WARNING: The post that you’re about to read is very rambly. There’s going to be a lot of zig-zagging. You’ve been warned!
Hey! Do you remember that Highly Opinionated post that I made back in 2012 titled “The All New Something, Something Whatever Show”? Where I said that Warner Brothers had no interest in doing anything new with The Flintstones franchise? Remember that? Well, apparently, I was wrong….kind of.
A few weeks a ago, while surfing the web, I came across an article announcing a new animated series produced by Warner Brothers Animation that’s scheduled to air on the Boomerang streaming service (and possibly the Boomerang channel also) based on the Flintstones franchise titled Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs.
Originally, I was going to talk about this show on Peeks, but I decided not to for a specific reason, which I’ll go into a little later. Suspense! Anywho, here’s the lowdown on this new series, courtesy of Cartoon Brew:
Yabba-Dabba-Doo! Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are back in this quarter-hour animated comedy series, Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! Warner Bros. Animation takes you beyond Bedrock to The Crags, a vast land that is as dangerous and wild as the dinosaurs that inhabit it.
Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble are two best friends, growing up in the prehistoric time when dinosaurs and giant beasts still walked the earth. But as exciting as that sounds, they live in peaceful, quiet old Bedrock, a modern domestic civilization similar to our own (but with stone cars that run on leg-power). That’s why whenever they get the chance, Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm and Dino head to the open wilderness, helping new friends, fighting new enemies, and learning about life through their endless crazy adventures. Back in Bedrock, Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty still enjoy all the familiar quirks and trappings of life as a modern Stone Age family not knowing all the trouble (and fun!) their kids are getting themselves into.
Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Mark Marek (producer, MAD, Be Cool Scooby-Doo!) and Marly Halpern-Graser (executive producer, Right Now Kapow) serve as producer with Sam Register as executive producer.
That premise sounds…interesting, to say the least. So all this time there’s been a savage land teaming with dangerous, feral dinosaurs located just outside of Bedrock and we’ve just never seen it before? And no one on the show has ever mentioned this place in 40+ years? Now don’t that churn yer butter? Here’s what we know so far:
This series will mostly focus around Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, not unlike Cave Kids (which I never saw). This time around, P&BB appear to be grade school aged, not toddlers nor teenagers, but right in the middle. Regarding this series, one fan noted:
“I think that this series will focus on Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm, Dino and Hoppy.”
Hoppy?? Wow…I’m just blown away that somebody remembers that character!
I’m not sure why dinosaurs should be a major selling point for a Flintstones series when that show has always had plenty of dinosaurs, most notably Dino.
I know that Dino is technically a Snorkasaurus, but let’s be real here: Dino has always been much closer to a dog than a dinosaur. Except in that one weird episode of The Flintstones where Fred and Barney were hunting Dino and Dino was intelligent and he could talk and he was doing shtick like Bugs Bunny and Fred and Barney were like a two man Elmer Fudd, and then that episode was completely forgotten about after that episode ended. Seriously, what was up with that? What happened to Dino’s intelligence? Damon (Silverstar) offers this theory:
Maybe he got conked on the head with a bowling ball. That seems to be a common cause of amnesia in Bedrock.
Another user in cyberspace speculated, “I wonder if Moonrock, Wiggy, Penny and Bad Luck Shleprock will be in this show?”
Again, I’m just amazed that somebody remembers those characters. As for them being on this show, I’m not sure what led to that speculation. Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are clearly younger than teenagers here, and it’s not like those characters have seen the light of day since The Flintstone Comedy Hour, which was back in ancient 1972.
Now this is strictly an opinion, but I personally felt that The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show was just too much like The Archies for my tastes, right down to the characters forming a bubblegum rock band performing tunes that would make the Monkees cringe, so if Warner Brothers never used Wiggy, Penny, Moonrock, Bad Luck Shleprock or the Bronto Bunch in anything else again, I’d be totally fine with that.
