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Re: Yaba daba do! [sic]
Funnily enough, while the English Wikipedia lacks a separate article
on _yabbadabbadoo_, the German one has one.
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yabba_Dabba_Doo! The English article on
Fred Flintstone claims "originally derived from the Brylcreem
advertising jingle motto 'A Little Dab'll Do Ya!'", but the German
article on _yabbadabbadoo_ (...there's no separate one on Fred
Flintstone, remarkably!) instead tells the story I know: the script for
an early episode said Fred should call "yahoo", Alan Reed (Fred's voice)
didn't like that because it wouldn't fit the character, Barbera asked
what else Fred should say, Reed said "I don't know. How about
yabbadabbadoo?". Now, the German Wikipedia cites a source for this, as
it ought to: p. 289 of Tim Lawson & Alisa Persons (2004): The Magic
Behind the Voices -- A Who's Who of Cartoon Voice Actors. The English
Wikipedia cites nothing for its claim to the contrary and doesn't even
mention the story with the script. Hmmmm. Do we know if Hanna & Barbera
even knew of that Brylcreem ad?
I agree with everyone on The Great Gazoo. So unoriginal! So off-topic!
It always made me sad that Dino isn't supposed to be any particular kind
The French version used also a litteral translation: 'The
Flintstones' became 'Les Pierrafeu' (pierres à feu). It should be
noted that the 'regular' French (ugh) translation and dubbing is
different from the Canadian French one. 'Bedrock' became then
'Caillouville' in France and 'Saint-Granit' in Canada.
German: "Familie Feuerstein", a simple translation. The first names were
not translated, everything stays in the never-mentioned America. The
Rubbles became Geröllheimer (rubble-homer... uh... home-er, not as in
Simpson). Slate was translated literally (Schiefer). Bedrock, strangely,
turned into Steintal and Felsental (in different episodes), "stone
valley" and "rock valley". :-/ Generally, attempts were made to get the
puns on "stone" across.
And contrary to Greg Paul, this is unfortunately not the reason why I
became interested in paleontology.
Me neither. Beautiful pictures are responsible for this, think Burian
and the people inspired by him.