Voices: Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Tom Bahler, Carl Esser, Gay Hartwig, Ron Hicklin, Mitzi McCall, Don Messick, Jay North, John Stephenson, Mickey Stevens, Sally Stevens, Jean VanderPyl, Jackie Ward, Len Weinrib
- Animation Director: Charles A. Nichols
- Production Design: Iwao Takamoto
- Production Supervisor: Victor O. Schipek
- Assistant Animation Director: Carl Urbano
- Layout: Dick Bickenbach, Ed Benedict, Jaime Diaz, Jack Huber, Don Jurwich, Andrea Brown, David Hanan, Willie Ito, Don Sheppard
- Animation: Jerry Hathcock, George Cannata, Hugh Fraser, Dick Lundy, Joan Orbison, Ray Patterson, David Tendlar, Lillian Evans, George Kreisl, Margaret Nichols, Don Patterson, Jay Sarbry, Carlo Vinci, Xenia
- Backgrounds: Fernando Montealegre, Martin Forte, Tom Knowles, Eric Semones, Gino Guidice, Bob Schaefer, Jeannette Toews, Peter Van Elk
- Titles: Iraj Paran
- Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
- Music Coordinator: Paul DeKorte
- Music Composed and Conducted by: Dean Elliott
- Technical Supervisor: Frank Paiker
- Ink and Paint Supervisor: Jayne Barbera
- Xerography: Robert "Tiger" West
- Sound Direction: Richard Olson, Bill Getty
- Supervising Film Editor: Larry Cowan
- Film Editors: Rich Allen, James Yaras
- Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
- Post Production: Joed Eaton
- Camera: Dick Blundell, Tom Barnes, Ralph Migliori, Roy Wade, George Epperson
- A Hanna-Barbera Production
- RCA Sound Recording
- This picture has made the jurisdiction of I.A.T.S.E., affiliated with A.F.L.-C.L.O.
- Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. All rights reserved. ©MCMLXXII-MCMLXXVII.· All featured songs controlled by Screen Gems Columbia Music, Inc./Colgems Music Corp.
Home Media releases
The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm episodes ("Squawkie Talkies", "The Suitor Computer", "Beauty and the Beast", "Bedlam in Bedrock") were released as bonus episodes on the 2-disc DVD set The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show: The Complete Series by Warner Home Video (via Hanna-Barbera Cartoons and Warner Bros. Family Entertainment) on March 18, 2008. Note that these are simply the shows, they do not feature the musical selections of The Bedrock Rockers, which have not been released in any commercial form, due to music licensing issues. It is unknown when Warner Archive will plan a release of the entire complete series in its original, uncut and uncensored, hour-long and full-length form on DVD nor Blu-ray.
- Copyright Encyclopedia - The Flintstone Comedy Hour #1, retrieved February 16, 2015
- Copyright Encyclopedia - The Flintstone Comedy Hour #2, retrieved February 16, 2015
- The Big Cartoon Database - Fred Flintstone and Friends, retrieved February 16, 2015
- The Big Cartoon Database - The Flintstone Comedy Hour, retrieved February 16, 2015