Monday, December 14, 2015

Countdown to Christmas: A Flintstone Christmas (1977)

In 1977, The Flintstones, which had been in reruns on NBC earlier in the decade, made their first primetime appearance on the network with A Flintstone Christmas, the first holiday episode of the franchise in 12 years.

Fred (Henry Corden) & Barney (Mel Blanc) are out shopping, and Fred becomes perturbed when Barney drops a coin for every street corner Santa he meets. This runs counter to the 1965 (season 5) episode where Fred actually believed in Santa. "Who is the Real Santa Claus?" was previously used in a more contemporary special a few years earlier

Take note that Pebbles (Jean VanderPyl in a dual role) and Bamm-Bamm (Russi Taylor) are at least kindergarten age, or where they were for the short-lived Cave Kids series.

The whole idea of subbing for Santa would be done again with Johnny Bravo 20 years later, among others.

Rating: B-.


Silverstar said...

The Flintstone characters celebrating Christmas in the first place is a bit of a mind-screw, as the show technically takes place millions of years before the birth of Christ, but that's cartoons for ya.

-Also, IIRC, the "Hope" song that Wilma sings in this special was later recycled by H-B and given to Boo-Boo Bear in "Yogi's First Christmas".

hobbyfan said...

Thanks for the info, Silverstar.