Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs
Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs is a remake of the 1960's cartoon, The Flinstones. Life in Bedrock is full of crashes, bonks, and dinosaurs with scary teeth. Bamm Bamm and Pebbles are kids in this show who get into mischief. They go on adventures on their own, engage with dinosaurs, get in and out of jams, and remain best friends. Girls and women have better representation than in the old cartoon, though as far as diversity goes, there's not much here. Modern-day conveniences are spoofed, like "smart stones" (a play on smart phones) that have a bird who pops out and tells characters what they need to know.
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What's the Story?
In YABBA DABBA DINOSAURS, Pebbles Flinstone and her best friend, Bamm Bamm Rubble are two kids with a taste for adventure. Pebbles is the curious one, always ready to measure or take notes on a discovery she's made. Bamm Bamm is hyper-charged with the drive to beat things with his club, which he tucks into a harness like a sword. He's not malicious, but he does break a lot of stuff. They get in and out of trouble in Bedrock and their local park, The Crag. Can their parents keep their shenanigans in line? Or are they going to keep pushing boundaries?
Is It Any Good?
Dynamic, creative, sometimes funny, this remake of a classic cartoon has big shoes to fill. Sometimes the gags feel new, sometimes they feel a little obvious. But there's never a dull moment in Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs.
Kids who've never seen the classic cartoon will laugh at the stone age gizmos that have tweaks to allow them to run on pulleys or animal power. Adults might not be as charmed, the gags can feel a little too obvious. Plus, there's always the fan base who is going to wish this show was perfect. It's not-- but it's fun. And there are some moments where morals are seamlessly intertwined in the theme. It's like taking vitamins that taste like candy, and if you grew up watching the original show, you'll know what this means.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about devices that kids in this Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs use. No, they're not the modern kind, which is what makes them funny, but they are used. How much do you depend on your electronics?
Pebbles is very curious about her environment. How much does her curiosity lead her to positive outcomes in this show? How many times does her curiosity get her into trouble?
Bamm Bamm can't help himself -- he wants to destroy everything. What would happen if he exhibited a little more self-control?
Have you seen the older cartoon The Flintstones? What about it holds up today? What no longer works?
- Premiere date: September 30, 2021
- Cast: Ely Henry, Jeff Bergman, Jessica Di Cicco
- Network: HBO Max
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Dinosaurs, Adventures, Bugs
- TV rating: TV-G
- Last updated: March 15, 2023
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