Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
"The Flintstones" Movie Set
Vasquez Rocks

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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, Betty Rubble. Also featured were Kyle MacLachlan, Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor, Dann Florek, Richard Moll, Irwin Keyes, Jonathan Winters and Harvey Korman, with twins Elaine and Melanie Silver playing Pebbles and Hlynur Sigurðsson as Bamm-Bamm.

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.

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At Vasquez Rocks


Flintstones Set 1993


Production 1993

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