The Flintstone Kids
GenreComedy
Created byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Directed by
Voices of
Narrated byKenneth Mars (Captain Caveman and Son segments)
Theme music composerHoyt Curtin
Opening theme"The Flintstone Kids"
ComposerHoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes36 (76 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producers
  • Kay Wright
  • Berny Wolf and Lynn Hoag (associate producers, season 1 only)
EditorGil Iverson
Running time23–24 minutes (3–11 minutes per segment)
Production companiesHanna-Barbera Productions
Studio Filmów Rysunkowych (animation)
Original release
NetworkABC
ReleaseSeptember 13, 1986 (1986-09-13) –
November 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)
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The Flintstone Kids is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera. It is an alternative incarnation of the studio's original animated series The Flintstones. The series depicts juvenile versions of the main characters from the original show.[1] It aired from September 13, 1986, to November 14, 1987, on ABC.[2] Unlike the previous shows, this was the first Flintstone series not to have a laugh track.

Overview

The program follows the adventures of Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Wilma Slaghoople, Betty McBricker and Dino as tweens. They share their preadolescence with their friends Nate Slate, Philo Quartz and Dreamchip Gemstone. They also deal with their bully Rocky Ratrock and his Badrotten Bunch consisting of Tarpit Tommy, Flab Slab, Janet Granite, and Rocky's dog Stalagbite.[3]

Segments

This series featured the following segments:

The Flintstone Kids

The "main" segment of the show. It would either be a single half-hour episode (only in the first season) or a segment.

Flintstone Funnies

Freddy, Barney, Wilma and Betty dream of exciting fantasy adventures. This segment was dropped in the second season.

Dino's Dilemmas

The adventures and misadventures of Freddy's pet dinosaur Dino.

Captain Caveman and Son

The adventures of Captain Caveman with his son Cavey Jr. as they fight bad guys like the evil genius Mr. Bad. This segment was actually a "show within a show" whereby Captain Caveman and Son is a TV show watched by the main characters, where the "fourth wall" is broken frequently.

Episodes

Main article: List of The Flintstone Kids episodes

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
15426September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)December 13, 1986 (1986-12-13)
22210September 12, 1987 (1987-09-12)November 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)

Voice cast

Flintstone Kids cast.

Additional voices

Season 1

Season 2

Broadcast history

The Flintstone Kids' first season aired on ABC in the 9:00AM Eastern hour, with two half-hour episodes airing back-to-back. The first episode was usually a half-hour story while the second contained an 11-minute Flintstone Funnies segment, a 3-minute Dino's Dilemmas segment and a 7-minute Captain Caveman and Son segment. In the series' second season, only one episode was shown a week. Four episodes paired a new short with reruns of two shorts from the first season.

Reruns of the series moved to the weekend programming block The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera in 1988, only to quickly return to ABC in October due to the failure of The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil. After ABC stopped airing The Flintstone Kids reruns in 1990, The Family Channel aired the series in their Fun Town/Fam TV block from October 15, 1990 to June 3, 1994. Once The Family Channel stopped airing the series, reruns moved to the Cartoon Network, where they aired until 1998, and from 2002 to 2003. The series has also aired on Boomerang.

Home media

On May 4, 2010, Warner Home Video released Saturday Morning Cartoons 1980s, Volume 1, a compilation release which features episodes from various 80's cartoons including an episode from The Flintstone Kids.[4] On March 11, 2014, Warner Home Video released The Flintstone Kids: Rockin' in Bedrock, a 2-disc set featuring 10 episodes from the first season, on DVD in Region 1.[5]

Reception

Critical response

Common Sense Media gave the series a three out of five stars, saying: "Bedrock, the early years: cute and more P.C."[6]

Awards

In 1988, Mary Jo Ludin and Lane Raichert were given the Humanitas Prize for the show's episode "Rocky's Rocky Road".[7]

Other appearances

Cavey Jr. appears in the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "Evolutionary War", voiced by Maurice LaMarche.

Cavey Jr. appears in Jellystone! voiced by Dana Snyder.[8]

References

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 333–344. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 209–214. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ "Saturday Morning: Good And Bad". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  4. ^ Stone-Age Preteens, Mr. T, Dirk the Daring and More on WHV's Saturday AM '80s DVD Archived 2014-01-10 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ We've Got a First Look at the Cover Art for 'Rockin' in Bedrock' Archived 2013-12-06 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "The Flintstone Kids - TV Review". 10 November 2006.
  7. ^ Sennett, Ted. The Art of Hanna-Barbera: Fifty Years of Creativity. New York: Viking Penguin, 1989. ISBN 0-670-82978-1. p. 262.
  8. ^ "Jellystone! I Official Trailer I HBO Max Family". YouTube. June 24, 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-12-13. Retrieved June 24, 2021.