November 29, 2014

THE PEBBLES AND BAMM-BAMM SHOW



THE PEBBLES AND BAMM-BAMM SHOW
(CBS, September 11, 1971-September 2, 1972)

Hanna-Barbera Productions



MAIN CAST:
Sally Struthers (season 1) & Mickey Stevens (season 2) – Pebbles Flintstone
Jay North – Bamm-Bamm Rubble
Mel Blanc – Barney Rubble, Zonk, Stub
Gay Hartwig – Cindy Curbstone, Betty Rubble, Wiggy Rockstone
Mitzi McCall – Penny Pillar
Don Messick – Schleprock
Alan Reed – Fred Flintstone
John Stephenson – Mr. Slate, Noodles
Jean Vander Pyl – Wilma Flintstone
Lenny Weinrib – Moonrock Crater, Bronto


For a history of The Flintstones franchise, check out the post here.


            They grow up so fast. 


The characters of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm.

            With The Flintstones doing well in syndicated reruns, particularly on Saturdays, CBS executive Fred Silverman approached Hanna-Barbera in 1970 about doing a revival, however with some changes to make it as successfully teen-oriented and musical as their The Archies series.  Hanna-Barbera took to the task through Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. They radically aged the children of their principle characters to teenagers, and gave them a gang of friends similar to The Archies characters that could play together as a band whenever the story required it. The result became The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show.


Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm and their gang cruising around Bedrock.

            Debuting in the following year in 1971, the series focused on the wacky misadventures of teenaged Pebbles Flintstone (Sally Struthers in season 1, Mickey Stevens in season 2), her neighbor and boyfriend Bamm-Bamm Rubble (Jay North), and their friends: Moonrock Crater (Lenny Weinrib), a genius inventor; Penny Pillar (Mitzi McCall), an overweight girl obsessed with being thin; and Wiggy Rockstone (Gay Hartwig), a girl who lived by the daily horoscopes. Often, they would find themselves in sticky situations made even stickier by Pebbles’ schemes to get them out of trouble, which often backfired much like her father’s plans often did on the original series. Other times, they were at odds with her rival, snobbish Cindy Curbstone (Hartwig) and a biker gang called The Bronto Bunch. The elder Flintstones and Rubbles made the occasional appearances on the show, but they were no longer the focus. Another thing of note is that while Bamm-Bamm did seem to pull off the occasional impossible feat here and there, the super strength he was originally depicted with was significantly played down.


Groovin' to the beat.

            As The Flintstones focused on the juxtaposition of the modern world set amongst a Stone Age backdrop, so too did Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. Along with everything viewers had come to expect of the franchise, the show was heavily influenced by its time period. Lingo, teen idols, drag racing and various activities the kids did for fun were heavily influenced by the world of the 1970s when the show was made. Unfortunately, the series failed to attain the same status as its predecessor and was ended after a single season. It did continue on in comic form as Charlton Comics published 36 issues based on the show between 1972-76. A three-issue revival series and a one-shot were published in 1993 by Harvey Comics. The show also got the lunchbox treatment.



The series continued to play in reruns and aired as part of 1972’s The Flintstone Comedy Hour, which led to the production of four brand-new 8 minute episodes intermixed with the reruns. Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm also led a band called “The Bedrock Rockers” that performed during the show apart from the episodes. As Struthers had become committed to her role on All in the Family, Mickey Stevens replaced her for all the new content produced for the Comedy Hour. When the show was renamed The Flintstone Comedy Show, the Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm episodes were dropped from its format. The reruns were revived again for the 1977 weekday series Fred Flintstone and Friends.

Flintstone family photo from Hollyrock-A-Bye Baby.

