Ugh … ready for some worrisome news about one of TV’s most classic and venerated TV shows? Last year we learned that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is rebooted The Flintstones for a new TV series and this week at South by Southwest, he dished a bit about his plan for the forthcoming animated series. Altho the pilot episode is still being written, MacFarlane says that his new version of The Flintstones will have a “90’s edge” a la The Simpsons. HMMM.
One of the most popular events at South By Southwest so far—besides having a conversation about the new social media app you’re developing, hopefully talking loud enough that that cute girl will overhear it and come have sex with you—was “A Conversation With Seth MacFarlane,” in which the Family Guy creator held court on his career … MacFarlane also shared some thoughts on his planned remake of The Flintstones, which is still happening. According to MacFarlane, the pilot is still being written, but he did say that he planned to “keep it more or less the same”—remaining true to the original look and feel of the show, while only slightly updating the cultural references beyond the 1960s and telling stories that feel “a little more current.” Naturally, this raises the question: Well, will there be abortion jokes? “We’re kind of shooting for the level of edge in mid-’90s Simpsons—you’re not going to see abortion jokes,” MacFarlane said, instantly disappointing all who were hoping to see, say, a giant anteater shrug, “It’s a living” before performing a prehistoric abortion. Anyway, MacFarlane later expanded on his feelings about reviving The Flintstones to The Huffington Post, saying, “My thought was, I can’t [screw] it up any worse than Viva Rock Vegas.”
Honestly, I really feel like an update of The Flintstones is a horrible sacrilege and I honestly have no interest in a new, updated version of a venerated classic. I wasn’t even a fan of the more updated cartoon shows of the late 70s/early 80s that focused on the Flintstone child characters Pebbles and Bam Bam. I mean … I didn’t hate the Pebbles and Bam Bam cartoon (yes, I still watched it as a child) but it just felt a bit wrong to see an updated version of The Flintstones. I can’t even comment on the movies that were made in the 90s/00s that seemingly ruined everything we love about The Flintstones. I guess I, personally, am not the target audience for this new reboot. I suppose there is a notion that The Flintstones can attract a whole new audience with this revamped, updated version but … I dunno. Something about the Family Guy/Simpsons-ification of The Flintstones just rubs me the wrong way. What do y’all think? Does this Flintstones reboot sound like a good idea to you?