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“The Flintstones” to get the big-screen treatment (and *not* by Seth MacFarlane)

flintstonesNews came earlier this week that “The Flintstones” will be revived as a (presumably CGI) big-screen animated film.

Unlike the earlier proposed “Flintstones” revival that would’ve been spearheaded by Seth MacFarlane of “Family Guy” fame (which fortunately fell through), this film will be co-produced by comedian Will Ferrell. No indication what the film will be like or what its plot will consist of, but it will be animated.

This is presumably tied to the recent announcement of a revival of Warner Bros. Animation’s cinematic efforts, per the success of “The Lego Movie.”

Hopefully this film will revive the “modern Stone Age family” in modern 21st century eyes, as for too long Time-Warner’s ignored the vast library of Hanna-Barbera characters in favor of a narrow-minded focus on Scooby-Doo. I suspect the current animation trend in only focusing on child or teenage protagonists might be why: most of the classic Hanna-Barbera characters were adults or older teenagers. Still, “The Lego Movie,” with all of its characters save one being¬†adults, might indicate to someone at Warners that kids will see a film about adult characters who aren’t just superheroes, though Lego-Batman was hilarious. I suppose there’s always the option of aging up Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm to being grade-schoolers or teenagers, which’d allow the use of the now-all-but-mandatory celebrity voice actors in their roles/give the kids a bigger part in the plot.

“Brave,” “Paperman” win the 2013 animation Oscars

BraveA bit late, but thought I’d note that this year’s Academy Award animation winners are:

  • Animated Feature Film: “Brave” by Pixar.
  • Animated Short Film: “Paperman” by Disney.

Looks like I guessed right (as vague as my guesses were), and it’s a sweep for Disney this year. This year also marks a strong showing for women in animation, between “Brave” being Pixar’s first film with a female lead and “Paperman” produced by a woman named Kristina Reed.

The low point of the evening, of course, was Seth MacFarlane hosting the ceremonies. While I opted to watch “The Amazing Race” instead of the Oscars, I did keep up on goings-on via Twitter, and wasn’t pleased with what I read. Between MacFarlane’s usual bottom-feeding humor and “The Onion”‘s inappropriate tweet about one of the child actresses, this must easily be one of the worst Oscar ceremonies I can recall. Maybe next year the Academy should offer this year’s Golden Globes hosts (Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who I heard were quite popular) twice whatever the Globes-folks paid them to host. That, or just stick with Billy Crystal.

Not an April Fools’ joke (unfortunately): Seth MacFarlane to reboot “The Flintstones” for Fox

The FlintstonesWhat the headline says, folks… Seth MacFarlane of Fox’s non-Simpsons animated sitcom fame (Family Guy, American Dad, etc.) is rebooting the Flintstones; the new show will air on Fox: http://www.deadline.com/2011/05/yabba-dabba-doo-seth-macfarlane-finally-gets-go-ahead-to-reboot-the-flintstones/

My initial reaction to seeing one of my all-time favorite cartoons in the hands of someone behind awful dreck like “Family Guy”:


My somewhat-more-nuanced reaction:

I’ve wondered how the modern Stone Age family could be updated for today’s world, or even if they *could* be updated. While they might be seen as too “old-fashioned” for today’s adult viewers used to modern-day stuff like, well, “Family Guy” (or “South Park,” etc.), on the other hand, they probably don’t completely fit in with what today’s kids watch either (not being about human kids going to school with some wacky element thrown in, superheroes, or bizarre anime creatures forced to fight each other). Still, this is probably the *last* way I’d expect Fred and the gang to be revived.

Although MacFarlane’s worked on late-Hanna-Barbera-era/early Cartoon Network Studios-era series (such as “Johnny Bravo”) before, nothing he’s done for Fox convinces me to hold much optimism about being given “The Flintstones.” While Stewie and Brian of “Family Guy” are amusing, everything else about the show I find obnoxious, banal, or a poor reminder of “The Simpsons”/”South Park.”

There’s also the new Flintstones show airing on Fox itself that gives me some pause. On one hand, I’m glad to see a few modern media conglomerates moving away from the modern corporate “packrat” mentality of airing only programs they directly own or control on their networks (which I feel has harmed diversity in programming). On the other hand, I’m not a fan of Fox (or its sitcom style), either, and not just because of Fox News. Since I gave up watching “The Simpsons,” I only tune into Fox for sporting events I can’t watch anywhere else, such as the Super Bowl, regional hockey coverage on cable channel Fox Sports North, etc. I’d hate to see Fox’s programming style applied to Fred and Wilma…

Given my admittedly non-mainstream tastes in pop culture usually conflict with what’s popular (and vice-versa), I suspect there’s a chance this will wind up being a big hit for Fox. Then again, since it *is* Fox, there’s also a chance of seeing it axed after one season (and after it’s been moved to some Friday-night kiss-of-death timeslot)…