            Although Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm were restored to infant status once new episodes of The Flintstones began production, the grown-up versions did make future appearances in three made-for-TV movies throughout the 1990s. I Yabba-Dabba Do! showed Bamm-Bamm proposing to Pebbles (Megan Mullally) and their families had to figure out how to get enough money for the wedding. Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby centered on the birth of Pebbles (Kath Soucie) and Bamm-Bamm’s twins, Chip and Roxy. A Flintstone Family Christmas had Fred (Henry Corden) and Wilma (Jean Vander Pyl) adopting an orphaned boy named Stony (Christine Cavanaugh) after he mugged Fred and Barney (Frank Welker) while dressed as Santa. Pebbles would later appear in a 2004 episode of Johnny Bravo, A Page Right Out of History, while both kids would make a cameo appearance in on Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated in “Revenge of the Man Crab.




EPISODE GUIDE:

Season 1:
“Gridiron Girl Trouble” (9/11/71) – Bamm-Bamm’s dogosaurus follows them to school, and hiding him from the dogcatcher lands Pebbles into playing in the big football game.

“Putty in Her Hands” (9/18/71) – Pebble’s attempt at sculpting falls flat. She convinces Bamm-Bamm to pose as her sculpture to fool Cindy, but statue Bamm-Bamm ends up stolen crooks.

“Frog for a Day” (9/25/71) – Pebbles studies witchcraft to prove her authenticity when her role in a play is cut back resulting in her believing she accidentally turned Barney into a frog.

“The Golden Voice” (10/2/71) – Pebbles forces Bamm-Bamm to sing for her band after hearing him in the shower. Unfortunately, the only place Bamm-Bamm CAN sing is in the shower.

“Daddy’s Little Helper” (10/9/71) – Believing Fred about to be fired, Pebbles gets a job at the gravel pit in order to help save his job. However, she ends up costing him a promotion instead.

“Focus Foolery” (10/16/71) – Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm stumble on a bank robbery, forcing them to hide out in a baby pageant with Bamm-Bamm posing as a baby.

“Pebble’s Big Boast” (10/23/71) – Pebble’s brags about knowing a big rock group to Cindy and is tasked with getting them to play at her party.

“The Grand Prix Pebles” (10/30/71) – Pebbles accidentally gives away Fred and Barney’s new super fuel. Retrieving it, the kids discover a flaw in the formula they must fix before the big race.

“The Terrible Snorkosaurus” (11/6/71) – Pebbles fails to sell a snorkosaurus to Sea Rock World and hides it in her swimming pool, forgetting Fred has a pool party planned for his boss.

“Schleprock’s New Image” (11/13/71) – Pebbles tries to help jinx Schleprock change his luck, but her help only leads to endless mishaps befalling the gang.

“Coach Pebbles” (11/20/71) – Pebbles and her girl friends takes over coaching the little league team when Fred loses his voice, but their lack of baseball knowledge brings the team down.

“No Cash and Carry” (11/27/71) – A con man posing as chief of store security convinces the gang to steal from a department store as part of an effort to help test his operatives.

“Wooly the Great” (12/4/71) – Moonrock’s super shampoo gives Pebble’s pet elephant the ability to fly. After Wooly causes Fred to get angry at him, Wooly runs away to join the circus.

“Mayor May Not” (12/11/71) – Pebbles becomes honorary Mayor of Bedrock and attempts to improve the city…with disastrous results.

“They Went That Away” (12/18/71) – Pebbles volunteers her friends and family to watch Uncle Hatrock’s ranch while he’s away, and she unknowingly hires cattle rustlers as ranch hands.

“The Birthday Present” (1/1/72) – Wooly buries Wilma’s present, causing Pebbles to believe it was stolen by their neighbors, the creepy Gruesomes.

Season 2:

“Squawkie Talkies” (9/9/72) – Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm believe Barney was eaten by a hippo, not knowing it was actually one of Moonrock’s squawky talkies.

“The Suitor Computer” (9/9/72) – Moonrock’s new dating computer matches up Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm with different people.

“Beauty and the Beast” (9/16/72) – Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm enter a contest.

“Bedlam in Bedrock” (9/16/72) – The gang attempts to help Rocky Rocket get his job back at the radio station.

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