The Flintstones was pitched to the network as an animated version of Jackie Gleason's The Honeymooners. Now the honeymoon never has to end with this 4-disc set of the 28 episodes of the entire (pre)historic first season, ... more »full of terrific extras and trivia that will make fans shout "Yabba dabba doo!"« less
Philip W. from PALMYRA, ME Reviewed on 9/10/2009...
The Flintstones might seem like just another cartoon but it is really a great sit-com filled with the concerns for the modern (1950's-60's) American.
The Flintstones was the first prime time animated program and you can see how it influenced later shows like the Simpsons.
Because this was originally aired in the early sixties and cartoons were still seen as "for kids" Fred never drank alcohol or really did anything really bad, unlike Homer and Bart who really can be a bad influence.
Classic cartoon hits the DVD scene
Agent Nick Castle | washington, dc | 02/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before Matt Groening and pals introduced us to "The Simpsons," Joseph Barbera and William Hannah produced a little show called "The Flintstones." Season "1" was first aired on ABC during 1960 and has been syndicated in perpetuity throughout the known universe ever since.Episode Guide:
(Screen Test) The Flagstones: Admittedly, I've never seen the screen test (discovered in 1993) and cannot even vouch for it's inclusion in the DVD set-one can only hope.
(1) The Flintstone Flyer: Barney invents a flying machine (the Barney Copter) which he later loses to his over-bearing best friend. The duo uses the machine to ditch their wives and go bowling, thus setting the stage for years of adventures.
(2) Hot Lips Hannigan: Fred relives his glory days as a singer in his high school band as he jams with an old pal.
(3) The Swimming Pool: Fred and Barney construct a pool spanning across their backyards...a hilarious power struggle ensues.
(4) No Help Wanted: Having cost his friend his job, Fred finds Barney a new job as a repo man. Enter Dino.
(5) The Split Personality: Following a blow to the noggin' Fred becomes his more refined alter, Frederick.
(6) The Monster from the Tar Pits: Gary Granite is filming in Bedrock and lucky Fred finds a part in the film..., as his stunt double.
(7) The Babysitters: Fred and Barney shirk their responsibilities and bring a baby to a friends house to watch the big fight. BYOB?
(8) At the Races: Fred and Barney rely on gambling for a quick-fix solution. Do you think they win?
(9) The Engagement Ring: Barney purchases a ring for Betty but Wilma discovers the ring and assumes it was for her... Instead of spending five minutes explaining the situation, Barney decides to enter a boxing contest with The Champ.
(10) Hollyrock, Here I Come: The girls come up with a winning slogan and a trip to Hollyrock. Lost without their better halves, Fred and Barney aren't far behind.
(11) The Golf Champion: Fred demonstrates his prowess at golf, earning a trophy. Barney, however, pesters his buddy as Fred neglected to pay his membership dues.
(12) The Sweepstakes Ticket: Both the guys and gals purchase lottery tickets unbeknown to their spouses. As they forever remain strapped for cash, I think you know how this one ends.
(13) The Drive-In: Fred and Barney secretly quit their jobs to fulfill a short-lived dream of business ownership. The gig is up when one of their attractive employees pays a visit to the Flintstone residence.
(14) The Prowler: Terrorized by a neighborhood prowler, Betty and Wilma decide to take Judo lessons, despite Fred's objections."
A wonderful package and presentation of a classic
Michael Erisman | Seattle, WA | 08/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, maybe having just celebrated a milestone birthday, I was feeling like re-capturing my youth. Perhaps that explains why I put this set and the "Jetson's" on my wish list and was given them on my birthday. Regardless, this is one of the best DVD sets around. The artwork and picture quality, especially the color, is amazing. Being too young to see this as a prime time show, I enjoyed it as part of after school cartoons. One possible explanation on why the color is so amazing is that I watched the show in black and white as an adolescent.
