The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone is a minute Halloween television special featuring the Flintstones. It was produced in by. The Flintstones Title screen from Seasons 1–2 in color. Mari, Maya, Moksha, Mongolian, Norwegian, Old Church Slavonic, Old Russian, Ossetian .. Monster names include "Count Rockula" (Count Dracula) and "The Frankenstone Monster " (The and closing credits theme was the familiar vocal, "Meet the Flintstones". The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone is a animated Halloween television special featuring characters from The Flintstones franchise.
Unfortunately, during the trip, Fred and Barney accidentally stumble across Rockula's old laboratory, where his unfinished Frankenstone monster sleeps, and forget to close the window when they leave the lab.
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Lightning subsequently strikes the machines in the lab, and provide Frankenstone with life. Frankenstone awakens Rockula who has been asleep for the past five hundred years, thus explaining his disappearance from his secret crypt, and the two scare everyone out of the hotel, except for the Flintstones and the Rubbles, who had gone to bed early due to jet lag. Rockula and Frankenstone eventually discover the Flintstones and Rubbles, and Rockula mistakes Wilma for his long-lost bride and vows to make her his, even if it means killing Fred.
Wilma initially mistakes Rockula for the hotel manager, Mr. Silika, who had dressed up as Rockula, for quite some time until Rockula turns into a bat in front of her. As Fred, Barney and Betty discover Wilma's absence and begin searching for her, Wilma flees and a long cat-and-mouse chase ensues all over the castle. Rockula finds and corners Fred, but is scared off by Barney, wearing a werewolf mask. The couples eventually end up cornered inside the Rubbles' room.
Fred challenges Rockula to a fight, using a bat statuette as a weapon, but the statuette turns out to actually be the switch for the trapdoor to Rockula's laboratory, which Rockula and Frankenstone were unknowingly standing on.
As Fred raises the statuette to strike, both Rockula and Frankenstone fall through the trapdoor, and the Flintstones and Rubbles escape and return to Bedrock. Wilma invites Betty and Barney to stay for dinner and leaves the three of them in the living room while she goes into the kitchen to cook.
This character is never seen again. There, against the frantic protestations of a naked, heavily bearded old man who shepherds the shmoos, Abner befriends the strange and charming creatures. Having discovered their value "Wif these around, nobody won't nevah havta work no more!! Captains of industry such as J. Roaringham Fatback, the "Pork King", become alarmed as sales of nearly all products decline, and in a series of images reminiscent of the Wall Street Crash ofthe "Shmoo Crisis" unfolds.
On Fatback's orders, a corrupt exterminator orders out "Shmooicide Squads" to wipe out the shmoos with a variety of firearms, which is depicted in a macabre and comically graphic sequence, with a tearful Li'l Abner misguidedly saluting the supposed "authority" of the extermination squads.
After the shmoos have been eliminated, Dogpatch's extortionate grocer Soft-Hearted John is seen cackling as he displays his wares—rotting meat and produce: They complained 'bout mah prices befo'!!
Wait'll they see th' new ones!! The exterminator congratulates him. However, it is soon discovered that Abner has secretly saved two shmoos, a "boy" and a "girl". The boy shmoo, as a Dogpatch native, is required to run from the girl shmoo in the annual Sadie Hawkins Day race. Shmoos are usually portrayed as gender-neutral, although Capp sidesteps this issue to allow the comic plot twist.
When he is caught by her, in accordance with the rules of the race, they are joined in marriage by Marryin' Sam whom they "pay" with a dozen eggs, two pounds of butter and six cupcakes with chocolate frosting—all of which Sam reckons to be worth about 98 cents.
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The already expanding shmoo family is last seen returning towards the Valley of the Shmoon. The sequence, which ended just before Christmas ofwas massively popular, both as a commentary on the state of society and a classic allegory of greed and corruption tarnishing all that is good and innocent in the world. The Shmoo caused an unexpected national sensation, and set the stage for a major licensing phenomenon. In their very few subsequent appearances in Li'l Abner, shmoos are also identified by the U.
