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New Flintstones Movie in the Works

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is planning to bring The Flintstones franchise back to the big screen via a new project helmed by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s production outfit, Gary Sanchez Productions. The script is being handled by their partner Chris Henchy (The Campaign.) The film is said to be animated, making it the modern stone age family’s first animated big screen appearance since the 1966 spy spoof The Man Called Flintstone (the less said about the 1994 live action film, the better.)

Seth MacFarlane’s Integrity On The Fence

Seth MacFarlane

As we all know, MacFarlane came into the limelight when Fox approached him to create a new classic family-based cartoon for the network. The result of which was Family Guy, the catalyst for an empire led by the now highest paid television writer in the world. He wowed us, despite many considerations that it could never replace The Simpsons, a cartoon that was falling into it’s lesser successful twilight years (or so we, and Groening, thought) at the time Family Guy was in production. MacFarlane gave us a classic formula, but seasoned it with all new ideas for what a cartoon of this kind could bring to television and the animation world. He made his creative mark with a clever gag: the iconic Family Guy flashbacks that loosely tied into an episode’s actual plot, though at times with forced initiation in the writing. MacFarlane also brought back elements of television that had been missing for over ten years, the orchestral theme music. A passion of his that led to many humorous show tunes throughout the series, not the least of which was the profoundly hilarious and poignant “Fellas At The Freakin’ FCC.”

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #5: The Flintstones

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #5: The Flintstones

As the 5 o’clock whistle blows at the quarry, Fred lets out a really loud, “YABBA DABBA DOO!!”, and slides down the back of his brontosaurus, racing home in his car, as fast his two feet will carry him. This iconic opening of the theme song is your introduction to “The Flintstones”, a modern stone-age family from a town called Bedrock. After he gets home, Fred picks up his family and the Rubbles and they all drive down to see a Drive-In movie. Hey, how is Dino supposed to enjoy the movie with Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm on his head? This must have been the event that brought about the idea for the sunroof in a car. Seriously, who wants to fix that roof every time they see a movie?

Rebooting the Flintstones: Do or Don’t?

Rebooting the Flintstones: Do or Don't?

Hello fellow Earthpolluters! So I guess a lot of you have heard about the fact that Mr. Seth Macfarlane is going to reboot the Flintstones. When I heard this, I was SO excited, reliving memories of the Hanna-Barbera version. Then I thought about it for a bit longer, and I started to wonder: “is he going to put his Family Guy / American Dad / Cleveland Show humor into the Flintstones?” Scary, right? I mean the Flintstones have a different sort of humor when compared to the toons Mr. Macfarlane has created. So how big will the difference be? Will he able to maintain that original Flintstones feeling in the new series?

Fox revives The Flintstones, via Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane

Fox revives The Flintstones, via Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane

For nearly a decade, Seth MacFarlane has been one of animation’s most powerful forces. Outside of the Simpsons, he represents Fox’s Animation Domination, with Family Guy, the Cleveland Show, and American Dad. He’s also worked on various shorts, Robot Chicken, even Star Wars specials. Now, along with 20th Century Fox Television and Warner Bros. Television, the gang will revive the Flintstones for an all new, old era (modern prehistoric?). Set to hit the small screen in 2013, the Flintstones and the Rubbles will again don their animal skins, roaming around Bedrock in search of adventure. MacFarlane plans to add new sight gags to the series, as an homage to the original Hanna-Barbera toon, such as prehistoric iPads. The reboot has plans to address Fred and Wilma on the big screen as well, building steam through the new animated series. Yabba Dabba Doo!

Teletoon Retro’s classic toons sets subscriber record

Teletoon Retro's classic toons sets subscriber record

With over 8 million fans and counting, Teletoon Retro has become a mighty force! Teletoon Retro, the younger cousin to Teletoon (think Cartoon Network and Boomerang) is known for being home to some of animation’s most classic tales; Spider-man, Inspector Gadget, He-Man, She-Ra, G.I. Joe, Tom & Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny, The Smurfs, The Jetsons, Batman: The Animated Series, the Flintstones, Thundercats, and so many more. Now, the Astral and Corus Entertainment owned channel can prodlu claim to have set a new Canadian digital subscriber record. With that lineup of awesome toons, is there any wonder?!

Teletoon Retro showcases Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, Batman, Fantastic Four, ThunderCats, G.I. Joe, and more

Teletoon Retro showcases Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, Batman, Fantastic Four, ThunderCats, and G.I. Joe

For years, Teletoon has been a gift to animation fans. The joint venture of Astral Media and Corus Entertainment has again and again offered the treat of cartoons to fans in Canada, Latin America, and other regions in a fashion identical to Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney, and others in American regions. Teletoon Retro holds a similar place in the heart, offering fans a look at some of the classic toons we’ve all come to know and love; The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, Inspector Gadget, Batman: The Animated Series, Fantastic Four, ThunderCats, G.I. Joe, and many more. How many of you guys are watching Teletoon on a regular basis?

Warner Bros. brings Superman, Batman, Looney Tunes, and more to Zazzle

Warner Bros. brings Superman, Batman, Looney Tunes, and more to Zazzle

Folks all over the web can make their way to Zazzle and customize t-shirts, mugs, posters, and more. Now, Warner Bros. Consumer Products is bringing a ton of new artwork and properties to the site, in a partnership with Zazzle, to expand what users can bring home. Harry Potter, Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, and The Jetsons are just some of the designs you can utilize. Also, in celebration of DC Comics’ 75th anniversary, the companies will also bring in Batman, Superman, Supergirl, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Justice League artwork.

The Simpsons meet South Park

The Simpsons meet South Park

In the 20+ years that the Simpsons have been on the air, they have done countless parodies of other TV shows, movies, celebrities, news situations, and so one. However, its rare that they’ll actually spoof another cartoon! Few honors have taken place over the years, including The Critic, The Flintstones, and Family Guy. In a recent episode, The Simpsons did a take on one of the other most popular and long-lasting animated series on TV today, South Park, with Bart, Milhouse, Ralph, and Nelson standing in for Kenny, Kyle, Stan, and Cartman. Take a look at the clip in action below to see TV animation history!

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