The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that screened from September 30, 1960 to April 1, 1966, on ABC. Produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, The Flintstones was about a working class Stone Age man’s life with his family and his next-door neighbor and best friend.
The show’s continuing popularity rested heavily on its juxtaposition of modern everyday concerns in the Stone Age setting.
The 50th anniversary of the screening of the first episode occurred on September 30, 2010. The show is currently aired on Boomerang since the launch of the channel. It aired on Cartoon Network from 1992 until 2004, and the network began re-airing the series on January 2, 2012 to January 24, 2012.
It has been announced Seth MacFarlane (creator of Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show) will produce a revival of The Flintstones for the Fox network. Development began in the fall of 2011, and the first episode is scheduled to air in 2013.
Bill Hanna (of Hanna-Barbera fame) was also a barbershopping fan, and that leads us to this record from 1966. “The Flintstones in: S.A.S.F.A.T.P.O.G.O.B.S.Q.A.L.T.” which stands for “Stone Age Society For Aiding The Preservation Of Good Old Barber Shop Quartets…And Like That”. The story is that the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes are sending their best barbershop group, the Neanderthal Notables, to a championship competition when their star bass, Honeytones Jones, has to get his tonsils out. Fred volunteers to take Jones’ place, but he sings horribly. However, he finds out he can sing beautifully, but only when he’s in the shower. Sound familiar? This plot bears some similarities to the episode “The Flintstones Canaries” where Barney has a similar problem.
Even though this album says it features the Flintstones, the only regular characters here are Fred and Barney. Their voices weren’t done by Alan Reed and Mel Blanc. Fred was performed by Henry Corden, which sounds normal to our ears since he took over the part of Fred when Reed died in 1977. Barney was actually performed by Daws Butler, who ends up sounding a lot like Yogi Bear here, which makes sense since both Barney and Yogi were patterned after Ed Norton on “The Honeymooners”.