The Great Gazoo (The Flintstones)

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The Great Gazoo
The Great Gazoo.png
"Toodeloo, dum dum!"
Gender: Male
Type: Pointless Alien Troublemaker
Species: Alien
A.I. (Jellystone!)
Portrayed by: Harvey Korman
Flula Borg (Jellystone!)
Media of origin: The Flintstones

The Great Gazoo is a character from the sixth and final season of the American animated series The Flintstones. He is a friend of Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble who appears from time to time. He speaks with a British accent.

Gazoo has a host of reality warping abilities, such as teleporting, materializing objects from thin air, transforming people and things, and even time traveling. He often causes trouble because of this.

During the show's run, he wasn't that well received and disappeared after the show ended its run, only appearing in subsequent Flintstones media such as merchandise and comics, but ever since The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, he has become a proper part of the franchise. He also appears in the 2021 HBO Max series Jellystone!, where he's depicted as an A.I. instead of an alien, and has a German accent instead of a British one.

In The Flintstones, he was voiced by Harvey Korman, but in Jellystone!, he is voiced by Flula Borg.

Why He's a Dum Dum

  1. His character and overall concept don't fit in with the show's prehistoric, stone age setting which relied on realism despite the juxtaposing of both the ancient and modern to this point. He's basically a living "Jump the Shark" moment. In fact, he feels like something out of the sister show The Jetsons rather than The Flintstones.
  2. Apparently he had been banished from his home planet, Zetox, because he invented a weapon, which is a button that could destroy the entire universe with a single press. How he was able to get ahold of any of that stuff is beyond our reasoning?!
  3. The script tries to make us feel sympathy for him for said banishment, but he's too irritating and annoying to like. He spent his time on Earth being a jerk to Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, calling them "dum-dums," getting them into sticky and dangerous situations, and then disappearing when things got tough.
  4. There's no reason why Fred, Barney, the kids and animals should be the only ones who can see him other than believing in his existence; if anything, it makes things worse for the characters.
  5. Apart from that, his storyline of him trying to return to Earth never even gets resolved by the time the show was cancelled (spoiler alert), which only makes him even more pointless to the show.
  6. Because of these reasons mentioned above, he is one of the main contributions to the original Flintstones series getting cancelled.
  7. In Jellystone!, he has been flanderized to become much more mean-spirited than he already was. Here, he convinces Augie Doggie and Yakky Doodle to keep playing Buddy Blasterz, whilst being aware that they unleash havoc and chaos onto the titular town. And sure enough, he caused them to destroy the entire town in the process.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. His design is cute.
  2. Harvey Korman and Flula Borg did a good job voicing him.
  3. He got his comeuppance in the Jellystone! episode "Gotta Kiss Them All" where he was forced to clean the park as community service, as punishment for destroying Jellystone.




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