23rd Oct: It's time for the second TV Tropes Halloween Avatar Contest, theme: cute monsters! Details and voting here.
Why are there no Black people in Bedrock?This Troper hopes that this doesn't offend anyone; it was originally written in response to a locked LiveJournal post where someone jokingly postulated a segregated Stone Age community "across the tracks" from Bedrock. Now, that was offensive.
The Flintstones is the distant past of Girl Genius.Proto-Sparks have created the Bamboo Technology and genetically bred giant monsters which resemble dinosaurs. No, it's not really the future.
Where did Bamm-Bamm come from?So we know that Bamm-Bamm is adopted, and his parents saw a falling star...and he has super-strength, right? Sound like a certain somebody?
The Flintstones is a creationist's vision of the past.Think about it. Dinosaurs co-exist with people, and they celebrate Christmas.
The "Stonehenge" restaurant from the live-action movie movie is a chain.The the one we see in the movie isn't the one we see in England today, the ruins of the Salisbury franchise are just the only surviving building from the chain.
The Flintstones 'verse was the original (failed) attempt to seed intelligent life on EarthAt a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, and life still thrived on Mars, the Martians attempted to seed sentient life on Earth, assigning The Great Gazoo as its caretaker. Ultimately, they failed, but succeeded at another attempt some millions of years later just before the Martian biosphere died out.
The Flintstones is Marxist propagandaIn the show, all productive machinery and labor saving devices are replaced by exploited animal labor. Moreover, these animals are often clearly shown to be sentient, lampshading the crappiness of their position with a shrug and "It's a living". This represents, quite in line with Marxian political economy, the emphasis upon labor being the prime mover of social wealth. In our world, such goods as a household appliance represent labor mixed with raw materials to create a functional product. But such often goes unrecognized. The Flinstones makes this connection clear. Fred Flinstone, a worker himself, is alienated from his fellow workers by capitalist socio-economic system. This represents Fred's self-estrangement from himself as a worker due to his consumerist lifestyle. It is clear that there was serious Marxist infiltration of Hanna-Barbara to slip such a subversive message through in a primetime sitcom.
The social classes of The Flintstones, at least according to The Film of the Series.
The Flinstones is the United States of America, after World War III.I know there's a good chance it's set in an After the End, but you have to ask yourself how it got there. Considering this show was set during the Cold War, when fear of nuclear annihilation was imminent, there's a good chance this takes place in a world where World War III occured. Given that there are dinosaurs, the war must've began several decades after the show was set, potentially meaning the Cold War went on for far longer. The animals you see are actually genetically engineered beings in order to survive/fight in the war. And by the way, the dinosaurs aren't dinosaurs, they're genetically engineered reptiles made to resemble dinos. The Jetsons are survivors from off-world colonies, who have done the long and arduous task of rebuilding society
The characters are related to The Jetsons.Think about it.
In the Flintstones-verse it is perpetually the sixties .All time periods of mankind bend over backwards to make the world as sixties-like as possible. The Flintstones and the Jetsons are just two examples, list others below:
What happened to Dino?We do see that he was a very intelligent critter in his apparent origin story, capable of talking and very cunning, but why does he act like a dog else where? Simple, in the episode "The Hypnotist", Fred "hypnotises" Wilma into thinking she's a dog, but winds up actually hypnotizing Barney for real. Dino was not far away when this happened and was also hypnotized, and Fred still hasn't gotten around to bringing him back to normal.
The Great Gazoo is an agent of the Incubators.He may be related to them, or actually be a member of the same species and fill a different role like ants and bees in their colonies. His job is to distract Fred and Barney while another Incubator tries to contract with Betty and Wilma. So yeah, they have been here since at least The Theme Park Version of the Stone Age.
Ann-Margrock was Pebbles real mother.
Fred was in the Stone Age equivalent of The Mafia.Fred's work in the consruction is just a cover.
The whole Flintstones world is a Cargo Cult style imitation derived from a vision of the future.It's a proto-civilisation derived from when some stone-age individual saw a vision of the modern world and set about slavishly trying to recreate it.
Bud Rock was part of Seth MacFarlane's concept for his attempted revival of this series.It wasn't just a throwaway gag in The Simpsons Guy.