The Man Called Flintstone (1966)

After Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear!, this was the second Hanna-Barbera motion picture. It’s also the last production of the original Flintstones series, ending it before it would be brought back in the 1970’s.

Special Agent Rock Slag looks exactly like Fred, which means that as soon as they meet in the hospital, Fred takes over the spy work while Rock recovers. This sends Fred and Barney — with family in tow — all around the world. This also raises the question as to why Paris exists in the past and has the exact same architecture as it does today. When it comes to the Flintstones, I try not to think too much.

The one thing that does baffle me is the number of musical numbers in this. I guess that the thought was if Disney did it in a full length, this film should too. The music is the reason why this movie was never released on video in the U.S. until 2008, as Columbia Pictures owned the rights to all of the many songs.

Obviously, this is as much Derek Flint as it is James Bond. It moves quickly and it plenty of fun, despite the strange song where Pebbles sings about going to sleep and the fact that Fred and Barney sing a ditty that pretty much affirms that they are the ones actually married.

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