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Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels was introduced as part of Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics on ABC in 1977. When not competing on Scooby Doo's team, Cavey and his trio of beauties solved mysteries in yet another variation of the Scooby format. Cavey, a caveman Superhero frozen in a block of ice until thawed in the 20th century by the Teen Angels, kept many gadgets and live dinosaurs inside his fur. He also possessed superhuman strength, and (thanks to his club) could even fly; those powers were prone to giving out at unwelcome occasions.
Voice talent included Mel Blanc, Laurel Page, Marilyn Schreffler and Vernée Watson-Johnson.
In later series, Captain Caveman was shown living alongside The Flintstones. The early 1980s The Flintstone Comedy Show starred Cavey in his own segment, as Bedrock's resident superhero, often accompanied on adventures by newspaper reporters Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble. On The Flintstone Kids, Captain Caveman and his son were the stars of a Show Within a Show.
This series provides examples of:
- Animated Series
- Bamboo Technology: Cavey's various Stone Age gadgets in his club, plus the spinoffs set in the Flintstones' time-era.
- Beach Episode: "The Old Caveman and the Sea"
- Black and Nerdy: Dee Dee Sykes
- Captain Superhero
- Caveman Popsicle
- The Drag Along: Brenda Chance
- The Good Captain
- Hulk Speak: Need you ask?
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Taffy Dare's design obviously was based on Farrah Fawcett.
- The Pig Pen
- Rummage Fail
- Scooby-Doo Hoax
- Scooby Stack
- Shout-Out: Captain Caveman's design is recycled from the Slag Brothers of Wacky Races.
- Time Travel: "Prehistoric Panic"
- Weather Control Machine: "Stormfront and Weathergirl" on The Flintstone Comedy Show, and a different villain constructs such in an episode on The Flintstone Kids.
The Captain Caveman segments on The Flintstone Comedy Show provide examples of:
- Circus of Fear: "Clownfoot"
- Clark Kenting
- Damsel in Distress
- Da Editor: Lou Granite, editor-in-chief of "The Daily Granite".
- Going for the Big Scoop
- Intrepid Reporter
- Monster Clown: "Clownfoot"
- Secret Identity
- Shout-Out: Mostly to the Superman mythos:
- Captain Caveman's secret identity of glasses-wearing Chester
- Wilma's and Betty's positions as reporters akin to Lois Lane.
- The Daily Granite, a spoof of The Daily Planet.
- "Lou Granite" is likely a reference to Lou Grant of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, as well as the Lou Grant spinoff series (Lou Grant and The Flintstone Comedy Show both aired in the early 1980s, on CBS and NBC, respectively). In that spinoff, Grant was also the editor of a newspaper.
- Transformation Sequence: Spoofed. It was so loud that literally everyone in the city could hear it, and visually it featured explosions, rockets and an array of rainbow stars, but all that actually happened was that Chester took off his glasses and unfolded his bowtie into a cape.
The Captain Caveman segments on The Flintstone Kids provide examples of:
- An Aesop: Seen in the wraparound segments featuring the Flintstone Kids.
- Arch Enemy: Mr. Bad
- Chaste Toons: Subverted.
- Legion of Doom: A team-up of the segments' various villains (spearheaded by Mr. Bad) is seen in one episode.
- Missing Mom: Captain Caveman must have married someone in order to produce Junior, but his wife is never seen.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The duo once disguised themselves as villains by donning domino masks. Since this was in an Amnesia Episode, the amnesiac Captain Caveman decides that since he's wearing such a mask, he must be a villain, and then proceeds to steal so much stuff that there's nothing left for all the other criminals to rob.
- Super-Hero Origin: For both Captain Caveman (in a flashback episode) and his son, Cavey Jr. (the pilot showing that he was allowed to join his father in crimefighting once he became old enough).