I have to disagree with some other reviewers here in regards to the extra material. I think it is outstanding. The bonus material includes the original pilot called "The Flagstones" and some wonderful time period commercials and promos for the show. That is my favorite part of the set.
The episodes are longer than I remember, as they have been restored to their original length. Like the "Jetson's" one can really see the 60's influence. From the music to the terminology it is easy to see why this was simply an animated sitcom for the time.
I have not had the chance to view more than just the first disc and bonus materials, but will be glad to pop this in when I need that nostalgia fix. The DVD packaging and presentation is simply superb. If you have fond memories of this show, then it is worth it to buy the set. Well done. "
Way To Go Warner Home Video!
Servo | Atlanta, GA USA | 02/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Basically an animated version of The Honeymooners set in the Stone Age, The Flintstones was the first prime-time cartoon series made especially for television. Created and produced by animation pioneers William Hanna & Joseph Barbera, The Flintstones remains one of the most globally recognized animated programs to date, with an opening theme song ("Meet The Flintstones") that practically everyone knows the words to.
The original first season Flintstones theme was the instrumental 1960 main title "Rise and Shine" composed by musical director Hoyt Curtin, who provided the show's distinctive musical cues. "Meet the Flintstones" emerged in 1961 with lyrics written by series co-creator William "Bill" Hanna.
The exceptional voices were provided by Alan Reed as Fred Flintstone, dino-operator/quarry worker; Jean Vander Pyl as Wilma Flintstone, his wife; Mel Blanc as Barney Rubble, Fred's bosom buddy and lifelong pal; and Bea Benaderet as Betty Rubble, Barney's wife. June Foray provides Betty's voice in the Flagstones pilot which is included in this collection.
Despite the notoriously simple art direction (thick black lines, etc.) presented in the first season, it remains my favorite because the simple art style compliments the Honeymooners-inspired dialogue and situations, in addition to Hoyt Curtin's uncanny musical feel of the show. A classic show inspired by a classic show!
Features: Featurettes Early TV promo spots The original pilot episode "The Flagstones""
Re: Tired Old Stereotypes
Servo | 05/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To the Viewer from Seattle: "If anything, The Flintstones embraces every deplorable aspect of what would eventually become known as abusive and dysfunctional marriages."Chill out man, it's just a cartoon!"
Way to go Warner Bros!
jadedromantic | Houston, TX | 03/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At last, maybe the best animated prime-time series EVER is finally getting the DVD treatment. I bought "The Flintstones - The Complete First Season" the day it came out, so far have only watched a couple of episodes but WOW! The color is vibrant, leaps off the tv, and the sound quality is great as well. WOW.The first season, contrary to what you've read here, does not contain 14 episodes, but ALL 28 OF THE FIRST SEASON! YAY! Some of the best known and loved are on this set, and the episodes are in their original running order:
1. The Flintstone Flyer -- Fred pretends to be sick so he and Barney can get out of taking their wives to the opera. Using a prehistoric helicopter as a means of escape, the two of them join their bowling team for a night of fun. They almost get away with their scheme, until loose-lipped Barney gives away their night's activities.
2. Hot Lips Hannigan -- Believing he has made Wilma and Betty disappear through magic, Fred capitalizes on his newfound freedom by taking Barney to a nightclub, the Rockland, where an old friend, trumpeter Hot Lips Hannigan, is performing. The jazz is cool until the wives show up to teach their wayward husbands a lesson.
3. The Swimming Pool -- Fred and Barney jointly build a swimming pool, but Barney hogs the pool time, angering Fred. To get even, Fred hires a pal to pose as a police officer and break up one of his neighbor's pool parties. NOTE: This was the first episode to be recorded. It incorporated the original forty-five second network "pilot" sequence produced to sell the series.
