Google Doodle Marks Fifty Years of the Flintstones

Any one turning to Google this morning will be greeted by a “Google Doodle” on the site’s homepage featuring the Flintstones family.  The image has been created to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the animated American sitcom “The Flintstones”; that was first shown in the United States on the 30th September 1960.

This cartoon show featured the antics of Fred Flintstone and his best buddy Barney Rubble with their long suffering wives Wilma and Betty.  The Flintstones was set in the stone age town of Bedrock and like all good television programmes and films depicting the past made in the sixties, there were lots of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures sharing this fantasy world.  The Flintstones even had their own pet dinosaur – Dino, as well as a giant, pussy cat which we think was supposed to be a Sabre-Toothed Cat.  Although, most of us at Everything Dinosaur are too young to remember the original broadcasts, the cartoons are frequently showed on UK television, especially in the Summer holidays when the children are off school.  This sitcom was a Hanna-Barbera production and it has been shown in many countries around the world.  In the fifty years that the Flintstones has been around, we wondered how many palaeontologists the programme had inspired.  For many young viewers, this programme may have been their first opportunity to view dinosaurs on TV.

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