The bedrock of family

16 September 2021
Prehistoric cartoon families we love!
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Let's raise a toast to the cartoons that raised us and one more as we cry in unison for our childhoods now buried in Zoom meetings, bills and play-dates we keep cancelling in the name of adulthood.

It doesn't matter whether you're a 60s, 90s or 2000s baby you are bound to have a memory or two of these beloved prehistoric cartoon families.

The Flintstones (1960)

The Flintstones are a product of Hanna-Barbera, home to other animations such as The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, and The Smurfs, to name a few. The show set 10,000 BC follows Fred and Wilma Flintstone and their neighbours Barney and Betty Rubble (later joined by their kids' Pebbles and Bam Bam), who all live in the stone age town of Bedrock. What we love about their lives and community is that even though they live in the stone age, they have many appliances, machines and comforts that resemble those in the 20th century! For example, Fredโ€™s car is made of wood with rolling logs for wheels.

From this series, we got unforgettable catchphrases such as Fred's "Yabba-Dabba-Doo!โ€. An interesting little fact about the show is, it was the first primetime animated show on TV until 1997 when The Simpsonsย stole the limelight.

Gogs (1993)

Gogs is a Welsh, in your face โ€˜Claymationโ€™ style series that follows a family of primitive and inept cavemen, whose comedy is rather dark, with a touch of 'toilet humour. While the show is often seen as a children's animation series, their comedy style may more likely be geared towards the adult audience. The family of six includes a grandfather figure, a father, a mother and three children. One of our favourite members of this family is Ogla, the fierce mother who no one dares to challenge. While she always seems to be annoyed by her family, she does love them and is quite affectionate with her baby, Gwj.

In 1995 the show won the international Children's BAFTA Award for Best Animation, and again at the 1996 internationalย BAFTAs,ย Gogs won the entry for Best Animation.


The Croods (2013)

A gem created by DreamWorks Animation, The Croods are a close-knit and eccentric prehistoric family living in "The Croodaceous" fictional era. The family consists of Grug (Nicholas Cage), Eep, Ugga, Thunk, Sandy, and Gran, all of who have survived many natural disasters. This has made Grug an overprotective 'helicopter' dad, who worries when anyone strays from the unit too long. What we love the most about this family is that not only are they a little nutty, but they're also quite funny while delivering a couple of life lessons at the same time. Family is EVERYTHING, and the pack truly is stronger together.

Hereโ€™s an interesting fact, The Croods: A New Age is the longest wait for a sequel for DreamWorks Animation film to date, arriving seven years later after the first film in 2013. It was definitely worth the wait!

Which are the animated families close to your heart?

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