A Flintstone Christmas is the second Christmas television special based on The Flintstones (though it is the third Flintstones Christmas special in chronological order), originally aired on NBC on December 7, 1977. It is not to be confused with the original series episode "Christmas Flintstone", though the basic plot is more or less the same.
The special opens the night before Christmas Eve, as Fred and Barney are walking through downtown Bedrock. Barney is donating change to all the Salvation Army Santas they pass by, with Fred remarking "You'd never catch me in one of those outfits" (apparently forgetting that he played Santa at Macyrock's once before).
The next morning, Fred is putting the finishing touches on decorating his family's Christmas tree when the Rubbles come by. After the tree is decorated, Wilma and Betty ask Fred to play Santa Claus at the Ladies Auxiliary's Christmas party for the Bedrock Orphanage, but he refuses, saying his coworkers would never let him live it down. When Fred arrives at the rock quarry later that morning, though, he is informed that Mr. Slate wants to see him. Fred ponders as to why his boss wants to see him about as he makes his way to Slate's office, worried that he is being fired. As it turns out, Mr. Slate and his wife also want Fred to play Santa at the Ladies Auxiliary's party at the orphanage; this time, Fred agrees to the offer.
When Fred arrives at home that evening, he tells Wilma that he has decided to accept the offer of playing Santa at the party. He then tries on the Santa Claus suit that Mr. Slate provided for him, and Barney comes by. Wilma and Betty leave early to get things ready for the party, taking Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm (who are of elementary school age, which indicates that this special takes place a few years after A Flintstones Christmas Carol and several years before The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show) with them. As soon as their wives and kids have left, though, Fred and Barney hear a noise outside and find a man in a Santa outfit having crashed in front of Fred's house. The man has sprained his ankle, so they bring him inside so he can use Fred's phone, which he uses to call the North Pole. Fred thinks it is a crazy person who thinks he is Santa Claus and has escaped from the asylum, but then Barney looks at Fred's roof and sees Santa's magic sleigh and reindeer. Upon seeing this and realizing that this is the real Santa, Fred and Barney find out that Santa has also caught a cold. Fred suggests that Santa should get someone to fill in for him this Christmas, at which point Barney points out that Fred would be perfect for that. With that, Santa gives Barney an elf costume and lends his own suit to Fred, and then gives them some pointers on flying the sleigh.
Fred and Barney take off on the journey, and despite some initial troubles on their first few stops, manage to deposit presents halfway around the world quickly. But they then suddenly get caught in a snowstorm, which shakes up the sleigh so much that the bags of presents fall out. Fred and Barney manage to call up Santa for help on the sleigh's CB radio; he advises them to to his workshop and the North Pole to pick up another batch of toys. At the North Pole, Fred and Barney meet Mrs. Claus, who shows them around the workshop. After taking part in a "Brand New Kind of Christmas Song" with the elves, Fred and Barney take off into the sky again, wishing Merry Christmas to Mrs. Claus and the elves. They resume delivering the presents with no problem, but then Fred realizes that they have forgotten about the Ladies Auxiliary's party at the orphanage. He gives Santa another call on the CB radio, and Santa advises them to push the sleigh's super-speed button, which allows them to speed up the progress on their deliveries.
Meanwhile, at the party, the kids have become impatient in waiting for Santa, and Mr. Slate threatens to fire Fred if he doesn't show up within the next minute. Pebbles expresses worry that Santa is not coming, but Wilma tells her that she should not give up hope. At that point, Fred and Barney finally arrive, coming down the orphanage's chimney. Mr. Slate, impressed with that entrance, gleefully welcomes them to the party and asks them to start handing out the presents. Fred finds that the bag of toys appears to be empty from their deliveries, but fortunately, he is able to magically produce enough presents for all the kids in the building. Barney then remembers that they still left the real Santa back at Fred's house, and they rush back to Fred's house.
Back at Fred's house, Santa congratulates the duo on a job well done and takes back his suit. After Santa leaves, Wilma and Betty, who are rather angry that their husbands took so long to show up at the party and then skipped out on the clean-up duty, arrive home with the kids. Fred and Barney explain to their wives that the reason they took so long was because they were busy delivering Santa Claus's presents. Wilma and Betty have a hard time believing that, but they are willing to forgive them for what happened. The two couples then exchange presents, with Fred's present for Wilma (a pair of earrings) magically coming in from the chimney. Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm then see Santa flying away in the sky, at which point Fred and Barney rush to the window and wave to Santa.
