The Man Called Flintstone

The Man Called Flintstone is a 1966 American animated comedy film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and released by Columbia Pictures. It was the second Hanna-Barbera feature, after Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! (1964).[1] The film is a theatrical spin-off of the 1960-66 television series, The Flintstones, and is a swan song (series finale) of the show, made immediately following the end of production on the series. The working title of the film was That Man Flintstone,[2] with the film poster featuring Fred Flintstone in the same pose of the Bob Peak poster for Our Man Flint. The film is a parody of the James Bond films.

This film was the first feature film voice role for Betty Rubble's voice actress Gerry Johnson. Additionally, it marked the first voice work of Henry Corden, who supplied Fred's singing voice, and would go on to fully assume the role of Fred after Alan Reed's death in 1977. While the film includes numerous musical interludes, including one song performed by Louis Prima, the theme song from the show itself is not used.

The Man Called Flintstone
Man called flintstone
Original poster
Directed byJoseph Barbera
William Hanna
Produced byJoseph Barbera
William Hanna
Screenplay byHarvey Bullock
R.S. Allen
Based onThe Flintstones, by Hanna-Barbera
StarringAlan Reed
Mel Blanc
Jean Vander Pyl
Gerry Johnson
Paul Frees
June Foray
Harvey Korman
Music byDoug Goodwin (songs)
John McCarthy (songs)
Ted Nichols (score)
Marty Paich (score)
CinematographyDick Blundell
Gene Borghi
Charles Flekal
Bill Kotler
Edited byLarry C. Cowan
Pat Foley
David M. Horton
Milton Krear
Production
company
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 3, 1966
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Plot

In the opening scene, secret agent Rock Slag, who is physically identical to Fred Flintstone, is being chased through Bedrock. His pursuers, Ali and Bobo, think that they have finally killed him when they push him off a building. Meanwhile, the Flintstones and Rubbles prepare for a camping vacation which includes trying to drop Dino and Hoppy off at the veterinarian. On the way back, Fred crashes Barney's car, and they make a stop at the hospital where Rock Slag is also recovering. After Ali and Bobo find Rock and put him out of commission, Chief Boulder of the Secret Service enlists Fred to take his place in Paris for a special meeting. His assignment is to meet Tanya, the #1 female lieutenant of master criminal the Green Goose, who has agreed to turn over the Green Goose in return for a chance to meet the irresistible Rock Slag. Rock is not sure that this is such a good idea but the Chief reassures him that he will keep an eye on Fred.

Thinking that the Green Goose is an actual bird, Fred tells his family that their vacation has become an all-expense paid trip to Eurock. Barney and Fred return all the camping gear and use the money to buy the Rubbles tickets to go along. Meanwhile, Ali and Bobo make several attempts on Fred's life assuming that he is Rock Slag. Once in Paris, the Chief tells Fred that he must now go to Rome instead, with the help of master of disguise Triple X. Fred makes attempts to sneak away from Wilma to meet with Tanya, but ends up spending the night trying to escape all of Rock's female admirers. After missing a date with Wilma, Fred buys her a "genuine imitation diamond necklace" from a street hustler to make it up to her, but finds that she slept soundly through the night without even realizing that he was missing.

Discovering the Chief's secret office, Fred tries to back out of his assignment but after finding out what the Green Goose really is, he has pangs of guilt over Pebbles' future and makes an excuse to get away and meet Tanya at a restaurant. Unfortunately, Wilma and the Rubbles go to the same restaurant and catch them together - thinking that Fred is having an affair. Rock actually shows up to replace Fred, but gets mistakenly pounded by an angry Wilma, Betty and Barney and ends up out of commission again. Tanya then leads Fred to the Green Goose (whose hideout is at an abandoned amusement park), but he is unaware that the Chief has been taken out by Ali and Bobo, so he has no back-up. Barney, meanwhile, has followed Fred to see what this is all about, and they both end up captured by the Green Goose. Barney is tortured in an effort to get Fred, who is believed to be Rock, to give him secret information. Fred refuses to talk, despite Barney's torture.

The Green Goose, who is revealed to be Triple X, makes plans to launch his deadly inter-rockinental missile, which is disguised as the park's space ride. Fred and Barney accidentally lock themselves inside the missile until the Green Goose overhears that Fred has an "expensive" necklace on him. When he opens the door to get at the necklace, the boys turn the tables on Triple X and lock him in the missile with Ali, Bobo and Tanya—with the target now reset for outer space, sending them all to an unknown fate.

A huge welcome home ceremony is held in Bedrock for the return of Fred, now considered a hero, but he is just grateful to be back home with his family (after the restaurant mishap is cleared), who head on a secret getaway. Unfortunately, Roberta, one of Rock's admirers whom Fred met in Rome, and her brother Mario have secretly moved into Bedrock, and they chase Fred all over town, much to the confusion of Wilma, Barney, and Betty.

Cast

Soundtrack

The Man Called Flintstone
(Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album
Released1966
GenreSoundtrack
LabelHanna-Barbera Records
ProducerCharles Shows

The Man Called Flintstone soundtrack album was released on vinyl by Hanna-Barbera Records.

