Pebbles was tolerable, despite all those the eye-rolling doting daddy scenes, because the writers actually came up with some funny cartoons with her in them. But can you imagine a Pebbles-like character in all the other Hanna-Barbera shows? Joe Barbera could.
Here’s a squib for the Radio-Television Daily, dated February 19, 1963.
‘Flintstones’ Baby Portends Rash of Babies for H-B
Hollywood — Hanna-Barbera introduce their new baby, “Pebbles,” for the first time in “The Flintstones” seg, “Dress Rehearsal,” which airs Friday. Plan is to introduce a new baby in all HB’s series within the next two years, according to president Joe Barbara. “Jetsons” most likely will be next to have a new born infant. Name of “Pebbles” was decided as result of a contest.
As Tralfaz the dog once said “Yechhhh.”
I can picture the scene where Jane in a hospital bed at night with a star beaming into her room and calling the baby “Starlight.” And then episodes where Jane’s mother-in-law (played by Verna Felton) barges in to run the house. And little Starlight becomes a kleptomaniac. And little Starlight and the boy kid next door develop voices and sing the pseudo-religious “Let the Sun Shine In,” but it’s all George’s dream and ... well, if Barbera’s going to rip off ideas from The Flintstones ...
It also begs the question—who’d have the baby on Jonny Quest? Maybe it’d be Race Bannon’s previously unknown baby Jessie who turns up and ... no, that would never work.
Anyway, we can all be happy the idea of little Starlight turned into space junk. Evidently, The Jetsons hadn’t been cancelled and moved to Saturday rerun-land by the time the story above was written. It was within a month. Broadcasting magazine had this squib on April 1, though an announcement of a Jerry Van Dyke game show in another story was in the popular press by March 7.
Louis Marx Toy Co., New York, will sponsor The Jetsons on ABC-TV next fall (Saturday, 10:30-11 am EST). The series currently is in ABC-TV’s prime time, Sunday, 7:30-8 pm Agency: Ted Bates & Co., New York.With that likely went Joe Barbera’s planned doll line and resultant cash windfall. Still, considering how Hanna-Barbera brought in the fuzzy, doll-like Orbitty when it revived The Jetsons in the ‘80s, a little Jetson girl doesn’t sound bad by comparison.