May 8, 2014

"The Flintstones" to get the big-screen treatment (and *not* by Seth MacFarlane)

"The Flintstones" to get the big-screen treatment (and *not* by Seth MacFarlane)

News came earlier this week that “The Flintstones” will be revived as a (presumably CGI) big-screen animated film.

Unlike the earlier proposed “Flintstones” revival that would’ve been spearheaded by Seth MacFarlane of “Family Guy” fame (which fortunately fell through), this film will be co-produced by comedian Will Ferrell. No indication what the film will be like or what its plot will consist of, but it will be animated.

This is presumably tied to the recent announcement of a revival of Warner Bros. Animation’s cinematic efforts, per the success of “The Lego Movie.”

Hopefully this film will revive the “modern Stone Age family” in modern 21st century eyes, as for too long Time-Warner’s ignored the vast library of Hanna-Barbera characters in favor of a narrow-minded focus on Scooby-Doo. I suspect the current animation trend in only focusing on child or teenage protagonists might be why: most of the classic Hanna-Barbera characters were adults or older teenagers.

Still, “The Lego Movie,” with all of its characters save one being adults, might indicate to someone at Warners that kids will see a film about adult characters who aren’t just superheroes, though Lego-Batman was hilarious. I suppose there’s always the option of aging up Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm to being grade-schoolers or teenagers, which’d allow the use of the now-all-but-mandatory celebrity voice actors in their roles/give the kids a bigger part in the plot.

Tags: animationMediamoviesSeth MacFarlaneThe FlintstonesWarner Bros.Will Ferrell