In 1960, the great animation duo of William Hanna and Joe Barbera, premiered the first ever prime time half hour cartoon series, “The Flintstones”. Two years later the only Hanna Barbera Studios DENTAL THEMED episode, “Nuttin But the Tooth”, was aired. From this Flintstones cartoon there were two limited edition cels published. Both have been big hits with dentists as both editions completely sold out.
Since the demand for the first two pieces was so high, Amazing Animation (an exclusive distributors of dental related art) collaborated once again with the very talented Hanna-Barbera Artist Bob Singer on the third and final limited edition cel based on this cartoon. “Nuttin’ But the Tooth” was episode 12 of season 3. The Original air date was November 30th 1962.
Here is the very funny synopsis of the plot:
When Barney wakes up with terrible tooth pain, Betty asks Fred if he would take him to the dentist to get his tooth pulled. Along the way Fred sees a billboard promoting the big fight that night, so Fred has the idea of pulling Barney’s tooth himself and taking the $10.00 to buy ring side seats to the fight.
Fred’s first attempt is depicted in this now classic, sold out limited edition cel from 1994. “Nuttin But the Tooth” The cel pictures Fred about to drive away in his car while Barney stands behind the car with a string attached to his tooth at one end and to Fred’s car on the other,
After Barney foils this attempt, by running after the car while Fred drives away, Fred comes up with another idea, shown in this sold out limited edition cel from 2003, “Nuttin But the Tooth II”. In this scene Fred has the idea of attaching one end of the string to Dino’s collar and then tempting Dino to run away by tossing the cat in front of him.
This plan also backfires as Barney removes the string and hands it to Fred just before Dino takes off after the cat. This sends Fred bouncing down the street, up and over many hard objects before finally running smack into a tree.
Not to be denied seeing the big fight, Fred suggests having a Dinosaur Dentist pull Barney’s tooth. This will cost only $5.00, still leaving enough money for a pair of cheap seats for the fight.
This brings them to the only Dinosaur Dentist in town, Smiley Molar. While Smiley is on the phone getting the grocery list from his wife, Barney gets an overdose of gas and floats past Fred, right out of the office window. Fred proceeds to chase after him, finally catching him with some nifty lassoing, which ultimately crashes Barney on top of Fred causing Barney’s tooth to fall out. The cartoon ends with the boys making it to the fight.
The scene at Smiley Molar’s Dentist office forms the basis of artist Bob Singer’s creation and third Limited Edition dental Flintstones cel, “Stone Age Dentistry”. Bob Singer, has worked alongside Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera since the magical days of Hanna-Barbera Animation in the 1960’s and 70’s. He is the last of the three artist’s alive and still creating Hanna-Barbera animation artwork for Warner Brothers Studio today. Warner Bros.studio now owns, the then separate, Hanna-Barbera Studios.
Amazing Animation has worked very closely with Bob Singer for years. He has appeared at our show booth during the annual dental meetings we exhibit at and has created three other limited edition cels for us: The Jetsons “Space Age Dentistry”, Scooby Doo’s “Bad Bite Clinic” and “Fred’s New Braces”
Bob is a great talent that we are very privileged to be able to work with him, but most importantly he is a wonderful human being. We have always been big fans of Bob’s artwork so needless to say, we were very excited when we saw his rendition of the new “Stone Age Dentistry” limited edition.
I believe Bob has expertly captured the look and feel of the “Nuttin But the Tooth” cartoon. Even from the first sketch I could envisioned all three cels nicely hanging together. I also love the way Bob has portrayed the tools of the Stone Age dentist. The conversion of the present day to the Stone Age was always my favorite part of watching the Flintstones.