Boomerang Spends December in Bedrock

Your favorite modern stone-age family is going to be spending a lot of time on Boomerang in December. Cartoon Network’s 24-hour commercial-free classic animation outlet will cover 35 years of Hanna-Barbera’s The Flintstones with marathon broadcasts of movies, TV specials and the series.

Boomerang will air a week-long Flintstones marathon Dec. 15-21. In addition, every Friday will feature 24 Hours of Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty and the rest of the Bedrock bunch. In all, the cabler will devote a total of 240 hours to The Flintstones, from the 1960 original series to the 1966 theatrical motion picture A Man Called Flintstone to the 1994 holiday special A Flintstones Christmas Carol.

The Flintstones, television’s first-ever primetime animated series, aired Friday nights on ABC from 1960 to 1966. The show is viewed essentially as an animated version of the popular Jackie Gleason series The Honeymooners, with a prehistoric twist.

The property was revived in the late 1980s with The Flintstone Kids, which followed the popular trend of turning back the clock to when the main characters were all children.