4. No Help Wanted -- Fred uses his influence with a business friend to obtain a job for Barney, who becomes a furniture repossessor. To the dismay of both, Barney's first assignment is to repossess Fred's television! Unwilling to betray his friend, Barney pays off Fred's delinquent television bill with his first paycheck. 5. The Split Personality -- A conk on the head turns Fred into an aristocratic sophisticate - "Frederick" - whose behavior manages to disrupt the entire city of Bedrock.6. The Monster from the Tar Pits -- A Hollyrock film company goes on location in Bedrock to film its new feature, "Monster From The Tar Pits," and gullible Fred is enlisted as stand-in for star Gary Granite. But Fred's real problems begin when Wilma and Betty audition for roles in the film and end up going ga-ga upon meeting movie stars Rock Pile and Wednesday Tuesday.7. The Babysitters -- Roped into babysitting little Egbert, the child of a friend, Fred and Barney take the baby over to pal Joe Rockhead's house to watch the fights on television. Egbert befriends Joe's pet runtosaurus and dresses the creature up in his baby clothes, which results in chaos when the pet--whom Fred and Barney mistake for the baby--escapes from the house and dashes up a tree. NOTE: Veteran voice-over artist Paul Frees provides the voice of Barney's boss (the only time we ever catch a glimpse of Barney's workplace).8. At the Races -- To finance their dream of opening a pool hall, Fred and Barney visit the dinosaur racetrack where Fred bets his entire paycheck on a long shot. He tells Wilma that he has lost his check. When the long shot pays off, Fred and Barney are initially elated, but they quickly realize their problems are only beginning.
9. The Engagement Ring -- Barney decides to surprise Betty with a belated engagement ring, which he gives to Fred for safekeeping. But Wilma discovers the ring and assumes it is a gift for her. Not wanting to shatter her illusions, Fred decides to buy a second ring, but doesn't have the cash. He cons Barney into going several rounds with a boxing champ in order to win a $500 prize.
10. Hollyrock, Here I Come -- Wilma and Betty win a trip to Hollyrock from a television contest. Finding themselves lonely and bored, Fred and Barney take vacations from work and follow them out. When Wilma is "discovered," Fred muscles his own way into the world of television to bring her back.
11. The Golf Champion -- Fred's victory in The Loyal Order of Dinosaurs golf tournament is soured when club president Barney withholds his trophy for nonpayment of club dues. Fred retaliates by demanding that Barney return every item he has borrowed over the years. The stalemate continues until Wilma and Betty manage to bring their husbands back together.
12. The Sweepstakes Ticket -- Barney hides the sweepstakes ticket he and Fred have bought in the lining of an old coat, which Betty subsequently gives to a passing hobo. While the boys try to recover the ticket, convinced it is the winning one, Wilma and Betty have their own winning ticket stashed away at the Rubble's house.
13. The Drive-in -- Fed up with their jobs, Fred and Barney secretly plan to buy a restaurant, but then Fred has to deal with a suspicious Wilma who wants to know why two young girls (carhops who are seeking a job) are calling for him, and what the messages regarding two tons of dino-burger meat mean.
14. The Prowler -- With a prowler on the loose in Bedrock, Betty decides to take judo lessons to protect herself. When Wilma wants to take lessons also, Fred ridicules the idea, arguing that one glimpse of a burglar would send her running in fear. To prove his point, Fred poses as the prowler and sneaks into the Rubble household, on the same night the real criminal shows up.
15. The Girls Night Out -- Fred and Barney decide to treat their wives to a night out at an amusement park. Fred cuts a song at a recording booth as a souvenir but misplaces the record. It is later discovered by a group of teens who pass it along to a deejay, and Fred is suddenly transformed into unwitting rock star "Hi-Fye."
16. Arthur Quarry's Dance Class -- Fred and Barney sign up for dance lessons at Arthur Quarry's so that they do not humiliate themselves at the charity ball. Their excuse that they have joined the volunteer fire department falls apart when Betty and Wilma realize that the all-stone town of Bedrock is fire proof. The wives then suspect that their husbands are slipping out to meet other women.
