The Flintstones: On the Rocks

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The Flintstones: On the Rocks
Distributed by Warner Bros. Television
Directed by David Smith
Chris Savino
Produced by Victoria McCollum & John Cawley (line producers)
Genndy Tartakovsky (supervising producer)
William Hanna & Joseph Barbera (executive producers)
Written by Cindy Morrow
Clayton McKenzie Morrow
Chris Savino
David Smith
Starring Jeff Bergman
Tress MacNeille
Kevin Michael Richardson
Grey DeLisle
Jeff Bennett
Tom Kenny
Zelda Rubenstein
Joey Altruda
John Kassir
John Stephenson
Oren Waters
Maxi Anderson
Carmen Twilley
Wil Wheaton
Mark Mangini
Music by Hoyt Curtin
Joey Altruda
Skip Heller
Production company Hanna-Barbera
Screen Novelties
Cartoon Network Studios
Country United States
Canada
Language English
Original channel Cartoon Network
Release date November 3, 2001
Running time 85 minutes
Preceded by A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994)

The Flintstones: On the Rocks is a made for television animated movie based on the television series The Flintstones; it aired November 3, 2001, on Cartoon Network in the United States.

In format, the movie was intended to emulate the first season of the series, which was distinctly more mature and aimed at older audiences than the later seasons, and therefore chose to focus more on the relationships between the original core cast of Fred, Barney, Wilma, and Betty.

It was directed by Chris Savino and David Smith and was dedicated in memory of William Hanna. Since this film has not been released on either VHS, DVD or Blu-ray, it has attained something of a cult following among Hanna-Barbera fans.

Plot[edit]

Fred and Wilma's marriage is in serious jeopardy. After years of Wilma putting up with her husband's lazy, self-centered loitering, she hopes that a second honeymoon in Rockapulco (a gift from the equally concerned Rubbles) will finally restore the passion in the relationship; Fred, in the meantime, looks at the idea as another excuse for a personal vacation and takes it for granted. Meanwhile, a professional thief succeeds in acquiring a rare diamond, but he loses possession of it when his handbag ends up getting switched with Wilma's handbag, forcing the thief to woo the frustrated Mrs. Flintstone in an effort to reclaim the diamond, which follows up to leading a worried Fred to reevaluate his own conduct and feelings towards Wilma before he "loses her" for good. The two eventually discover the thief's true purpose and reunite to save the day and restore their love.

Trivia & Production notes[edit]

  • This film aired in Japan on January 3, 2002.
  • The movie features a memorable dream sequence for Fred that sees the visuals change from standard cel animation to a sophisticated puppet-motion sequence, provided by Screen Novelties.
  • This production is the last Flintstones-related project for both William Hanna (who died in 2001) and Joseph Barbera (who died in 2006). It was also the last project of any sort Hanna produced prior to his death.
  • Jeff Bergman would reprise his role as Fred Flintstone in two episodes of Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy.

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