Cave Kids
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GenreAdventure
Comedy
Fantasy
Preschool
Children's television series
Based onThe Flintstones
by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Directed byMarija Miletic Daïl (art)
Voices ofAria Noelle Curzon
Christine Cavanaugh
E.G. Daily
Frank Welker
Theme music composerBill Burnett
Opening theme"Cave Kids"
Ending theme"Cave Kids" (instrumental)
ComposerGuy Moon
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producerSherry Gunther
ProducerMarija Miletic Daïl
Running time30 minutes
Production companyHanna-Barbera Cartoons
DistributorAmerican Program Service
Release
Original networkSyndication
Original releaseSeptember 29 (1996-09-29) –
November 17, 1996 (1996-11-17)
Chronology
Preceded byDino: Stay Out!
Followed byDino: The Great Egg-Scape
Related showsThe Flintstones

Cave Kids (also known as Cave Kids Adventures or Cave Kids: Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm) is an American traditionally animated children's television series produced by Hanna-Barbera, and a spin-off of The Flintstones. The show aired in syndication on public television stations[1][2] from September 29 to November 17, 1996, with reruns available until 1999.[3]

Overview

The series follows the adventures of Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble as prehistoric pre-schoolers with Dino, the Flintstone family's pet dinosaur, as their babysitter. While Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm spoke in baby-talk gibberish to adults, they could communicate normally with each other, a la Rugrats (another show that Bamm-Bamm's voice actresses, Cavanaugh and Daily worked on).[4] Unlike the original 1960s Flintstones series and its spin-off incarnations featuring the kids and their parents in slapstick comedy adventures, this show focused more on educational values and lessons for children. Another thing worth noting is that Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm and Dino were the only established characters to appear in the show and everyone else was completely absent.

An earlier Cave Kids effort was published by Golden Press, both as a Little Golden Books in 1963, and also as a Gold Key Comics series spanning 16 issues from 1963 through 1967.[5]

Voice cast

Episodes

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Beanstalk Blues"September 29, 1996 (1996-09-29)[6]
Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are watering plants in a garden when their imagination kicks in and they grow a giant beanstalk.
2"China Challenge"October 6, 1996 (1996-10-06)
When Pebbles' plate is broken during a dispute with Bamm-Bamm, they head to China in hopes of getting their plate fixed.
3"Soap Bubble Dreams"October 13, 1996 (1996-10-13)
Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm go down the drain to recover Dino's collar when it accidentally gets washed down the bathtub while they're giving Dino a bath.
4"Sand Castle Surprise"October 20, 1996 (1996-10-20)
Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are at the beach when they go into a world ruled by a King Crab, who happens to have extreme shyness.
5"Kiss and Spell"October 27, 1996 (1996-10-27)
A search for Pebbles' lost doll, Gretel, takes Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm to fairytale land where they encounter talking trees, a talking frog, Little Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood.
6"Of Mice and Moon"November 3, 1996 (1996-11-03)
Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm visit the moon and meet with both a moon mouse and the lady on the moon.
7"Color Me Cave Kid"November 10, 1996 (1996-11-10)
Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm get transported to a world which is ruled by the nasty Katty with his dog Wompus, whose enemy is a colorful French blob named Miss Palette.
8"Cave Kid Christmas"November 17, 1996 (1996-11-17)
Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm visit the North Pole and learn that there's more to Christmas than presents; they find a baby Christmas tree and cheer up a grumpy Snowbear.

Merchandising

Album

A sing-along album, Cave Kids Sing-Along, was released on cassette tape and CD by Kid Rhino on February 4, 1997. The album featured seven songs performed by Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, including five from the series. The package also contained a full-color booklet with lyrics to all the songs.

Track listing
  1. "Cave Kids Theme"
  2. "The Cave Kid Crawl"
  3. "The Woman in the Moon"
  4. "Little Is Just Right for Me"
  5. "Sharing"
  6. "Hand in Hand"
  7. "Being a Friend"

Home media

On June 10, 1997, Warner Home Video released three separate Cave Kids titles on videocassette: "Watch Us Grow", "At Play" and "Make New Friends", with each 44-minute cassette featuring two episodes and a music video.

VHS Title Ep# Release Date Titles
Watch Us Grow 2 June 10, 1997
  • Kiss and Spell
  • Beanstalk Blues
At Play 2 June 10, 1997
  • Sand Castle Surprise
  • Soap Bubble Dreams
Make New Friends 2 June 10, 1997
  • China Challenge
  • Of Mice and Moon

See also

References

  1. ^ "The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on October 13, 1996 · 381".
  2. ^ "The Dispatch from Moline, Illinois on December 22, 1996 · 126".
  3. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 212–214. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  4. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 333–344. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  5. ^ Wells, John (2015). American Comic Book Chronicles: 1960-64. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 156. ISBN 978-1605490458.
  6. ^ "The Salt Lake Tribune from Salt Lake City, Utah on September 29, 1996 · 174".