By Ralph Novak
November 21, 1988 12:00 PM

In a brief chat introducing this collection of four Flintstones episodes, animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera discuss how they once considered using a Roman or Pilgrim setting for this cartoon sitcom. They never, however, mention the series’ resemblance to The Honeymooners, with Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble in the Kramden-Norton roles. The crucial difference is that The Flintstones just muddles along with obvious jokes, none much deeper than the sight gag of the miniature dinosaur that serves as a garbage disposal. Ann-Margret provides the voice for Ann Margrock in one show, and Harvey Korman and Bea Benaderet are in the supporting cast. (Fred’s voice came from the never-heard-from-again Alan Reed; Barney’s, from Mel Blanc.) The plots include the birth of the Flintstones’ daughter, Pebbles, and a visit from the Great Gazoo, a particularly silly, other-dimensional character. But then, this whole series, which ran for six years in prime time, was a testimonial to network TV’s willingness to stoop to conquer and the viewing public’s willingness to flop down to be conquered. This tape runs 99 minutes, and there are similar best-of tapes for the Hanna-Barbera characters Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Scooby-Doo and Jonny Quest. (Hanna-Barbera, $29.95; 800-321-3400)