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"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane has done well with funny fat family men in the past, but when Fox confirmed the news that he will be re-booting "The Flintstones" some eyebrows were raised. What does the guy who brought us moments like this:
have in mind for the much-loved "modern stone age family"? Well, fans of Fred and Barney, need only look so far as the Flintstones-inspired "Family Guy" sketches for a hint of what may lie ahead:
MacFarlane's desire to helm a reboot of the classic cartoon is not exactly surprising to his fans. Fred and Barney have popped up in "Family Guy" cartoons for years, engaging in the sexual innuendo, crassness, and toilet humor that are par for the course in MacFarlane's cartoons, including "The Cleveland Show" and "American Dad." "The Flintstones," however, revolved around work at the quarry, fights with the neighbors, and family time at the drive-in theater. »
- Melissa Locker
Yabba Dabba Don't "The Flintstones" is a genuine pop culture icon. Sure, it may have been a riff on "The Honeymooners," thankfully stripped of the overtones of domestic violence, but it was also a truly affectionate, witty look at suburban American life, set in a beautifully designed neanderthal world. It's not "The Cherry Orchard" or anything, but it's pretty good. And, thanks to being tied up in various legal issues, the show has mostly been left alone since the disastrous Spielberg-produced 1994 live-action version, and its even worse prequel "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" six years later. Until now,… »
Yabba Dabba Doo! Seth MacFarlane received the green light to reboot the “The Flintstones” as a television and film property after years of negotiation between Twentieth Century Fox Television and Warner Brothers Television. Warner Brothers Television own the rights after acquiring Hanna-Barbera, the company that produces “The Flintstones” cartoon series. Deadline said the rightholders were “somewhat concerned how the classic series would be interpreted given MacFarlane’s brand of raunchy comedies like ‘Family Guy.’” “The Flintstones” original cartoon series aired from 1960 to 1966 on ABC. It is about a Fred Flinstone, a Stone-Age man with his family and his best friend Barney Rubble. The cartoon series would be rebooted several times over the next few decades. The cartoon was even adapted as live-action films including 1994’s “The Flintstones,” and 2000’s “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. According to Deadline, there is no broadcast date of the reboot cartoon series, but it will air on Fox. »
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According to Deadline, MacFarlane and his legal team have cleared the necessary hurdles to get the project started.
The classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon aired from 1960-1966 on ABC. The series aired several spin-offs and animated specials throughout the years, with the most recent, 'The Flintstones: On the Rocks' airing in 2001.
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- Chris Harnick
I understand it’s an important find and all, but you’ve gotta admit this “gay caveman” story that made the news last week is also pretty hilarious. A gay caveman? That’s a stand-up comedy routine, not an archaeological discovery!
AfterElton.com already took on the problems with how the media reported the story, plus we also provided our own proof that us ‘mos have always been around – even during the Stone Age.
Nevertheless, since the word “caveman” somehow never fails to bring to my mind the image of a hot Abercrombie & Fitch model posing in a loincloth, the story inevitably got me to thinking of the dozens of Hollywood-ized interpretations of early humans that moviegoers have been treated to over the past several decades.
True, the majority of these interpretations aren’t exactly, shall we say, accurate (to my knowledge, they didn’t actually have laser-whitening capabilities back »
- Chris Eggertsen
The writing team of Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan has been hired to adapt "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" for Summit Entertainment, TheWrap has confirmed. The movie is based on John Gray's bestselling 1992 book about the differences between how men and women view the world. In Elfont and Kaplan's hands, the book, which sold more than 50 million copies, will become a romantic comedy. The two also are under consideration to direct the movie. Their writing credits include "A Very Brady Sequel" (1996), "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" (2000), »
- Joshua L. Weinstein
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