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New ‘Flintstones’ Series in the Works From Warner Bros. Animation, Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Productions (Exclusive)

  • Variety
New ‘Flintstones’ Series in the Works From Warner Bros. Animation, Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Productions (Exclusive)
Warner Bros. Animation and Elizabeth BanksBrownstone Productions are teaming up for a new “Flintstones” series, Variety has learned exclusively.

The project, which is in early development, is described as a primetime animated adult comedy series based on an original idea featuring characters from “The Flintstones.” The series will be produced by Warner Bros. Animation. No network is currently attached.

The Flintstones” originally ran for six seasons and over 150 episodes on ABC between 1960 and 1966. The series followed the misadventures of the titular modern Stone Age family, comprised of Fred, Wilma, Pebbles, and family pet Dino. The show also heavily featured the Flintstones’ neighbors, the Rubbles — Fred’s best friend Barney, Wilma’s best friend Betty, and their son, Bamm-Bamm.

There have been multiple attempts at new versions of the show over the years, including short-lived series like “The New Fred and Barney Show” and “The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show.” There
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Cartoon Character Snagglepuss Reinvented As Gay Southern Playwright

  • ET Canada
The beloved 1960s cartoon character, Snagglepuss, has been reinvented as a closeted gay playwright working on Broadway during the McCarthy era. DC Comics, who have previously updated Hanna-Barbera classics like “The Flintstones” and “Scooby-Doo” to give them more of a modern twist, have now turned their sights on the talking pink mountain lion. The comic […]
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June Foray, Voice of Rocky the Squirrel, Dies at 99

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2017-07-27T06:39:47-07:00June Foray, Voice of Rocky the Squirrel, Dies at 99

June Foray, the famed “first lady of voice actors” whose repertoire of characters include Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Pottsylvanian spy Natasha Fatale, Tweety Bird’s owner Granny and a sinister talking doll, has died. She was 99.

Foray, who worked alongside such animated legends as Mel Blanc, Chuck Jones, Stan Freberg and Jay Ward during her unseen yet spectacular eight-decade career, died Wednesday according to close friend Dave Nimitz who posted a notice of her passing on Facebook.

Versatile in her intonations and cadence, Foray provided voices for an incredible range of characters, including the killer Talky Tina doll in the 1963 “Living Doll” installment of The Twilight Zone, an episode said to be inspired by Mattel’s enormously popular pull-string Chatty Cathy doll (she provided the voice for that, too).

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Newswire: R.I.P. legendary voice actress June Foray

June Foray, the voice of Rocky The Flying Squirrel, Granny from Looney Tunes, and literally hundreds of other beloved animated characters, has died. Heralded as “the first lady” and the “queen” of voice acting, Foray’s career in film and TV stretched for 71 years and more than 300 credits, embodying everyone from Magica De Spell to Dorothy from The Wizard Of Oz. As reported by Variety, Foray was 99.

Originally working in radio—and on comedy albums with Stan Freberg—Foray broke into film in 1950, when she voiced Lucifer the cat in Disney’s Cinderella. From there, it would probably be easier to list the beloved animated series she didn’t appear on: Her versatile voice showed up in The Flintstones, Peter Pan, Mister Magoo, dozens of Looney Tunes shorts—with director Chuck Jones supposedly once noting that “June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc, Mel Blanc ...
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‘Flintstones #12′ Review

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Written by Mark Russell | Art by Steve Pugh | Published by DC Comics

It is safe to say that The Flintstones will go down as one of the biggest pleasant surprises in the history of comics. When the first promo images were released for this along with the other Hanna Barbera series the majority of the world scoffed at the very idea of this project. While the other series like Scooby Doo Apocalypse have left a lot to be desired, Mark Russell and Steve Pugh’s Flintstones has been one of the best comics since its debut. It is a series that will only grow in notoriety as more people learn about its brilliance.

Issue twelve is a bittersweet moment as it marks the end of this fantastic book. Not wanting over extend this idea is admirable, but still, it is hard to let something so consistently good go. In reality the sharp social and political commentary that makes The Flintstones what it is could only last so long. Rarely do comics or really any form of entertainment end before there is a sharp dip in quality. Part of being a great creator is knowing when to move on to something new.

This issue works as a wrap-up of some of the major stories that have been building during these past twelve issues. A testament to the power of this series is how it crafted one of the most fulfilling narratives around a bowling ball and his relationship with a vacuum cleaner. Objects that were just cheap gags in the original cartoon where the heart and soul of this series, which ties into one of the biggest surprises of this last installment. For a series that was mighty critical of the human race and our society, this had a much more upbeat and optimistic outlook.

During the issue The Great Gazoo is giving his assessment on humanity and its downfalls but why there is reason to be hopeful. Within that framework we see Bam Bam and Pebbles attempting to better understand the conflict between science and religion. The result is one of the best explanation for the need for religion I have read. One that is not critical nor ignorant to its problems. The Church of Gerald has been a consistent source of humor but here it became something more.

