Barney Rubble

Infobox character
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name = Barney Rubble
series = The Flintstones


caption = Barney Rubble
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creator = Hanna Barbera
portrayer = See here
gender = Male
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Cousin = Balls Rubble
children = Bamm-Bamm Rubble
spouse = Betty Rubble
residence = Bedrock

Bernard "Barney" Rubble, a fictional character in the popular television animated series "The Flintstones", is the diminutive blonde-haired caveman husband of Betty Rubble and adoptive father of Bamm-Bamm Rubble. His best friends are his next door neighbors, Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Barney lives in the fictional prehistoric city of Bedrock, a world where dinosaurs coexist with barefoot cavemen and the cavemen enjoyed "primitive" versions of modern conveniences such as telephones, automobiles and washing machines. Hence the term, "the modern Stone Age family".

Barney's personality was based on that of Ed Norton on the 1950s television series "The Honeymooners", played by Art Carney. As such, Barney tended to be much more jovial-minded and easygoing than his friend Fred, who was slightly smarter than Barney in some matters and slightly dimmer than him in others. Like Ralph Kramden on "The Honeymooners", Fred was constantly on the lookout for get-rich-quick schemes, while Barney, like Norton, found life quite satisfactory as it was but participated in said schemes because Fred was his friend.

Barney's interests included bowling, playing pool, poker, tinkering around in Fred's garage and playing golf, though there were episodes where Barney didn't know how to play golf. He, like Fred, was also a member of the Loyal Order of Water Buffalos lodge and its predecessor in earlier episodes, the Loyal Order of Dinosaurs. He is also a talented pianist and drummer. In the first episode of the original series he was an inventor of a hand-powered helicopter. Though clearly depicted as being in better shape than Fred, he isn't shown to be quite as enthusiastic sportsman as Fred is. This distinction can be attributed to Fred's fondness of food, though Barney is shown to be at least as capable of excessive appetite on a number of occasions.

Biography

While the mid-1980s spinoff series "The Flintstone Kids" depicts Barney as a child, the series seems to be mostly apocryphal due to its presenting Barney as a childhood friend of Wilma and Betty (vs. the original series' assertion that they first met as young adults). Still, the series' assertions that Barney had at least one younger brother, Dusty, was a childhood friend of Fred, and was the son of artist Flo Slate Rubble and car dealer Robert "Honest Bob" Rubble might be taken as valid. The original series also suggested in one episode that Barney was the nephew of Fred's boss, Mr. Slate, though subsequent episodes and spinoffs don't seem to support this claim. As a kid Barney worked in "Rock City".

As young adults, Barney and Fred worked as bellhops at a resort, where they first met Wilma and Betty. Eventually, Barney married Betty (as Fred did Wilma).

Several episodes and spinoffs suggest that Barney, along with Fred, spent some time in the army early in their marriages.

While the subject of Barney's occupation (or even if he had one) was never given during the original series, subsequent spinoffs suggest Barney went to work at the Slate Rock and Gravel Company quarry alongside Fred at some point after the original series; possibly in some office role. An episode of the original series does have a brief scene of Barney working at the Granite Building. When speaking to an upper-crust snob in another episode, Betty declares Barney is in "top-secret" work; but that might have been a cover for a low-level job or unemployment, or perhaps an in-joke meaning that Barney's job was unknown even to the show's writers. It could also be possible that both Fred and Barney work at the quarry, but may work in different sections of it, under different bosses.In one episode, Barney's boss tells him to "put down his broom," which implies some sort of janitorial works is involved. In a majority of spin-offs and movies, Barney has been portrayed as working in the quarry as a dino-crane operator, alongside Fred.

Around the fourth season of the original series, Betty and Barney found an abandoned infant on their doorstep, by the name of "Bamm-Bamm." A court battle ensued between the couple and a wealthy man who also had wanted to adopt Bamm-Bamm. Barney and Betty were successful in their efforts to adopt Bamm-Bamm because the wealthy man gave up (after winning the case) upon learning his wife became pregnant, after which he became a staple character on the series. It should be noted, however, that for a number of episodes after Bamm-Bamm's debut, there is no sign of him on the show. In the fifth season, the family buys a pet hopparoo (a combination of a kangaroo and dinosaur) named Hoppy.

After Bamm-Bamm became a teenager, Barney joined the police force with Fred. Both characters were paired with the Shmoo from Li'l Abner. He later became grandfather to Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm's children, Chip and Roxy.

