is a fictional character on theThe Flintstones
television series. Hoppy is a pet hopparoo (similar to a kangaroo
) owned by the Rubble family. Hoppy debuts in the fifth season episode Hop Happy
In the episode, Barney
and Betty Rubble
acquire a new house pet. The pet in question is a hopparoo, which is a combination kangaroo and dinosaur. Fred Flintstone
regards "Hoppy" as an overgrown and obnoxious nuisance until the fateful day that the Flintstones and the Rubbles go out together on a picnic. The families' lives are endangered during the picnic and Hoppy goes for help. Scriptwriter Warren Foster
harks back to his days with the Warner Bros.
cartoon unit in the scene where Fred and Barney mistake "Hoppy" for a giant mouse. He babysits the kids as he takes them around in his pouch.
Hoppy appeared sporadically through the end of the series and is featured in various Flintstones merchandise. Most notably, he appears in The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino and Hoppy video game for NES, made by Taito.