Thursday, September 30, 2010
50th Anniversary of The Flintstones: Halloween Episodes and Specials
So in a feat of last second thinking, I've decided to do a post on the various Halloween episodes, specials and tie-ins that The Flintstones have had over the years.
The ACTUAL Flintstones Halloween special was called The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone. It debuted on NBC on October 30, 1980 and the plot revolved around The Flintstones winning a trip on a game show to Rocksylvania. While there, Fred and Barney accidentally cause Frankenstone to come to life and then are chased all over the place by the monster. Meanwhile Rockula mistakes Wilma for his long lost love and pursues her to get her to marry him. It all wraps up in 45 minutes and The Flintstones live happily ever after. Oops--- spoiler alert.
As a Halloween special it meets some of my "What Makes a Halloween Special?" criteria namely: it debuted on or near October 31st, it features monsters, costumes and a dark and scary castle... but alas... no jack o' lanterns. (Even if they didn't have pumpkins in prehistoric times, I thought for sure I'd see Wilma using a pterodactyl beak to carve triangle eye holes in a boulder or something. The she'd set the crooked-beaked bird down and he'd look at the camera and say "I sure am glad that Halloween only comes once a year." Then the canned laughter would kick in. Man, I should have been a Flintstones writer...)
The special overall feels like a cross between The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo minus an unmasking and "I would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for you damn kids"-moment.
Unfortunately, The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone is NOT available on DVD or digital download yet. There are old VHS copies available on Amazon or some industrious souls have made some nice DVD-R versions for sale on eBay. You can also poke around the internet and catch it at various times on YouTube or Rapidshare like HERE.
I'm... I'm dating myself aren't I?
There were two episodes that featured The Gruesomes: "The Gruesomes" and "Hatrocks and Gruesomes" both of which appeared in Season 5 and are available on the The Flintstones Season 5 DVD set (Amazon link below).
Dr. Giggles as far as I know...) dies and leaves his fortune to Fred but in order to claim the money he has to stay a night in his uncle's haunted house. This episode originally aired on October 29, 1964 so I wonder if, technically, it was the Halloween episode of Season 5?
Season 2 and Season 6, respectively.
This whole thing seems anti-climactic now.
So I guess I'll just close by yelling "BARNEY! MY PEBBLES!"