Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown!
Releases on Blu-ray and DVD March 10th 2015
0 hrs 50 mins
Not Rated


Director: Spike Bandit, Tony Cervone
Writers: Jed Elinoff, Scott Thomas

Jeff Bergman as Fred Flintstone
Kevin Michael Richardson as Barney Rubble
Tress MacNeille as Wilma Flintstone
Grey Griffin as Betty Rubble
Russi Taylor as Pebbles Flintstone
Eric Bauza as Bamm-Bamm Rubble/Dino/Hoppy
John O'Hurley as Mr. Slate
The Bella Twins as Brie Boulder and Nikki Boulder
John Cena as John Cenastone
Rey Mysterio as Rey Mysteriopal
Vince McMahon as Mr. McMagma
Daniel Bryan as Daniel Bryrock
CM Punk as CM Punkrock
The Undertaker as Himself
Mark Henry as Marble Henry

Review by Stephen M.

It has been a long while since I have seen any type of Flintstones animation, which use to be a regular staple along with the Jetsons for me.  Most kids nowadays are not familiar with the Honeymooners copycat (nor the Honeymooners), so it made for a great idea to pair them with something more mainstream like WWE.  The film which includes several of their more well-known stars, including the recently departed CM Punk makes for a great animation for young boys with its action and humor.

For long time Flintstones fans, a lot of it will seem familiar which is good.  As with the old episodes, you know that Fred will get into a hair brain scheme that will eventually back fire for him and Wilma will eventually work things out with him in the end.  We get all the familiar characters including the supporting ones like Mr. Slate and the toddlers and pets.  You also get the familiar puns with the animals used as every day gadgets and accessories.  The voice acting led by Jeff Bergman as the lead Fred Flintstones does a good job in coming close to the classic voices that we grew up with.  The wrestlers with limited speaking roles aside from CM Punk and John Cena all also does a decent job in their characters translating their wrestling personality over to the cartoon world.

The biggest disappointment with the film for me would be the mature themes and wrong messages that it gives despite being a children's animation.  From the sexual innuendos, to teaching answering violence with violence, you would think the animation was targeting men.  I was hesitant in showing this movie to my eight year old daughter because of these reasons.  The inclusion of Vince McMahon into the story is a bit of useless self-promotion for himself adding nothing to the story.

Overall, I would recommend this film to older Flintstones and WWE fans.  The animation is well done but the unfortunate message of answering violence with violence makes it difficult for me to recommend it to families with young children.  Sure the Flintstones had its violent moments in the past with Bam Bam tossing people around.  The Flintstones have always used physical sight gags with their invulnerable characters, but you figure some things would change a little with the sensitivity towards violence in cartoons since the "stone age."


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