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Re: Yaba daba do!

Well, you know, if this 50th anniversary had been shown back when I was 12, 40 years ago, I'd have been very into it, LOL!

I've never disliked the Flintstones, but they don't have much of any appeal after all this time. The culture in it is so pre-70's. It is impossible to relate to the dress or the behavior of the women 40 years after it was already out of date, and this was so essential to the plots of the programs that little of it means much without it. I guess the exceptions would be Bambam who can only beat a club and protect Pebbles, who only knows how to follow Bambam around, her mascarad eyebrows fluttering. It was cute but dated in the mid 70's. Now they come across as, is this a bot, or what? I don't mean this as a political issue; these people act in ways I can't relate to, and they have no depth.

I'm hearing that the Flintstones were a takeoff on the Honeymooners? That would certainly explain why it was already ten or twenty years out of date. In light of that information, maybe we were supposed to laugh at the way the genders were portrayed, recognizing it even at the time as silly, and I've just never caught on. It could look funny in the 1970's when our society was struggling with the underlying issues, and undergoing the convulsions that now makes the Flinstones passe, but now I find it impossible to find it funny.

Back on topic, I'm afraid I can't relate to a Dino without feathers. I think he's a theropod, though it isn't all that clear on the program. A theropod who runs on four legs; it's very hard to relate to that critter. The forelegs are shorter than the hind legs, and he stands upright, as do all other pets like him. But he runs on all fours. I can't blame them for not knowing if he was supposed to have feathers, but it's as hard to relate to a Dino without feathers as it is to women who lived in a society where women were treated so differently they were practically a different species. All theropods had feathers, except for a few large ones that had lost them.

When I was in junior high school, I raced through my homework each day to be able to watch the Flintstones. We had a birthday party or two for my little sister with Flinstones themes. I think one or more of my siblings may possibly own the dvd's, or atleast some of them. One of them had them on his or her Amazon wish list. But they just don't any longer have any appeal to me, and if someone who played in them has died, that's just another person who mattered to me when I was young who is now dead. They're starting to add up. Not I pay any attention to each of them.

"Every kid who was born in what kids today consider prehistoric times remembers the Flintstones". But it's hardly fresh today. It's simply prehistoric. Even to a 54 year old.


----- Original Message ----- From: <GSP1954@aol.com>
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>; <vrtpaleo@usc.edu>
Sent: Saturday, October 02, 2010 9:29 AM
Subject: Yaba daba do!

We're a bunch of idiots on these lists. Almost missed that this week, the
30th specifically, is the 50th anniv of the premeire of the Flintstones, the
1st prime time animated situation comedy. And fairly successful too.
Eisenhower was still President. On ABC, then the weakest of the Big Three.

It was pretty much a rip-off of The Honeymooners, and Jackie Gleason later
said he considered sueing, but liked the cartoon and figured what the heck.
Being for primetime it was not a kids show although it was well suited for
children, it was written with adults in mind and dealt to a certain extent
with family issues including problems on the job and marriage issues. Fred and
the hot Wilma were shown in a single bed when a couple of kids' beds were
the norm for TV married couples (but I think there was just one in the Donna Reed Show, and the two beds were pushed together in the first episodes of I Love Lucy). The show lost some of its edge when Pebbles and Bam-Bam (Barney
and Betty were infertile it seems) showed up.

Apparently yaba daba do is an agglomeration of the yahoo in the pilot
script and the Prilcream (sic?) slogan "a little dab will do it" ad-lipped by
voice actor Alan Reed.

I loved the show. Remember that a promotional ad showed an aerial view (in
the B&W the 1st season or so was in) of Bedrock exhibiting the stone based
technologies. I still don't fully understand how the rock wheel autos worked.
The giant pterosaur airliners made more sense. Remember watching it at my
grandparents', who lived a block away from my house. As I recall I already
was well into drawing dinosaurs (as well as ships usually sinking for some
reason, aircraft, and strangely elongated whales, my Mom saved all the
drawings). But there is no doubt that the show further encouraged my enthusiasm for
prehistoric life. The show's general promotion of prehistory in the public
as large and in budding paleos probably was and continues to be significant.

And as we now know the Flintstones was prophetic is showing domesticated
dinosaurs, there's a whole museum in Kentucky proving it.

For some reason none of the dinosaurs had feathers on them. Am not entirely
sure if birds had yet evolved, but I think some were extant in the
Flintolithic epoch.

So let's all have a gay ol time!