PR: Boomerang Salutes The Flinstones' The Great Gazoo
All-Green Floating Alien to be Showcased in an 8-Hour Marathon Monday,
Boomerang, Cartoon Network’s 24-hour commercial-free sister network, is
spreading the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day by featuring the
gloriously all-green character from outer-space, The Great Gazoo of The
Flintstones. Beginning at 12 p.m. and running uninterrupted until 8
p.m. (ET), THE GREAT GAZOO MARATHON pays homage to the little helmeted
man from outer space voiced by legendary television comedian Harvey
The Great Gazoo is one of The Flintstones’ most memorable supporting
characters. He joined the series in the 1965-66 season, immediately
charming Fred, Barney and viewers. Gazoo is a two-foot, green space
alien from the planet Zatox. Gazaam, his leader, banished him for
inventing a button capable of destroying the universe. Despite being
arrogant and mischievous, Gazoo must prove his capability of compassion
and wisdom by serving the humans that find and release him from his
grounded spaceship-namely, Fred and Barney. He tries hard but often
ends up leading the boys into more trouble than good. His great powers
and lure of easy solutions draw Fred and Barney into hilarious
calamities. A further complication is that Gazoo is invisible to
everyone except animals, children, and his two rescuers.
Highlighted below are some of the episodes that are included in THE
GREAT GAZOO MARATHON:
* The Great Gazoo – (12 p.m. and 5 p.m.) – A strange object
falls to Earth and Fred and Barney meet Gazoo, an all-green space alien.
Gazoo explains that he has been exiled from his planet Zatox because he
invented a button that could disintegrate the entire universe. As part
of his punishment, he must serve those who found him. Fred and Barney
quickly decide this opportunity cannot be wasted, so they take Wilma and
Betty to the most expensive restaurant in Bedrock, expecting Gazoo to
pay the bill. But when the bill arrives, they cannot find Gazoo!
* The Stonefinger Caper – (12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.) – Fred and
Barney scoff at a spy movie in which Stonefinger orders his men to
kidnap Dr. Rockinheimer, the man who turned stone into uraniumrock.
Meanwhile, the movie characters come to life and mistake Barney for the
scientist. Although Barney protests he’s not the doctor, Stonefinger
threatens to feed him to a hungry horrorasaurus if he doesn’t give him
the uraniumrock formula. Gazoo comes to the rescue and they eventually
settle down to a quiet evening of television.
* Seeing Doubles – (1 p.m. and 6 p.m.) – Fred and Barney seek
Gazoo’s help to get them out of a dinner date with their wives so they
can attend a bowling tournament. Gazoo creates doubles of the boys, but
a series of mix-ups ensues in which no one knows who’s who. Fred and
Barney learn that they can avoid double trouble by telling the truth.
* Two Men on a Dinosaur – (2:30 p.m.) – Following a space age
tip from Gazoo, Fred and Barney start winning big at the race track.
Their success is noted by two bookies who force them to go to their
boss, Big Ed. Although Gazoo feels like the boys deserve a lesson, he
goes with them to make sure they aren’t hurt. When Big Ed demands the
winning dinosaur names, Gazoo gives them the names of three losers. But
before Big Ed can extract vengeance, Gazoo once again comes to the
* Boss for a Day – (3:30 p.m.) – With some help from Gazoo, Fred
becomes boss of the quarry for a day. He enjoys his new-found power,
inviting Barney for an executive lunch, until the Chairman of the Board
puts him in his place and lets him know who the real boss is. From then
on, Fred has more woes than he ever imagined. Working late into the
night, he realizes that he never wants to fill Mr. Slate’s shoes again.
* Curtain Call at Bedrock – (3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) – When Wilma
asks Fred to play the lead in the PTA show, “Romeorock and Julietstone,”
he refuses and Wilma is forced to cast Barney in the role. Barney is
terrible and knows it. He and Betty help Wilma devise a scheme to make
Fred get over his stage fright and play the part that he knows so well.
Barney pretends to have mumps and Fred takes over, but a sudden attack
of laryngitis causes Wilma to drop out, and Barney takes her place as
Julietstone with hilarious results.
On Sept. 30, 1960, The Flintstones premiered nationwide at 8:30 p.m.
(ET) on ABC. The show immediately assumed historic status as the first
animated situation comedy on television, the first animated series to go
beyond the seven-minute cartoon format, and the first to feature human
characters to be shown on prime time. The series centered around the
modern stone-age family, Fred and Wilma Flintstone, their daughter
Pebbles and their dinosaur-dog, Dino. The family’s best friends, Barney
and Betty Rubble and their son Bamm-Bamm, lived next door. The
Flintstones ran for six years (1960-66), totaling 166 original episodes,
and spawned multiple series spin-offs throughout the years.
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