Fred and Barney Meet The Thing
Fred and Barney Meet The Thing (1979) is an animated comedy / superhero action program. It was a package show which featured new and rerun episodes from two unrelated shows, The New Fred and Barney Show and The Thing. Although the name would imply that the characters from the different shows interacted with another, this only happened in the intro and bumpers, and not in the episodes themselves. After running only 11 weeks, it was expanded to 90 minutes and became Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo.
The Thing segment involved the orange rock-skinned superhero from the Fantastic Four but his other self is completely unrelated. This Ben Grimm is a teenager who, when he joins the two halves of his ring together and chants "Thing Ring, do your thing!", becomes the Thing to keep his friends Betty Harkness, her tomboyish younger sister Kelly and Betty's rich and snobbish boyfriend Ronald Radford safe from evildoers, including recurring foes the Yancy Street Gang, a trio of crude and buffoonish bikers. Of the main characters in that segment, only Kelly and her and Betty's father, scientist Dr. Harkness, know of Benjy's secret identity as the Thing.
Fred and Barney Meet The Thing was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, with the Thing segments co-produced by Marvel Comics. While The Walt Disney Company owns the Thing character through Marvel Comics due to its purchase of that company in 2009, the entire series (including the Thing segments) is owned by WarnerMedia, with distribution handled by Warner Bros. Television.
|Main cast - Fred and Barney|
|Henry Corden||Fred Flintstone||1|
|Mel Blanc||Barney Rubble||1|
|Jean Vander Pyl||Wilma Flintstone||1|
|Gay Autterson||Betty Rubble||1|
|Don Messick||Bamm-Bamm Rubble||1|
|John Stephenson||Mr. Slate||1|
|Main cast - The Thing|
|Wayne Morton||Benjy Grimm||1|
|Joe Baker||The Thing||1|
|Marilyn Schreffler||Betty Harkness||1|
|Noelle North||Kelly Harkness||1|
|John Erwin||Ronald Radford||1|
|John Stephenson||Dr. Harkness||1|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
There has not been a DVD release for this show.
|The Flintstones Franchise|
The Flintstones • The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show • The Flintstone Comedy Hour • The Flintstone Comedy Show • Fred Flintstone and Friends • The New Fred and Barney Show • Fred and Barney Meet the Thing • Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo • The Flintstone Comedy Show • The Flintstone Funnies • The Flintstone Kids • Cave Kids • Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs
The Man Called Flintstone • The Flintstones (live-action) • The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (live-action)