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Man Called Flintsone end titles

Yabba-Dabba-Do! James E. Daniels has done the world a favor by posting the end title art from The Man Called Flintstone on his blog. As far I’m concerned these unique, primitive Flintstone designs are the coolest things in the picture! Check out all eleven end cards at The Adventures of J.E. Daniels.

  • Nice post! I actually love the end and opening titles. The opening ones remind me very much of the openings of Hanna-Barbera’s Abbott & Costello cartoons, which were made at about the same time.

    It’s a good feeling to see that stores like Target and WalMart are selling THE MAN CALLED FLINTSTONE alongside other current DVDs because I have always really enjoyed the feature and never felt it got the recognition is should. Sure, the animation was uneven, but there were some inspired moments in the film, some nice songs and some very good background scoring. Plus an who’s-who of great voice actors.

    I also felt that these colorful, graphic treatments of musical segments like “Team Mates” were a predecessor to “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King.” These sequences, which they also did in the ALICE IN WONDERLAND special (PLEASE PUT IT ON DVD) also stylistically recall other HB TV titles of the day — very graphic and free flowing.

    My only criticism of THE MAN CALLED FLINTSTONE, story-wise, is that Barney should have been in the plot sooner. But I always liked it when HB tried, at much as time and money would allow, to reach a little higher. The talent was definitely there, for sure.

  • haha, i remember me and my brother almost died laughing when fred’s disguise fell in the soup, and the snooty waiter said “is that a nose in your soup”

  • steve w.

    Does the new DVD release have Wilma as the Columbia Torch Lady at the beginning, or is the WB logo covering her up? See the original on youtube.com – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KitED6koO3k

    end credits are here at 4:57 (with music) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaStOOzbP7k&feature=related

  • Glad you like them Jerry!
    The DVD actually doesn’t have the Wilma/Columbia Torch Lady intro. There’s a series of stills from the opening credits covering it up. Wish it was the original opening.

  • It’s about time that someone has posted about this film. The opening and end credits have always fascinated me. They are the most visually interesting part of the film. There was also a scene in mid movie that breaks out into a song featuring Bamm Bamm and Pebbles playing in the sand. It’s in this part of the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOvMGZ8U8aI It completely breaks off from the rest of the stylization of the film. I find the credits and this scene to be so fascinating. Thanks for posting about this movie!

  • Very cool indeed. Not a bad movie except for the songs, especially the painfully tedious one sung by Pebbles.

  • The two VHS releases from Hanna-Barbera home video did have the Wilma torch opening and they pop up on ebay and amazon.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    That VHS tape is only really worth it for the Columbia bit alone, otherwise, the quality of that DVD is killer! If only it was in anamorphic widescreen like the “Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear!” disc, but that’s OK. It wasn’t like I was missing much either way (besides the torch lady’s substitute).

  • Brian D. Scott

    I finally picked this one up along with Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear a little while ago. These two movies were always shown during the Christmas holidays in NYC on WABC channel 7 along with Gay Purree (another fave I own)!

  • Warren

    It’s indicative of how off the radar animation was to Hollywood’s suits in 1966 that H-B was able to spoof the Columbia logo with Wilma as the torch lady when three years later the great British director Michael Powell was prevented from doing the same thing with an oil painting of the young Helen Mirren for the opening of his film “The Age of Innocence” – that movie opens with a tacked-on stock Columbia logo, then fades in to the painting (without the word “Columbia”) of Mirren holding something aloft, so the intended gag doesn’t play. I’m not imagining this, it’s all explained in the DVD extras by the film’s editor. Cartoons occupied a lower strata of cinematic importance than live action, despite the money they brought to the party, until animated feature budgets swelled to so largely define them in the present era.

  • Another notable (and animated) Columbia Torch Lady gag is in the opening to Cat Ballou, which you may see on YouTube, here.

    Watching the Man Called Flintstone opening at the link posted by steve w., I’m especially taken by Paul Julian’s background treatments, and the nightmarish quality imbued upon the Bedrock environs in the opening chase scene. Much more interesting than what we saw in the regular TV series.

  • William H

    While there are some diverting graphics sequences in “A Man Called Flintstone” there is also the glaring use of several cues of Jonny Quest ‘dramatic action’ music, under a long sequence where Fred and Barney are in jeopardy, lending a most un-Flintstone vibe to the proceedings in an economic move worthy of Filmation. Wonder what the budget was on this feature? Probably less than they had for “Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear” a few years earlier.

  • Steve Burstein

    I watched “Man Called Flinstone” on TV about 15 years ago, and I swear that the animation was digitally reconfigured for the broadcast.Somehow It looked more like an 80s TV special than an animated feature from the 60s.

  • FP

    –glaring use of several cues of Jonny Quest ‘dramatic action’ music, under a long sequence where Fred and Barney are in jeopardy, lending a most un-Flintstone vibe to the proceedings–

    It’s part of the 1960s Hanna Barbera “charm”. when I was a kid, the use of Jetsons music in Jonny Quest freaked me out. I remember a scene of Bandit at play used Jetsons electro-pop, and watching it felt as if my world was coming unglued. It was almost as unsettling as those 1960s Roadrunner cartoons that used needle-drop music heard in Hanna Barbera cartoons and elsewhere. They broke the aural universe, man.

  • I love HB from 59 to 64

    The titles and song sequences make this film. Did HB to any more titles for other films?

  • John A

    The Wilma/Columbia gag was the best one in the movie, almost everything else was recycled from the TV show.

    Even though I saw the movie as kid, I remember thinking that the xeroxed lines were inferior to the inked lines of the series.

  • Production Design by Maurice Noble
    Directed by Hawley Pratt
    Produced by Friz Freleng and Ted Geisel
    Executive Producer: David H. DePatie
    Animation: John Gibbs, Bob Matz, Bob Richardson, Dick Thompson, Don Williams, Fred Madison, John Freeman, Bob Bransford, Bob Bemiller
    Voices: Allan Sherman, Hans Conried, Paul Winchell, Bob Holt
    Backgrounds: Richard H. Thomas
    Camera: John Burton Jr., Larry Hogan, Ray Lee
    Film Editing: Allan Potter, Joe Siracusa, Rick Steward
    In Charge of Production: Lee Gunther
    Music by Dean Elliott
    Teleplay & Lyrics by Dr. Seuss
    Storyboard by Bob Richardson
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