"🎶Flintstones, meet the Flintstones! They're the modern Stone Age Family! From the town of Bedrock! They're a page right out of history! Let's ride with the family down the street! Through the courtesy of Grand Dad's two feet! When you're with the Flintstones! Have a yabba-dabba-doo time! A dabba-doo time! We'll have a gay old time!🎶" -The Flintstone’s theme song, singing about the family.
The Flintstones are a prehistoric family and the titular main protagonists of the franchise of the same name. The family consists of Fred, his wife Wilma, their daughter Pebbles, their adoptive son Stoney, their grandchildren Roxy and Chip, and their pets, Dino the Dinosaur, Baby Puss the Sabre-Toothed Cat and Wooly the Woolly Mammoth. Whatever timeline the franchise explores, this family is still a very memorable and classic one from the golden age of cartoons.
Why They're a Very Great Stone Age Family
- This is one of the best cartoon family’s ever created not just from Hanna-Barbera, but in all of cartoon history, as this family is from the golden age of cartoons.
- All of the characters are great and memorable:
- Fred is the friendly and funny caveman, who’s a good friend to Barney, and a great family man to his family, and you can count on him to make you laugh and smile.
- Wilma Flintstone is the supportive and lovable housewife, who’s a good friend to Betty, and is also grateful to have her family, and she’s shown to be more than your average housewife.
- Pebbles Flintstone-Rubble is a very likable character, who was adorable and playful as a baby, and as we explore her as she got older, she was a good kid, and a great pre-teen and teenager, who cares about her family and friends very much. When she became a great mature adult, she married Bamm-Bamm, and she is a good wife to him, and a great mother to Roxy and Chip.
- Speaking of which, Roxy and Chip Rubble are worth mentioning briefly, as they are both very adorable babies, and shine a light on the Flintstones family.
- Stoney Flintstone was a troublemaker boy, but we learn that he is a lonely orphan, and we see him grow into a nicer and good kid who bonds with Wilma and Grand Dad as his adoptive parents, and is now with a great family.
- Dino is the Flintstone’s lovable pet dinosaur, who’s always there for his family, and loves them very much, he is seen protecting the family on more than one occasion.
- Baby Puss is also worth mentioning, he’s the Flintstones’s pet saber-toothed cat, who is known for that funny running gag at the end of the original series’ credits where he leaves Fred outside after Fred tries to put him outside for the night.
- Wooly is Pebbles’ own woolly mammoth pet, and was a good character who cared about Pebbles and her friends very much.
- They all have funny and great adventures together, and all learn from those adventures to become even better people.
- They have heroic acts, such as when the family helps Betty stop the criminals she was unknowingly working for in "Old Lady Betty", and when Wilma defeats criminal Xavier when he punched Grand Dad unconscious in "The Flintstones: On the Rocks".
- They have a great deep family bond, which is very believable.
- They have left a huge impact and influence on later cartoon families such as The Simpsons. Hell, without The Flintstones, The Simpsons wouldn’t have existed!
- All of the characters have great voice actors.
- The designs of all of the characters look very good, especially Pebbles as we watch her grow up.
- They created the famous catchphrase, "Yabba-Dabba-Doo!" thanks to Fred. Pebbles has her own version of her father’s catchphrase as a teenager, "Yabba-dabba-doozy!", and later as an adult, she would use her father’s catchphrase.
- The family is not without their flaws:
- Fred can be unlikable sometimes, because he lies sometimes to his wife, has arguments with Barney sometimes, and he even yelled "Shut up" at a crying baby in "The Babysitters" (although it's actually in a comical tone, depending on your point of view). He does learn from his mistakes to be a better husband and friend, and learned to be nicer to young babies and kids, especially to his kids and grandkids.
- Wilma is sometimes too mean to Grand Dad when giving him his comeuppance for his bad actions.
- Pebbles plans as a teenager don’t always work, such as when she disguised Bamm-Bamm’s pet at school. She did learn from her mistakes that made her a mature adult.
- Dino can sometimes be dumb to realize something, but it’s understandable for any dog (or dinosaur) to behave like that.
- Baby Puss, while still funny in the running gag mentioned earlier, didn’t appear in the actual episodes that much, as well as the franchise all together.
- Wooly mysterious vanished during Pebbles’ adult years, and is never explained why, he isn’t even mentioned during those specials.
- Roxy and Chip, while both very cute, didn’t have that much screen time, only appearing in the adult Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm timeline, but makes sense, since the franchise normally focuses on the original timeline.
- Stoney started off as a troublemaker, which made his growth pretty satisfying. He also only appeared once in the adult Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm timeline, but like with Roxy and Chip, it makes sense, since the franchise normally focuses on the original timeline.
- The family tends to run into trouble often during their adventures, but they do learn from their mistakes, as mentioned earlier.
- They do get mad at each other sometimes during their problems, but do apologize to each other at the end and make up.
- The family has some annoying moments sometimes.
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