The Flintstone Comedy Hour

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The Flintstone Comedy Hour
1972 Flintstone Comedy HOUR main title card.jpg
GenreAnimation
Directed byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices ofAlan Reed
Mel Blanc
Jean Vander Pyl
Gay Hartwig
Jay North
Mickey Stevens
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes18
Production
Producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Camera setupDick Blundell
Tom Barnes
Ralph Migliori
Roy Wade
George Epperson
Running time60 minutes (1972–73)
30 minutes (1973–74)
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera Productions
DistributorScreen Gems
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 9, 1972 (1972-09-09) –
January 26, 1974 (1974-01-26)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show
Followed byFred 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.

Overview[edit]

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.[1][2]

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.[3] The program continued to air in rebroadcasts under The Flintstone Comedy Show title on USA Cartoon Express, Cartoon Network and Boomerang.[4]

Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track created by the studio.

The Bedrock Rockers[edit]

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:

  1. "Sunshine Man"
  2. "Summertime Girl"
  3. "Oh, How I Love You"
  4. "Keep in Time"
  5. "It Should Always Be Saturday"
  6. "Hop, Skip and a Jump"
  7. "Flying So High"
  8. "Yabba Dabba Doozie"
  9. "Shadow, Shadow"
  10. "Being With You"
  11. "Singing Song"
  12. "Song of the Season"
  13. "What's Your Sign?"
  14. "Sunny Sun Day"
  15. "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.

Episodes[edit]

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).

Titles Air date
1"Birdbrained / Squawkie Talkies / Bedrock 500"September 9, 1972 (1972-09-09)

  • Bird Brained: Fred has to birdsit Mr. Slate's pet parrot, Claymore, who causes nothing but trouble for the Flintstones and the Rubbles.
  • Squawkie Talkies: Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm mistakenly believe that Barney is eaten by a hippo while using Moonrock's "squawkie talkie" gadgets.
  • Bedrock 500: Bamm-Bamm and Moonrock, Pebbles and her girlfriends participate in the Bedrock 500 car race against the Bronto Bunch.
2"The Flying Fools / Bedlam in Bedrock / The Stone Ranger Rides Again"September 16, 1972 (1972-09-16)

  • The Flying Fools: Fred and Barney experience a turbulent afternoon while flying in Moonrock's new self-made airplane.
  • Bedlam in Bedrock: Pebbles and her friends try to help Radio R.O.C.K. DJ Rocky Rocket become famous with an "out-of-this-world" idea.
  • The Stone Ranger Rides Again: Pebbles and her friends shoot a western movie with Bamm-Bamm starring as the Stone Ranger.
3"Cat Burglars / The Circus / Pizza-Puss"September 23, 1972 (1972-09-23)

  • Cat Burglars: Fred and Barney are mistaken for burglars and sent to jail, while the real thieves are robbing the Flintstones house.
  • The Circus Show: Pebbles and her friends open a circus show to try and raise money for their school prom.
  • Pizza-Puss: Fred tries his hand at pizza making at Spumonistone Pizza Parlor when Pebbles needs 37 pizzas for her party.
4"Fred Skirts the Issue / Hair Scare / The Not So Desperate Hours"September 30, 1972 (1972-09-30)

  • Fred Skirts the Issue: Fred and Barney help out the neighbors as babysitters for little Tina with Fred disguised as a woman.
  • Hair Scare: Pebbles and her friends accidentally use Moonrock's miracle hair growing formula with disastrous hairy results.
  • The Not So Desperate Hours: Fingers O'Rock, the second most wanted criminal, escapes from jail and hides out at the Flintstones house.
5"Don't Fence Me In / The Spot Remover / Cake Walk"October 7, 1972 (1972-10-07)

  • Don't Fence Me In: Fred and Barney disagree about the boundary line between their properties after Barney suggests they fix their backyard fence.
  • The Spot Remover: Moonrock's "out-of-sight" spot remover accidentally causes bizarre scenes on the streets of Bedrock.
  • Cake Walk: Fred and Barney help their wives involuntarily to victory in a cake baking contest.
6"The Loving Cup / Bedrock Surfers / Handicapped"October 14, 1972 (1972-10-14)

  • The Loving Cup: Fred is scheduled to present Mr. Slate with a loving cup at a business luncheon, but the cup accidentally gets stuck on Fred's head.
  • Bedrock Surfers: Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm and their friends participate in a couples only surfing contest.
  • Handicapped: Fred tries to help Mr. Slate win a golf tournament at the Snobstone Country Club.
7"Something Fishy / Amusement Park / A Pound in Time"October 21, 1972 (1972-10-21)

  • Something Fishy: Wilma and Betty accompany their husbands on a fishing trip, much to the chagrin of Fred and Barney.
  • Amusement Park: Pebbles and her friends spend a day at Stoney Island Amusement Park.
  • A Pound in Time: Fred and Barney struggle with weight issues and go to Jack La Rock Health and Weight Control Center to try and fit back into their lodge uniforms.
8"Dummy Up / Bedrock Radio Rock Festival / Barney the Swami"October 28, 1972 (1972-10-28)

