Flintstones, meet the Flintstones…
They’re the modern Stone Age family…
If you are about my age, then you know those words and the words that follow very well. But according to a very compelling fan theory, there may be a lot more to Fred, Barney, Wilma, and Betty, than you can shake a “Yabba Dabba Do” at!
According to a growing number of fans of the Hanna-Barbara classic, and its “sister series” The Jetsons, The Flintstones does not take place in pre-historic times, as most of us believe, but Fred and friends are actually the survivors of a post-nuclear apocalyptic future, inhabiting the same world as The Jetsons.
But, whereas the Jetsons live above the devastated landscape created by a nuclear confrontation between the US and the then Soviet Union, the Flintstones remain on a surface world that has been plunged back into the “stone age.”
The bizarre theory was first espoused by Anthony Scibelli and Logan Trent, writers for the satire website Cracked, but it has gained traction and has been taken a lot more seriously since then.
Let’s look at the evidence. First of all, it is not simply a “fan theory,” that the Jetsons and the Flintstones exist in the same cartoon universe, the two families have “crossed over.”
In the 1987 animated feature film, The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, boy genius Elroy Jetson builds a time machine intended to take his family to the far future. Instead, it malfunctions and transports them to the Stone Age where they encounter Fred, Barney, and the rest of the gang. So we know they do exist in the same universe, although apparently separated by many centuries of time.
Rather than mistakenly taking Elroy and the rest of the Jetsons to the past, as is depicted in The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, the theory contends that the time machine worked perfectly, taking the characters to the designated future period of the 25th century. Cracked writers Logan Trent and Anthony Scibelli sum up this premise with a simple question: “Could [The Flintstones], in fact, be set in a post-apocalyptic future wasteland that’s been ‘bombed back to the Stone Age’ for real?”
However, the world the characters find themselves in resembles the past – after all, only remnants of human life could endure a nuclear disaster that destroyed much of society. The Flintstones and other Bedrock residents are living in a post-apocalyptic future, and the Jetsons reach this society through the time machine.
The post-apocalyptic theory argues that nuclear war destroyed the world and led to a split in society, as modern-day civilization was wiped out and replaced with a primitive form of culture. The survivors of the disaster then tried to live on the surface. Without access to traditional power and resources, society on the planet regressed to a Stone Age-like system, but was not the true “prehistoric” time that we thought the Flintstones lived in.
Proof That the Flintstones Could Not Have Lived in Prehistoric Times
The proponents of this theory say this is why the Flintstones – though supposedly living in the “Stone Age” — enjoy all the trappings post-industrial revolution America, including money, television, cars, and even airplanes – although all powered by wind, people power, or animals.
And, about those animals. Bedrock is populated by all manner of prehistoric beasts from dinosaurs to wooly mammoths and sabretooth tigers – all of which are used to power all of those aforementioned modern conveniences. But, we know full well that none of these animals lived at the same time in prehistory, let alone alongside man, so proponents of the theory say that they are further proof – since they must be mutations caused by nuclear fallout!
Trent and Scibelli also point to that well-known theme song as more proof.
Flintstones, meet the Flintstones,
They’re the modern Stone Age family.
From the town of Bedrock,
They’re a page right out of history.
Look at the words carefully, and you can see that they are a “modern stone-age family” living like a “page out of history,” but they are not themselves actually living in the Stone Age at all!
And finally, as their most convincing piece of evidence, there is a well-known and popular Flintstones Christmas episode. How could they possibly be celebrating the Birth of Christ, if they supposedly lived millions of years literally “B.C.?” Their knowledge of Christmas and Christmas traditions could only be remnants of the pre-apocalyptic society.
If you really think about it, the theory is not so far-fetched. Both The Flintstones and The Jetsons were created and originally aired during the 1960s. A period when the Cold War was at its highest, and the possibility of a nuclear confrontation between the US and the then USSR, was a very real possibility. Anyone my age who remembers watching “The Flintstones” after school, could have been doing so on a day after having a “duck and cover drill,” in school!
The Cold War had a profound impact on popular culture, with many films, novels, and television shows reflecting the mood. As nuclear war became a genuine threat, these cartoons somehow imagined what would have happened if bombs almost destroyed society — the survivors would have either had to live away from the Earth’s surface in some kind of floating city – The Jetsons – or somehow sustain themselves on the nearly uninhabitable planet – The Flintstones.
Is your mind blown yet?
What do you think of this Flintstones and the Apocalypse theory? Are there other bizarre cartoon conspiracy theories you know of? Please reply in the comments below!