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The Man Called Flintstone

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Man Called Flintstone, The

The unmistakable Fred Flintstone is mistaken--for a famous internationalspy! Fred's exact double, famed secret agent Rock Slag, has been injuredon assignment. Now Fred must step into Slag's trench coat, and meet theexotic and notorious Tanya in Paris . . . so the Flintstones and theirneighbors, the Rubbles, leave on a trip that the others believe is avacation. But S.M.I.R.K. agents desperately try to foil Fred's meeting.Finally after chasing halfway across Europe, Fred discovers Tanya hasbeen the bait to trap him, or Rock Slag, that is. Although captured,Fred remains true to the spy's code and refuses to talk--no matter howmuch they torture Barney. At last, the real Rock Slag shows up andrescues the Flintstones and Rubbles in the comic caper The Man CalledFlintstone.

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One of the odder bits of pop culture cross-pollination from the 1960s, The Man Called Flintstone thrusts Fred Flintstone into the spy game for a feature-length animated musical adventure that's probably best appreciated by die-hard fans of the modern stone-age family. Released to theaters immediately after the network series left the air in 1966, Flintstone reunites the vocal cast from its final two seasons--Alan Reed as Fred, Mel Blanc as Barney, Jean VanderPyl as Wilma, and Gerry Johnson, who replaced Bea Bernadet as Betty--for this tale of mistaken identities and international intrigue. Veteran voice actor Paul Frees is secret agent Rock Slag, who is injured in his pursuit of the villainous Green Goose (Harvey Korman). His identical twin (Fred Flintstone, natch) is recruited to impersonate Slag and continue the chase in "Eurock," with Wilma, Barney and Betty in tow under the pretense of a joint family vacation. Flintstone has its moments, most notably a musical number featuring the voice of Louis Prima, but on the whole, it pales by comparison to the smart writing of the series (which addressed several of the feature's plotlines in individual episodes). Still, Reed, Blanc and the rest are game, and nostalgists may enjoy this rare feature-length outing, which has gone unseen save for sporadic TV broadcasts since its release. Flintstones scholars may note that Henry Corden, who took over as the voice of Fred Flintstone following Reed's death in 1977, provides Fred's singing voice in musical numbers. --Paul Gaita

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  • Actors: Alan Reed, Jean Vander Pyl, Mel Blanc, Gerry Johnson, Don Messick
  • Directors: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
  • Writers: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Ray Allen, Warren Foster, Alex Lovy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E2PQAC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,359 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Man Called Flintstone" on IMDb

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In the midst of the mid- 'sixties spy craze came this 90 minute feature length film. It was Hanna- Barbera's second theatrical feature, the first being Hey There, It's Yogi Bear. Everything good about the Flintstones to date found its way into this 1966 movie, but this Columbia release (now Warner Bros.) also features seven songs and two different animation looks in the opening and closing title sequences. HB, to their credit, kept the loved look of the long running prime time TV show for the entire feature. The DVD release was held up for a long time due to various debacles, but amazingly, this release managed to keep the cel-look cover art, while the back features three title cards used in theaters.

The film is in English with French and Spanish subtitles, but other than that, there are no extra features, which seems surprising, but perhaps an enhanced version will be released if this one does well. All the classic characters are here: Alan Reed as Fred, Mel Blanc as Barney, Jean Vanderpyl as Wilma, Gerry Johnson as Betty, not to mention June Foray, Harvey Korman, Paul Frees, Don Messick, and Janet Waldo. The Man Called Flintstone, coming two years later, is more developed than Hey There, Yogi Bear, which is also a musical, and which also gave the HB art department a chance to experiment with different visual styles in the musical numbers.

This is a delightful film, well-drawn, fast paced, well-plotted, with the usual cartoon conundrums and domestic dilemmas, drawing to a satisfying denoument. In other words, three times the length, but following the formula of every Flintstones episode. Here though, the genius of this cartoon, in writing, character, and story, clearly shines, whereas in the episodes, it's easily taken for granted.
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In the '60s, cartoons made for the big screen had a charm all their own (check out the Pink Panther movie shorts). For Hanna Barbera, they would include Hey There It's Yogi Bear, The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, and A Man Called Flintstone. When the Peanuts specials made animated featurettes on TV a regular feature, other animated specials tended to seem like drawn-out shorts with musical interludes. Not this one. A Man Called Flintstone is all savvy and style, with eye-catching graphic design and memorable songs built around the '60s spy craze, yet stays true to the original look and feel of The Flintstones (unlike later films which reversion the cartoons).

Quite sad how it's all tied up in litigation, of course, but cross your fingers and it might come out on DVD, and if you see it used, take a chance with our man Flintstone.
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I love this title so much that I almost hesitate to bring this up. Since Man Called Flintstone is now owned by Warner Brothers, they edited one of the biggest smiles from the opening titles. As the film was released theatrically by Columbia Pictures in 1966, Hanna Barbera took full advantage and replaced the woman with the torch in the Columbia Logo with Wilma holding a torch!I was surprised not to see that at the beginning, but understand. Why would Warners want to advertise Columbia on one of their properties?
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Haven't seen the DVD yet, but I own an old VHS copy of it I transferred over to DVD. It's a family staple; as kids it used to air annually on (I think) ABC in 2 halves, one half on Thanksgiving Day and the second the day after. Everything you love about Flintstones - the physical gags, the Fred-Can't-Do-Anything-Right bumbling, the great cartoon voice-over work from the original cast plus Harvey Korman & June Foray, the "eh, it's a living" use of prehistoric animals (who knew so many of them could speak perfect English, it really IS Intelligent design!) - it's just all done up a little bigger, with Fred being recruited by the goverment to finish an assignment started by a secret agent (who happens to be Fred's double, and quite a hit with the female spy set...meee-yowwww). And the assignment is coinciding with the Flintstones' & Rubbles' joint vacation, & Fred's not allowed to tell anyone else what's going on. Add some catchy tunes, and be amazed as time flies by and you forget how old you are.
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You'd expect Hanna Barbera to pull out their big guns early in the race to release every frame ever filmed onto DVD, but instead they chose to release such question marks as Scooby Doo and the Boo Brothers first. Well, we can only thank the powers that be that they decided to hold back on the collection of the Gary Coleman Show, becasue it means there's a spot in the schedule for H-B's first major motion picture, The Man Called Flintstone.

Featuring the original cast (Save for Gerry Johnson as Betty; Bea Benaderet had already passed on by this time) and semi-regular Harvey Korman (blessedly NOT as the Great Gazoo), the film is rife with classic filmic cliches like the person of importance that just happens to resemble a character on the show (a plot that was used in the series at least three times, a probable record) a few moments of mistaken identity, and all wrapped in a spy plot to take advantage of the James Bond craze.

Some of the best songs that were ever written for a Hanna-Barbera release, (okay, I can live without "Tickle Toddle") and some great art design make this a can't miss part of the Flintstone canon.

If you don't blink you'll see one of the weirdest product placements in history. Apparently, Qantas airways has been in business since prehistoric times, because that's the airline Fred and Co travel on to Eurock!

Took long enough to come out - don't take long picking it up.
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