I Yabba-Dabba Do!
GenreAnimation
Comedy
Written byRich Fogel
Mark Seidenberg
Directed byWilliam Hanna
Voices ofHenry Corden
Jean Vander Pyl
Megan Mullally
Frank Welker
B.J. Ward
Jerry Houser
Janet Waldo
John Stephenson
ComposerJohn Debney
Country of originUnited States
Production
Executive producersWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
ProducerIwao Takamoto
Running time92 minutes
Production companyH-B Production Co.
Original release
NetworkABC
ReleaseFebruary 7, 1993 (1993-02-07)
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I Yabba-Dabba Do! is a 1993 American animated made-for-television film based on the 1960s animated series, The Flintstones and is a continuation of the series’ spin-off, The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show.[1] It premiered on ABC on February 7, 1993.[2]

Plot

Pebbles, who now works for an ad agency and Bamm-Bamm, who works in a car repair shop, decide to get married after Bamm-Bamm proposes with a poem, in the middle of the street (after Pebbles mistakenly thinks he was trying to dump her when Bamm-Bamm read her a letter that started "Dear Pebbles"). However, Fred loses the family savings when he bet it on his team, the Bedrock Brontos. Fred tries asking for a raise from Mr. Slate, but is dismissed from his job because of his violent temper.

Fred enlists Barney's help in bringing more money for the wedding, but they fail, losing Barney's money to a real estate con artist and becoming more in debt than before. Meanwhile, Wilma's mother Pearl Slaghoople arrives to help with the wedding. Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm decide to elope in Rock Vegas because of their parents' arguing and fighting. Barney angrily unravels the truth about Fred and Wilma’s nest egg. Wilma, livid at Fred, forces him out of the house. After seeing that even Dino’s mad at him, Fred finally realizes the error of his ways and decides to fix his mistakes. Reconciling with Barney, Wilma, Betty and Pearl, Fred asks Barney to help search for Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm.

Fred and Barney travel to Rock Vegas looking for Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. They stop at a casino where Barney wins more money. They are attacked by the Wedding Whackers gang after mistaking them for Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm getting married and took a photo of them robbing a newlywed couple. Shortly afterwards they are rescued by Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. During the chase, the photo of the Wedding Whackers is destroyed, so the four are captured as suspects of being the marriage whackers, along with the real marriage whackers.

While in detainment, Fred reveals all the trouble he has gone through to try to help Pebbles with her wedding ceremony which leads the marriage whackers to reveal to their crimes, to the dismay of the Whackers' mother. Since Barney made a lot of money on his casino wins on the big wheel, they can use it to pay for the wedding, replace their nest eggs and pay off their debts. Fred, Barney, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm finally reunite with Wilma, Betty and the others. Mr. Slate rehires Fred, and Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm get married, with Fred, Barney, Dino, Wilma and Betty as the happy ones seeing them getting married. Fred gets his job back from Mr Slate and is given a raise after being invited to the wedding. At the end, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm reveal they are moving to Hollyrock with Barney paying their way with his share of the Rock Vegas winnings, at which Fred gets angry with Barney and they start to fight again.

Voice cast

Nielsen ratings

The film brought in a 12.4/19 rating/share in its original airing and was watched by 22 million viewers. The film came in second place in its timeslot, and ranking 35th out of 94 programs that week.[3]

Home media

Cartoon Network, with association with Turner Home Video, released the movie on VHS on January 14, 1997. Then Warner Home Video released it on April 21, 1998, and again in 1999 and 2000, but they are now out of print.[4] On October 9, 2012, Warner Archive released The Flintstones- I Yabba-Dabba Do! on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available through Warner's online store, Amazon.com and Wal-Mart.com.[5]

On August 4, 2020, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment gave it its first wide release as part of the DVD collection The Flintstones: 2 Movies & 5 Specials.

Syndication

This spinoff movie has aired on Cartoon Network in the 1990s, then ran on Boomerang in the 2000s. It is now available on the Boomerang app, alongside A Flintstone Family Christmas and other Flintstones spin-offs,[6] with the exception of the sequel Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby.

Sequel

Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby was released in 1993. The sequel is considered very difficult to syndicate after its original broadcast and the attempt of releasing it on home media was delayed until 2012 mainly due to the involved suggestive material relating to child birth. However, it has eventually aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang usually as part of Mother's Day special programming in the early 2000s[7] until it never ran again.

References

  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. p. 280. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ Solomon, Charles (1993-02-06). "Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm Plan Stone Age Wedding in Bedrock". LA Times. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  3. ^ "Broadcasting" (PDF). Americanradiohistory.com. 1993-02-15. Retrieved 2022-01-24.
  4. ^ Flintstones:I Yabba Dabba Do [VHS] : Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, Bea Benaderet, Don Messick, John Stephenson, Gerry Johnson, Hal Smith, Doug Young, Howard Morris, Daws Butler, Henry Corden, Joseph Barbera, William Hanna: Movies & TV. ASIN 6304821867.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-07-28.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Garun, Natt (12 April 2017). "Boomerang now offers unlimited classic cartoons for $5 a month". The Verge. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Boomerang Has Wilma-Thon for Mom's Day". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2010-11-23.