In this feature-length film based on the "Flintstones" TV show, secret agent Rock Slag is injured during a chase in Bedrock. Slag's chief decides to replace the injured Slag with Fred ... See full summary »
Jeff Bergman does a beautiful job impersonating the great Alan Reed. The other voices are acceptable. The animation was impossibly crude and looked more like Ren and Stimpy. Of course some of the usual continuity errors were there. On the original series, a running gag was, no one knew what Barney did for a living. Here, he is briefly shown working with Fred at the quarry (similar to the comic strip).
I liked the idea of an adult theme. While kids watched this show in the beginning (I was one of them), it was rightly billed as the first adult cartoon show. Having Fred and Wilma act cruel to each other has more in common with today's immature couples than with the characters on the series. Even Ralph and Alice on the Honeymooners (a series superficially similar to this) wouldn't act in a deliberately hurtful manner. The truth is that they are a match and can take each other for granted, but this is too much. The basic core of decency behind the satire in the series is gone. There are moments, but just moments. I'm glad that the late great Jean Vander Pyl didn't live to see this. A lot of sensitivity to the characters could have saved this movie. Unfortunately, I do not have high hopes with regard to Seth MacFarlane's venture either. Too bad.
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