Bamm-Bamm Rubble (sometimes spelled Bam-Bam Rubble[9]) is a fictional character in the Flintstones franchise, the adopted son of Barney and Betty Rubble. He is most famous in his toddler form on the animated series, but has also appeared at various other ages, including as a teenager on the early 1970s spin-off The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show and as an adult in three television films. Cartoonist Gene Hazelton contributed to the original model sheets for the character, and he has said that he based Bamm-Bamm's design on his own son, Wes.[10]

Bamm-Bamm Rubble
The Flintstones character
Bamm-Bamm Rubble as a baby
First appearance
Created by
Voiced byBaby
Don Messick (1963–1996)
Gerry Johnson (1965; "Circus Business")
Dick Beals (1965)[1]
Ricky Page (1965)[2]
Lucille Bliss (Strong Kids, Safe Kids)[3]
Robyn Moore (Green's commercial)[4]
Elizabeth Daily (1994–present)
Christine Cavanaugh (Cave Kids)
Dee Bradley Baker (The All-New Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show)
Bill Farmer (The Flintstones: Bedrock Bowling)
Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy)
Eric Bauza (The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown!)
Lucille Bliss (A Flintstone Christmas)
Frank Welker (The Flintstones: Little Big League)
Ely Henry (Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs)
Jay North (1971–1980)
Micheal Sheehan (1980–1981)
Dee Bradley Baker (The Rubbles)
Jerry Houser (1993)
Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy)
Manny Jacinto (Bedrock)
Portrayed byHlynur Sigurðsson & Marinó Sigurðsson (1994 film)
In-universe information
OccupationNone (as a child/teenager)
Auto mechanic (I Yabba-Dabba Do!)[5]
Screenwriter (Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby)[6]
FamilyBarney Rubble (adoptive father)
Betty Rubble (adoptive mother)
Marblehead Sandstone (cousin)[7]
Fred Flintstone (godfather/father-in-law)
Wilma Flintstone (godmother/mother-in-law)
Stony Flintstone (brother-in-law; A Flintstone Family Christmas)[8]
SpousePebbles Rubble (wife)[5][6][8]
ChildrenChip Rubble (son; Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby)[6]
Roxy Rubble (daughter; Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby)[6]

Biography edit

Bamm-Bamm is the adopted son of Betty and Barney Rubble after they found him left on their doorstep.[11] After meeting his next-door neighbor Pebbles, he falls in love with her. Bamm-Bamm's "nickname" came from a note left in the basket, causing Barney and Betty confusion over the strange name. This was explained when Bamm-Bamm yelled the phrase "Bamm, Bamm!" and swung his club.[12] Bamm-Bamm's excessive (and sometimes misused) strength was often a source of humor in the episodes in which the toddler version of Bamm-Bamm appeared. Unlike Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm was past the crawling stage and could be seen in a few episodes trying to help Pebbles walk.

As a teenager, Bamm-Bamm attended Bedrock High School along with Pebbles. In this version, Bamm-Bamm's super strength, while visible in the form of his muscular physique, was not actively mentioned and was only demonstrated on occasion. He became more passive and sensible in his manner and tended to be dominated by Pebbles's more aggressive personality. He was the owner of a "cave buggy", a prehistoric version of a dune buggy.[13]

As an adult, Bamm-Bamm became a mechanic and married Pebbles. The two soon moved to Hollyrock (a fictionalized, prehistoric version of Hollywood) so Bamm-Bamm could pursue his true goal of becoming a screenwriter.[5] Later, the couple had twins, Charleston Frederick "Chip" and Roxeanne Elizabeth "Roxy" Flintstone-Rubble.[6]

Film edit

Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble, from Bamm-Bamm's debut in The Flintstones season-four episode "Little Bamm-Bamm"

In the 1994 live-action Flintstones movie, Bamm-Bamm appears as a four-year-old who is adopted after Fred secretly gives money to Barney and Betty to ensure that they could afford the adoption. Bamm-Bamm is seen with long, matted, filthy-brown hair and only wearing a fig leaf loincloth. He was mentioned to have been raised by wild mastodons, a parody of various examples of interspecies adoption. This also hinted at how Bamm-Bamm had gained his incredible super-strength. Bamm-Bamm soon started to look like his cartoon counterpart after a bath, a haircut, and some new clothes. Bamm-Bamm was played by twins Hlynur Sigurðsson and Marinó Sigurðsson and voiced by actress E.G. Daily, who succeeded Don Messick in the role after his death.

Though Bamm-Bamm did not appear in the prequel film The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, the name of the film's antagonist, Chip, is a reference to the name of Bamm-Bamm's son. Chip's mistress, Roxy, also gets her name from Bamm-Bamm and Pebbles's daughter.

Bamm-Bamm appears with his family in Space Jam: A New Legacy. He, his family, and the Flintstones are among the Warner Bros. 3000 Seververse inhabitants that watch the basketball game between the Tune Squad and the Goon Squad. When the inhabitants were seen making their way towards the sight of the game, Bamm-Bamm is seen getting picked up by Fred Flintstone.

Chronology edit

Through the various Flintstones incarnations, the age of Bamm-Bamm has varied wildly from spinoff to spinoff, appearing as an adolescent in one spinoff and as an infant again in the next. Arranged roughly in chronological order, the Flintstones incarnations in which Bamm-Bamm has made appearances are:

Infant and toddler edit

Child and preteen edit

Teenager edit

Adult edit

Casting edit

Bamm-Bamm's voice over the years was provided by Jay North, Don Messick, Lucille Bliss, Frank Welker, Christine Cavanaugh, Michael Sheehan, Elizabeth Daily, Jerry Houser, Dee Bradley Baker and Ely Henry. In Bedrock, Bamm-Bamm will be voiced by Manny Jacinto.[15]

References edit

  1. ^ ""Wilma Flintstone Tells the Story of Bambi" (1965)". Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Hanna-Barbera "HBR" Christmas Records". Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Strong Kids, Safe Kids". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2020-08-01. Bamm-Bamm's usual voice actor is listed, but he make a noise and sounds different.
  4. ^ "Greens 1993 Ad". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  5. ^ a b c I Yabba Dabba Do, 1993, ABC
  6. ^ a b c d e Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby, 1993, ABC
  7. ^ "The Surprise," The Flintstones, season 3
  8. ^ a b A Flintstone Family Christmas, 1993, ABC
  9. ^ "Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs". Pebbles Flintstone and Bam-Bam Rubble are two best friends
  10. ^ ""Excavating Bedrock: Reminiscences of 'The Flintstones,'" Hogan's Alley #9, 2001". Archived from the original on 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
  11. ^ Sennett, Ted (1989). The Art of Hanna-Barbera: Fifty Years of Creativity. Studio. p. 87. ISBN 978-0670829781. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Little Bamm Bamm," The Flintstones, season 4
  13. ^ The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, 1971-1972, CBS
  14. ^ "Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm Plan Stone Age Wedding in Bedrock". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  15. ^ "Elizabeth Banks Leads Voice Cast of 'The Flintstones' Animated Series 'Bedrock' as Comedy Scores Pilot Presentation at Fox". 10 March 2023.