Flashback Friday- The Flintstones (1994) & The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)

The Flintstones is without a doubt a classic cartoon. Airing between 1960 and 1966, it was the story of modern caveman, his family and his world. It has undoubtedly influenced many modern cartoons and animators.

In 1994, The Flintstones was made into a live action film. Stepping into the iconic roles of Fred, Wilma, Betty and Barney were John Goodman, Elizabeth Perkins, Rick Moranis and Rosie O’Donnell. In the film, Slate and Company is offering their employees the chance to take a test and work in the office as opposed to the field.  Barney’s test scores are high enough to move him up, but he switches with Fred. But the opportunity to move up the professional ladder is not all that it is cracked up to be.

Six years later, audiences were told the back story of their favorite modern cave people. In The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Wilma (Kristen Johnston) is the poor little rich girl. Escaping to the real world, she meets Betty (Jane Krakowski) who helps her get a job. Then the girls meet Fred (Mark Addy) and Barney (Stephen Baldwin).  The chemistry between Fred and Wilma is instant, but their different lifestyles make break them up before the relationship can gather steam.

Do I recommend them? The 1994 film is true to the cartoon, funny and genuinely entertaining. The 2000 film is simply another prequel that does not do it’s predecessor justice. To answer the question, I recommend the 1994 film, but not the 2000 film.


Author: Writergurlny

I am Brooklyn, NY born and raised writer who needs writing to find sanity in an insane world. To quote Charlotte Bronte: “I'm just going to write because I cannot help it.”

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