The Frankenstones

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The Frankenstones
The Flintstones family
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From left to right: Rockjaw, Hidea, Frank, Atrocia and Freaky
Created by Hanna-Barbera
First appearance "Fred and Barney Meet the Frankenstones" (The New Fred and Barney Show)
Last appearance "House Wars" (The Flintstone Comedy Show)

The Frankenstones are a family of fictional characters who were introduced in 1979 and appeared in different versions on television spin-offs and specials of The Flintstones through the early 1980s. The family has been described as a sort of fusion of The Flintstones and The Munsters.[1]

Introduction[edit]

The first version of the Frankenstones were introduced on September 15, 1979 in the episode "Fred and Barney Meet the Frankenstones" of the second season of The New Fred and Barney Show. They were featured as the managers of a condorstonium development called Deadrock Arms that Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble considered moving their families into. This Frankenstone family consisted of:

Frank's voice was patterned after Boris Karloff by voice actor John Stephenson, and Hidea had a pseudo-Transylvanian accent.

Television specials[edit]

The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone (1979) featured a Frankenstone monster voiced by Ted Cassidy of The Addams Family. This version of Frankenstone was Count Rockula's unfinished creation, awoken prematurely when lightning strikes the machinery in Rockula's laboratory. Despite the strong resemblance, he is not to be confused with the Frank Frankenstone character that first appeared in The New Fred and Barney Show or featured in subsequent television specials and series.

The second version of the Frankenstones moved in next door to the Flintstones in The Flintstones' New Neighbors as part of The Flintstone Primetime Specials limited-run revival of The Flintstones which aired on NBC prime time in 1980–1981. This time, the family consisted of:

  • Frank Frankenstone (voiced by John Stephenson)
  • Oblivia Frankenstone, his wife (voiced by Patricia Parris)
  • Hidea Frankenstone, their daughter who resembles the original Atrocia (voiced by Julie McWhirter)
  • Stubby Frankenstone, their son who closely resembles Freaky (voiced by Jim MacGeorge)

Again, the family is odd, and a friendship developed between the Flintstones and the Frankenstones. Frank's voice was still patterned after Boris Karloff by John Stephenson. This version of the Frankenstones continued to appear throughout the run of the specials: Fred's Final Fling (1980), Wind-Up Wilma and Jogging Fever (1981).

The Flintstone Comedy Show[edit]

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The Frankenstones starred in their own segment on The Flintstone Comedy Show on Saturday mornings which premiered in November 1980. This third and final version of the Frankenstone family more closely resembled the version previously seen in The New Fred and Barney Show than the Frankenstones that just moved in next door in the prime-time specials. This version of the family consisted of:

  • Frank Frankenstone (voiced by Charles Nelson Reilly)
  • Hidea Frankenstone, his wife and previously their daughter's name in the prime-time specials (voiced by Ruta Lee)
  • Atrocia Frankenstone, their kooky daughter who is now the youngest child (voiced by Zelda Rubinstein)
  • Freaky Frankenstone, their son who is now a teenager (voiced by Paul Reubens)
  • Rockjaw, their pet monster who devoured anything (voiced by Frank Welker)

The previously soft-natured Frank is now hot-tempered and wired with his voice now provided by Charles Nelson Reilly in his traditional high-pitched, hyper-whiny style. Frank became volatile at the drop of a hat, especially when he dealt with his annoying neighbor and rival Fred Flintstone. Frank and Fred were both frustrated by the friendships between their wives (Hidea and Wilma) and children (Freaky and Pebbles), and they always seemed to be thrust into one mess after another because of each other.

The Flintstone Comedy Show ran for two seasons (1980–1982), and consecutively with two more prime-time specials in 1981 (which both revert to John Stephenson's version of Frank with his wife Oblivia, and children Hidea and Stubby). The continuity of the prime-time Flintstones and Saturday morning Flintstones drift farther apart because both have their own version of Frankenstone neighbors. The Frankenstones' final appearance on The Flintstone Comedy Show was in the episode "House Wars" (1981). The Frankenstones segment reappeared in reruns as part of the package show The Flintstone Funnies (1982–1984).

After The Flintstone Comedy Show ended, it is never explained what happened to the Frankenstones or their castle and nor are they referred to in any subsequent spin-off series, specials or animated movies.

Appearances in other media[edit]

Frank Frankenstone makes a cameo appearance as an enemy character in the 1991 Nintendo video game The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy at the haunted dungeon stage.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The modern Stone Age family has its golden anniversary". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 

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