Jun 09, 2022 - Sale 2608

Sale 2608 - Lot 243

Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900


The Flintstones. Hand-inked studio publicity cel featuring Fred, Wilma, Barney, and Betty.

An extremely scarce Hanna-Barbera Flintstones publicity work dating to the run of the original 1960s animated television series. Image roughly 78x78 mm; 7x7 inches, on 8 1/2x1-inch sheet.

Cels like this were made by the studio ink and paint department for publicity purposes and as gifts to VIPs involved with the company. It features Fred, Wilma, and the Rubbles, Betty and Barney, gathered around the piano in song. This delightful image was most likely designed by the great MGM and Hanna-Barbera artist Dick Bickenbach, and the scenario was often imitated in later Hanna-Barbera art releases.
The Flintstones holds a notable place in television history as the first primetime animated sitcom. It paved the way for The Simpsons and many other series that followed.