Seth MacFarlane Will Bring ‘The Flintstones’ Back To TV

The "Modern Stone Age Family" Returns to TV

The classic 60′s animated TV series The Flintstones, that has lived on and on and on in reruns, is getting the reboot treatment … by none other than Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Fox announced at it’s Fall upfronts yesterday that they will air this new animated version of The Flintstones on their network, tho no release date has been announced. Will this be a case of Yabba Dabba Wahoo? Or Yabba Dabba Don’t?

The Flintstones are heading back to television, courtesy of irreverent Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, Fox television said today. MacFarlane will give a 21st century spin to the classic 1960s animated comedy series about the lives of Fred Flintstone, his wife Wilma, and their neighbours Barney and Betty Rubble. ‘The very first cartoon character I drew at age two was Fred Flintstone,’ MacFarlane said in a statement. ‘So it’s appropriate that events have come full circle, allowing me to produce the newest incarnation of this great franchise. ‘Plus, I think America is finally ready for an animated sitcom about a fat, stupid guy with a wife who’s too good for him,’ he added. The new animated series will feature MacFarlane’s modern-day take on the lives of the Flintstones and the Rubbles, two hard-working middle-class families living with contemporary conveniences in the dinosaur-era town of Bedrock. Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said the network hoped to introduce the prehistoric characters to a ‘whole new generation.’ ‘Fox has long been home to iconic families like the Simpsons and the Griffins, so I have no doubt that the Flintstones and the Rubbles are going to fit right in on our air,’ Reilly said. Fox said production would start in the fall of 2011 and would likely air some time in 2013. The Flintstones will be a joint production between 20th Century Fox Television and Warners Bros. Television, the owners of the Hanna-Barbera collection of animated titles. The popular cartoon first appeared on U.S. television in the 1960s and has inspired numerous television specials, three Hollywood movies and videogames.

This news has me very conflicted. The Flintstones is one of the first TV shows that I remember watching as a child and I have a deep love for the series. While I think it would be wonderful for a new generation of children to be introduced to these characters, I just know there is no way a new version of the series can outdo the original … no way at all. I remember when they tried to revamp the Loony Tunes (Bugs Bunny and friends) back in the 90′s and it was a terrible failure. I’m curious to see what a new version of The Flintstones will look like but I can’t say I’m dying for a Flintstones revamp. What do y’all think of this news? Are you excited/interested in a Flintstones revamp? Does this sound like the worst news ever?

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  1. beth

    bad news

    • The Truth

      Sorry but Seth is not Walt Disney but simply another artist who got the silver spoon up his ass and a break. He, by being an actor and somehow making the elusive connection to some dumb beeatch in power, got his his poorly animated crap gig to be aired(along with that stupid Simpsons on T.V.).

      Hey, it is simply more power to him. Musicians get a break but that does not make them bad. But to become what it is just to lower yourself to play cover songs? Common Seth. Go back to art school.

      Bottom line…create something new. It’s called being just that…creative. Try it Seth, that is if you can. Until then, leave the remake frenzy to those that couldn’t write an original idea if they had one.

  2. Panti Christ

    Hmm…I think I would be into it if visually it was similar to the original artwork, but if the comedy is geared toward adults like it is in other in MacFarlane shows. This is one heckofa challenge to take on, but he’d be the guy to do it!

  3. Dan

    There have been a few appearances of Fred and Barney on “Family Guy” and they seem to have been faithful to the original. I would like any remake to be kept “cleaner” than the other MacFarlane shows. The Flintstones is an iconic show and should avoid blue humor and fart jokes.

    • Amanda

      I agree. I would hate to see crude humor (not that I don’t love “Family Guy”) being used with “The Flintstones”. It would be a slap in the face to Hanna-Barbara who kept their show clean but still funny. MacFarlane already has three shows to keep up with. Isn’t that enough?

  4. Meghan

    Normally, I would be upset by this news, but I love Seth MacFarlane and think he will do a great job with this!

  5. Howard

    @Trent– If you want to talk about Looney Tunes failure, check out the new show Cartoon Network rolled out a few weeks ago. I loved my 90s Tiny Toon Adventures!

    As long as MacFarlane stays away from the crude humor of Family Guy, I think it could be a huge success. Possibly even bigger than his current shows.

  6. Christy

    I say Epic Fail,sorry I am a purist there is only classic Flintstones…BTW the 90′s movies sucked badly.

  7. Scott

    I say YEAH. Hopefully they will be able to have a nice gay couple across the street.. Stoner & Boner. After all…. “We’ll all have a GAY old time” as the theme goes.

  8. RJP3

    Well why not he already stole the idea when he “created” Family Guy (Fat Husband / Trim Wife), American Dad (Bone Headed Husband / Trim Wife), The Cleveland Show (Fat Husband / Trim Wife) … yes Flintstones was an homage to The Honeymooners (and in the 70′s we had the Family Guy of that era call “Wait Till Your Father Gets Home”.

    So with all these “tributes” why not reboot the Flintstones.
    Lets just keep them nice. Oh never mind this is Seth doing it.

  9. Nathan

    I will definitely check it out. But I hope it stays similar to the original and not to Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and Seth MacFarlane’s humour. I like it, but I don’t want to see it in The Flinstones.

  10. Jeff in NC

    The Flintstones WAS an adult cartoon and was based on the comedy of Jackie Gleason’s The Honeymooners.
    I’m hoping the reboot will have a good balance of nostalgia and modern humor and sensibilities but not too far off the original writing.
    AND, bring back Ann Margrock!!!!

  11. yanii

    NO good idea, you soon gonna se fred saying he doesn’t beleive in God, pot should be legalized and gay marriage. He has nothing to do with the flinstones, I wish he can take his big ego to another cartoons and no mess with classics. He’s doing well with family guy and his ideas match that show.

  12. Aevie

    Ugh, I just don’t see The Flintstones working with his brand of humor.

    The statement that the original Flintstones was originally an adult cartoon is very debatable. It may have had (very) subtle adult jokes, but they were low key enough to go completely over a child’s head (and often even adults’) and the cartoon was still targeted towards younger audiences. I just don’t see MacFarland as capable of making something appropriate for children.

    Also, there’s the matter of Flinstones merchandizing. It is actively marketed as a children’s product. Flintstone vitamins *for kids*. Flintstone toys *for kids*. All of that merchandizing will bite the dust if the Flintstones is turned into the next Family Guy. Even Hanna Barbera, though now owned by Warner Bros, is still treated as a child-oriented cartoon producer and risks losing it’s tenuous reputation as family oriented.

    Here’s hoping MacFarland can keep himself in check. Otherwise this is going to be an absolute travesty…and a horrible business decision on WarnerBros/Hanna Barbera’s part.

  13. Ama

    It could be the bad, or it could be great. I’ve noticed that a lot of the “older” shows are coming back now. Like Looney Toons-New episodes are showing on cartoon network now. The voices, and the personalities of the characters are still the same, it’s just different situations. I personally like it, however some people have expressed their dislike for the new series. Which I don’t understand. People complain about the new shows on television lately, yet when the old shows are brought back and have one small change, they will also complain.

    I’m definitely interested/curious to see how bringing the Flintstones back goes. Hope the voices will be the same, though I don’t that will be, one can be hopeful right? For me when it comes to cartoons/animation the voices kind of make or break the show/characters. As well as personality.

  14. GODNESS

    I think its a good idea loony tunes are back on and that’s doing very well n cartoon network so why? Not for the flinstones if Seth can do it right then let him I say yes I would watch it

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