The character designs are courtesy of Mark Marek. If you don’t know who he is, he’s the guy who did the Henry and June segments on Nickelodeons Kablam!. The character designs are different, but not terrible. I don’t know who’s idea it was to give Bamm-Bamm long pants. No one on The Flintstones ever wore pants. That just looks odd.
Also, I read that Captain Caveman would be appearing on this show; in what capacity, I have no idea. Would he be a denizen of The Crags? (He’d actually be a better fit there than he would in Bedrock, honestly.) Would he be a fictional character on an in-universe TV show like he was on Flintstone Kids? Who knows? But it’s apparent that the idea of Cavey being part of the Flintstones universe is something HB producers refuse to let go of.
And then, the unusual Flintstones shtick is still going on in Bedrock and the parents have no idea that their kids are going to this savage land? OK. I’m not sure exactly what Warner Brothers was going for with this idea. I have a theory about this (and it’s just a theory. I have no research to back this up whatsoever): I think that Warner Brothers had originally planned for this show to be an attempt to cash in on the success of Jurassic Park, a show about 2 kids who venture into the world of wild, savage dinosaurs, and then someone at WB said “Hey! The Flintstones has dinosaurs! Why don’t we make the Crags adjacent to Bedrock and make the 2 kids Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm?”
Anyway…I haven’t seen a complete episode of Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs! yet, as the series hasn’t yet premiered. The pilot episode is (or was at one time) available for viewing on the Boomerang streaming service. But it hardly matters because…wait for it…about two weeks after I read that article, the news was dropped that Warner Brothers announced that there won’t be a second season of YDD! Yep, that’s right, Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs! is effectively already canceled!
And that, friends, is why I decided not to cover this show on Peeks. What’s the point of previewing a series that doesn’t have a future? I suspected as much when I found out that YDD would be airing exclusively on Boomerang. If WB and Turner thought that they had a hit on their hands, they would have run the show on their main channel (that of course being Cartoon Network), or on both channels simultaneously. Instead, it looks like this show is going to be a one-and-done before it’s even officially premiered. And if you haven’t figured it out by now…
Studios generally only do this when they know they’ve got a major league bombasaurus on their hands. WB apparently thinks that this show sucks and the studio just wants to cut it’s losses. So it looks as if WB is going to with Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs what they did with Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Pocketville and The Peanuts Show; just burn through the episodes that have already been made and then just sweep the show under the rug and act like it never existed. Too bad, since based on what I saw and read of it, buried somewhere beneath all of those layers of what the what, I thought that there was a sliver of an interesting idea in there somewhere.
The real tragedy (for Flintstones fans, anyway) is that the message that WB may take from this is that Flintstones series don’t work or resonate with modern audiences and so it may be years before we see another one.
At least not one that’s not a crossover with WWE wrestlers.
HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY!
You know what I like about the Chinese Zodiac? How it uses animals to represent each year.
Why? According to one legend, the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from Earth. Only 12 animals came to bid him farewell. As a reward he named a year after each other one in the order that they arrived. First came the Rat, then the Ox, the Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Thus we have 12 signs today.
And this year is….The Year of the Pig!
Fun Fact: In the cartoon series Jackie Chan Adventures, the Pig talisman possessed one of the cooler powers: heat beam eye blasts.
Those born in the year of the Pig possess all the most desirable traits of human nature — they are loving, trustworthy, loyal, gentle and faithful.
Pigs are modest and unassuming, and so their excellent qualities may not be readily apparent on first acquaintance.
They prefer a quiet life of comfort and financial security and while shy, they can be quite lively with close friends.
In romantic relationships they are very vulnerable and they become quite involved emotionally.
Their compatible signs are the Rabbit, the Ram (or Sheep) and of course, the Pig.
So here’s wishing everyone born in the Year of the Pig a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year. Celebrate by taking a pig out to lunch.
Today’s Brain Candy looks at Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.
Specifically, we’ll be looking at one of its’ stars, Spider-Gwen.
