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The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show
A green title card displaying the name of the television series in a yellow-brown font and two face cutouts of a red haired girl and a white haired guy.
The series' title card
Genre Animation
Directed by Charles A. Nichols (animation director)
William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices of Sally Struthers
Jay North
Mitzi McCall
Gay Hartwig
Carl Esser
Lennie Weinrib
Alan Reed
Mel Blanc
Jean Vander Pyl
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Ted Nichols
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin (musical director)
Ted Nichols (musical director)
Elliot Lawrence (music composed and conducted by)
Lanny Meyers (music arranged by)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Iwao Takamoto(creative producer/production design)
William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Screen Gems (original)
Worldvision Enterprises (former)
Turner Broadcasting (former)
Warner Bros. Television (current)
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 11, 1971 (1971-09-11) – January 1, 1972 (1972-01-01)
Chronology
Preceded by The Flintstones
Followed by The Flintstone Comedy Hour

The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera that originally aired for one season on CBS from September 11, 1971 to January 1, 1972. With an ensemble voice cast of Sally Struthers, Jay North, Mitzi McCall, Gay Hartwig, Carl Esser and Lennie Weinrib, the show follows teenage Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble as they encounter problems with growing up in the fictional town of Bedrock. The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show is the first spin-off series of The Flintstones. After its cancellation in 1972, various segments sharing the same title were broadcast on The Flintstone Comedy Hour, serving as a continuation of the show.

Similar to Hanna-Barbera's Josie and the Pussycats, it used contemporary rock music to attract more viewers. The 16 episodes have since had reruns broadcast on Boomerang often surrounded by interstitial cartoons and shorts. Critical response was mixed; although noted for its popularity, it was also described as one of the worst moments of the Flintstones franchise. It has since been released on DVD as part of Warner Home Video's "Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection" on a two disc set.

Overview

Set in the prehistoric time period, the series follows Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble as they face problems with growing up in the town of Bedrock.[1] No longer toddlers, the two were now teenagers attending Bedrock High School and also getting their first jobs.[2] Together, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm formed a musical band called the Bedrock Rockers, which was considered an attempt to be the "Stone Age" version of the Archies by one critic.[3] Unlike The Flintstones, it centered on the children of the family, rather than parents Wilma and Fred Flintstone, and Betty and Barney Rubble. These characters would continue to appear in the series, albeit in reduced roles.

Cast and characters

The series features the following eight main characters throughout its run:

  • Sally Struthers as Pebbles Flintstone, a beautiful and social teenager.[2] She often tries to help someone in trouble, but usually ends up getting herself and her friends into even bigger trouble. Much like The Flintstones, Pebbles' "trademark" ponytail was held in place with a bone in the show.[2] When Struthers left the series in order to fulfill a role on the American sitcom All in the Family, actress Mickey Stevens took her place for "The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show" segments on The Flintstone Comedy Hour.[1]
  • Jay North as Bamm-Bamm Rubble, Barney and Betty's muscular, adopted son.[1][4] This marked North's second role as a voice actor (outside of Arabian Knights), having previously acted on series like Dennis the Menace, Wanted Dead or Alive and My Three Sons.[5]
  • Mitzi McCall as Penny, the small and intelligent friend of Pebbles.[2]
  • Gay Hartwig as both Wiggy and Cindy. Wiggy was an astrology enthusiast who spoke in an operatic voice and Cindy was a spoiled primary antagonist with an interest in Bamm-Bamm.[2]
  • Carl Esser as Fabian, the other spoiled antagonist of the series.[2]
  • Lennie Weinrib as Moonrock, one of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm's friends who was intelligent and enjoyed inventing things, though they don't always work as intended.[2] Weinrib was a frequent voice actor for Hanna-Barbera, previously fulfilling roles on The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, and Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!.[6][7]
  • Don Messick as "Bad luck" Schleprock, a gloomy teenager known for having exceptionally bad luck. He would often show up and cause trouble for others, though unintentionally.

