We’ve done 4 more serious Scrooge versions in a row so let’s take a quick minute to talk about a silly one- Flintstones Christmas Carol.
It’s not good per say but I didn’t think it was awful either. I think if someone said ‘you are in charge of making a Flintstones Christmas Carol’ I don’t think I could have come up with something this good and there is something to be said for that.
Scrooge- The gimmick behind this version is that Bedrock Community Players is putting on a play and the whole town is involved including Fred who is has let his lead role go to his head .
You kind of have to go with the world of Flintstones and assume that Christmas would exist (and there is a line about Jesus) even though Jesus clearly would not have lived in caveman times. Just go with it.
So Fred is obsessed with the play and forgets Wilma and Pebbles . At the same time we see the actual play and it is a pretty faithful narration and the animation isn’t terrible.
Mr Slate plays Marley and then when others get sick Wilma ends up playing Past and Belle making Fred realize what a Scrooge he is being.
Differences- Like I said we are in Flintstone world and there is a play of Christmas Carol within the movie.
Strengths- It does contain a fair amount of content from the story. The voicework is pretty good. The animation is bright and colorful. This isn’t that bad. Is it good? No but I’ve seen worse. (Better than Smurfs and All Dogs but worse than Disney or Mickey).
Weakneses- The world is just too goofy for Christmas Carol. It probably shouldn’t have even been attempted and it is strange that they still tried to the sets Victorian for the play. This is caveman. how would they know what that all looked like? I know overthinking it but it is sort of strange.
My advice is put on Mickey or Muppets instead but this isn’t terrible if your kids end up watching it. I haven’t seen much Flintsones. Is it worth watching?
5 thoughts on “Scrooge 15: Flintstones Christmas Carol”
Eh…depends….I think back when the Flintstone aired first it was pretty revolutionary in being the first animated movie which actually showed a pregnancy. The quality of the episodes ranges from quite clever to utterly predictable. It’s limited animation, but at least they bothered a little bit with the backgrounds in this case. But it is mostly a family comedy in which the joke that the Flintstone’s have modern stuff made out of stones and animals is made again and again and again. I don’t think that the show would have become a hit today. But it has it’s charming moments. I was never really into it, though, because I dislike stupid characters as a rule, and Fred and Barney are the very definition of stupid.
Didn’t know that about the pregnancy. I agree it’s not good but it wasn’t terrible. You are right about the jokes. I never watched it much either
I’m a big ‘Flintstones’ fans and think I’ve seen nigh all of the episodes of the original series, but I haven’t seen this one yet.
They mention Jesus? That should be interesting.
They do mention Jesus in the play. If you are a fan you will enjoy this. It’s not that bad