The Flintstones: On the Rocks

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The Flintstones: On the Rocks
Based on The Flintstones, by Hanna-Barbera
Written by
Directed by David Smith
Chris Savino
Voices of
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin (arranged by Skip Heller)
Composer(s)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s)
Running time 66 minutes
Production company(s) Cartoon Network Studios
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network Cartoon Network
Original release
  • November 3, 2001 (2001-11-03)

The Flintstones: On the Rocks is a 2001 made-for-television animated film based on the television series The Flintstones. It debuted on November 3, 2001 on Cartoon Network and was directed by Chris Savino and David Smith. It was dedicated to Hoyt Curtin, longtime Hanna-Barbera conductor and composer and William Hanna, creator of The Flintstones and founder of Hanna-Barbera Productions with partner Joseph Barbera. This film marks the final time that any original voice actors (namely John Stephenson as Mr. Slate) would appear in a Flintstones project.

It is the only Flintstones production to be produced by Cartoon Network Studios after the Hanna-Barbera studios was absorbed into Warner Bros. Animation on March 12, 2001. In format, the movie was intended to emulate the first and second seasons of the 1960s 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.

Since its original broadcast, the movie has not been released on home video, though bootleg copies exist on various torrent sites.

Plot[edit]

Several years after the events of the original series, Fred and Wilma's marriage is in serious jeopardy, as Wilma is growing tired of Fred's attitude, especially while Barney and Betty are enjoying a happy life well into their marriage, to the point that a visit to a family therapist results in a physical altercation between Fred and Wilma. On Fred and Wilma's anniversary, which they both forgot, the Rubbles arrange a trip to Rockapulco in an attempt to save the Flintstones' marriage.

Shortly after their arrival, a thief, Xavier, steals a diamond from a jewelry store and is chased by the guard into the same hotel the Flintstones and Rubbles are staying at. In the ensuing chaos, Xavier's bag is switched with Wilma's, and he immediately begins plotting to get the diamond back. At first, things do not improve between Fred and Wilma, to the point that Wilma lashes out at Fred and very nearly decides to divorce him, but she stumbles across the diamond in her suitcase and, assuming that Fred bought it as a surprise present, quickly makes up with him. Capitalising on the circumstances, Fred goes along with the charade, but their newfound passion is short lived, as Fred's demeanour slowly puts Wilma off again. While spying on Wilma, Xavier notices this and masquerades as a suave Englishman in order to woo Wilma by inviting her to dinner. Wilma accepts the invitation and spends time with Xavier.

Fred, feeling guilty, decides to make it up to Wilma, but catches her from afar with Xavier and is heartbroken, and he starts to drink himself silly while speaking with another attractive woman at the bar. Wilma rebuffs Xavier's advances out of loyalty to Fred, but changes her mind when she sees him with the lady. While dancing, however, Xavier reveals his true intentions and attempts to take the diamond from Wilma, who was wearing it as a necklace. A chase ensues throughout the ballroom with Fred, Barney and Xavier each trying to get the diamond, but it eventually falls into Wilma's hands, prompting Xavier to abduct her and flee in his car. The ensuing car chase eventually leads to a bridge above a volcano, where Xavier threatens to kill Wilma if she does not hand the diamond over. Fred appears and gives a passionate speech about how he has not realised until now that even though he was not rich enough to buy the diamond, he is still the richest man in the world just by having Wilma as his wife.

Fred tries to attack him, but Xavier punches Fred unconscious. Wilma subdues Xavier and he is arrested by the same lady who Fred spoke with at the bar earlier, who is revealed to have been a policewoman on Xavier's trail. With their marriage restored, Fred and Wilma enjoy the rest of their trip, while Barney and Betty begin to bicker about their own marriage after seeing the passion Fred and Wilma ultimately displayed for each other. Over the end credits, Dino, who was assigned by Fred to guard their home, is revealed to have made a complete mess and left the home in the hands of his friends before leaving on his own trip.

Cast[edit]

Credits[edit]

  • The Flintstones: On The Rocks
  • Character Design: Craig Kellman
  • Background Design: Jim Worthy
  • Background Color: Don Watson and Tim Maloney
  • Storyboards & Written by: Cindy Morrow, Clayton McKenzie-Morrow, Chris Savino, David Smith
  • Animation Direction by: Robert Alvarez
  • Directed by: David Smith and Chris Savino
  • Supervising Producer: Genndy Tartakovsky
  • Line Producers: Victoria McCollum and John Cawley
  • Production Manager: Shareena Carlson
  • Production Assistant: Alina Phelan
  • Art Directors: David Smith and Chris Savino
  • Sheet Timer: Richard Collado
  • Character Clean-Up: Barbara Krueger and Robert Lacko
  • Storyboard Clean-Up: Bill Wray
  • Voices: Jeff Bergman, Tress MacNeille, Kevin Michael Richardson, Grey DeLisle, Jeff Glen Bennett, Frank Welker, Tom Kenny, Zelda Rubinstein, Joey Altruda, John Kassir, John Stephenson, Oren Waters, Maxi Anderson, Carmen Twilley, Willie Wheaton, Mark Mangini
  • Casting & Recording Director: Collette Sunderman
  • Talent Coordinator: Sharra Gage
  • Recording Engineer: Robert Serda
  • "Meet The Flintstones" Theme Song by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Hoyt Curtin
  • Music by: Hoyt Curtin
  • Re-Arrangements & Composed by: Skip Heller
  • Additional Original Music by: Joey Altruda
  • Stop-Motion Sequence Provided by: Screen Novelties Intl. - Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh
  • Color Stylist: David Smith
  • Scanner: Nelda Ridley
  • Animation Checking: Sandy Benenati
  • Supervising Editor: Paul Douglas
  • Dialogue Editor: Jim Hearn
  • Track Reader: Slightly Off Track
  • Post-Production Sound Services Provided by: Hacienda Post
  • Sound Supervised by: Timothy J. Borquez, M.P.S.E.
  • Sound Effects Editor: Tom Syslo
  • Music Editor: Roy Braverman
  • Re-Recording Mixers: Timothy J. Borquez and Eric Freeman
  • Overseas Production Facility: Rough Draft Studios, Seoul, Korea
  • Overseas Animation Directors: Hoon Choi and Dong-Kun Won
  • Telecine & On-Line Facility: Matchframe Video
  • On-Line Operator: Craig Price
  • Telecine Operator: Brian Hutchings
  • Titles: Sean Williams
  • Post-Production Coordinator: Alicia Parkinson
  • Production Accountant: Cecilia Rheins
  • For Cartoon Network Studios - Supervising Producer: Brian A. Miller
  • Director Of Production: Jennifer Pelphrey
  • Executives In Charge Of Production For Cartoon Network: Mike Lazzo and Linda Simensky
  • © 2000 Cartoon Network
  • All Rights Reserved
  • Dedicated To William Hanna and Hoyt Curtin
  • Cartoon Network Studios

Reception[edit]

The film currently holds a 7.0/10 rating on IMDb.

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