Production and continuation

The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show was the first spin-off series derived from The Flintstones, minus the theatrical film The Man Called Flintstone in 1966.[8][9] Several individuals wrote episodes for the series, including Joel Kane, Woody Kling, Howard Morganstern, Joe Ruby, and Ken Spears. Executively produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's Hanna-Barbera Productions, Charles A. Nichols served as the director and Iwao Takamoto was an additional producer. The main title theme and musical directors for The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show were made by Hoyt Curtin and Ted Nichols. Along with the music composer and conductor for the series was made by Elliot Lawrence, and the music arrangements was made by Lanny Meyers, the music was recorded by Regent Sound Studios.[10]

Author Christopher P. Lehman wrote that the success of The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show inspired Hanna-Barbera to create The Flintstone Comedy Hour in 1972. It combined previously broadcast episodes alongside new cartoons and shorts.[11] Serving as a continuation, the new series featured vignettes titled "The Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm Show" during each of its eighteen episodes; it also included musical interludes performed by The Bedrock Rockers, similar to the original series.[12][3] Fred Flintstone and Friends (1977) followed a similar setup by borrowing elements from the previous spin-offs, including both The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show and The Flintstone Comedy Hour.[1]

The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show was one of the first shows to use Hanna-Barbera's limited laugh track, as they stopped using a full laugh track by the fall of 1971.[13]

Episodes

No. Title Original air date Production
code
1 "Gridiron Girl Trouble" September 11, 1971 (1971-09-11)[14] PEB-1
Bamm-Bamm's pet dronkosaurus Snooks is disguised in order to hide from a dogcatcher. However, the disguise causes both Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm trouble at their high school.
2 "Putty in Her Hands" September 18, 1971 (1971-09-18)[14] PEB-2
After being offered free art lessons at a local school from a con artist, Pebbles vows to prove her artistic abilities with the assistance of Bamm-Bamm to spite her rival Cindy.
3 "Frog for a Day" September 25, 1971 (1971-09-25)[14] PEB-3
In an attempt to learn about witchcraft, Pebbles accidentally turns Barney into a frog, requiring the help of an actual witch to turn him back into a human.
4 "The Golden Voice" October 2, 1971 (1971-10-02)[14] PEB-4
Pebbles hears Bamm-Bamm singing in the shower and recognizes his talent. However, Bamm-Bamm finds difficulty singing live when he is brought into Pebbles' band as the lead singer.
5 "Daddy's Little Helper" October 9, 1971 (1971-10-09)[14] PEB-5
Mr. Slate, Fred's boss, hires Pebbles as a new employee. However, Pebbles misinterprets a conversation with an important individual, which risks Fred's future in the company altogether.
6 "Focus Foolery" October 16, 1971 (1971-10-16)[14] PEB-6
In order to remain unnoticed during a bank robbery, Bamm-Bamm dresses up as an infant. Meanwhile, Pebbles enters Bamm-Bamm into a toddler pageant contest with the hopes of beating Cindy.
7 "Pebbles' Big Boast" October 23, 1971 (1971-10-23)[14] PEB-7
Pebbles lies to Cindy, claiming that she is friends with the members of a popular rock band called the Rolling Boulders with Mick Jadestone. In order to prove her popularity, Pebbles wants to track down the band and get them to perform for her friends.
8 "Grand Prix Pebbles" October 30, 1971 (1971-10-30)[14] PEB-8
Because of several misfortunes on Fred and Barney's behalf, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm must fill in for their fathers during the Bedrock Grand Prix racing competition.
9 "The Terrible Snorkosaurus" November 6, 1971 (1971-11-06)[14] PEB-9
Pebbles tracks down a snorkosaurus in order to receive $1,000 from a local aquarium. However, the aquarium dislikes the animal so Pebbles is forced to hide the snorkosaurus in her parents' swimming pool.
10 "Schleprock's New Image" November 13, 1971 (1971-11-13)[14] PEB-10
In an effort to help Schleprock and his continual experiences with bad luck, Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm and their friends accidentally become trapped in an underground mine shaft.
11 "Coach Pebbles" November 20, 1971 (1971-11-20)[14] PEB-11
Despite being unfamiliar with the rules of baseball, Pebbles becomes the new coach of a local baseball team, replacing Fred. Upset, Bamm-Bamm and Moonrock persuade Fred to remain as the coach.
12 "No Cash and Carry" November 27, 1971 (1971-11-27)[14] PEB-12
Pebbles begins working at Gimbelstone's department store and is tricked by a phony security guard into robbing the store. After realizing the situation, Pebbles and her friends must undo the damage she has caused.
13 "Wooly the Great" December 4, 1971 (1971-12-04)[14] PEB-13
Pebbles' pet mammoth, Wooly, learns how to fly after testing out a magical shampoo. Wooly abuses his powers and causes everyone to get mad at him, so he runs away and joins a local traveling circus.
14 "Mayor May Not" December 11, 1971 (1971-12-11)[14] PEB-14
Pebbles serves Bedrock as an honorary mayor for a week, so she decides to improve the town to the best of her capabilities. Because of this, all of the city's workers decide to leave their jobs, which causes ruckus and mayhem.
15 "They Went That Away" December 18, 1971 (1971-12-18)[14] PEB-15
As a favor, Pebbles promises to look after her uncle's ranch while he is away on vacation. However, she mistakenly hires cattle rustlers who rob her uncle of his prized animals.
16 "The Birthday Present" January 1, 1972 (1972-01-01)[14] PEB-16
Wooly steals Pebbles' birthday present that she bought for Wilma and buries it in the backyard, leaving Pebbles in a panic. Pebbles wrongfully blames her neighbor Mrs. Gruesome for the crime, which also disrupts a family reunion that the Gruesomes are throwing.

