Best Flintstones Animation. Ever! Best Flintstones Animation. Ever!

Best Flintstones Animation. Ever!

Forget Carlo Vinci and George Nicholas. This 1986 Japanese Flintstones anime promo featuring teenage Pebbles and Bamm Bamm is an absolute gem. Especially the part where Bamm-Bamm kisses Dino on the lips.

(via Charles Brubaker)

  • Matthew Koh

    Is it me, or is this reminds me of Doraemon?

    • Isaac

      That chunky curled upper lip is an anime staple, but it’s especially prominent on Doraemon characters. The video is filled with anime staples.

      • Overemphasis on perceived ‘staples’, ‘formulas’ or ‘cliches’ of anime is a staple of internet animation blog commenting.

      • john holmes

        Overly defensive reaction is a staple of internet commenting about cheap anime.

      • …and so on :)

  • mat

    That was cute. Japan loves hanna-barbera cartoons. Maybe you can find some of the wacky racers japan ads.

    It reminds me a little of doraemon. Why is it doraemon has never aired in the united states anyways?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      We’ll never know, you’d think the bathing scenes with Shizuka could be cut out without making much sense!

  • Cute! Is it a promo for the regular show?

  • Ha! So I’m not the only one who thought of Doraemon when seeing this. This particular animation style is very prominent in animated adaptations of Fujiko Fujio and Fujio Akatsuka’s comics.

  • Steven M.

    Weird, but pretty nice.

  • Katella Gate

    That crotch shot of Dino is definitely not on the HB model sheet. The furries will love this.

  • Paul YM

    It’s a commercial for a consumer loan company.

  • AJ

    I really like this advert. personally i never liked the fact that the Flintstones had kids in the show it felt like their presence was forced in even as a child i noticed it and slowed down or got in the way of Fred and Barneys antics.

    Can someone explain to me something? why in anime when characters sometimes close their eyes only their pupils close. Yet, when they half close their eyelids the eyelids do close. Is it a budget, artist license or lazy cel colorers thing?

    • Re: only the pupils closing.

      I’ll guess artistic license. It’s often used in print cartoons, too.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        I saw a few Western works that sometimes did that as well. I’m sure it is an artistic license as well, as if the eyes themselves don’t have to be drawn literally closed if you wanted to keep them the same shape and simply throw in the line to show a closed lid.

      • I think The Dodo and the Frog went with closed pupils throughout its run, but then, I’m basing that assumption on three full stories currently on the Internet.

        The closed pupils are sometimes coloured, sometimes not. I assume that’s artistic license, along with Dunbar’s misaligned cross-eyes.

        I’m surprised no one’s mentioned Dino’s smaller proportions here. I guess, given how Bamm-Bamm mistakenly drags the snorkasaurus onto a table in a fit of passion, I’m not supposed to.

  • Nipplenuts McGurk

    Reminds me of Lupin III!!!!

  • Odd.

  • Anoniguy

    I love this style. Vintage girl’s manga style is so cute. I have a handful of comics and such that resemble this, but since I can’t actually read the japanese, I can’t even guess the title or author’s name, sadly.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I can make out some katakana myself, but I know where you’re coming from. This is the style I liked as well. Japanese comics of the 70’s and 80’s often were like that.

  • Reminded me of this old anime version of Jack and the Beanstalk,

    The animation in it is fluid and fun.

  • Ah, the designs are based on The Pebbles and Bam-Bam Show, a poorly-written, poorly animated, and sometimes SEXIST Flinstones spin-off.

    That cartoon should’ve developed a cult following because of how much it sucks, like Tommy Wiseau’s The Room. It didn’t.

    • Mad Hatter

      The only reason I like that show is because Wiggy Rockstone is my favorite character

      • But she’s an entire character based on the “joke” of somebody who likes horoscopes.

        OH MY STARS

      • Andrew Kieswetter

        I liked Bad Luck Schleprock myself.

  • Lucy

    Since when is Bam Bam Lupin III????

    • Chris Sobieniak

      He kinda reminds me of Ataru Moroboshi.

  • Mike birtwistle

    Wow… Flinstones and anime, there’s a combination I never thought I’d see! I like it, whoever made it some how managed to make the dull, lifeless designs of 1970’s hanna barbera appealing.

  • Jeff

    Google results for ほのぼのレイク

  • Woo woo gay goo!

  • Any hope of finding out if this was a production of A Pro or Shin-Ei, the studios behind the Fujiko Fujio adaptations? There’s also their own, legendary, cave-people series Hajime Ningen Gyators for comparison – clip here – though it’s based on the worker of a different comicer and being a whole series is very limited.

  • chipper

    What the heck are you drinking, Bamm Bamm?!

  • Cyber Fox
  • Hahahahha XD That was fantastic. Love the passion in which he kisses Dino.