In 1960, the great animation duo of William Hanna and Joe Barbera created the very first prime-time half-hour cartoon series, “The Flintstones”. Two years later, Hanna Barbera Studios’ only DENTAL-themed episode, “Nuttin But the Tooth,” aired. From this Flintstones cartoon, two limited edition cels have been released. Both have been big hits with dentists as both editions have sold out completely.
Since the demand for the first two pieces was so high, Amazing Animation (an exclusive distributor of dentistry) collaborated again with the very talented artist Hanna-Barbera Bob Singer on the third and final limited edition of this cartoon. “Nuttin ‘But the Tooth” was episode 12 of season 3. The original air date was November 30, 1962.
Here is the very funny synopsis of the plot:
When Barney wakes up with terrible tooth pain, Betty asks Fred if he would like to take her to the dentist to have her tooth pulled out. Along the way, Fred sees a billboard promoting the big fight that night, so Fred has the idea to pull Barney’s tooth himself and take the $ 10.00 to buy side seats for the fight. .
Fred’s first attempt is depicted in this now classic, sold-out limited edition 1994. “Nuttin But the Tooth” This image of Fred about to leave in his car as Barney stands behind the car with a string attached to his tooth. end and Fred’s car on the other,
After Barney foils this attempt, running after the car as Fred drives off, Fred comes up with another idea, illustrated in this sold-out limited edition of 2003, “Nuttin But the Tooth II””. In this scene, Fred has the idea to tie one end of the string to Dino’s collar, then tempt Dino to run away by throwing the cat in front of him.
This shot also backfires when Barney removes the string and hands it to Fred just before Dino takes off after the cat. This sends Fred bouncing down the street, on many hard objects before finally sneaking up a tree.
Not to deny seeing the big fight, Fred suggests that a dinosaur dentist pull Barney’s tooth. It will only cost $ 5.00, still leaving enough money for a pair of cheap seats for combat.
This brings them to the only dinosaur dentist in town, Smiley Molar. While Smiley is on the phone to get his wife’s grocery list, Barney overdoses on gasoline and floats in front of Fred, right through the office window. Fred continues to chase him, eventually catching him with a nifty lasso, which ends up crushing Barney onto Fred, knocking out Barney’s tooth. The cartoon ends with the boys going into battle.
Smiley Molar’s dental practice scene is the basis for artist Bob Singer’s creation and Flintstones Dental’s third limited edition, “Stone Age Dentistry”. Bob Singer, has worked alongside Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera since the magical days of Hanna-Barbera Animation in the 60s and 70s. He is the last of three artists living and still creating Hanna-Barbera animated illustrations for Warner Brothers Studio today. Warner Bros. studio now owns the then separate Hanna-Barbera studios.
Amazing Animation has worked closely with Bob Singer for years. He has appeared on our booth at the annual dental meetings we exhibit at and created three other limited edition cels for us: The Jetsons “Space Age Dentistry”, “Bad Bite Clinic” by Scooby Doo and “Fred’s New Braces””
Bob is a great talent with whom we are very privileged to be able to work with him, but above all he is a wonderful human being. We have always been huge fans of Bob’s work, needless to say we were very excited when we saw his take on the new limited edition “Stone Age Dentistry”.
I believe Bob captured the look and feel of the cartoon “Nuttin But the Tooth” perfectly. Even from the first sketch, I could imagine the three cells hanging tightly together. I also like the way Bob portrayed the tools of the Stone Age dentist. Converting from the present day to the Stone Age has always been my favorite part of watching the Flintstones.