- Directors: William Hanna
- Language: Castilian
- Classification: U
- Studio: First Independent
- VHS Release Date: 24 July 1995
- Run Time: 92 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000057BGW
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,635 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Flintstones: Hollyrock-A-Bye Baby [VHS]
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Animated comeback for the Flintstones and Rubbles, whose children, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, have tied the knot and headed for movie mecca Hollyrock. Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty fly out to visit when they hear Bamm-Bamm is expecting their first grandchild, but Fred lands them all in trouble when he inexplicably attracts the attention of local gangsters.
This pleasant, lightweight live-action version of the popular cartoon is about as good as you might expect. The kids should love the broad humour and the Henson Studios creatures but like The Addams Family movies, the look and the cast are the best things going for it. Considering that the nature of the material is so sparse, the thinly plotted story works better than other TV-to-movie fare. Our fabulous Stone Age man is promoted per a calculated move by a scheming exec (Kyle MacLachlan, whose casting ensured at least one cute guy). As a comedy, the humour is one-note and flat for anyone older than 12. The special-effects creatures look wondrous, though not as seamless as in other movies, such as in Roger Rabbit. The most joyous moments come during the full-scale re-creations of the famous credits. The Flintstones provided a major launching pad for Halle Berry as a vamping secretary. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to the DVD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Whilst the sets are excellent and do more than justice to the cartoons, the plot lets this film down badly mainly because it is too adult. Whilst a live remake of a children’s cartoon it stands to reason that this film would be designed to appeal to both child and adult audiences; particularly given that that latter would remember The Flintstones from their childhood. However, the plot contains too many adult themes including corruption, embezzlement and mob violence (seriously Fred and Barney are nearly lynched by an angry mob at one point). If that wasn’t enough sexual promiscuity is thrown into the mix too; at one point Halley Berry who plays Sharon Stone Fred’s secretary is lying across his desk wearing a revealing top and it wouldn’t have surprised me if Fred leaned over and snorted cocaine out of her cleavage. If I wanted to see that type of thing I would have watched ‘Robcop’ not The Flintstones.
In addition Rosie O’Donnell and Rick Moranis whilst both strong actors are awful as Betty and Barney (I just had to throw this in).
When Fred and Barney take a test to determine who should become the new associate vice president, Barney returns the favour by switching his test answers for Fred's, whose answers aren't very good.
Fred gets the executive position, but little realises that he's being manipulated by Cliff Vandercave to be the fall guy for an embezzlement scheme.....
As soon as the credits roll, you know that the makers are really trying too much to entertain the adults as much as the kids, and when Berry introduced herself as Sharon Stone, I gave up.
It is faithful to the cartoon, and to be fair, the effects and the references to the cartoon are wondrous, and Bedrock really does come alive on the screen.
Goodmaen is way over the top, but I don't believe there is any other way. The rest of the cast are just there, but Moranis is great and really shines in this.
The plot is simple and straight forward, and it's as predictable as alway, friends fall out, argue for a while, hero gets the blame, every one hates him for a while, come the end, everyone is happy.
It's not good, and it's not clever, just a tirade of product placement and silly references to adults.
That made me grimace rather than smile.
The storyline tests the loyal friendship between Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone, who receives a high promotion at work, but unfortunately is to dim to realise that he is being used by manipulators trying to loot his employer. Whilst I'd say that there is a lot for the adult audiences to enjoy, the movie is clearly aimed primarily at kids.
Household name John Goodman excels as Fred and Elizabeth Perkins was also well cast as his wife Wilma, but American comedienne and talk show host Rosie O'Donnell is miscast I feel. She's still plays the part well, but I felt that she was a bit to brash and loud to play the meek and mild Betty Rubble. Personally, I imagine that she would have made a better Pearl (Wilma's mother), although Dame Elizabeth Taylor is more than competent in her role as the old battleaxe. Barney Rubble is played by Rick Moranis, who carries off the role brilliantly, and in fact, like Liz Taylor, steals a lot of the scenes.
In short, a thoroughly enjoyable enough film, which will sure enough appeal to the kids, but probably also the whole family.
I've recently upgraded to the DVD format, and the bonus documentary about how the film came together is both revealing and interesting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An entertaining classic for all ages! Good value for money.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Life don't get better then this, with all our children round to watch this great filmPublished 16 months ago by Cocopops