“The Flintstones” are 50 years old today according to the famous Google doodle. Back in 1960 Fred, Wilma, Barney, and Betty first aired on ABC on September 30th. The Flintstones lasted six years and was the longest-running animated series of its time. Since then many shows have surpassed it including the all-time record of “The Simpsons” on Fox.
For a modern Stone Age family at its 50th anniversary, it owes a lot to modern animation. Voice actors, animators, and computers have all lent to an explosion in animation that was led by “The Flintstones.” In 1960, color televisions were still relatively new but Hanna-Barbera decided to put color into their cartoon.
Even Mel Blanc had a voice as Barney Rubble for the Flintstones. On this 50th anniversary, we remember the Flintstones as a comical look at modern post-war society. Men worked hard at their chosen occupation while women stayed home and took care of children. What was different about “The Flintstones” was that the cartoon was geared towards adults just as much as children.
A lot has changed in 50 years. Now women hold jobs and have careers outside the home. Many women are single mothers and still hold down more than one job. The Flintstones are a capsule and a commentary on another moment in time that is rapidly being forgotten.
The Google Doodle
Google’s doodle marks the anniversary of just about everything. From Chinese New Year to Einstein’s birthday, a Google doodle is always a big deal even if it means researching something about a pop culture icon.
“The Flintstones” lives on today in Fruity Pebbles cereal. In the meantime there was a live action movie starring John Goodman as Fred Flintstone. The Google doodle celebrates an icon of a time that will be soon forgotten as baby boomers get older and retire. Celebrate animation by making your own Google doodle today.
AOL News provided information for this article as did the Google doodle search.