The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown (Video 2015)

The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown (Video 2015)

Released: 2015
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Genre
Director:
Starring: Tress MacNeille, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jeff Bergman, ,
Run time: 51 min
IMDb: 5.4/10
Country: USA
Views: 43245

Synopsis

Storyline:
When Fred loses his family’s vacation money, he hatches one of his hair brained plans to get it back. It’s a sports entertainment spectacle that involves throwing his best bud, Barney into the wrestling ring with the likes of John Cenastone (John Cena), Rey Mysteriopal (Rey Mysterio) and even The Undertaker, with Fred himself as event promoter! The crowds roar, the “clams” are pouring in from ticket sales and even Mr. McMagma (Vince McMahon) is taking notice of all the hoopla. Including all-star appearances from The Boulder Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella) Marble Henry (Mark Henry) and Daniel Bry-Rock (Daniel Bryan), it’s time to get the whole family together for hard-hitting, side-splitting laughs from the most epic event in all of prehistory! Plus new bonus content The Superstars of Fred Flintstone Entertainment, How to be a Stone Age Superstar and two bonus episodes from the original hit TV show The Flintstones.
User Reviews: I know, I know. I thought I would dislike this as much as the rest of you. I mean, The Flintstones, and WWE? How in the world could those two concepts possibly come together and work?! Well, to be honest, it actually did rather well! The plot actually plays out somewhat like a standard episode of The Flintstones (or a short animated film) with Fred becoming a manager and promoter of wrestling matches as part of a get rich quick scheme in order to afford a family vacation, featuring stone age versions of several current WWE wrestlers.

As much I was preparing myself for a lot of pandering to wrestling fans and the sensibilities of modern animation, storytelling and humor, this film was surprisingly low key and reserved, not resorting to the usual gaggle of ironic pop culture puns on the latest movie releases and the like, except when they could be adapted into the story for a quick gag, (i.e. a quick joke about prehistoric digital devices made out of stone), but like celebrity cameos, these were also a common quality of the Flintstones universe, so, I let it slide.

The wrestling itself is thankfully not too realistic, there are a lot of cartoonish exaggerations, that still don’t clash too much with the semi-realistic tone of the Flintstones universe.

There are a few references to catchphrases and the like that may confuse or otherwise irritate you if you’re not a fan of pro wrestling, and a few plot devices may seem a little contrived, but thankfully, they are sparse. A bunch of the WWE entertainers actually do a reasonably good acting job, so that’s another plus.

This, coming from a longtime advocate of traditional, hand-drawn animation and traditional storytelling, this film, which I was not quite looking forward to, this was like a relieving breath of fresh air for me personally. It sort of put me in the mind of the multiple Flintstones specials from the early 1990s that would be played on Cartoon Network ad naesuem back in the day.

In short, for the casual Flintstones fan, you may want to give this a watch. For children, I’m not sure if I would recommend it if the concept of several scenes of somewhat revealing swimwear and women with sassy, sexualized attitudes and cartoonish violence offends you. Also, if the kids or teens seem to be more into the frantic pace of most of today’s animated output, this may not be for them, either.

Final thoughts. Animated projects with this type of art and story style are so unheard of to this day, that this gave me some pretty pleasant nostalgic feelings. Overall, I’m not sure if I would necessarily watch it again, but if it just happens to be on television in the future, I might sit through it.

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