Flintstones, meet the Flintstones / They’re the modern Stone Age Family / From the town of Bedrock / They’re a page right out of history. The Flintstones just might be the most revolutionary animated TV series of all time. It broke new ground with its subject matter, humor, long runtime, and primetime schedule. Giving birth to many spin-offs and products. So a live-action movie was inevitable. Although I was almost completely unaware it existed when I was a kid. Luckily I was still young enough to enjoy it when I did watch it. Not that it’s a great adaptation or anything. The Flintstones does manage to recreate the look of its stone age setting. All stone houses and feet powered cars look the way they’re supposed to. While all the prehistoric creatures (like Dino) are mostly achieved through puppetry. Probably its biggest problems would be its story and some casting. John Goodman was born to play Fred Flintstone. Elizabeth Perkins was a perfect fit to play Wilma. Rick Moranis may not be as short as Barney Rubble, but he’s just meek enough to work. Rosie O’Donnell on the other hand, was an awful choice to play Betty! Betty was always someone fans had a crush on and Rosie O’Donnell does not fit that description (she only got the part because she could do the laugh). Elizabeth Taylor was also criticized for playing Wilma’s mother. Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are also present, but they’re kids instead of babies. The plot involves Fred getting a promotion at the quarry after Barney takes the fall for him. It’s not too bad, but there’s a lot of innuendo for a family movie. Namely for Halle Berry’s sexual portrayal of Sharon Stone (pun intended). The Flintstones may bare the look of the beloved series, but there’s just too many flaws for it to be fully appreciated.
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