Steve Pugh also needs to be praised for his work. No one else could have made this book except for him. That look that many people criticized at first was key in making the tone perfect. If this looked too cartoony it would not nearly be as effective and if it was too realistic it the irony would be absent. I truly hope these two work on so much more in the future.

If you are still hesitant to read this series get over that as quickly as possible. Go back to issue one and get ready to experience twelve issues of genius. This final issue may not be the best one so far but it is a fitting end to a special book. I can safely say we will never see a book like this ever again.

*****½ 4.5/5
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The Jetsons Movie Lands Sausage Party Director

The Jetsons Movie Lands Sausage Party Director
After gestating in development for years as a live-action adaptation, Warner Bros.' animated adaptation of The Jetsons is now moving forward. The studio's Warner Animation Group has brought on Conrad Vernon, who most recently directed Sony's R-rated Sausage Party, to take the reins of this animated movie. The filmmaker has been brought on to develop the project, with an eye towards directing it himself. It isn't clear if he will be working with another writer or if he will write the script himself.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today, with the filmmaker coming aboard keeping this project firmly entrenched within the Warner Animation Group banner. That wasn't always the case, though, with the studio previously trying to put together a Jetsons live-action movie for many years, with directors such as Adam Shankman and Robert Rodriguez attached to the project, with the later working from a script by The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg.
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Smurfs: The Lost Village – Review

“Tra-la-lalala”A simple tune that quickly transformed into an earwig which burrowed into the brains of a generation (“Generation X” to be more precise). Yes, it’s the rallying song of that big, blue behemoth of kid-friendly franchises, the Smurfs. Those petite (three apples high) magical imps were introduced by Belgian cartoonist Peyo (Aka Pierre Colliford) way, way back in 1958. They were a merchandising phenom in Europe, but didn’t truly achieve worldwide superstar status until they descended on the Us thanks to TV cartoon titans Bill Hanna and Joe Barbara (the creators of The Flintstones and Scooby Doo also co-wrote that too-catchy theme song with Hoyt Curtin) and became the anchor for NBC’s Saturday morning line-up in 1981 through 1989. Tons of toys and imitations (remember the Snorks?) followed, but things were quiet in their hidden spot in the magic forest for the next twenty years or so. And then
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Comic Book Review: The Flintstones #1

Steve Pugh (DC Comics)

Most of us have no doubt been enjoying the DC’s launch of Rebirth titles, but they have launched a line of Hanna Barbera titles as well. It started last month with Jonny Quest and this week we get the a modern take on the prehistoric family The Flintstones. The classic themes of the show are still present but are presented in a more mature fashion, especially Fred’s relationship with his boss Mr. Slate. Who without a doubt will be the one putting Fred into difficult situations going forward for his personal gain. The most interesting aspect of this book was that they made Fred and Barney war veterans (I don’t remember from the cartoon if it was ever mentioned if he was a soldier). This was established pretty early on in the issues so I wonder how much it will come into play going forward.
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Terror on TV: Fred and Barney and Murder and Greed in “A Haunted House is Not a Home”

Terror on TV revisits the most sadistic The Flintstones episode ever. When Hanna-Barbera launched The Flintstones in 1960, it was an animated answer to pioneering television sitcom The Honeymooners, with Alan Reed’s Fred Flintstone and Mel Blanc’s Barney Rubble serving as prehistoric riffs on Jackie Gleason’s Ralph Kramden and Art Carney’s Ed Norton. And because…

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Riverdale TV: A Short History of Archie Comics Adaptations on the Small Screen

  • PEOPLE.com
The new year brought good news to longtime fans of Archie Andrews and his friends: The CW has ordered the pilot for Riverdale, a live-action show that will offer a "gritty" take on the long-running comics series. Gritty or not, it's a good fit; after all, if any network can get teenage longing right, it's the CW, which has already found success adapting other comics into shows such as Arrow, The Flash and iZombie. Since news of the pilot order hit in January, there's been Archie news trickling online. New Zealand actor K.J. Apa was cast as Archie, and 90210 vet
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Riverdale TV: A Short History of Archie Comics Adaptations on the Small Screen

  • PEOPLE.com
The new year brought good news to longtime fans of Archie Andrews and his friends: The CW has ordered the pilot for Riverdale, a live-action show that will offer a "gritty" take on the long-running comics series. Gritty or not, it's a good fit; after all, if any network can get teenage longing right, it's the CW, which has already found success adapting other comics into shows such as Arrow, The Flash and iZombie. Since news of the pilot order hit in January, there's been Archie news trickling online. New Zealand actor K.J. Apa was cast as Archie, and 90210 vet
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Top Cat Begins Coming to UK Theatres in May

