The Flintstone Kids

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 6, 1986 to May 21, 1988 on ABC and as part of the weekday/weekend morning programming block The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera.[2] Unlike the previous shows, this was the first Flintstone series not to have a laugh track.

The Flintstone Kids
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GenreAnimation
Comedy
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 episodes34 (65 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 time24 minutes (7 minutes per segment)
Production companyHanna-Barbera Productions
DistributorWorldvision Enterprises
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 6, 1986 (1986-09-06) –
May 21, 1988 (1988-05-21)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Flintstone Funnies
Followed byDino: Stay Out!
Related showsThe Flintstones

Cavey Jr. also appears in Jellystone! voiced by Dana Snyder.[3]

OverviewEdit

The program follows the adventures of Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Wilma Slaghoople, Betty McBricker and Dino as tweens as they share their preadolescence with their friends Nate Slate, Philo Quartz and Dreamchip Gemstone, and deal with their bully Rocky Ratrock and his group consisting of Tommy, Flab Slab, Janet Granite and Rocky's dog Stalagbite.[4]

EpisodesEdit

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
14326September 6, 1986 (1986-09-06)May 27, 1987 (1987-05-27)
2228September 4, 1987 (1987-09-04)May 21, 1988 (1988-05-21)

SegmentsEdit

This series featured the following segments:

  • The Flintstone Kids: The "main" segment of the show. It would either be a single 21-minute episode or a 7-minute 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.

Voice castEdit

 
Flintstone Kids cast.

Additional voicesEdit

Season 1Edit

Season 2Edit

Home mediaEdit

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.[5] 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.[6]

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

Common Sense Media gave the series a three out of five stars, saying: "Bedrock, the early years: cute and more P.C."[7]

AwardsEdit

In 1988, Mary Jo Ludin and Lane Raichert were given the Humanitas Prize for the show's episode "Rocky's Rocky Road".[8]

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Jellystone! I Official Trailer I HBO Max Family". YouTube. June 24, 2021. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  4. ^ "Saturday Morning: Good And Bad". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ We've Got a First Look at the Cover Art for 'Rockin' in Bedrock' Archived 2013-12-06 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ https://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/the-flintstone-kids
  8. ^ Sennett, Ted. The Art of Hanna-Barbera: Fifty Years of Creativity. New York: Viking Penguin, 1989. ISBN 0-670-82978-1. p. 262.

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