Flintstones Chewable Vitamins are supplemental multivitamins for children based on the animated sitcom The Flintstones. They were introduced in 1968 by Miles Laboratories and taste faintly like candy.
The vitamins are one of the most successful Flintstones products. Some advertisements have been under heavy rotation without being related to The Flintstones. Their jingles of “We are Flintstone kids!” and “Ten million strong and growing!” (composed by Martin O’Donnell) has reached fame through the heavy circulation of advertisements.
Miles Laboratories was acquired by Bayer in 1979. The pills can be found on the Internet and in local stores, and feature pills in the shapes of the following characters: Fred Flintstone, Wilma Flintstone, Pebbles Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Betty Rubble, Bamm-Bamm Rubble, Dino, and The Great Gazoo. For over twenty years, Betty was not included as one of the vitamins. However, after a grassroots campaign and the results of a Bayer telephone poll came in favor of including Betty, the character was added to the lineup, replacing the Flintstone car. Click here to watch a commercial »
Cat’s cradle is a well known series of string figures created between two people as a game. The name of the entire game, the specific figures, their order, and the names of the figures vary. Versions of this game have been found in indigenous cultures all over the world—from the Arctic to the Equatorial zones. In some regions of the US, this game is also known as Jack in the Pulpit. Click here to watch a video »
Lambert the Sheepish Lion is a Disney animated short film that was released in 1951.
The 8-minute film focuses on Lambert, a lion that is mistakenly left with a flock of sheep by a stork. Lambert lives his life thinking he is a sheep until he is forced to defend the flock from an attack by a hungry wolf. Lambert the Sheepish Lion was directed by Jack Hannah, and the voice of the narrator and the stork was provided by actor and Disney legend, Sterling Holloway. Holloway also was the voice for the stork in Dumbo, in which the stork plays a similar role in the plot.
The original print of the film was given as a gift to Emperor Hirohito of Japan because it was his favourite Disney cartoon. In 1952, the film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category “Best Short Subject, Cartoons,” but lost to The Two Mouseketeers, a Tom and Jerry cartoon. Click here to watch the short film »
In 1974, comedian Bill Cosby became the Jell-O’s pudding spokesperson, and continued to serve as the voice of Jell-O for almost thirty years. Over the course of his tenure as the mouthpiece for the company, he would help introduce new products such as Jell-O Jigglers which were concentrated gummi snacks. Click here to watch the commercial for Jell-O Jigglers »