Wilma Flintstone is a fictional character in the television animated series The Flintstones. Wilma is the red-headed wife of caveman Fred Flintstone, daughter of Pearl Slaghoople, and mother of Pebbles Flintstone. Her best friend is her next door neighbor, Betty Rubble.
|The Flintstones character|
|First appearance||The Flagstones (1959)|
|Created by||William Hanna|
|Portrayed by||Elizabeth Perkins (1994 film)|
Kristen Johnston (2000 film)
|Voiced by||Jean Vander Pyl (1959–1999)|
Julie McWhirter Dees/Elizabeth Lyn Frasier (The Flintstone Kids)
Tress MacNeille (2000–present)
Lisa Sundstedt/Mae Whitman (Robot Chicken)
Alex Borstein (Family Guy)
|Family||Pearl Slaghoople (mother)|
Ricky Slaghoople (father)
Mica Slaghoople (sister)
Mickey Slaghoople (sister)
Jerry Slaghoople (brother)
Roxy Rubble (granddaughter)
Chip Rubble (grandson)
Bamm-Bamm Rubble (godson/son-in-law)
|Spouse||Fred Flintstone (husband)|
|Children||Pebbles Flintstone (daughter)|
Stony Flintstone (adopted son)
Wilma's personality is based on that of Alice Kramden, wife of Ralph Kramden on the 1950s television series The Honeymooners. Much like Alice, Wilma plays the strong-willed, level-headed person in her marriage, often criticizing Fred for pursuing his various ill-fated schemes. Wilma is often the one to bail out Fred when one of his schemes lands him in trouble or brings up the problem.
Fictional character biographyEdit
As a young adult, Wilma worked with Betty as a cigarette girl at a resort. There, they first met and fell in love with their future husbands, Fred and Barney, who were working there as bellhops.
Wilma and Fred eventually married, and Wilma became a homemaker, keeping house with such prehistoric aids as a baby elephant vacuum cleaner and pelican washing machine. Wilma is a good cook; one of her specialties is "gravelberry pie," the recipe for which she eventually sold to the "Safestone" supermarket chain. Wilma also enjoys volunteering for various charitable and women's organizations in Bedrock, shopping, and occasionally getting to meet the celebrities of their world, including Stony Curtis, Rock Quarry, and Jimmy Darrock.
In the original series' third season, Wilma becomes pregnant and gives birth to the couple's only child, Pebbles.
When Pebbles is a teenager, Wilma gains employment as a reporter for one of Bedrock's newspapers, the Daily Granite (a spoof of the Daily Planet of Superman fame), under editor Lou Granite (a parody of The Mary Tyler Moore Show's Lou Grant). While employed there, Wilma shares various adventures with prehistoric superhero Captain Caveman, who, in a secret identity, also works for the newspaper.
Later still, after Pebbles grows up and leaves home, Wilma starts a successful catering business with her neighbor and friend Betty, before becoming a grandmother to Pebbles' twin children, Chip and Roxy.
Wilma's maiden name is the subject of a continuity error. Several early episodes in the original series clearly stated Wilma's maiden name was "Pebble." In the second-season episode "The Entertainer", Wilma's old friend Greta Gravel remembers her as "Wilma Pebble", and in the third-season episode "Dial S for Suspicion", one of Wilma's old boyfriends, calls her "Wilma Pebble."
However, later episodes and spin-offs firmly state her maiden name is indeed "Slaghoople", based upon the name of Wilma's mother in the original series, Pearl Slaghoople. Flintstones' writer Earl Kress explained the discrepancy as such: "Unfortunately, it's just as simple as [Hanna-Barbera] not caring about the continuity."
In the live-action film The Flintstones, Wilma was played by Elizabeth Perkins, although Vander Pyl made a cameo at Fred's surprise party (in the conga line behind Dino). In the prequel film The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Wilma was played by Kristen Johnston.
- The Flagstones (1959)
- The Flintstones (1960–1966)
- The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (1971–1972)
- The Flintstone Comedy Hour (1972–1974)
- Fred Flintstone and Friends (1977–1978)
- The New Fred and Barney Show (1979)
- Fred and Barney Meet the Thing (1979)
- Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo (1979–1980)
- The Flintstone Comedy Show (1980–1982)
- The Flintstone Funnies (1982–1984)
- The Flintstone Kids (1986–1988) (voiced by Julie McWhirter Dees and Elizabeth Lyn Frasier)
- The Simpsons (1992) (appeared in the couch gag for "Kamp Krusty")
- What a Cartoon! – featuring Dino: Stay Out! (1995)
Films and specialsEdit
- The Man Called Flintstone (1966)
- The Flintstones on Ice (1973)
- Energy: A National Issue (1977)
- A Flintstone Christmas (1977)
- The Flintstones: Little Big League (1978)
- The Flintstones' New Neighbors (1980)
- The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone (1980)
- The Flintstones: Fred's Final Fling (1980)
- The Flintstones: Jogging Fever (1981)
- The Flintstones: Wind-Up Wilma (1981)
- The Flintstones' 25th Anniversary Celebration (1986)
- The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones (1987)
- The Flintstone Kids' "Just Say No" Special (1988)
- A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration: 50 Years of Hanna-Barbera (1989)
- I Yabba-Dabba Do! (1993)
- Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby (1993)
- A Flintstone Family Christmas (1993)
- The Flintstones (1994) (portrayed by Elizabeth Perkins)
- A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994)
- The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000) (portrayed by Kristen Johnston)
- The Flintstones: On the Rocks (2001) (voiced by Tress MacNeille)
- The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! (2015)
- The Flintstone Comedy Show Archived 2012-02-05 at the Wayback Machine, 1980-1982, NBC
- I Yabba Dabba Do, 1993, ABC
- The Flintstone Kids Archived 2012-02-05 at the Wayback Machine, 1986-1988, ABC
- The Flintstones (1994 movie)
- Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby, 1993, ABC
- A Flintstone Family Christmas, 1993, ABC
- "Meet Jean Vander Pyl, the Real Voice Behind Wilma Flintstone". The Los Angeles Times. 1989-09-29. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
- "Bachelor Daze," The Flintstones, season 4
- "The Gravelberry Pie King," The Flintstones, season 6
- "The Return of Stony Curtis," The Flintstones, season 6
- "The Rock Quarry Story," The Flintstones, season 2
- "Surfin' Fred," The Flintstones, season 5
- "Wilma Flintstone: A fox in leopard clothing?". Canada.com. Archived from the original on 22 June 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "Jean Vander Pyl; Cartoon Voice of Wilma Flintstone". The Los Angeles Times. 1999-04-15. Retrieved 2010-08-24.