Whatever happened to …

… The Flintstones?

I had the “opportunity” to watch cartoons yesterday.  I went searching to see what was on and didn’t recognize any of the offerings so just picked one.  I won’t name names but it sure wasn’t cartoons as I remembered them.

There was no continuous action; it was just computer generated fluff with very little flow and certainly not much of a plot.  I changed to another channel and this time it was some robotic-like thing and very violent for what I would assume was the intended audience.  (Certainly a great deal younger than me.)

Earlier this week, I had made reference to “exit, stage left” in a blog post while talking about dog walking.  It wasn’t technically correct since stage left would have had me walking directly in front of the oncoming car but it seemed appropriate enough.  At least Andy Forgrave thought so in a comment.

It stuck me, upon further thinking, that cartoons from long ago were a different breed than they are today.  Needless to say, with what I saw on television, I just grabbed my phone and played Words with Friends or something more entertaining.  But, I certainly do remember the classic cartoons of my day, The Flintstones coming to mind immediately.  Another thought was that, while my brother and I certainly enjoyed Wilma and Fred, so did my parents.  Watching was truly a family experience.

Not so for me yesterday.

So, for a Sunday morning, your thoughts?

  • Are you old enough to remember The Flintstones?
  • The series The Flintstones was reportedly based on a television comedy.  Do you remember which one?
  • Skill testing question alert.  Can you identify the cartoon character that said the following
    • That’s All I Can Stands, I Can’t Stands No More
    • What’s Up Doc?
    • Beep Beep
    • Th-Th-Th-That’s All Folks
    • Yabba Dabba Doo!
    • I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat
    • Sufferin Succotash
    • I’m smarter than the average Bear
    • Here I Come to Save the Day
    • Good Grief
    • Bamm, Bamm
  • Do any of today’s modern cartoons have any classic lines like the above?

Please share your comedic memories via comment below.

This is part of a regular Sunday series called “Whatever happened to …“.  All of the previous posts are at that link, including a link to the Padlet where you can add your own ideas for a future post.  Go for it!

Th-Th-Th-That’s All Folks

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5 thoughts on “Whatever happened to …

  1. Here’s what I learned from this blog post.

    1) We have similar interests in cartoons.
    2) I am definitely old. 🙂
    3) I’m not the oldest person reading this because I recognize 8 (but not all) of the cartoon lines.
    4) Cartoon Saturday mornings used to be the best. What happened to those?

    Thanks, as always, for your weekly trip down memory lane!
    Aviva

  2. I noticed this too when watching cartoons with my nephews. There also seemed to be a whole lot of yelling. Okay now I’m sounding like the old guy who just wants the kids to get off his lawn.

    I loved the old Hanna-Barbara cartoons from the mid-60’s. Space Ghost, Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles, the original Scooby-Doo, Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, The Herculoids, The Banana Splits Adventure Hour – that one was pretty weird, but I did teach some of my grade 6’s the theme song, Jonny Quest and the Jetsons.

    I kind of thought we’d be living like the Jetsons by now. At least I thought they would have finished repairing all the roads.

  3. I remember all of those lines. Saturday morning was all about the cartoons for us. Before the cartoons started there was a show called “Modern Farmer” or something similar. We were up early and watched the end of that and then it was cartoons until lunch time.

    When my son was little we taped a couple of Saturday mornings of cartoons on VHS tape. One family Thanksgiving when the adults were all tired of the littles running around we brought out the tapes and played them. We were the family heroes that year.

    My grandson doesn’t get to watch as much TV these days (he’s not quite 4) as his parents worry about too much screen time. Probably wisely. The cartoons he does get to watch are a little bit preachy or teachy but he does seem to like them. Clearly not the sort we watched though.

  4. Good morning Doug!

    This is a nice “Whatever Happened to…,” because I remember watching all of those HB and WB cartoons as well!

    To your list, might I add:

    You are making me VERY angry!
    Listen to me when I’m talkin’ to you, son!
    Mornin’, Ralph. Mornin’ Sam.
    There’s no need to fear, ________________ is here!

    Related to Snagglepuss and avoiding cars, cast your mind back to the same time for your Elmer the Safety Elephant rules.

    “Always walk on the left-hand side facing traffic.“ If you do a stage left from the left side (facing traffic), you will safely wind up in the ditch. It would be a House Left that would put you in front of a car.

    My dad was a great source of wonderful lines, worthy of memory as well. I learned this traffic one from him, when (as passenger) scoping out the starboard window for oncoming traffic:

    Driver: Any cars coming?
    Passenger: No cars … (beat)… just a truck.

    Of course, whoever was delivering the reply needed to do so once the car was safely in traffic and never if there is any danger of providing false information.

    Returning to the discussion of cartoons, I do remember when I learned of the antecedent for the Flintstones. I never saw the original when it was on television because it was before I was born, but I found it interesting that they cast John Goodman as Fred Flintstone when they did the live action version in 1994, because he bears a strong resemblance to Jackie Gleason. Do you remember who was cast as Barney Rubble? Beauty, eh?

    You can pull up Rocky and Bullwinkle or Roger Ramjet on YouTube and relive the wonderful commentary of the narrator that went over our heads as kids.

    As my youngest son was fond of saying when he was little, “Good times, good times.”

  5. I guess I was more of a Bugs Bunny and Peanuts/Charlie Brown fan, as I could pick those ones out right away. Other ones rang a bell…

    I recall Flintstones character costumes at Halloween in the past!

    Yes, some things will never be the same. Many cartoons became so “educational” and didactic somewhere along the line by the time I became a parent. I am not sure I want to imagine what they are like now! Would Bugs Bunny or the Flintstones still entertain today’s kids?

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