Although he was friends with Fred, even he (Barney) lost his patience with him sometimes. The best example comes in I Yabba-Dabba Do!: after losing his patience with Fred for ruining Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm's wedding, he decided to leave Bedrock. He changed his mind after Fred apologised.

Marriage

Unlike Fred, Barney never shows any interest in any woman aside from his wife. However, an exception for this made is in "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" when he is invited to go to a buffet with Roxy, although he is not married to Betty at this point, but they are dating. Betty sees Barney wiping cream off her chest, but she mistakenly believes he is touching her breasts. Another exception is made in "A Flintstones Christmas Carol" when an actress named Maggie appears and every man at the Quarry, including Barney, is surprised over her beauty.

Portrayal

Voice artist Mel Blanc was the principal voice of Barney Rubble, although Daws Butler briefly assumed the role while Blanc recovered from a car wreck. [ [http://www.povonline.com/cols/COL133.htm Mel Blanc ] ] Since Blanc's death, Frank Welker, Jeff Bergman and Kevin Michael Richardson have all performed the role.

In the 1994 live action "Flintstones" movie, Barney was portrayed by Rick Moranis. In the 2000 prequel, "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas", he was portrayed by Stephen Baldwin.

Other appearances

* Barney Rubble appears in the "Family Guy" episode "Peter's Got Woods." Barney becomes the replacement best friend of Peter Griffin after Brian Griffin starts dating Shauna Parks. In a scene in the episode, Peter is in the town of Bedrock (where the Flintstones live) at Barney's house, waiting for Barney to finish in the bathroom - the toilet is a pelican with a "crap job"!. In the episode "Believe it or Not, Joe's Walking on Air" during the Quahog Men's Club ball, Barney is seen talking to Fred Flintstone. Fred reports that he poked his head into Barney's house and saw Betty undressing and says she saw him but did not stop. Barney is stunned and says "Are you serious?" And in reply Fred says "Ya, I got an erocktion". He is also mentioned on the "" CD, whererin Peter accuses him of having made crude anatomy-related comments while drunk.

* Kevin Michael Richardson voices Barney Rubble who appears in the "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law" episode "The Dabba Don."

* In "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy," Billy knocks on Barney's door and makes weird noises and faces because he thought they didn't speak English, so Barney hits Billy in the head with a club then Betty asks who it was and Barney says "Proof against evolution." Barney was smiling the whole time even when he broke the club hitting Billy (at the end of "Modern Primitives/Giant Billy and Mandy All-Out Attack"). He has also appeared in the show in a much earlier episode A Grim Prophecy, where he appeared in Grim's death list.

* Barney Rubble appears in the Robot Chicken episode "Easter Basket" voiced by Stephen Stanton. Barney tries to steal Fred's Fruity Pebbles by sending a letter to him from AmazonaBoulder.Com/Pebble. He then kills Fred by mistake and kills all the witnesses including the Dishwasher and the Spade.

* In the 1985 film "Better Off Dead", several characters ask John Cusack's character, Lane Meyer, if he would permit them to ask out his ex-girlfriend, Beth. Ultimately, Lane comes home to find the television on, with The Flinstones airing. Barney turns toward the screen, addressing the same request to Lane, and laughing.

Trivia

*Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone appear as pitchmen for Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles breakfast cereals. Barney usually tries to trick Fred out of said cereal through various tactics, usually via a disguise.

*Canadian punk rock band Hot Nasties have a song called "Barney Rubble is my Double"; this song has also been covered by another Canadian punk rock band, The Evaporators, on their album "Ripple Rock".

*The friendship between Fred and Barney was put to the test in "The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones" when, in the future, Fred works for Spacely Sprockets and Barney works for the rival company, Cogswell Cogs. However, there is no reference ever made on "The Flintstones" that Barney worked for the rival company of where Fred worked, as is stated by one Flintstones website.

* In the episode of "The Flintstones" that copies the story of "Rip Van Winkle", Fred dreams that he wakes up in a world where Barney is a millionaire. Everyone in the dream refers to him as B.J. Rubble. Therefore we can assume that Barney's middle initial is J. Even though it was a dream, Fred would likely know his best friend's middle initial.

Notes

External links

* [http://www.topthat.net/webrock/index.htm Webrock - The Flintstones and Hanna Barbera Page]
* [http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a3_398a.html In "The Flintstones" what was Barney Rubble's job?]


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