I can already hear the griping, “What another childhood property being rebooted?!” “That Family Guy dude is bringing us the Flintstones?!!” “Blasphemy!” “Sacrilege!” But I would like you to recall the god-awful, piles of stinky crap, live-action films from 1994 and 2000. If anything, The Flintstones need to do some serious pennance before they wander back in to your good graces. Is Seth MacFarlane the man for the job? I don’t know, but in FOX’s eyes he rakes in mountains of cash and that’s all they need to know.
Originally FOX seemed a little hesitant about handing the reins of the stone age family cartoon over to MacFarlane, but now Deadline has confirmed he will be rebooting The Flintstones “as a TV and film property.” But that’s all we know, hopefully soon we’ll hear an announcement with some more concrete details, maybe even from MacFarlane or his people. But in the meantime, what do you think about a MacFarlane Flintstones cartoon?
I know MacFarlane is mostly associated with the crude and offbeat humor of Family Guy and American Dad, which some may not think is suitable for the family cartoon. But if you watch his shows closely you’ll notice a real appreciation for cartoon and film history. Granted, more often than not those classic toons or movies are mentioned in an off-the-wall, demented fashion, but in order for th0se jokes to be funny there needs to be an understanding of the source material, which MacFarlane has. So I’m hopeful in his reboot. Like I said earlier, The Flintstones need to go off on a better note than Viva Rock Vegas. Really, it’s a shitty, shitty film. The Flintstones deserve better.