Showing posts with label The Flintstones. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Flintstones. Show all posts

Monday, February 12, 2018

When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples


You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus and Sally
Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe t-shirt-wearing Linus.

I Dream of Jeannie
Tony and Jeannie Nelson
The astronaut Captain Tony Nelson met Jeannie on a deserted island in the South Pacific on September 18, 1965 in the premiere episode of I Dream of Jeannie. Nelson’s one-man Stardus One space capsule landed far from the planned recovery site where he found a strange bottle. He opened the bottle releasing a genie who had been trapped inside for 2,000 years. At first, the two could not communicate until he wished that they could. Unbeknownst to Tony, Jeannie rolled her bottle into his duffle bag and “followed” him home. At the time, Tony was engaged to his commanding general’s daughter, Melissa Stone, but the two broke up.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for September 30

"The Flintstones" debuted on September 30, 1960.

The Flintstones Debuts

In 2013, TV Guide ranked a number of animated cartoons. The Simpsons made the top spot but a much older cartoon series, The Flintstones, created by Hanna-Barbera was ranked #2. The show was one of the first animated prime-time cartoons to air on TV and debuted on this day in 1960. The show was created after the success of The Huckleberry Hound Show and the Quick Draw McGraw Show, but those shows attracted kids only. William Hanna said that the show imitated the popular sitcom The Honeymooners, but Joseph Barbera said that if the Jackie Gleason show was used an inspiration, he didn’t remember it. At first, Hanna-Barbera tried out the formula with hillbillies, Romans, pilgrims and Indians before settling on the now famous stone age characters. (All of those themes have been used in other franchises.) Originally called The Flagstones, the family unit included Fred, Wilma and Fred Jr. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Jurassic World and Other Fascinations with Dinosaurs

Famous dinosaurs on TV and in the movies.
Rex from Toy Story, Dino from The Flintstones and a T-Rex from Jurassic Park.
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When Steven Spielberg introduced us to Jurassic Park for the first time in 1993, it was epic filmmaking. Like Spielberg’s other huge movie, Jaws, the dinosaurs featured in the “park” were not shown in the movie previews. Like the characters in the film, the audience had to guess what they would find behind those large wooden doors. We really had no idea on what to expect, and most of us were not disappointed. The film did so well that three sequels have been made with the fourth, Jurassic World, coming to theaters this summer. This time around, there is a rumored “new” man-designed dinosaur to star in the film with no image of it in the trailer which helps to continue the tradition.

We humans have a fascination with dinosaurs and Hollywood has been happy to oblige our curiosity. Over the years we have met a variety of them. Here is a short dinosaur and pre-historic “Who’s Who.”