Cartoon Resource entry #061C - Fred and Barney Meet the Thing (1979)


ORIGINAL AIRDATES: Sep 22, 1979-Dec 1, 1979 on NBC
REURNS: 1992-1999 (Thing segment aired as part of Super Adventures series) on Cartoon Network
ANIMATION BY: Hanna-Barbera
DISTRIBUTED and OWNED BY: Warner Bros. Television (television rights), Marvel Entertainment/Walt Disney Television (own the Thing character)


This one-hour series featured new episodes and reruns of The New Fred and Barney Show along with a 30 minute segment featuring two shorts of The Thing. Fred and Barney never interacted with the Thing except in the theme song that introduced the series. Although the Thing looked like the Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four character, he was reimagined as a teenager named Benjy Grimm.  When Benjy used his magic ‘Thing Ring’ he changed into the orange rock skinned Thing.

2nd Season of The New Fred and Barney Show

#11 Stone Age Werewolf (09.08.1979)
#12 Fred and Barney Meet the Frankenstones  (09.15.1979)
#13 Physical Fitness Fred (09.22.1979)
#14 Moonlighters (09.29.1979)
#15 Fred Goes to the Houndasaurs (10.06.1979)
#16 The Bad Luck Genie (10.13.1979)
#17 Dinosaur Country Safari (10.20.1979)


#01 The Picnic Panic / Bigfoot Meets the Thing (09.08.1979)
#02 Junkyard Hijinks / Gone Away Gulch (09.15.1979)
#03 Circus Stampede / The Thing and the Queen (09.22.1979)
#04 Carnival Caper / The Thing Blanks Out (09.29.1979)
#05 The Thing Meets the Clunk / Beach Party Crashers (10.06.1979)
#06 Decepto the Great / The Thing's the Play (10.13.1979)
#07 Double Trouble For the Thing / To Thing Or Not To Thing (10.20.1979)
#08 The Big Bike Race / The Thing and the Treasure Hunt (10.27.1979)
#09 Out To Launch / The Day the Ring Didn't Do a Thing (11.03.1979)
#10 A Hot Air Affair At the Fair / The Thing Goes To the Dogs (11.10.1979)
#11 The Thing Goes Camping / Dude Ranch Rodeo (11.17.1979)
#12 Photo Finish / Lights, Action, Thing! (11.24.1979)
#13 The Thing and the Captains Ghost / The Thing and the Absent-Minded Inventor (12.01.1979)

VOICE ACTORS (Fred and Barney segments)

Gay Autterson as Betty Rubble
Mel Blanc (1908-1989) as Barney Rubble, Dino,
Henry Corden (1920-2005) as Fred Flintstone
Don Messick (1926-1997) as Bamm-Bamm Rubble
John Stephenson (1923-2015) as Mr. Slate
Jean Vander Pyl (1919-1999) as Wilma Flintstone, Pebbles Flintstone

VOICE ACTORS (The Thing segments)

Joe Baker (1928-2001) as the Thing
John Erwin (1936) as Ronald Radford
Art Metrano (1936) as Spike
Noelle North (1949) as Kelly
Wayne Norton (1945) as Benjy Grimm, Stretch
Marilyn Schreffler (1945-1988) as Betty, Miss Twilly
Michael Sheehan as Turkey
John Stephenson (1923-2015) as Dr. Harkness

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