For those who don’t know, Spider-Gwen is the superhero identity of an alternate universe’s Gwen Stacy, hailing from a universe in which Gwen was bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker. While watching a Projector review of this movie by internet film critic Mathew Buck…
It was brought to my attention that Gwen is not only in a band in her home universe, The Mary Janes…
…But she’s also an aspiring artist and dancer, to the point where she wears ballet shoes as part of her superhero costume.
Let me repeat that:
She wears ballet shoes as part of her superhero costume.
-Okay, that is hands-down one of THE sparkliest things I’ve ever heard of!
What do I mean when I say “Sparkly”?
Sparkly (Adj.) : Embodying and willfully embracing all of the common traits and interests stereotypically attributed to young girls, such as a basic sweetness, perkiness and sunny disposition, and an affinity towards things like sunshine, rainbows, unicorns, ballet, pop-music, princesses, cute things, glitter, fashion, the color pink, etc.
It’s basically the flip-side of its’ boy equivalent, Stinky.
-So from now on, whenever you hear us describe something or someone as ‘Sparkly’ or ‘Stinky’, you’ll know what we’re talking about. Get it? Got it? Good.
Now I didn’t notice the ballet shoe thing until Mathew pointed it out, but now I can’t un-see it. Now every time I see Gwen, my mind immediately goes to…
And no, that’s not a diss on the character; quite the opposite, in fact. Based on what I’ve seen of Gwen, she seems to be no-nonsense, all about getting the job done and handling her business, and those are all admirable traits of course, but as Jason mentioned in an earlier entry, no matter how cool and diverse traits female characters are shown to embody (as well they should)…
…I still like to see girl characters, even modern ones, who aren’t afraid to embrace their inner Tinker Bell and get their sparkle on.
-It also doesn’t hurt that Gwen is very easy on the eyes.
First post of 2019! Yep.
First, let me give y’all an update on how things are progressing site-wise: We’re still writing up scripts and conceiving concepts for videos, and our deal with our brother wherein we begin editing for him and in turn he gives us the necessary editing software is still in place, BUUUUUUT our bro is a student with an active social life, and as such we have to get our schedules synced up so that we can actually begin working on that. I don’t fault him for having a life, but I was hoping to have started actual video production by now; I plan to give him a little more time to come through, but if there’s no change in the immediate future, I’ll just have to break down and purchase the editing software myself. Also, we need more and better lighting here; where we’re planning to shoot has an odd lighting effect, on my camera people look dark and shadowy in here, so I’m currently shopping around for LED lights and possibly back lights as of this writing.
In the meantime we’ve been hatching some ideas for new material; some of it big and detailed and other stuff short, little tidbits that will serve as filler between the bigger stuff. Bottom line: while video production is unfortunately taking a little longer than I anticipated, I don’t want this site to just sit here collecting dust while it’s under re-construction, so we might, repeat, might, put up some of the ‘mini’ episodes as old-style blog posts in the coming weeks, just to keep things going here and so our workload doesn’t pile any more than it already has. The ‘major’ works, i.e., What The Funny, Pop Dream, The Retro Bin, etc., will still be done as videos, as eventually everything will, but some of the shorter, simpler stuff can get posted now as appetizers, if you will.
Make no mistake, however; our plans to grow Twinsanity have not changed. We’re still moving to video production and we’re still going to update the look of this site; we’ve been wanting to upgrade this place for the longest time, no way we’re abandoning those plans now while we’re so close. I need to rant for a bit here: one reason we wish to change our medium from text to video is because we suspect that not a lot of folks are actually reading these posts; a lot of the searches we receive are mainly for certain images and/or links, and often the same ones each time. I’ve heard that Millenials ‘don’t have time to read’ and pay more attention to videos, and while we don’t do what we do just for the clicks, it doesn’t make a ton of sense to pour your heart and soul into a piece of work is it’s going to be largely ignored. We have fun stuff and opinions that we want to share with you guys, we plan for Twinsanity to be more, so much more than just that site people go to to see that Burger Castle sketch from Saturday Night Live or pictures of Dumb Donald from Fat Albert. BTW, I’m not knocking those of you who do actually read our stuff and follow our site; you guys are amazing and more power to you, but sometimes a person can feel a little disgruntled sometimes without a steady diet of feedback, which is another reason why we’re switching over to videos: to reach a wider audience. It’d be nice to not feel like we’re just shouting at the wind.
