Friday, April 4, 2008
THE PEBBLES AND BAMM BAMM SHOW
Everyone remembers The Flintstones, but do you remember this show? It gives us Pebbles and Bamm Bamm as teenagers. You get all the prerequisite teen behavior of the time. They hang out at a malt shop, have drag races and play in a band. The show ran for 16 episodes in 1971 and then they did some ten minutes episodes the following year. You would think that a show that incorporated Bedrock and had Fred and Barney guesting in it would do better, but maybe it was just something that people weren't ready for. Fred and Barney were the heart of what made The Flintstones great. We really didn't need to have them in their later years with teen aged kids.
I can remember catching this when I was ten or so and the only way you could watch cartoons was to get up early and watch them on whichever network was your favorite. The timing had to be right or you were stuck with a lame cartoon or, worse yet, you got up too early and were stuck with the last half of The Farm Report.
Rewatching it I can see what they were trying to do and with the voice talents of Sally Struthers as Pebbles and Jay North of Dennis The Menace fame as Bamm Bamm, you would think they couldn't go wrong.
They did. The Flintstones were the trials and tribulations of the working man. Much like The Honeymooners. The Pebbles and Bamm Bamm show was primarily for kids. It never had a chance.
I do still like Bad Luck Schleprock. His weird voice and constant stream of bad luck can still get a giggle out of me. Maybe they should have given him his own show.
Warner Brothers have given this show a two disc release that collects everything in one nice package. It's a shame that the show isn't better and didn't hold up well.