The Great Gazoo
The Great Gazoo is a tiny, green, floating alien who was exiled to Earth from his home planet Zetox as punishment for having invented a doomsday
machine, a weapon of immense destructive power. His invention was a button which would destroy the universe if pressed, though he insists he made it
on a whim with no intent of using it. Gazoo was discovered by Fred and Barney when his flying saucer crashed. He is the secondary antagonist of the
Gazoo refers to Fred and Barney as "dum-dums" and constantly causes problems for them. Even when he attempts to help out Fred and Barney, he usually
ends up causing even more trouble. The only people who are able to see him are Fred, Barney, and the children, because they believe in him. A running
gag is that Fred argues with Gazoo while Wilma believes that he is talking to himself. When their daughter, Pebbles, says "Gazoo," Wilma thinks
Pebbles is sneezing.
Gazoo's name actually derives from the 1909 hit song, "King of the Bungaloos," by Charles Straight and Gene Greene. In it the narrator explains,
"I just received a cable 'spatch from my ancestral home. It tells me I'm the great Gazoo, successor to the throne."
Because Gazoo is introduced into the show midway through the final season and is considered by everyone to be quite an absurd character, being a
futuristic alien that appears in the middle of the Stone Age, he is often cited by fans and critics of the show as being an example of the show's
having "jumped the shark."
The story arc regarding Gazoo trying to return home is never resolved because of the cancellation of the original series, and the character does not
appear, nor is he referred to, in the immediate series follow-up The Man Called Flintstone or any of the later spin-off TV series or animated movies,
rendering him effectively dropped from continuity. He played a major part in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, set before the original series, but
the live-action motion pictures did not follow the cartoon series' continuity. Apart from the original TV series, he appears in a Fruity Pebbles
cereal commercial as part of a promotion for a contest where consumers would have to try to find boxes of all-orange cereal pieces, and more recently
has become the mascot for Marshmallow Mania Pebbles cereal. He is also a character in Flintstones vitamins, and is a central character in the video
game The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy.
Many Saturday mornings I would make a bowl of boo berry cereal and set down in front of the tv to watch The Flintstones. The Flintstones Meet The
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