Get an inside look at Ann-Margret recording her lines and songs for The Flintstones

These behind-the-scenes photos from 1963 show the star voicing her modern stone age alter-ego Ann-Margrock.

The Everett Collection

Most modern stone age parodies on The Flintstones like Alvin Brickrock or Ed Sullystone weren’t voiced by their real-life counterparts. Talented voice actors like Daws Butler provided impersonations that made the prehistoric versions even funnier.

But some household names require the real deal, even for an animated caricature. Sixties star Ann-Margret was one celebrity who voiced her own Flintstones character, naturally named Ann-Margrock.

The actor and singer showed up to the recording studio in 1963 looking glamorous as ever – there was a TV Guide photographer along for the ride, after all.

These photos are a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of an animated program. They show the cast going over the script, talking with producers William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and recording at the microphone. Ann-Margret even sang two songs for the episode, the lullaby “The Littlest Lamb” and her upbeat tune “I Ain’t Gonna Be Your Fool No More.” 

Are you an Ann-Margret fan? Take a look at these unique Flintstones images! All photos courtesy of the Everett Collection.

Ann-Margret and Fred Flintstone actor Alan Reed go over the script in front of cardboard cutouts of their characters.
That's Mayberry actor Howard Morris (Ernest T. Bass) sitting on the far right and producer Joseph Barbera up on the stool.
Ann-Margret records her lines with Reed and Wilma actor Jean Vander Pyl.
Ann-Margret rehearses one of her songs with producers Joseph Barbera (left) and William Hanna (right).
Ann-Margrock does bear a striking resemblance to her real-life counterpart!

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CatBeau 3 months ago
Dick York and Elizabeth Montgomery voiced their Darrin & Samantha Stephen’s characters on The Flintstones too. 👍🏻
Tresix 3 months ago
Speaking of real-life people voicing their animated counterparts, did the Cartwrights from “Bonanza” voice the “Cartrocks”?
tootsieg 3 months ago
Great episode. I love watching it whenever it is on.
McGillahooala 3 months ago
Great story. So great to see the behind the scenes action.
texasluva 3 months ago
We are all fans of Ann-Margret. Well most of us anyway. You can see below why with this gig and Elvis. Watch vid. You can change it to 4K or better. Easily better then watching the movie itself.
justjeff 3 months ago
I think Ann-Margret was the reason I'd first actually *noticed* girls! When I saw her in "Bye Bye Birdie" singing "How Lovely to be a Woman" and slipping into those tight capri pants I was smitten... I had a crush on her for a long, long time - and even went to some of her lesser, cheesier movies just to ogle her... Ah! The unmistakably folly of pre-teen/teen lust... LOL!
Tresix justjeff 3 months ago
I first noticed her in “The Swinger”. A movie that, somehow, manages to be both naughty and innocent at the same time.
Runeshaper 3 months ago
Ann-Margret is AWESOME! It was so cool that she voiced her own character, Ann-Margrock, in The Flinstones (-:
MarkDavis 22 months ago
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TheSentinel 22 months ago
The Ann-Margret episode was one of my favorite Flintstones episodes. Loved her beautiful rendition of "The Littlest Lamb" and I also loved the scenes where she and Pebbles bonded.

tootsieg TheSentinel 22 months ago
Thank you for posting. Sweet episode.
Nala92129 25 months ago
Can't stand Ann-Margret.
justjeff Nala92129 3 months ago
?????????? REALLY????????????????????? Go figure...
anitak62 26 months ago
Please bring back the Monkees tv show back to Me TV
GOOSEYGOOSE9 26 months ago
Please Bring Back The Flintstones To Sony Pictures Television Along With Pre-1967 Hanna-Barbera Cartoons,As Well As Post-1967 Cartoons Like Jeannie And Partridge Family A.D. Please Bring Back The Restored Version Of The Screen Gems Dancing Sticks On The Flintstones With Hal Gibney Who Intoned A SCREEN GEMS PRESENTATION.In Color With Frank Devol Jingle.
TheSentinel GOOSEYGOOSE9 25 months ago
Regarding the Flintstones, Warner Bros. has owned the show since 1996 (as part of its purchase of Hanna-Barbera) and they're not selling, so you're not going to get your wish.
ELEANOR 26 months ago
So lovely to see photos of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the brains behind the Flintstones and many other beloved cartoons.
GOOSEYGOOSE9 26 months ago
Hal Gibney Who Had Intoned A SCREEN GEMS PRESENTATION.
GOOSEYGOOSE9 26 months ago
Hal Gibney Was Dancing Sticks Announcer.
GOOSEYGOOSE9 26 months ago
Please Bring Back The Screen Gems Dancing Sticks On The Flintstones With Announcer Intoning
A SCREEN GEMS PRESENTATION.
TheSentinel GOOSEYGOOSE9 25 months ago
Not going to happen. Warner Bros. owns the show now, so the WB Shield is what you'll get at the end of Flintstones episodes on MeTV.
LoveMETV22 26 months ago
OFF TOPIC: Looks Like MeTV is making a Schedule Change - Effective 5/8/22: Go to Schedule PDF to see. No spoiler, might please some, might not please others.
Michael LoveMETV22 26 months ago
They are taking Monk off? At least there's still Full House to complain about. So Monk didn't get through all the episodes before cancellation.

A bit ea rly for the summer schedule, it used to kick in on Memorial Day.
LoveMETV22 Michael 26 months ago
Yes it appears that way. However the Perry Mason: The TV Movies is a (30) film series. So it will be interesting to see what longevity that are able to get out of it. Not sure if it's a cancellation, but a change at the moment anyway. Here's the commercial they've been running if you haven't seen it:
LoveMETV22 LoveMETV22 26 months ago
PS: "what longevity they're able to get out of it".
LoveMETV22 Michael 26 months ago
It appears the "Perry Mason The TV Movies" vary in length from 90 to 120 minutes. I guess they'll have extra commercials for the shorter ones.
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