Reception

Broadcast history

The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show was broadcast on CBS as part of their Saturday morning children's lineup between September 11, 1971 and January 1, 1972.[14] Reruns of the series would later air again during 1975 and 1976.[15]

The reruns of The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show were incorporated into the 1972 hour-long show The Flintstone Comedy Hour as the second half-hour of the show. However, when the Comedy Hour first started airing, a few new Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm half-hour cartoons were produced for this position. After a few weeks, the new episodes stopped and the reruns of the original series began. Those new episodes were included in The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show DVD as bonus episodes. The noticeable difference is Mickey Stevens as Pebbles' voice in the new episodes, concurrent with Stevens' voice appearing as Pebbles anytime Pebbles is seen in the shorter cartoons that comprised the first half of The Flintstone Comedy Hour.

Boomerang has broadcast The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show on several occasions since its initial launch in 1992.[16][17] Reruns on the network would occasionally air alongside interstitial cartoons, such as Barney Bear's The Unwelcome Guest or Tex Avery's Hound Hunters for example.[16][18] As part of the Warner Bros. Family Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television Distribution's "Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection", the complete series was made available on DVD as a two-disc set.[19]

Critical reception

Author Derek Tait wrote in his book 1970s Childhood: From Bell-Bottoms to Disco Dancing that the cartoon was one of the popular Hanna-Barbera productions of the 1970s.[20] In a retrospective view of older cartoons, the staff at MeTV included the show on their list of "15 Forgotten Cartoons from the Early 1970s You Used to Love".[21] Regarding the musical aspects, Tom and Sara Pendergast felt that both The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show and Josie and the Pussycats incorporated contemporary rock music to attract a larger audience.[22] On The Christian Science Monitor's list of "the five dumbest moments" of The Flintstones, writer Chris Gaylord listed the series at number two. He called it "the most curious" of the various spin-offs and wrote, "Mercifully, these misadventures at Bedrock High School only lasted one season".[23]

References

Citations

  1. ^ a b c d Klossner 2006, p. 114
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Mansour 2011, p. 357
  3. ^ a b Lehman 2006, p. 173
  4. ^ He often tries to talk Pebbles out of her crazy ideas, but ends going along with them.Terrace 2008, p. 820
  5. ^ Lentz III 2007, p. 397
  6. ^ Lisanti 2012, p. 303
  7. ^ Mansour 2011, p. 160
  8. ^ Chagollan & Milvy 2017, p. 109
  9. ^ Terrace 1985, p. 321
  10. ^ Perlmutter 2014, p. 152
  11. ^ Lehman 2006, p. 172
  12. ^ Iverson, Paul R. (1994), The Advent of the Laugh Track (2nd ed.), Hempstead, New York: Hofstra University Archives
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show: TV Show". TV Guide. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  14. ^ Newcomb 2014, p. 1060
  15. ^ a b "Boomerang Schedule: Thursday, August 9, 2004". Cartoon Network. August 9, 2004. Archived from the original on August 10, 2004. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  16. ^ "Boomerang Schedule: Tuesday, November 7, 2006". Cartoon Network. November 7, 2006. Archived from the original on November 7, 2006. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  17. ^ "Boomerang Schedule: Friday, February 15, 2008". Cartoon Network. February 15, 2008. Archived from the original on February 15, 2008. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  18. ^ "The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show – The Complete Series". Amazon.com (US). Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  19. ^ Tait 2011, p. 146
  20. ^ MeTV staff (June 17, 2016). "15 Forgotten Cartoons from the Early 1970s You Used to Love". MeTV. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  21. ^ Gaylord, Chris (September 30, 2010). "The Flintstones turns 50: The five dumbest moments". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved February 25, 2017.

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External links

  • The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show on IMDb
  • The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show at TV.com

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