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Seth MacFarlane To Reboot 'The Flintstones,' Because Life Is A Long, Cruel Series Of Disappointments

by Oliver Lyttelton
May 16, 2011 10:58 AM
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Yabba Dabba Don't

"The Flintstones" is a genuine pop culture icon. Sure, it may have been a riff on "The Honeymooners," thankfully stripped of the overtones of domestic violence, but it was also a truly affectionate, witty look at suburban American life, set in a beautifully designed neanderthal world. It's not "The Cherry Orchard" or anything, but it's pretty good. And, thanks to being tied up in various legal issues, the show has mostly been left alone since the disastrous Spielberg-produced 1994 live-action version, and its even worse prequel "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" six years later. Until now, that is.

And it seems like the men in charge are determined to cram all the bad ideas that would have happened over a decade of brainless development (Kevin James as Fred! David Spade as Barney! The guy who made "Hop" to direct! The Black Eyed Peas to sing the theme tune!) into one horrible, horrible decision, as Deadline announced that Seth MacFarlane, creator of "Family Guy," "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show," has been hired to shepherd a reboot of the series for TV, and possibly for film.

MacFarlane, who was grown in a tank by Fox executives in a bid to make shitty late-period "Simpsons" look palatable in comparison, apparently considers it his lifetime dream to ruin reboot the show and, while the rights holders initially had concerns giving his shows' sometimes 'edgy' material (example: "hey, remember that time we saw that pederast?" Cut to: a pederast), but they seem to have been overcome by the throwing a ton of cash of them.

The TV series, which will start airing on Fox, alongside the three other animated half-hours that the MacFarlane Joy Factory cranks out without cease, in 2013, but considering that the frustrated Dean Martin impersonator (seriously, we're not joking, check it out below) is currently making his feature directorial debut, on the Mark Wahlberg comedy "Ted," the possibility of a film is being dangled above our heads, like a giant fucking sword of Damocles. But a sword of Damocles made up of recycled Star Wars references, and gags stretched over four minutes because the script was running short. [Deadline]

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  • JOMOMMA | August 4, 2011 8:00 AMReply


  • Carson Dyle | July 18, 2011 7:28 AMReply

    McFarlane never learned to draw from any other perspective than a three-quarter front on. This insistence on keeping all characters at this angle creates a bizarre effect as though they’re staring just past one another. There’s absolutely no sense that these characters are truly engaged in conversation.
    The show is composed almost entirely of character’s mouths moving, with the occasional rigid pose-to-pose animation. The movement is banal and devoid of any true expression, with the same exact timing on every motion. For instance, pay careful attention to how the characters’ eyelids are drawn – they’re almost always perfectly straight and covering half the characters’ eyes. This generates a ubiquitous lethargic appearance regardless of the situation. They rarely change to suggest different moods or feelings.
    In fact, I have no idea why Seth McFarlane makes cartoons at all. He has no apparent love for visual expression or pictorial creativity. His character designs, shots, backgrounds, and animation are all relentlessly bland. It’s as if he just doesn’t care.

  • Chris | June 20, 2011 8:17 AMReply

    Please NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not the flinstones! I have great memories of that show and i would hate to see it done like family guy. Family guy has become so perverted and disgusting. I mean seriously, my little brothers watch that garbage and it makes me sick! I used to like it, but now all they do is say sick shit and say stuff about people knowing they can't be sued. Family guy is going the way of south park and neither should be on television. They're cartoons and that makes little kids think it's ok for them to watch them. It's a shame.....

  • Big B | May 19, 2011 12:43 PMReply

    I started writing a response that noted my love of Kevin James, John Goodman, and David Spade, but I decided to condense my thesis into the following statement: this author is an idiot. In the style of a truly irrelevant critic, he mentions about a dozen things he hates more than hangnails and offers few explanations for his feelings, an act that gives his more intuitive readers some insight into his presumably depressed mind. And, as if bearing the rampant stupidity of his arguments weren't enough, the reader is forced to trudge through four paragraphs of poorly constructed prose. For example, the phrase, "while the rights holders initially had concerns giving his shows’ sometimes ‘edgy’ material...but they seem to have been overcome by the throwing a ton of cash of them," is less than stellar. Mr. Oliver Lyttelton (let's hope, for his sake, that he used an alibi), your prose is offensive to both my intellect and my taste in film.

  • LA2000 | May 18, 2011 8:34 AMReply

    I don't get the MacFarlane hate, but a remake of "The Flintstones" seems to be a waste of his time. "The Family Guy" IS "The Flintstones" only without the dinosaurs. And the dinosaurs were never what made it funny.

    At best, it sounds like we will just get "Family Guy" with dinosaurs. Blehh.

  • Mr. Fart | May 17, 2011 4:31 AMReply

    yeah, i love family guy too. so happy to hear you guys enjoy it as well.

  • Glass | May 17, 2011 3:27 AMReply

    MacFarlane's relentless incistence that animation be deprived of genuine pictorial [removed]motionless characters, static backgrounds) perfectly compliments Barbera's cheaply animated and visually repetitive and banal series.

    Like Barbera, MacFarlane has no love of animation as a visual medium.

  • BB | May 17, 2011 2:09 AMReply

    His talent has been squandered greatly by producing three shows simultaneously. He hasn't been funny since Family Guy came back on the air.

    The hate for Seth McFarlane is completely warranted. Family Guy has gotten so bad and it seems like Fox rewards its awfulness by giving him another tv show.

    The fact that he thinks he should even attempt to remake The Flintstones just proves he's an absolute egotistical asshat. There's no defending this. None.

  • rabiman | May 17, 2011 1:51 AMReply

    No, Oliver! Not the sacred institution that is the Flintstones!!

    "a truly affectionate, witty look at suburban American life, set in a beautifully designed neanderthal world."\

    Are you kidding me!?!? Its a kids show about cavemen who drive cars with their feet! When did it become Macbeth?

  • jimmiescoffee | May 17, 2011 1:36 AMReply

    hating mcfarlane is way to posh nowadays. i think he has some talent. his shows are not as good as they once were. this deal is suspect. i love the flintstones. classic shit.

  • Big L and Sons, Inc. | May 16, 2011 12:53 PMReply

    This article perfectly describes my thoughts on the situation. Cringe worthy? Yes, the fact that this asshole is going anywhere near The Flintstones is cringeworthy indeed.


  • Zadoc | May 16, 2011 12:38 PMReply

    Yabba, dabba, do! I am so stoked to see this. I'm glad a new generation gets to enjoy it.
    Who know, maybe the Jestons will be next? What do you think?

    Poll: Will Seth MacFarlane's remake be any good?

  • jimmiescoffee | May 16, 2011 11:34 AMReply

    'family guy' is not bad. its not great. this article, however, is cringe worthy.

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