Last days to watch on Netflix one of the best visually achieved adaptations of the story that will directly hit your nostalgia

Last days to watch on Netflix one of the best visually achieved adaptations of the story that will directly hit your nostalgia
Last days to watch on Netflix one of the best visually achieved adaptations of the story that will directly hit your nostalgia

If you too dreamed of saying “Yabba-Dabba-Do!” and go down the back of a dinosaur, you can’t miss this glimpse of your childhood

In the 50s, cartoons, especially television ones, They were designed exclusively for children and were relegated to the morning television slots. Series like ‘Yogi Bear’, ‘Super Mouse’, ‘Huckleberry Hound’ or ‘Pixie and Dixie’ seemed to cater to a very specific target while more general television was aimed at an adult audience. And then, in 1960, ‘The Flintstones’ arrived.

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‘The Flintstones’ was the animated response to ‘The Honeymooners’, which had been released five years earlier. At Hanna-Barbera they were convinced that animated series could be made for adultsand here they gave it everything: canned laughs (which at that time were reserved only for live-action sitcoms), a prime time slot and even provocations for an American society somewhat ossified.

Wilma and Pedro slept together in the same double bed (something that had never been seen in another animated sitcom) and they began each of their episodes of the first two seasons by smoking Winston and promoting the apparent pleasure of smoking. Something that, even in the 60s, could not be done in children’s blocks. Starting in season 3, when Pebbles was born, the series stopped being in black and white, abandoned the cigarette ads, she changed her tone to become more familiar and became what we all remember her as now.

Perhaps it is because of this mix between the childish and the adult that, when the time came to convert it to live action, ‘The Flintstones’ didn’t end up working. She was too adult for the children and too childish for the matter how perfect the casting was: John Goodman as Pedro (who asked to be removed from there before filming), Rick Moranis as Pablo, Elizabeth Perkins as Wilma and Rosie O’Donnell as Velma, with appearances by Kyle MacLachlan, Halle Berry and Elizabeth Taylor. High names for the adaptation of an animated series from the 60s. That’s what the 90s were like.

The Picaflinstons

I am not going to deny that ‘The Flintstones’ tastes to me like a video store, like a rewind movie, like the back row at the town movie theater. And, frankly, sometimes it’s nice to let yourself be carried away by nostalgia a little bit, even if it’s just to check if your memories are just as you imagined them. But there is something more than that: The film has an incredible visual imagery, and in costumes, effects and production it is one of the best adaptations ever made, without fear of nonsense. Yes. But.

The problem is that in the script of ‘The Flintstones’, although only three people are credited, everyone played lines. Literally anyone you can imagine. A total of 35 people (35!) were modifying jokes, dialogues and making a film in which, frankly, chaos is noticeable in every scene as fun as possible. That mattered to critics, but not to the box office: raised a good 341 million dollarsseven and a half times what it had cost.

Of course, after the failure of its prequel, ‘The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas’, Nobody has considered taking them to a real image again., although the project for another animated film directed by the authors of ‘Super Mario Bros’ seems to be still on. Meanwhile, The franchise long ago stopped focusing on adults. with series like ‘Yabba-Dabba-Dinosaurs’ or direct-to-DVD movies that crossover with WWE. For what we have left.

While we are waiting for the premiere of the series ‘Bedrock’, which will tell the lives of Peter and Paul as retirees in the Bronze Age and a twenty-something Pebbles trying to find her place in life, it’s good to remember other times. And ‘The Flintstones’ comes out May 15 from Netflix, and It is the golden opportunity to dive into a world of dinosaurs, cars that move with your feet, John Goodman, Rick Moranis and the well-known Yabba-Dabba-Do. You will say.

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