17. The Big Bank Robbery -- When he discovers a bag containing $86,000, Fred's dreams of being a wealthy man finally seem to be coming true. But the money has been stolen from the bank, so Wilma and Betty force Fred and Barney to return the money to the bank, and unwittingly set them up as the primary suspects! The wives set a trap for the real culprits and Fred ends up saving the day.
18. The Snorkasaurus Hunter -- Would-be hunter Fred convinces Wilma and the Rubbles to spend their vacation time in the mountains, hunting for snorkasaurus. Fred is successful in his hunt, but he gets more than he bargained for when the wives insist that the snorkasaurus be taken home as their new pet, Dino.
19. The Hot Piano -- Who HASN'T had that "Happy Anniversary" song going through their head! To commemorate his tenth wedding anniversary (which he only remembers because it falls on "Trash Day"), Fred wants to buy Wilma a Stoneway piano. He finds a hot deal--ultimately too hot--from a shady, cash-only businessman named 88 Fingers Louie.
20. The Hypnotist -- While attempting to demonstrate his skill as a hypnotist to his wife and the Rubbles, Fred manages to hypnotize Barney into thinking that he is a frisky puppy, and is then unable to bring him back.
21. Love Letters on the Rocks -- Jealous Fred's discovery of a love poem that was sent to Wilma prompts him to hire Bedrock's top detective Perry Gunite, to find out who the home-wrecking poet is. Gunite's investigation mistakenly points to Barney. Fred plans revenge against his friend until Wilma reminds her husband that he had written the poem himself years earlier, during their courtship.
22. The Tycoon -- When industrial tycoon J.L. Gotrocks decides he wants to rub shoulders with the common people, dead-ringer Fred is hired to fill in for him in the board room. Fred savors his new lifestyle at the country club, but the plan begins to unravel when J.L. demonstrates little tolerance for the common folk.
23. The Astra' Nuts -- Thinking they are undergoing an examination for a physical contest, Fred and Barney mistakenly sign up for a three-year stint in the Army! After a tearful goodbye to their wives they enter into the service, where they quickly blunder their way into volunteering for the first lunar landing mission.24. The Long, Long Weekend -- Friend Gus Gravel invites the Flintstones and the Rubbles to his seaside hotel for an all-expense-paid vacation. But upon arriving, the four find that the hotel's planned "activities" seem more like work. Gus finally confesses that his entire hotel staff has just resigned on the eve of a huge convention.
25. In the Dough -- One of the best episodes EVER. Wilma and Betty are finalists in a television bake-off, but on the eve of the event, they contract measles. Donning wigs and dresses, Fred and Barney take their places in the contest.
26. The Good Scout -- Assuming the command of a Boy Scout troop, Fred quickly learns the hazards of a "routine" camping trip. Fred blunders his way through until an overnight flood leaves him and the troop hanging on a tree limb over a treacherous waterfall, hoping a ranger will rescue them.
27. Rooms for Rent -- Tired of hearing their husbands complain about finances, Wilma and Betty rent rooms to piano and bongo-playing student musicians. Fred and Barney go along with the arrangement, unaware that their wives are providing the lodging in return for music and dancing lessons.
28. Fred Flintstone: Before and After -- Fred agrees to appear in a before-and-after weight reduction commercial, but is humiliated to learn that he is the before example. An offer of $1,000 if he can drop twenty-five pounds in a month fails miserably, as does every other diet plan, until an overeaters group takes him on as a challenge.
The great bonuses include a special on how the show was created -- and the original pilot that sold the show, "The Flagstones," which appears on disk 4 as well; and again, it looks great.The only complaint is that the 4th disk is a two-sided disk - a bit of a pain, they should have done a 5-disk set. But it's a small complaint; otherwise, the set is beautifully packaged. And what a gem, to have this on DVD! I even skipped on groceries a bit to afford getting it the first week -- at the sale price -- and it was worth every penny. There is, and never will be, another "Flintstones" -- and let's hope Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros doesn't sit on releasing more seasons; you can hear the "Yabba-Dabba-Doos" nationwide at the release of season one alone!"