Classic cartoon lovers rejoice! That fantastic feline superstar returns to UK movie screens in just a few weeks. As the Hoyt Curtin TV theme proclaims, “…but above everything, he’s the most tip top…Top Cat!”. Tc, as close friends call him, did indeed debut on American TV screens on the then fledgling ABC network in September of 1961 (talk about your nine lives!). This show, along with “The Jetsons” and “Jonny Quest” was an attempt by animation studio Hanna-Barbera to replicate the prime time success of that “modern stone-age family “The Flintstones” just a year or so before. Unfortunately Tc was not the rating smash that Fred and company were, so only one season (30 half hour episodes) were produced. But the kitty con-artist and his pals endured as a Saturday morning staple,then a syndicated smash. As beloved as the show was in its native Us, “Top Cat” was an even bigger hit overseas,
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‘Santa’s Little Helper’ Review

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Stars: Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, Annalynne McCord, Paige, Eric Keenleyside, Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Geoff Gustafson, Tom McLaren | Written by James Robert Johnston, Bennett Yellin | Directed by Gil Junger

The WWE have made a name for themselves in the movie world with a spate of well-recieved action and horror movies, however that’s not the only types of filmic fare they’ve put their name to. Back in the burgeoning days of WWE Studios, the company put out a number of comedies and family-friendly films that – looking at the WWE’s cinematic landscape today – don’t quite fit the mold they have built for themselves.

Yet whilst the WWE have found financial and critical success with genre fare such as No One Lives, The Call, See No Evil 2 and Oculus, they haven’t forgot their family-friendly beginnings – producing animated movies with Hanna Barbera featuring WWE Superstars alongside iconic cartoon characters such
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'Jetsons' Animated Movie Is Happening at Warner Bros.

'Jetsons' Animated Movie Is Happening at Warner Bros.
No longer interested in a live-action version of The Jetsons, Warner Bros. is planning to turn the popular 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon sitcom into a feature length animated movie. Matt Lieberman (Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief) will write the script.

It was at one time believed that Warner Bros. was planning to have Kanye West star in a live-action movie, but it's unclear where that rumor came from. Matt Lieberman is starting his screenplay from scratch. He previously worked on a new animated Scooby-Doo movie for the studio, which has been put on the fast track.

The Jetsons premiered in 1962, and served as Hanna Barbera's futuristic answer to The Flintstones. The story follows George Jetson and his family as they make their way through the future with the help of a robotic maid. This will not be the only script Matt Lieberman is currently working on, and he has
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How The Guardians Of The Galaxy Would Look As Saturday Morning Cartoon Characters

The world of Guardians of the Galaxy is an elaborate one with all kinds of strange and obscure creatures. Even before Star-Lord and the gang joined up, the original lineup was way different. Though we couldn.t imagine the film now without the likes of the foulmouthed Rocket Raccoon and the tree-of-few-words Groot, director James Gunn shared an image over Facebool of his characters imagined as figures from Hanna-Barbera Productions. Now this is an alternate lineup we can get behind! Dubbed Hanna Barbardians of the Galaxy, the spoof remolds our intergalactic team of misfits into the best cartoon that was never made: Gamora as Pebbles from The Flintstones, Star-Lord presumably as Bam Bam, Rocket as Muttley of Wacky Races, Drax as Captain Caveman of Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, and Groot as Grape Ape from The Great Grape Ape Show. So now I guess his catchphrase is "I am
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The 50 Funniest Women of the Past 50 Years: #40-31

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The 50 Funniest Women of the Past 50 Years: #40-31
Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here.
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The Simpsons top 50 episodes

Rob counts down the top 50 episodes of TV's longest-running animated series, The Simpsons...

Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”

Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The
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10 Cartoon Voices That Are Actually Impressions of Other Actors

In music there are only 12 notes, so it's no wonder so many songs sound the same. But what about someone's voice? The way someone speaks is not bound by any kind of scale or music theory, rather it's the sum a person’s upbringing, their physicality, and their personality. So why do so many cartoon characters sound so eerily familiar? In this list we highlight 10 cartoon characters whose voices (and often their likenesses) are based on other actors. We also mention 5 other cartoon voices that are impressions in the bonus sections of related entries. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, these actors have been thoroughly praised by some of the best.

Homer Simpson (The Simpsons) - Walter Matthau

Over the past 3 decades The Simpsons has been on the air, America’s favorite family has gone through many changes. Aside from the quality of the animation, the most noticeable
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Nsfw: Yabba Dabba Doo! Scientifically Accurate Flintstones

"Flintstones! Meet the Flintstones! They're a homo erectus family. Taking what we know of primitive man, we can see that the Flintstones would be a far different show if treated with scientific accuracy. For example, 800,000 year old bones from the Gran Dolina cave in Spain tells us that cavemen were common cannibals. Look out, Barney! And where's Dino? He died Millions Of Years Earlier." - Animation Domination High-Def Join the fun in the town of Bedrock with the this fabulously famous modern Stone-Age family.Mowing the lawn with a saw-toothed dinosaur, showering with water sprayed from a woolly mammoth's trunk and eating brontosaurus burgers are everyday events for the lovable Fred and Wilma Flintstone and their friends Barney and Betty Rubble. Living in prehistoric times has its drawbacks, but the Flintstones and their neighbors survive in style.So have a yabba-dabba-doo time with the The Flintstones. Starring: Alan Reed - Fred Flintstone,
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