THE FLINTSTONES (1994 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

The Flintstones—live action interpretation of the animated television series that ran from 1960 to 1966—turns into a great, worth-watching show. While John Goodman didn’t quite master the ‘Yabba Dabba Do’ or the ‘easy jump into the air to click the heels’ Fred Flintstone trademarks, he still managed a worthy and enjoyable interpretation of the original animated character. Rick Moranis, Rosie O’Donnell, and Elizabeth Perkins played off John Goodman’s character with finesse. Watch for Elizabeth Taylor as Wilma’s mother, Pearl Slaghoople. Great casting creates a live action version of the Flintstone story that almost puts it into the re-watchable class.

Storyline

Friends helping friends turns into a disastrous affair that affects the livelihood of the Flintstones and the Rubbles and puts a strain on their friendship.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Brian Levant for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, David Kirschner, Gerald R. Molen, Kathleen Kennedy, and Steven Spielberg for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Fred Flintstone (John Goodman), Wilma Flintstone (Elizabeth Perkins), Barney Rubble (Rick Moranis), Betty Rubble (Rosie O’Donnell), Cliff Vandercave (Kyle MacLachlan), Miss Stone (Halle Berry), Pearl Slaghoople (Elizabeth Taylor), Mr. Slate (Dann Florek), Hoagie (Richard Moll), Joe Rockhead (Irwin Keyes), Grizzled Man (Jonathan Winters), Dictabird (voice of Harvey Korman), Pebbles(Elaine Silver), Pebbles (Melanie Silver), Bamm-Bamm (Hlynur Sigurdsson), Bamm-Bamm (Marinó Sigurdsson), Mrs. Pyrite (Sheryl Lee Ralph), Mrs. Feldspar (Jean Vander Pyl), and Stewardess (Janice Kent).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The film, a joint venture of Amblin Films and Hanna-Barbera, produces 91 minutes of pure, clean family entertainment.

Ben Meyers

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