Without a doubt, The Flintstones
is clearly one of the greatest cartoons of all time. First appearing over 40 years ago, the prime time cartoon created the mold that so many other toon shows followed from The Jetsons to The Simpsons
. Though originally conceived as a Honeymooners parody, the show took a life of it's own and has entertained in one way or another 'til this day.
But The Flintstones are far more than a cartoon phenomenon. Within this series lies a wealth of mysteries that have baffled the world's great
philosophers for years. Let's explore them together, and find out why this modern Stone Age family, is in the middle of a puzzle so puzzling, even Enro Rubik would run away screaming trying to figure it out.
A scene from the rare episode where Wilma wears blackface
Ever wonder why there weren't any black people in The Flintstones? I mean we're talking about an ancient society that predates the great Pharaohs in Egypt, surely there would be someone in town with darker skin. Bedrock must have been The Stone Age version of Salt Lake City.
Though Bedrock apparently had a problem allowing black folks to live in their town, letting freakish monsters with talking squids buy choice property was A-OK!
And though Fred definitely looked like a goofy fat slob, the guy had to be stronger than a brontosaurus in order to start that solid stone and wood car courtesy of his two feet. Yep, The Flintstone family car is a marvel of science that can make hairpin turns, despite having a giant granite cylinder with a single axle for the front wheel. Perhaps if late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt was driving one of those heavy duty vehicles, he may have been alive today.
Where was PETA in The Stone Age, anyway?
And what about those poor animals that had to help the Flintstone family by living a slave like existence as household appliances? Sure, a pig that lives under your sink as a garbage disposal seems like a good idea at first, but what about the mountains of pig (expletive deleted) that would accumulate as the weeks came on? And you can only imagine the horrible lung and respiratory damage that this poor elephant vacuum lackey suffers with.
"Wilma, what the hell is this tree doing in our living room?"
Clearly The Flintstones had an amazing ability to look into the future. Not only were they able to figure out how to watch television without any form of electricity, but as their celebrations of Christmas demonstrate, they were able to predict the birth of Christ millions of years in advance.
Hell, if they could see that far into the future, you'd think they'd have looked a little further and done something about keeping Rosie O'Donnell from playing Betty in THE FLINTSTONES movie.
Many kids have been exposed to The Flintstones, through the oddly conceived Flintstone Chewable Vitamins! What genius looked at that heart-attack victim in the making and decided that he should be a spokesperson for good nutrition? I mean Fred ate dinosaur ribs and brontosaurus burgers like there was no tomorrow.
Check out this description of Flintstone Chewables from drugstore.com:
"It's yabba-dabba-do time. We won't say that kids will line up to take their vitamins if they're promised a Barney or a Wilma or Fred himself, but we will say that it's more likely. Flintstones chewable vitamins, a vitamin classic if there ever was one, come in six flavors and seven character shapes--so even the fussiest kids are sure to have an acceptable choice. This modern Stone Age family provides 10 essential vitamins needed for long-term growth and development. Pediatrician recommended."
Jeez, with kids lining up to take these things, you'd think it was Flintstones Ecstasy! There's actually a pretty large variety of different Flintstone vitamins up for grabs. If you thought that description was one was bad, check out this one for the Flintstones with Extra C:
Kids have all the fun. Adult vitamins are usually big old pills without any character, and you certainly wouldn't want to chew on them. Kids, however, get to have a yabba-dabba doo time taking Flintstones Chewable Vitamins. Packed with 10 essential vitamins plus enough vitamin C to fill four oranges, this Stone Age family includes Fred, Wilma, Barney, Dino, Pebbles, Bamm Bamm, and the car. Kids will look forward to biting the heads off first; you'll just be glad they're taking their vitamins.
"Kids will look forward to biting the heads off first???" Yeah, maybe Ozzy Osbourne's kids. How exactly will kids bite the heads off "the car", anyway? In the early 80s, the TV Commercial song for these sugar coated Soma tablets went, "We are Flintstones Kids (clap clap) 10 million strong, and growwwwww-wing!" If they've been growing at the forecast rate since then, it's obvious that at least every kid in the world eats 3 of them a day.
The scary effects of Flintstone Roid-Rage
Many folks aren't aware that the different Flintstones Vitamins actually have different effects. Barney produces a euphoric high not unlike huffing spray paint from a brown-paper bag, Fred increases the size of male breasts, Wilma is known to make red-headed women particularly vulnerable to suggestion, Betty gets rid of (deleted), Dino works like Viagra with a pesky (deleted) side effect, while Pebbles, Bamm Bamm, and the car, when taken together, let you talk to God.
Another great Flintstone mystery is BAMM BAMM's birth. Though Pebbles was conceived the old-fashioned way (Fred did Wilma from behind against the wall), Bamm Bamm's arrival to the world was a little more bizarre. Longing for a child of her own, Betty merely wished on a falling star for a child, and the next day he was sitting on their doorstep. Sadly, Barney's wish for a wife with larger breasts the next evening was not met with similar success.
And how about their pet saber-toothed tiger cat? You see Fred kick him out in the closing credits of the cartoon, but never in any of the episodes?
Perhaps the biggest Flintstone cipher is learning what exactly the phrase "Yabba Dabba Doo" means. Though not listed in Webster's Dictionary, the shows creators William Hanna and Joseph Barbara wrote in their 1978 book History of Hanna Barbara, "Sometimes we would drink a lot of zombies. You know, it's this drink with pineapple, orange, and lime juice, and you put in rum, brandy, and vodka. It's pretty damn good! Anyway, after about 9 of these, the two of us would toss our inhibitions aside and (deleted). When we were both through, we'd lay down, sweaty, with the ceiling fan blowing down on our nervous trembling bodies, and scream in unison, "YABBA DABBA DOO!"
A disturbing quote, indeed, but it at least makes the final verse of their the theme song, "When you're with The Flintstones, you'll have a gay old time" more significant than ever.