I Yabba-Dabba Do!

2-hour television movie, ABC (February 7, 1993)
Written by: Rich Fogel and Mark Seidenberg
Directed by: William Hanna
Produced by: Iwao Takamoto


    Since her birth, no day holds more importance for Fred and Wilma Flintstone than the day their little Pebbles marries long-time boyfriend Bamm-Bamm. Fred's desire for a first-class wedding is limited by his bank account... and the fact that he has just lost his job. As usual, Fred and Barney hatch an unsuccessful get-rich-quick plan, and when the financial pressure proves too much, the kids head to Rock Vegas to elope. Fortunately, Fred and Barney learn in time that love opens as many doors as money.

    This Valentine's movie -- the first of three 1993 specials designed to modernize the Flintstones -- brings us our favorite stone-age family with a 90's twist. Like today's world, the prehistoric Bedrock has seen a lot of progress. Huge high-rise apartments and shopping centers have sprung up -- in the traditional Bedrock stone-age style of course. Other signs of the times are prehistoric versions of TV dinners, microwaves, roller blades, computers, and even The Rockindales male strippers. Everything is busier and the streets seem more congested, plus the cavewomen now have careers outside of the home.

    There are a few things missing from this special; for starters, it was disappointing not to see Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm's longtime friends Moonrock, Wiggy and Penny among the wedding guests (especially when a one-shot character like Bony Hurdle was there). Also, major liberties are taken in references to Fred and Wilma's wedding -- suggesting that the couple had been married in a Rock Vegas, which contradicts the original series. Beyond these sort of things, it's fun to see the characters again in another stage of life in the tradition of TV show reunions.

Featured Voices:

    Henry Corden Fred Flintstone
    Jean VanderPyl Wilma Flintstone, Mrs. Slate
    Frank Welker Barney Rubble, Dino
    B.J. Ward Betty Rubble
    Jerry Houser Bamm-Bamm Rubble
    Megan Mullally Pebbles Flintstone
    John Stephenson Mr. Slate
    Janet Waldo Mrs. Slaghoople
    Don Messick

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