The Flintstones: The Complete Second Season [4 Discs] [DVD]

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The second season of the animated "prehistoric" sitcom The Flintstones gets under way with "The Hit Songwriters", the series' first utilization of a celebrity guest star (or, to be more precise, a caricatured celebrity supplying his/her own voice). The star in question is composer Hoagy Carmichael, who curiously appears under his own name rather than a Stone Age-style variation a la "Ann Margrock" or "Stoney Curtis." Carmichael also provides an original song for the proceedings: "Yabba Dabba Doo", inspired by Fred Flintstone's frequent bellow of joy. Almost as memorable is the "Rockenschpeel Jingle" sung by Wilma Flintstone ("Make your hobby hubby/Keep your hubby happy/If he's a little chubby/He's a happy pappy/With ROCKENSCHPEEL!" in the later second-season installment "The Happy Household." If Barney Rubble sounds a bit strange in some of the episodes, it is because voice artist Mel Blanc had been incapacitated for several months after a near-fatal car accident. In some instances, Hal Smith (best known as town drunk Otis Campbell on The Andy Griffith Show), substitutes for Blanc; in others, Barney's voice is provided by Hanna-Barbera stalwart Daws Butler. Among the season's best episodes are "Alvin Brickrock Presents", a deliciously macabre takeoff of Alfred Hitchcock's TV anthology; "The Rock Quarry Story", featuring a famous movie star who sounds just like Gary Cooper (courtesy of the versatile John Stephenson); "The X-Ray Story", wherein a doctor's misdiagnosis leads to a unforgettable 24-hour revelry for poor Fred Flintstone; and "Wilma's Vanishing Money", which apparently went over so well with audiences that it was remade as a live-action installment of The Danny Thomas Show two years later--then re-remade as an episode of the 1970 Hanna-Barbera cartoon prime-timer Where's Huddles! Still being filmed in color but networkcast in black-and-white, The Flintstones managed to close out its second season as America's 21st highest rated TV show, in a dead heat with The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. ~ Hal Erickson

Cast & Crew

  • Alan Reed - Fred Flintstone
  • Jean Vander Pyl - Wilma Flintstone/Pebbles
  • Mel Blanc - Barney Rubble/Dino the Dinosaur
  • Bea Benaderet - Betty Rubble
  • Gerry Johnson - Betty Rubble

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