The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

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The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
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North American release poster for The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, designed by BLT Communications and illustrated by Drew Struzan
Directed by Brian Levant
Produced by Bruce Cohen
Written by Deborah Kaplan
Harry Elfont
Jim Cash
Jack Epps Jr.
Based on The Flintstones 
by Hanna-Barbera Productions
Starring Mark Addy
Stephen Baldwin
Kristen Johnston
Jane Krakowski
Joan Collins
Thomas Gibson
Alan Cumming
Music by David Newman
Cinematography Jamie Anderson
Editing by Kent Beyda
Studio Amblin Entertainment
Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • April 28, 2000 (2000-04-28)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $83 million
Box office $59,468,275

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas is a 2000 American family-romantic comedy film and prequel to 1994's The Flintstones based on the 1960s cartoon series of the same name, produced by Amblin Entertainment and Hanna-Barbera and distributed by Universal Pictures. Set before the Flintstones and Rubbles were married and had kids and the events of the first film, it featured very few of the original cast. Despite slightly more positive reviews than the first film, Viva Rock Vegas bombed at the box office.

Ann-Margret, who appeared as 'Ann-Margrock' in the original television series, sings the theme song, which is a slightly rewritten version of the theme song from Viva Las Vegas.

Plot[edit]

Young bachelors and best friends, Fred Flintstone (Mark Addy) and Barney Rubble (Stephen Baldwin) want dates, and little green alien The Great Gazoo (Alan Cumming), exiled to Earth by his species, offers to help, although only they can see him. Meanwhile, Wilma Slaghoople (Kristen Johnston) wants a normal life and activities, like bowling, despite her controlling mother Pearl (Joan Collins) who wants her to marry smooth casino-owner Chip Rockefeller (Thomas Gibson). Wilma angrily runs away to Bronto King in Bedrock. Waitress Betty O'Shale (Jane Krakowski) mistakes her as "caveless", and offers to share her apartment, and gets her a job alongside.

Fred and Barney, customers, are smitten, and invite the girls to a carnival, then switch dates so Fred is with Wilma and Barney with Betty. Wilma invites her new pals home to a birthday party for her dad Colonel (Harvey Korman) birthday party, where all are shocked by her wealth. Fred intends to propose, but changes his mind after meeting Chip. Pearl dislikes the three new friends, but Colonel Slaghoople accepts them, glad Wilma is happy, and privately gives her his mother's pearl necklace. After the boys disgrace themselves at dinner, Wilma nevertheless proclaims her pride and leads them out.

To get Wilma back, Chip invites the four to his Rock Vegas resort, hoping Fred gambles so Wilma leaves. Chip and his girlfriend Roxie (Alex Meneses) are visited by two men to collect a lot of money owed by Chip, who claims his upcoming marriage to Wilma will clear his debt. Gazoo witnesses the entire conversation. When Barney tries to keep Fred from high-stakes poker, Chip sends Roxie to seduce Barney for an escort to an All-You-Can Eat buffet.

Chip keeps Fred gambling to miss his dinner date with the others. Betty sees Barney wipe cream from Roxie's chest and misinterprets the move as a pass. Mick Jagged (Cumming) comforts the weeping girl, and they go on a date. Wilma breaks up with Fred over too much gambling. Chip warns her of burglaries, arranges that Fred loses everything, slips Wilma's pearls in Fred's pocket, then asks him to empty them. Hotel security arrests Fred and Barney, who tries to help Fred. Wilma goes back to Chip.

In prison, Gazoo warns them Chip wants Wilma's money. Barney slips through the bars, steals the keys, and unlocks the cell. Disguised as dancers, they accidentally run into Jagged's dressing room. Barney tells Betty he loves her, and they get back together.

Fred plans to disguise himself as Jagged in attempt to reconcile with Wilma. Meanwhile in the audience, Chip proposes to Wilma but she doesn't respond. Fred then comes on stage disguised as Jagged and sings to Wilma briefly. He apologises for his behaviour earlier, then proposes to her. Wilma happily accepts rejecting Chip, and they marry in the Rock Vegas Chapel of Love. After Pastor (John Stephenson) proclaims them man and wife, everyone sings "Meet the Flintstones". When Jagged sings "Viva Rock Vegas" at a party, Betty catches Wilma's tossed bouquet and kisses Barney. The newlyweds drive away to goodbye waves.

Cast[edit]

Special appearances[edit]

  • Ann-Margret performed an altered version of "Viva Las Vegas" to fit the film's time period for the soundtrack. Ann-Margret appeared in the film Viva Las Vegas and in the Flintstones series as "Ann-Margrock".
  • Harvey Korman, who was the original voice of the Great Gazoo in the television series, plays Colonel Slaghoople in this film, while Gazoo is now played by Alan Cumming (Korman was also the voice of the Dictabird in the first film). This was also Korman's final film appearance.
  • John Stephenson, who plays the minister who marries Fred and Wilma and voices the showroom announcer, was the voice of Mr. Slate on the original Flintstones series and later the voice of Count Rockula in the Halloween special The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone. Stephenson also voiced Dread Baron at Laff-a-Lympics, where Fred and Barney guest starred.
  • Rosie O'Donnell, who played Betty in the first film, voices the Octopus giving Wilma and Betty massages. Krakowski had been reluctant to play Betty, feeling she would be overshadowing O'Donnell, until she was congratualted by Rosie for getting the role with flowers and a card that said "From Betty #1 to Betty #2, Now Yabba Dabba Do It!"
  • Kristen Stewart, later to star in the Twilight film series, has a bit part as a ring-tossing girl at the carnival. However, she can only be seen from the back.
  • John Cho, who would later appear in the American Pie and Harold and Kumar franchises, as well as the Star Trek reboot films, appears at Slaghoople Manor as a valet.
  • William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the creators of the cartoon series, are in a crowd scene during the wedding of Fred and Wilma sing a verse in the theme song

Reception[edit]

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas received mostly negative reviews from critics at an average of 25% on Rotten Tomatoes and was nominated for four Razzies at the 21st Golden Raspberry Awards, for Worst Picture, Worst Supporting Actor (Stephen Baldwin), Worst Supporting Actress (Joan Collins), and Worst Remake or Sequel, and it "lost" in all four categories. It was also a box office flop, as it grossed $59,468,275 worldwide on an $83 million budget. This was an extreme disappointment compared to the first film's $358.5 million international gross.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'U-571' Runs Noisy, Runs Strong". The Los Angeles Times. 2000-05-02. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 

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