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Meet the Flintstones
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TV Theme Music
The Flintstones premiered on September 30, 1960 on ABC, and ran for six seasons (166 episodes) on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. The final episode aired on April 1, 1966, with reruns lasting until September 2. It was the first full-length prime-time animated series on television.
The theme song's lyrics were written by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera, with music by Hoyt Curtin, the Hanna-Barbera studio's musical director, who also composed the theme and background music for every episode of The Flintstones, as well as around 300 Hanna Barbera cartoons. The song, actually a reworking of sad music already composed for one of the episodes, was recorded with five singers and a 22-piece jazz band.
The "courtesy of Fred's two feet" line is hopelessly indecipherable to many people and was dubbed, in one of Rich Hall's Sniglets collections, a "Hanna-Barbarism."
The "Meet the Flintstones" theme song wasn't introduced until the third season.
Previously the introduction framing sequences for the first two seasons featured an instrumental "Rise and Shine". The original opening sees Fred driving home from work, zipping through the streets of Bedrock. He slams his car into the garage, enters the house and sits down to watch television - on which he himself appears, hawking the program's sponsors' products. The original closing sequence has Fred turn off the TV set, cover the bird cage, and attempts to put the cat out - after which the cat puts him out instead.
The new opening had Fred sliding down the tail of his dino-crane at quitting time, picking up Wilma and the pets, and driving to the movies (where "The Monster" is playing). The closing sequence has them leave the movies, order giant ribs (which tip over the car) at a drive-in restaurant, and go home, where Fred attempts to put out the cat but gets put out himself instead.
The fifth- and sixth-season theme music features a slight difference in the vocals. Interestingly, the song was actually recorded for the Golden Record album Songs from the Flintstones in 1961, a year before it appeared as the program's theme. Sung by the Flintstones cast, the album version features different lyrics, including a reference to Dino and an entire "Rubbles, meet the Rubbles" section.
Meet the Flintstones
meet the Flintstones
maybe Fred will win the fight