Saturday, March 31, 2012

THE MAN CALLED FLINTSTONE - Do You Know?


Trivia Compiled By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: IMDB / Wikipedia

The Man Called Flintstone is a 1966 American animated musical comedy film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and released by Columbia Pictures. It was the second Hanna-Barbera feature, after Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! (1964). The film is a theatrical spin-off of the 1960-66 television series, The Flintstones, and is a swan song of the TV show, made immediately following the end of production on the series. The working title of the film was That Man Flintstone, with the film poster featuring Fred in the same pose of the Bob Peak poster for Our Man Flint. The film is a parody of the James Bond films.

This film was the first feature film voice role for Betty Rubble's voice actress Gerry Johnson. Additionally, it marked the first voice work of Henry Corden, who supplied Fred's singing voice, and would go on to fully assume the role of Fred after Alan Reed's death in 1977.

While the film includes numerous musical interludes, including one song performed by Louis Prima, the popular theme song from the show itself is not used. However, plots from several episodes of the TV series are used, including an episode in which Fred becomes involved in a spy caper spoofing Goldfinger, and another in which he encounters JL Gotrocks, the world's richest man, and his exact double.

During the "Teammates" musical number, when Fred and Barney's airplane falls apart, it becomes the "Flintstone Flyer", the pedal-powered contraption featured in the very first episode of the series.

Unusually, Wilma is seen wearing a blue dress in this film rather than her usual white.

The airplane The Flintstones take to get to Paris has "Qantas" - the name of a real-life airline - written on the side.

The DVD was released outside the United States only, because Columbia Pictures owned the rights to the songs used in the movie. Only after the rights to the songs cleared in August 2008 was the movie released in the United States of America.

After Fred's tie got ruined by Barney while trying to escape the Green Goose's tower, the tie reappears moments later after Fred and Barney got out from the door of the tower.

Rock Slag disappears in back of the desk at the pizza place (after he got knocked out by Barney), when The Chief makes a Phone call and Fred leaves with Tayna.

Variety gave The Man Called Flintstone a positive review on August 10, 1966, calling the production "excellent" and noting that the "stone-age scenery and machinery are mildly amusing and sometimes highly inventive". The review judges that the plot is a fast-moving and clever spoof of contemporary spy films.

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