Immediately after The Flintstones ended its seven-year run (1960-1966) as the first animated show on American prime-time television, work began on "The Man Called Flintstone" the first and only big screen appearance of “The Modern Stone Age Family.” Alan Reed (Fred), Mel Blanc (Barney), Jean vanDer Pyl (Wilma) and Gerry Johnson (Betty) were all brought back to reprise their TV roles for the motion picture, which was written, by Ray Allen and Harvey Bullock. The film was aimed at capitalizing on the success of the original show and to be a spoof of the popular James Bond films. The film was part musical, part Flintstones and a good chunk 007. The film was released in August of 1966 and was minor success at the box office. The film did however have a second life as a matinee feature following its initial release.
In the film Fred Flintstone is persuaded to take over for an injured secret agent Rock Slag, to whom he is an exact double, by the Stone Age Secret Service. Under the guise of a family vacation to Paris, Fred's mission is to infiltrate the secret organization known as SMIRK whose leader, the Green Goose (voiced by Harvey Korman) is bent on destroying the world with a doomsday missile. Flinstone trails the Green Goose to Rome where he and Barney get captured. The real Rock Slag shows up in the nick of time to rescue the duo and together they save the day by foiling the evil plot.
The Flinstones have become a timeless classic in the history of television, while the motion picture “The Man Called Flintstone” has disappeared into relative obscurity. Many fans of the original show are not even aware of its existence. In 2005 there was a planned release of the film on DVD, but a licensing dispute put that on hold (the DVD is for sale in Canada). However there was a short reprieve and the film did receive a limited DVD release here in the USA.
The Man Called Flintstone (1966)
Directed By: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Written By: R.S. Allen, Joseph Barbera, Harvey Bullock, Warren Foster, William Hanna, Alex Lovy
Alan Reed as Fred Flintstone
Mel Blanc as Barney Rubble/Dino
Jean Vander Pyl as Wilma Flintstone
Gerry Johnson as Betty Rubble
Don Messick as Various VoicesJanet Waldo as Various Voices
Paul Frees as Rock Slag
Harvey Korman as Chief Mountmore/Green Goose/Triple X/Various Voices
John Stephenson as Various Voices
June Foray as Tanya Malichite
Russi Taylor as Cave Mouse
Runtime: 87 Minutes
Released: August 3, 1966