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?