- Mel Blanc as Barney Rubble
- Lucille Bliss as Bamm-Bamm Rubble
- Henry Corden as Fred Flintstone
- Virginia Gregg
- Gay Hartwig as Betty Rubble
- Hal Smith as Santa Claus
- John Stephenson as Mr. Slate
- Jean Vander Pyl as Wilma Flintstone and Pebbles Flintstone
- "A Flintstone Christmas"
- © 1977 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.
- Directed by: Sid Marcus, Charles A. Nichols
- Co-Directed by: Gerry Chiniquy, Hawley Pratt
- Sequence Directors: Gerry Chiniquy, Art Davis, David Detiege, Art Leonardi, Phil Monroe, Bill Perez
- Creative Producer: Iwao Takamoto
- Associate Producers: Hal Geer, Alex Lovy, Jean MacCurdy, Norman Sedawie
- Co-Producer: Walter Bien
- Story: John Barrett, David Detiege, John Dunn, Friz Freleng, Willie Gilbert, Duane Poole, Dick Robbins, Larry Spiegel
- Story Direction: Gerard Baldwin, Ron Campbell, Jerry Eisenberg, George Gordon, Gary Hoffman, Alex Lovy, Lew Marshall, Bill Perez, Bob Singer, Paul Sommers
- Storyboard Artists: Pete Alvarado, Ron Campbell, Bob Dranko, Jerry Eisenberg, Barry Goldberg, Charlie Hayward, Gary Hoffman, Cullen Houghtaling, Alex Lovy, Gary Lund, Lew Marshall, Roy Morita, Rosemary O'Connor, Bill Perez, Bob Richardson, Shirley Silvey, Bob Singer, Paul Sommers, Dick Ung
- Recording Director: Alex Lovy
- Voices: Mel Blanc, Lucille Bliss, Henry Corden, Virginia Gregg, Gay Hartwig, Don Messick, Hal Smith, John Stephenson, Jean Vander Pyl
- Songs by: Hoyt Curtin, Doug Goodwin, Dick Lieb
- Music Composed and Arranged by: Dick Lieb
- Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
- Musical Supervisor: Paul DeKorte
- Conducted by: Eric Rogers
- Effects Animator: Lee Crowe
- Effects Assistant Animator: Mabel Gesner
- Character Design: Bob Singer, Sandra Young
- Unit Director: Ray Patterson
- Layout Supervisor: John Ahern
- Layout Artists: Pete Alvarado, Barrington Bunce, Corny Cole, Jaime Diaz, Bob Dranko, Hak Ficq, Owen Fitzgerald, Bob Givens, Barry Goldberg, Moe Gollub, Dave Hanan, Cullen Houghtaling, Jack Huber, Larry Huber, Ziggy Jablecki, Homer Jonas, Lin Larsen, Gary Lund, Warren Marshall, Michael Mitchell, Roy Morita, Jim Mueller, Rosemary O'Connor, Lew Ott, Tony Rivera, Terry Slade, Shirley Silvey, Paul Sommers, Martin Strudler, Dick Ung, Ed Wexler, George Wheeler, Al Wilson
- Animation Director: Dwayne Labbe
- Animation Supervisors: Bill Keil, Jay Sarbry
- Animators: Ed Aardal, Bill Ackerman, Hal Ambro, Frank Andrina, Brenda Banks, Ed Barge, Warren Batchelder, Bob Bemiller, Robert Bentley, Bob Bransford, Oliver E. Callahan, Lars Calonius, Rudy Cataldi, Ken Champin, Gerry Chiniquy, Steve Clark, Jesse Cosio, Fred Crippen, Art Davis, Jim Davis, Chuck Downs, Joan Drake, Malcolm Draper, Marcia Fertig, Hugh Fraser, John Freeman, Ed Friedman, John Gibbs, Mark Glamack, Manny Gould, Jeff Hall, Lee Halpern, Terry Harrison, Chuck Harvey, Fred Helmick, Harry Holt, Sam Jaimes, Volus Jones, Bob Kirk, Rudy Larriva, Art Leonardi, Ernesto Lopez, Don Lusk, Fred Madison, Bob Matz, Norm McCabe, Ken Muse, George Nicholas, Margaret Nichols, Ken O'Brien, Frank Onaitis, Barbara Orme, Al Pabian, Jim Pabian, Don Patterson, Manuel Perez, Barney Posner, Tom Ray, Bob Richardson, Morey Reden, Bob Richardson, Arnulfo Rivera, Phil Roman, Virgil Ross, Nelson Shin, Grant Simmons, Irv Spence, Robert Taylor, Barry Temple, Dave Tendlar, Dick Thompson, Reuben Timmins, Lloyd Vaughan, Carlo Vinci, Art Vitello, Russ Von Neida, James Tim Walker, John Walker, Ken Walker, Don Williams, Xenia, Rudy Zamora
- Assistant Animation Supervisor: Bob Goe