So if some new (albeit shorter and less complicated) ‘old-style’ blog posts start popping up here soon, you’ll know why. We haven’t dropped our plans to expand, these will just stuff to tide you guys (and us) over until the overhaul takes place. We’re both determined to bring Twinsanity back to life in 2019.
Regular followers of Twinsanity know the drill here: this is the last blog post of the year, wherein we give a summation of what the year’s been like for us, and give you guys a brief update of what to expect from Twinsanity in the upcoming year. December 2nd is admittedly pretty early to be doing the annual wrap-up, but if you’ve been following us you know why this in all likelihood will be the final blog post we’re going to make in 2018, and possibly beyond aside from news and site updates (hey, like this one!).
First, the unpleasant stuff: some unexpected life events from late 2017 (none of which relate directly to the site so I’d prefer to not disclose them here, hope you understand) spilled over into 2018, which made putting up content challenging, to put it mildly. I’m not going to lie, 2018 was not a very good year for me overall; things got so chaotic for us that we both felt it was necessary to take a temporary break from blogging until things chilled out for us in real life. It was an emotional roller coaster nightmare.
While we were on hiatus, one of the things that got me through this rough patch…
..was watching videos from my favorite content creators. Big ups to Phelan Porteous, Allison Pregler, Tony Goldmark, Andre Meadows, Trent Troop & Greg Sepelak, Charlie and Hailey Callahan, Bob Chipman, Doug and Rob Walker, Lewis Lovhaug, James Rolfe, Chris Stuckmann and DigiValentine. You guys don’t know me, but you all helped me get through a difficult period in my life. Not only that, but you also helped to re-ignite my creative spirit. Thanks for that.
When things finally calmed down, we thought we could just go back to blogging and everything would be business as usual; we posted some blog posts, even started a new segment (Brain Candy) and started new What The Funny and Pop Dream segments, only to discover that we’d been bitten by the video bug and were no longer interested in continuing the standard text format. We had been planning to upgrade this site and its’ content for some time, and our lack of enthusiasm for blogging has only served to reinforce that notion. 2019 will the year that Twinsanity makes the jump from text to video.
I’m not going to elaborate on what we’re planning to do video-wise since we’ve already covered this in the last 2 posts. I will however, give you the latest news on how all that is going: the good news is that our brother Chaz, himself a YouTuber (his channel can be found here–please check him out, like, share, subscribe and all that good stuff) has graciously offered to assist us in our venture, showing us how to edit and so forth, and in return we’ll be helping him out, as he wants to put up more content and additional editors will definitely benefit him in that regard. The bad news is that with the ebb and flow of schedules and funds being what they are, compounded by these freaking holidays on top of that, you definitely won’t be seeing any of the new stuff until next year, but it’s not like we haven’t been doing any work during this period, we most certainly have; new Twinsanity material is coming, we promise. Just be patient.
As stated elsewhere previously, when Twinsanity returns and the videos start coming out, we’ll also be changing the theme (as in appearance, not content) of the site; it turns out that the theme we’re currently using (Shaan) has been retired, so it’s fortunate that we were planning to change the theme anyway.
To sum up, once again thank you to all who have stuck with us and our craziness. We really appreciate your viewership, patience, comments and input. My hope is for 2019 to be a much better, more stable and more productive year for us and the Twinsanity, and if all goes well, we’ll realize our dream of making Twinsanity bigger and better than it’s ever been before. So since we likely won’t be posting anything new until after January, we hope you all have a happy holiday season and a safe and prosperous new year.