  • Dummy Up: Fred gets hit on the head with a baseball which causes his sudden compulsion to tell everyone what he really thinks about them.
  • Bedrock Radio Rock Festival: Pebbles and her friends record their songs on cassette for entry in the ROK Radio Rock Festival music contest.
  • Barney the Swami: When Barney suddenly develops unsuspected psychic powers, Fred drags him on television.
9"High Noon at Bedrock Pass / Cinderella / Training Pains"November 4, 1972 (1972-11-04)

  • High Noon at Bedrock Pass: Fred falls asleep in front of the TV and dreams of a western town where he and Barney confront escaped convict Two Chop McGurk.
  • Cinderella: Bamm-Bamm plays a male Cinderella in a school theater performance of Cinderella.
  • Training Pain: Fred wants to train Dino for an exhibition and makes Dino undergo the Super Flintstone training program.
10"Fred's Big Brag / Schleprock's Cousin / Fred's Promise"November 11, 1972 (1972-11-11)

  • Fred's Big Brag: Fred brags that he can master the taming of a wild brontosaurus and ends up in the ring at the Bullosaurus Rodeo Show.
  • Schleprock's Cousin: When bad-luck Schleprock leaves on vacation, his cousin comes to visit which supposedly brings good luck.
  • Fred's Promise: While on vacation with Wilma, Barney and Betty, Fred promises not to talk about work.
11"The Big Breakup / Bedrock 300 / Candid Camerarock"November 18, 1972 (1972-11-18)

  • The Big Breakup: Fred takes care of Barney when he suffers a bone fracture after an accident at the Flintstones house.
  • Bedrock 300: Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm participate in the Bedrock 300 car race where participants do not respect the rules of fair play.
  • Candid Camerarock: Fred and Barney are victims of a prankster TV show called Candid Camerarock.
12"Feet First / The Hobby Show / The Reluctant Candidates"November 25, 1972 (1972-11-25)

  • Feet First: Fred and Barney participate in a sports car rally, but shortly after the start, they are overtaken by the other participants.
  • The Hobby Show: Pebbles and her friends organize a craft exhibition of their respective hobbies which is a great success.
  • The Reluctant Candidate: Fred and Barney are both candidates running for club president and mutually promise to support one another.
13"Runaway Steaks / Moonrock’s Super Jumping Shoes / Citizen Flintstone"December 2, 1972 (1972-12-02)

  • Runaway Steaks: Fred and Barney chase after their steaks on a runaway barbecue which ends up at Mr. Slate's garden party.
  • Moonrock’s Super Jumping Shoes: Bamm-Bamm's school basketball team is a success thanks to Moonrock's super colossal jumping shoes.
  • Citizen Flintstone: Fred makes a fool of himself when he guests on The Johnny Sandstone Show as Bedrock's most typical citizen.
14"The Big Splash / Moonrock's Beauty Farm / Stage Flight"December 9, 1972 (1972-12-09)

  • The Big Splash: Fred's dream of owning a swimming pool comes to an abrupt end when a representative of the building authority emerges.
  • Moonrock's Beauty Farm: Pebbles, Wiggy and Penny experience one disappointment after another at Moonrock's Beauty and Grooming Center.
  • Stage Flight: Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm and the gang shoot a film version of Peter Panstone with Fred starring in the title role.
15"Oil Fooled / Bedrock 500 / Sherlock Flintstone"December 16, 1972 (1972-12-16)

  • Oil Fooled: The old billionaire Bludstone wants to buy Fred's house for $50,000, but Fred wants to be part of his multinational oil corporation.
  • Bedrock 500: Pebbles and her girlfriends disassemble Bamm-Bamm's cave buggy in individual parts and she participates in a car race with a zapped-up version.
  • Sherlock Flintstone: Due to a misunderstanding, Fred believes his car was stolen so he and Barney disgrace themselves as self-appointed detectives.
16"Watch the Birdie / Schleprock / Mod Clod"December 23, 1972 (1972-12-23)

  • Watch the Birdie: Fred tries unsuccessfully as a photographer to shoot a rare red-headed pterodactyl bird to win first prize in a magazine contest.
  • Schleprock: Pebbles and her friends are hired as servants in a restaurant but chaos ensues when bad-luck Schleprock shows up.
  • Mod Clod: When Fred discovers his first gray hair, the midlife crisis hits him and he begins a ridiculous youth craze.
17"The Suitor Computer / Army Dazed"December 30, 1972 (1972-12-30)

  • The Suitor Computer: Moonrock's new couples-matchmaking computer malfunctions and couples Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm with unlikely matches.
  • Army Dazed: Fred and Barney are accidentally enlisted in the military where they are exposed to a hard physical drill.
18"Beauty and the Beast / The Galloping Gourmets"January 6, 1973 (1973-01-06)

  • Beauty and the Beast: Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm enter the Bedrock annual masquerade ball contest as beauty and the beast.
  • The Galloping Gourmets: Barney disguises himself as a cook to prepare dinner for Mr. Slate and an important client coming to the Flintstones house.

Voices[edit]

Production credits[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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.

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