The Honeymooners and The Flintstones are multi-millennium television series, yet they have several similarities.
This poses an important question: Did The Flintstones inspire The Honeymooners? And what did Jackie Gleason, star of the Honeymooners, think of Fred Flintstone and company?
The comparisons between’ The Flintstones’ and’ The Honeymooners’
A few similarities can be found by someone with a passing awareness of “The Honeymooners” and “The Flintstones”.
For eg, Fred Flintstone looks very similar to Ralph, played by Gleason.
Both are farmers. Ralph also has a wife called Alice who is much more down to earth than he is. Wilma Flinstone’s attitude is not unlike her.
The relationship between Ralph and Alice and another pair, Ed and Trixie Norton, revolves around most of the action in The Honeymooners.
This represents Fred and Wilma’s interaction with another couple, Barney and Betty Rubble. It’s easy to see The Flintstones as a prehistoric version of The Honeymooners with all this in mind.
How The Honeymooners’ Jackie Gleason reacted to the similarities.
“According to MeTV, Gleason, “The Honeymooners” star and creator, considered suing over the similarities. He didn’t want to be known for taking such a popular sitcom off the air, though. The comparison was liked by Joseph Barbera of Hanna-Barbera, the studio behind The Flintstones. “Well, if you compare Flintstones to Honeymooners, that’s the biggest compliment you can pay me,” he said. “Well, if you compare Flintstones to Honeymooners, that’s the biggest compliment you can pay me.
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What had to be said by Joseph Barbera about the similarities
“Barbera said he wasn’t trying to emulate The Honeymooners in a separate interview with the Sun-Sentinel. “I can honestly say it wasn’t designed to be that,” he revealed. “As far as I’m concerned, one of the best series ever made is The Honeymooners. If that’s what they want to say, they should.’
The real connection between Joseph Barbera and ‘The Honeymooners.’
“Some of the writers from “The Honeymooners,” Herbert Finn and Sydney Zelinka, were hired by Barbera. MeTV claims that Barbera paid them $3,000 just to find their scripts inferior. He felt they were too wordy for an animated sitcom and did not provide enough action.
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Over time, did one of the shows outshine the other?
Both shows are classic comedies. If Gleason is right, without the other, one could not exist.
This poses an interesting question: over time, which sitcom has had more appeal?
In Hollywood, each of the shows has been turned into movies.
According to Box Office Mojo, the Flintstones was adapted as a movie of the same name, which grossed $130 million on a budget of $46 million. According to Box Office Mojo, the success led to a sequel in which the characters go to a prehistoric Las Vegas called Rock Vegas. Box Office Mojo, on the other hand, estimates that on a budget of $25 million, the movie version of The Honeymooners grossed just $13 million. In addition, Flintstone gum gum
The Flintstones outperformed The Honeymooners at the box office, even though The Honeymooners inspired The Flintstones.