- Assistant Animators: Alfred Abranz, Phil Babet, Philo Barnhart, Greg Bailey, Edy Benjamin, Dorris Bergstrom, Doris Case, Pat Combs, Jay Cotton, Phil Cummings, Paulette Downs, Judy Drake, William K. Exter, Edward Faigin, Holly Forsyth, Brad Frost, Valerie Gifford, Stan Green, Mike Houghton, Charlotte Huffine, Karenia Kaminski, Martin Korth, Sammie Lanham, Terry Lennon, Rae McSpadden, Burt Medall, Bill Mims, Jane Nordin, Ginny Parmele, Anna Lois Ray, Joe Roman, Sonja Ruta, Raul Salaiz, Glenn Schmitz, George Scribner, Robert Shellhorn, Tom Sito, Grace Stanzell, Susan Sugita, Anne Telnaes, Bob Treat, Allen Wade, Lureline Weatherly, Larry White, Dick Williams, Woody Yocum
- Animation Coordinator: John Boersema
- Background Design: Paul Julian, Gary Lund, Richard H. Thomas
- Background Supervisor: Al Gmuer
- Background Artists: Lorraine Andrina, Fernando Arce, Ron Diaz, Dennis Durrell, Bob Gentle, Linda Grayson, Ann Guenther, Paro Hozumi, Michael Humphries, Alison Julian, Consuelo Julian, Richard Khim, Anthony Rizzo, Eric Semones, Richard H. Thomas, Gloria Wood
- Sound Directors: Richard Olson, Bill Getty
- Title Design: Herbert Klynn
- Titles: Bill Perez
- Scene Planning: Evelyn Sherwood, Paul B. Strickland, Ann Tucker, Dora Yakutis
- Checking: Jackie Banks, Carole Barnes, Eve Fletcher, Armand Shaw
- Final Checking: Val Vreeland, Eleanor Warren
- Xerography: Star Wirth, Robert "Tiger" West
- Ink and Paint Supervisors: Billie Kerns, Gertrude Timmins
- Ink and Paint: Deborah Rykoff-Bennett, Pat Capozzi, Judy Champin, Gina Evans, Joanne Lansing, Adele Lenart, Linda Praamsma, Auril Thompson, Hetta Van Elk, Marie White
- Ink and Paint Services by: C&D Ink and Paint Service, Burbank, California · Supervisor: Shannon Meyer and C&D Productions, Inc., Avon Park, Florida · Supervisors Al and Frances Kirsten
- Camera: Jerry Smith, John Burton, Jr., John Cunningham, George Epperson, Chuck Flekal, Gary Gunther, Curt Hall, Larry Hogan, Ron Jackson, Ray Lee, Bob Marples, Bob Mills, Jerry Mills, Kieren Mulgrew, Joe Ponticelle, Roger Sims, Gary Smith, Jerry Whittington, Donna Wilson, Steven Wilzbach
- Camera Services: Nick Vasu, Inc. · Thomas Baker, Mark Henley
- Supervising Film Editors: Larry Cowan, Dick Elliott
- Editors: Jim Champin, Richard Corwin, Roger Donley, Bob Gillis, Bill Kowalchuk, Todd McKay, Allan Potter, Rick Steward
- Sound Effects Editors: Michael Bradley, David H. DePatie, Jr., Richard Gannon, Tom Gleason, Jim Graziano, Terry Moore, Joe Sandusky, Joe Siracusa, Kerry Williams
- Dialogue Editor: Mary Gleason
- Dubbing Supervisor: Pat Foley
- Production Mixer: Steve Orr
- Additional Music by: Harper MacKay
- Music Coordinator: Danny Epstein
- Associate Music Director: Dave Conner
- Music Recording Engineer: Eric A. Thomlinson
- Musicians: Ethmer Roten - Flute
- Show Editor: Gil Iverson
- Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
- Technical Consultants: Joseph Corey, M.D., Glenn Leach, Ph.D., Arlene Olsen, John Liebeskind, Ph.D.
- Production Supervisor: Jim Foss
- Production Coordinator: Harry Love
- Production Manager: Steven Hahn
- Post Production Supervisor: Joed Eaton
- Executives in Charge of Production for DePatie-Freleng: Lee Gunther and Stanley E. Paperny
- Executive in Charge of Production: Jayne Barbera
- Executive in Charge of Development: Margaret Loesch
- Produced by: David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng
- Executive Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
- A Hanna-Barbera Production
- This picture has made the jurdisction of I.A.T.S.E., affiliated with AFL-CLO
- RCA Sound Recording
- © 1977 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.