PR: Boomerang Presents July 4-7 Marathon of Every Episode of "The Flintstones"
Boomerang Presents FLAGSTONES TO THE FLINTSTONES Marathon July 4-7 to Showcase Every Episode of The Flintstones in Chronological Order
3.5-Day Salute Will Launch with Original The Flagstones Pilot Followed by 166 Half-Hour Episodes
Programming an Independence Day tribute it has never before attempted, Boomerang, Cartoon Network’s 24-hour commercial-free sister network, brings true fireworks to the Fourth of July holiday weekend with a first-time presentation of every episode of television’s first prime time animated series, The Flintstones, including its original pilot, entitled “The Flagstones.” The three-and-a-half-day marathon-THE FLAGTONES TO THE FLINTSTONES, featuring all 166 episodes without commercial interruption-will kick off at 6 a.m. (ET) on Wednesday, July 4, and culminate on Saturday, July 7 at 5 p.m. In addition, Boomerang VOD offerings in July also will reflect the FLAGSTONE TO FLINSTONES theme to present several all-time favorite episodes via a “Flintstones Fourth of July” tab for the VOD menu.
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.
The animated series also started the familiar sitcom tradition of showcasing celebrity guest stars. During its production, The Flintstones hosted several real celebrities through the use of pre-historic monikers such as Tony Curtis (“Return of Stoney Curtis”), Ann Margaret (“Ann Margrock Presents”) and Rock Hudson (“The Rock Quarry Story”). One inspired exercise in cross-promotion brought then TV super-couple Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick York (Samantha and Darren Stevens) of Bewitched back to the Stone-age (“Samantha”), while songwriting great Hoagy Carmichael pops up in another episode (“The Hit Song Writers”).
The Flintstones also were known for how well they rock, with episodes highlighting some of the great songs that appeared in the show-“The Twitch,” “Shinrock A Go-Go,” “The Flintstone Canaries,” etc. The music covers a range of styles from barbershop quartet to the groovy space pop of The Wayouts.
Boomerang is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s (TBS, Inc.) 24-hour cable/satellite network offering the best in classic animated entertainment. In partnership with Cartoon Network, the service boasts 75 percent unduplicated programming and is available to cable/satellite operators and their customers in Spanish. Boomerang’s official Web site is located at http://Boomerang.CartoonNetwork.com.