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Cinema Connoisseur: Flintstones will (Bed)rock your socks off
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Published: Monday, October 15th, 2007
The Flintstones (1994)
This past summer, the long running primetime animated series “The Simpsons” made the leap to the big screen with a great amount of fanfare. This certainly isn’t the first time this happened. Long before Homer and the gang graced the boob tube, the modern Stone Age family The Flintstones ruled primetime.
The adventures of main character Fred Flintstone, his wife Wilma, best friend Barney Rubble and his better half Betty ran from 1960 to 1966, and is widely regarded as one of the most successful and influential series of all time.
Boatloads of merchandise based on the program have been released over the past few decades. Who among us hasn’t enjoyed a bowl of Fruity Pebbles cereal? Perhaps you were one of the Flintstones kids, one of the ten million strong and growing who took Flintstone vitamins. Look at how they helped baseball homerun king Barry Bonds.
But this column isn’t called Cereal Connoisseur and it isn’t called Vitamin Connoisseur, although those are both excellent ideas. This is the Cinema Connoisseur column, so this week I’ll be reviewing the 1994 hit film The Flintstones.
When looking to cast a large and loud man, look no further than John Goodman. He’s got it down pat. He’s had many roles (and many rolls), but I’m sure Fred Flintstone is the one he is proudest of.
Sources tell this critic that Rosie was thrilled to work in a film that featured so many dinosaurs, as she is said to be somewhat of an amateur paleontologist. She is said to particularly identify with a rare dinosaur known as the lickalotapuss.
The main plotline of the film involves Fred, through a set of zany circumstances, being promoted to an executive position at Slate and Company. This is orchestrated by a conniving pair of employees played by Kyle McLachlan (“Twin Peaks”, “Desperate Housewives”) and Academy Award winner Halle Berry, who have designs on taking over the company.
The film also focuses on the adoption of baby Bam Bam by the Rubbles, and a visit to the Flintstone household by Wilma’s mother, played by Elizabeth Taylor.
The dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures in The Flintstones are some of the most realistic ones you’ll ever see on film, assuming your entire dinosaur movie watching experience has been confined to The Land Before Time series.
With all that being said, do I recommend The Flintstones? I yabba dabba do!
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