The Shmoo, any literate person must know, was one of history's most brilliant utopian satires. Like a fertility myth gone berserk, they reproduced so prodigiously they threatened to wreck the economy"—if not western civilization as we know it, and ultimately society itself.
The top of my car was down, and on either side of me I could see the lush and lovely New England countryside It was the good earth at its generous summertime best, offering gifts to all. And the thought that came to me was this: Here we have this great and good and generous thing—the Earth. It's eager to give us everything we need. All we have to do is just let it alone, just be happy with it.
Cartoonists don't think like people. They think in pictures. Little pictures that will fit into a comic strip. And so, in my mind, I reduced the Earth I didn't have any message—except that it's good to be alive. The Shmoo didn't have any social significance; it is simply a juicy li'l critter that gives milk and lays eggs When you look at one as though you'd like to eat it, it dies of sheer ecstasy. And if one really loves you, it'll lay you a cheesecake —although this is quite a strain on its li'l innards I thought it was a perfectly ordinary little story, but when it appeared in newspapers, all hell broke loose!
Life, in an editorial, hailed the Shmoo as the very symbol and spirit of free enterprise. Time said I'd invented a new era of enlightened management-employee relationship, they called it Capp-italism. Superficially, the Shmoo story concerns a cuddly creature that desires nothing more than to be a boon to mankind.
Although initially Capp denied or avoided discussion of any satirical intentions "If the Shmoo fits", he proclaimed, "wear it! The story has socialethical and philosophical implications that continue to invite analysis to this day. The mythic tale ends on a deliberately ironic note. Shmoos are officially declared a menace, and systematically hunted down and slaughtered—because they were deemed "bad for business".
The much-copied storyline was a parable that was interpreted in many different ways at the outset of the Cold War. Al Capp was even invited to go on a radio show to debate socialist Norman Thomas on the effect of the Shmoo on modern capitalism.
The right wing thought he was making fun of capitalism and the American way. Capp caught flak from both sides. I think [the Shmoo] was one of those bursts of genius. He was a genius, there's no question about that. College students—who had made Capp's invented idea of the Sadie Hawkins dance a universally adopted tradition—flocked to the Shmoo as well. One school, the University of Bridgeporteven launched the "American Society for the Advancement of the Shmoo" in early Each one highlighted another disquieting facet of human nature—but none have ever had quite the same cultural impact as the Shmoo.
According to publisher Denis Kitchen: Periodically he would do it but each time it ended the same way—with the Shmoo being too good for humanity, and he had to essentially exterminate them again. But there was always one or two who would survive for future plot twists However, "shmue" was a taboo Yiddish term for the uterus. Revealing an important key to the story, Al Capp himself wrote that the Shmoo metaphorically represented the limitless bounty of the earth in all its richness—in essence, Mother Nature herself.
In Li'l Abner's words, "Shmoos hain't make believe. The hull [whole] earth is one!! The term is also a verb: In microbiologythe shmoo's uncanny resemblance to budding yeast —combined with its near-limitless usefulness—has led to the character's adoption as a mascot of sorts for scientists studying yeast as a model organism for genetics and cell biology.
Shmoos are essential; without them, we would have neither bread nor beer. The word "shmoo" has appeared in nearly science publications since ; it is used in labs studying the bread- and beer-making species Saccharomyces cerevisiaeSource: Discover magazine, November It has been used in discussions of socioeconomicsfor instance.
In economicsa " widget " is any material good which is produced through labor extracted, refined, manufactured, or assembled from a finite resource—in contrast to a "shmoo", which is a material good that reproduces itself and is captured or bred as an economic activity the original shmoo reproduces without requiring any material sustenance. Over one hundred white "shmoo" detectors were at one time sprinkled around the accelerator beamstop area and adjacent mesa to capture subatomic cosmic ray particles emitted from the Cygnus constellation.
The detectors housed scintillators and photomultipliers in an array that gave the detector its distinctive shmoo shape.
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