Number of Times Seen – Twice (Theater in ’94 and 3 Mar 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Fred and Barney compete for the chance to get out of the quarry and become executives but things aren’t always as easy as the may seem.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing in the theater when it came out and also wax nostalgic for the animated TV show that I use to watch every day as a kid.
They do a wonderful job recreating the look and feel of the cartoon and this is a very faithful live-action version of the animated TV show.
The manage to keep things fun and zany throughout which helps make this enjoyable to watch.
Unfortunately, the story here is a bit too bland but still can be considered being so true to the old Hanna-Barbara cartoon.
The casting of the characters is great because they all look an act very similar to their animated counterparts.
John Goodman is the perfect choice for the role of Fred Flintstone and is able to completely embody that iconic character.
The music of the film is also done really well and I loved how they utilize the band B(C)-52’s who are able to update the Flintstone’s theme song while also giving us a few other songs along the way.
Check out their version of the theme song below:
They do a great job here using special effects to help recreate and replicate so much of what made the show so enjoyable to watch.
That fact in and of itself is reason enough to check out this film even if things are a bit too tame and chidish here.
Bottom Line – Fun, live-action adaptation of the classic cartoon. The cast is chosen really well and they all seem and look like their animated counterparts. The story itself is a bit bland but that still fits into the structure that Hanna-Barbara created with the cartoon. Great songs by the B(C)-52’s who modernize the show’s theme song while giving us a few other songs to savor. The way that they use special effects to replicate so much of what was in the cartoon is amazingly done and that in and of itself is enough reason to sit through this tame storyline.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The appearance of the Flintstones’ saber-toothed cat marks one of the first, if not the first time for a furry CG character in a feature film. A specific, complex algorithm (for its time) had to be developed to calculate the movement of every single hair of the fur. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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