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Episode 253

The Flintstones (1994)

Published on: 25th April, 2024

64 years ago, The Flintstones became the first ever animated prime time sitcom in the US, and 30 years ago, the live-action film was released.

A live action adaptation of The Flintstones first came about in 1985, but it wouldn't be 'til Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment acquired the rights in 1992 that the project started moving forward, but by that point eight writers had already had a crack at the script...

Once Spielberg, and mega fan director Brian Levant, got involved, many more writers would have a pass, but only three would ever be credited for their work after the Writer's Guild of America got involved.

Credit to the team of writers behind The Flintstones...

  • Steven E. de Souza
  • Daniel Goldin
  • Joshua Goldin
  • Peter Martin Wortmann
  • Robert Conte
  • Mitch Markowitz
  • Jeffrey Reno
  • Ron Osbourne
  • Michael J. Wilson
  • Jim Jennewein
  • Tom S. Parker
  • Gary Ross
  • Al Aidekman
  • Cindy Begel
  • Lloyd Garver
  • David Silverman
  • Stephen Sustarsic
  • Nancy Steen
  • Neil Thompson
  • Brian Levant
  • Rob Dames
  • Lenny Ripps
  • Fred Fox Jr.
  • Dava Savel
  • Lon Diamond
  • David Richardson
  • Roy Teicher
  • Richard Gurman
  • Michael J. Digaetano
  • Ruth Bennett
  • Lowell Ganz
  • Babaloo Mandel

That's 32 writers. 29 of which never received credit.

This movie has incredible production design, set design, costumes, puppet work and casting. It does not deserve to be as derided as it is. Let's celebrate The Flintstones! Yabba dabba doo!

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Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are audibly book ended by Jess. She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by the comparatively quieter Evie.

I love podcasts, and listen to many, but never my own.

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