Side A:

  1. "The Man Called Flintstone" (Instrumental)
  2. "Spy Chief" (Instrumental)
  3. "Spy Type Guy"
  4. "Bobo and Ali" (Instrumental)
  5. "Team Mates"
  6. "Paris Bound" (Instrumental)

Side B:

  1. "(Someday) When I Am Grown Up"
  2. "The Happy Sounds of Pareé"
  3. "Pensate Amore (Think Love)"
  4. "Scooter Scootin'" (Instrumental)
  5. "Tickle Toddle"
  6. "The Man Called Flintstone"

Reception

Variety gave The Man Called Flintstone a positive review on August 10, 1966, calling the production "excellent" and noting that the "stone-age scenery and machinery are mildly amusing and sometimes highly inventive". The review judges that the plot is a fast-moving and clever spoof of contemporary spy films.[3]

Home media

In 2005, a North American DVD version was released by Warner Home Video. However, owing to licensing complications between Warner Bros. (current owners of the Flintstones property) and Sony (current owners of then-Flintstones distributor Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems), only a Canadian release occurred; a United States release was canceled and would not be rescheduled until the rights issue was cleared in August 2008.

The DVD was released in the United States on December 2, 2008, along with Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!, a film with which The Man Called Flintstone was released as a double feature during the 1970s.[4]

In 2010, the film was made available as a download through the iTunes Store. Unlike the DVD release (which is 4:3 Open Matte), the iTunes version is presented in a "matted" widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1.

See also

References

  1. ^ Beck, Jerry. The Animated Movie Guide. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2005. ISBN 1-55652-591-5. pp. 160-161.
  2. ^ p. 161 Beck. Jerry The Animated Movie Guide 2005 Chicago Review Press
  3. ^ The Man Called Flintstone (film review). Variety, August 10, 1966
  4. ^ "The Flintstones DVD news: DVD Release in the USA for The Man Called Flintstone - TVShowsOnDVD.com". tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on 2008-12-05.

Notes

  1. ^ The rights to the individual characters are presently owned by Warner Bros.

External links

1966 in animation

Events in 1966 in animation.

Bamm-Bamm Rubble

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Barney Rubble

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Barney's personality was based on that of Ed Norton on the 1950s television series The Honeymooners, played by Art Carney. Like Ralph Kramden on The Honeymooners, Fred was constantly on the lookout for get-rich-quick schemes, while Barney, like Norton, found life satisfactory as it was, but participated in said schemes because Fred was his friend. Usually after Fred had hatched one of his plans, Barney showed his agreement by laughing and saying, "uh hee hee hee... OK, Fred!" or "hee hee hee... whatever you say, Fred!"

In early episodes, Barney had a New Jersey accent, but was soon changed to a deeper, more chuckle-like voice. In "On the Rocks" and the late 2000s his Jersey accent returns.

Barney's interests included bowling, playing pool, poker, tinkering around in Fred's garage, and playing golf (though in some episodes, Barney did not know how to play golf). He, like Fred, was also a member of the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes lodge and its predecessor in earlier episodes, the Loyal Order of Dinosaurs. He is also a talented pianist and drummer. In the first episode of the original series, he was an inventor of a human-powered helicopter. Although clearly depicted as being in better shape than Fred, he is not shown to be quite as enthusiastic a sportsman as Fred is. This distinction can be attributed to Fred's fondness for food, though Barney is shown to be almost as capable of excessive appetite on a number of occasions.

Betty Rubble

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Betty lives in the fictional prehistoric town of Bedrock, a world where dinosaurs coexist with cavepeople and the cavepeople enjoy primitive versions of modern conveniences such as telephones, automobiles and washing machines.

Betty's personality was based on the stock character of the lead character's best friend's wife, commonly seen in 1950s television (other prominent examples including Trixie Norton of The Honeymooners, which by conflicting accounts was a major inspiration for The Flintstones, and Ethel Mertz of I Love Lucy). Much like Trixie or Ethel, Betty spent a lot of her time socializing with Wilma, and the two would often end up working together to bail their husbands out of whatever scheme of Fred's had landed them in trouble, sometimes scheming with each other.

Dino (The Flintstones)

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Ed Barge

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Hanna and Barbera opened their own studio that same year and hired Barge in 1965 for the movie The Man Called Flintstone. He remained with Hanna-Barbera until retiring in 1982.

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Fred Flintstone

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Since the original series' run, Fred has since appeared in various other cartoon spinoffs, live action adaptations, music videos, and commercials.

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Gerry Johnson

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Henry Corden

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The continuing popularity of The Flintstones rested heavily on its juxtaposition of modern everyday concerns in the Stone Age setting. The Flintstones was the most financially successful network animated franchise for three decades, until The Simpsons debuted decades later. In 2013, TV Guide ranked The Flintstones the second greatest TV cartoon of all time (after The Simpsons).

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Wilma Flintstone

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