The Flintstones Turn 50…

– – I’m more a fan of The Jetsons myself, but The Flintstones turned 50 at the end of last month.  Owing much to “The Honeymooners,” the Bedrock gang in turn set the stage for the success of more adult-styled cartoons such as The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill, and many others.

Running from 1960 to 1966, The Flintstones didn’t start their popular “Meet the Flintstones” theme until their third season. – -And who can forget the infamous commercials of the cartoon characters smoking, since the show was sponsored in part by Winston?

My personal cast fave Dino (pronounced dee-no), the Flintstone pet dinosaur, was not mentioned by name until the fourth episode, and in an apparent flashback story sequence of episode 18 was portrayed as very anthropomorphic indeed, complete with powers of speech! 

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2 Comments on “The Flintstones Turn 50…”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Yeppers! That was one of the earliest examples of ret-conning (retroactively-revised continuity) in non-print media. Dino’s debut episode had him talking and acting like the saurian equivalent of Sergeat Bilko!*

    But, in the episode where Dino had the hots for “Sassy” (a spoof on the then-popular TIMMY AND LASSIE), it was implied in the dialogue that Dino had originally been a stray who followed Fred home from work, one day.

    *The main character in the 1950’s sit-com, YOU’LL NEVER GET RICH, starring the late, great Phil Silvers.


    • vulpesffb Says:

      Like the talking dog “Dukey” on “Johnny Test,” I think that Dino would have been far more interesting with powers of speech! Even some of the creatures who served as components of the Flintstones’ appliances sometimes got to speak a line or two…


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