The Flintstones Characters
September 30, 2010 by Post Team
The Flintstones Characters, Fifty years ago today, the world was introduced to the characters in The Flintstones, especially Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty. The cartoon was the first animated series to air in primetime, and adults and children could not wait for the premiere of the series. The series, which was created by Hanna Barbara, lasted six seasons. It was the longest running prime time animated show up until the Simpson arrived.
The Flintstones was made to mimic modern situations time, but set in the prehistoric era. The characters from The Flintstones was inspired even by the actors and actresses in real life. It is no secret that the show was modeled after the Honeymoon, with Fred being a character reminiscent of Jackie Gleason, Ralph Cramden. neighbor and friend of Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, was made to look like Art Carney’s character, Ed Norton. Wilma and Betty was in the personalities of wives on honeymoon.
The partnership was so obvious that Jackie Gleason himself even threatened to sue Hanna Barbera. It is assumed that decided not to pursue him, because he did not want to be known as “the guy who pulled off the air Fred Flintstone.”
Other guests Flintstones characters were also inspired by real life actors. For example:
“Cary Granite – Cary Grant
“Stony Curtis” – Tony Curtis
“Sulleyrock Ed” – Ed Sullivan
“Hudstone Rock” – Rock Hudson
“Ann Margrock” – Margaret Ann
The Flintstones and its characters still delight children today … mainly in the form of Flintstones vitamins. The Flintstones Happy Anniversary!
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