Yabba Dabba Doo! Moviegoers are accustomed to seeing cowboys ride and spaceships land at Vasquez Rocks — so it was unusual to see the rocks revert to caveman days for the
1994 Universal picture, "The Flintstones."
Unusual, but not unprecedented. If you've seen 1940's "One Million B.C." with Victor Mature and Lon Chaney Jr., you've seen cavemen on the rocks. (If you
haven't seen it, you can watch it now on "SCV In the Movies.")
Anyway, it cost about $45 million to make "The Flintstones" — a few clams more than Hal Roach spent in 1940 — and another $83 million to produce the sequel, "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas"
(Universal 2000), also shot at the rocks.
The first version had bigger names in the cast:
John Goodman as
Fred Flintstone and
Elizabeth Perkins as his wife, Wilma;
Rick Moranis as
Barney Rubble and
Rosie O'Donnell as his wife,
Also featured were
Kyle MacLachlan, Halle Berry,
Jonathan Winters and
Harvey Korman, with twins
Melanie Silver playing
Hlynur Sigurðsson as
Filming took place from May 17 to August 20, 1993.
Released May 27, 1994, "The Flinstones" was directed by Brian Levant ("Mork & Mindy," "Happy Days") and produced by
Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment and Hanna-Barbera Productions.