|“||GRAND! DAD! ...FLEENTSTONES!? UGH... GRAND DAD? GRAND DAD?! WHAT THE FUCK?!||”|
Grand Dad is a character originating from the game of the same name (also known as Mario 7 or 7 Grand Dad). The game is a Taiwanese ROM hack of The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy which Joel played during his Insane Mario Bootleg Games stream. Grand Dad became a meme and has been featured in Vinesauce media, such as Vinewrestle.
The sprite of "Grand Dad" in the title screen is taken from the Taiwanese game Dian Shi Ma Li for the Famicom, albeit slightly edited. In the game, the character is not called Mario, but his name is Fortran, and you play a casino-type of game.
The predecessor to 7 Grand Dad, called "Mario 6" was likely made by a Taiwanese company known for pirated games called JY Company.
Subsequent popularity and meme
Joel's initial reaction to the game's title screen was that of exasperation, and attempting to provide commentary he uttered the "Grand Dad" line that would become infamous. His pronunciation of the word "Flintstones" as "Fleenstones" (referring to the Flintstones theme playing) also gained popularity as a meme.
In 2016 the parody channel GiIvaSunner (with a capital I placed to resemble a lower case L) began posting videos re-purposing the audio from the stream, and in April a 7 Grand Dad page was created on the Internet meme database Know Your Meme.
- 7 Grand Dad. Know Your Meme.