THE PEBBLES AND BAMM-BAMM
You'll see Fred and Barney,
too (yabba dabba doo)
THE PEBBLES AND BAMM-BAMM SHOW was a short-lived Saturday morning sequel to the classic Hanna-Barbera series THE FLINTSTONES. Focusing on the teenage exploits of girlfriend-boyfriend Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble and their high school friends Moonrock, Penny and Wiggy, THE PEBBLES AND BAMM-BAMM SHOW was designed to try to tap into the same Saturday Morning audience as Hanna-Barberaís SCOOBY DOO, WHERE ARE YOU! and JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS. Of course, in place of mysteries, THE PEBBLES AND BAMM-BAMM SHOW offered Stone Age comic misadventures that more closely resembled THE FLINTSTONES, but without the level of sophistication contained in the primetime animated sitcom. The vocal talent behind THE PEBBLES AND BAMM-BAMM SHOW features Sally Struthers, Jay North, Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, Gay Hartweg, Lennie Weinrib, Mitzi McCall, Don Messick and Carl Esser.
THE PEBBLES AND BAMM-BAMM SHOW: THE COMPLETE SERIES ($27) comes to DVD in a two-disc set that features the all sixteen episodes. The sixteen episodes are as follows: Gridiron Girl Trouble, Putty In Her Hands, Frog For A Day, The Golden Voice, Daddy's Little Helper, Focus Foolery, Pebble's Big Boast, The Grand Prix Pebbles, The Terrible Snorkosaurus, Schleprock's New Image, Coach Pebbles, No Cash And Carry, Wooly The Great, Mayor May Not, They Went That Away and The Birthday Present.
Warner Home Video has made all the episodes that comprise THE PEBBLES AND BAMM-BAMM SHOW: THE COMPLETE SERIES available on DVD in the proper 4:3 full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. The animation is Saturday Morning 1971 television caliber, in other words- rather limited. Sharpness and detail are about all one should expect from this type of production. Colors are pretty bright and fairly appealing. Blacks are solid and the whites appear crisp. Contrast is just fine for this type of 1970ís vintage 2D animation. The film elements do show more than a few minor blemishes. There are some nicks and scratches, plus there are dust specks that have been printed into the film elements at the time of the original production. Film grain is moderately noticeable. Digital compression artifacts remain under the radar.
The Dolby Digital monaural soundtracks are fine for a Saturday Morning cartoon show from the early 1970s. As expected, the dialogue is crisp and easy to understand. The sound effects and music just get the job done- nothing more. Fortunately, the soundtracks are pretty clean and are free from age related problems. No other language soundtracks are provided on the DVD, English subtitles are included.
Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard scene/episode selection and set up features, as well as four short bonus episodes that were part of THE FLINTSTONES COMEDY HOUR.
THE PEBBLES AND BAMM-BAMM SHOW is a cute trip down memory lane for those of us who were kids in the 1970ís. Yabba Dabba Doozie!
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