The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show facts for kids
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|Directed by||Charles A. Nichols (animation director)
|Voices of||Sally Struthers
Jean Vander Pyl
|Theme music composer||Hoyt Curtin
|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|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Executive producer(s)||William Hanna
|Producer(s)||Iwao Takamoto(creative producer/production design)
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Original release||September 11, 1971– January 1, 1972|
|Preceded by||The Flintstones|
|Followed by||The Flintstone Comedy Hour|
The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera that originally aired for one season on CBS Saturday morning 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 growing up in the fictional town of Bedrock. The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show is the first spin-off series of The Flintstones. For the 1972-73 season, the show was revamped as The Flintstone Comedy Hour, with more time given to the original Flintstones cast alongside both reruns and newly produced segments of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm.
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. It has since been released on DVD as part of Warner Home Video's "Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection" on a two disc set.
Set in the Stone Age, the series follows Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble as they face problems with growing up in the town of Bedrock. No longer toddlers, the two were now teenagers attending Bedrock High School and also getting their first jobs. 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. Unlike The Flintstones, it centered on the children of the family, rather than parents Fred and Wilma Flintstone, and Barney and Betty 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, Fred and Wilma's daughter and a beautiful, social teenager. She often tries to help someone in trouble, but usually ends up getting herself and her friends into even bigger trouble. Like her father, her catchphrase was "Yabba-dabba-doozy!", which was appropriate as most of her schemes were indeed doozies. Much like The Flintstones, Pebbles' "trademark" ponytail was held in place with a bone in the show. 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.
- Jay North as Bamm-Bamm Rubble, Barney and Betty's muscular, adopted son. This marked North's second role as a voice actor for Hanna-Barbera (outside of Arabian Knights; he also voice acted in DePatie-Freleng's Here Comes the Grump), having previously acted on series like Dennis the Menace, Wanted Dead or Alive and My Three Sons.
- Mitzi McCall as Penny, the small intelligent friend of Pebbles who often worried about her weight.
- 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 and nemesis of Pebbles.
- Carl Esser as Fabian, the other spoiled antagonist of the series and a nemesis of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm.
- 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. 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!.
- Don Messick as "Bad Luck" Schleprock, a gloomy, depressed teenager and a friend of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. He is known for having exceptionally bad luck, so much so that his mere presence causes bad things to happen, but any trouble caused by Schleprock is never intentional.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Gridiron Girl Trouble"||September 11, 1971|
|Bamm-Bamm's pet dronkosaurus Snoots 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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||"The Grand Prix Pebbles"||October 30, 1971|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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-A-Way"||December 18, 1971|
|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|
|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.|
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