Man Called Flintstone, The

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Animated film (1966; vt The Flintstones in The Man Called Flintstone). Hanna-Barbera Productions/Columbia Pictures. Produced and directed by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna. Written by Harvey Bullock and R S Allen. Cast includes Mel Blanc, June Foray, Paul Frees, Gerry Johnson, Don Messick, Alan Reed, Jean Vander Pyl and Janet Waldo. 89 minutes. Colour.

Secret Agent Rock Slag (Frees) is injured in the town of Bedrock in a battle with agents working for the international Villain the Green Goose (also Frees). As Slag happens to look exactly like Fred Flintstone (Reed), Fred is recruited to take his place and capture the Green Goose, who plans on using a deadly missile to blackmail the world. Double-agent Tanya (Foray) is all set to help as long as she remains convinced Fred is the genuine Slag. Since Fred was planning a vacation anyway, his wife Wilma (Vander Pyl) and best friends Barney Rubble (Blanc) and Betty Rubble (Johnson) tag along to "Eurock", complicating matters as Fred has to keep his mission a secret even from them. After many misadventures familiar to fans of the Television series, he succeeds in a final confrontation with the Goose at an abandoned amusement park near Rome. He has help from various gadgets such as a "sling-shot" shoe, and related stone-age devices, and actually gets to be the hero for once.

A Parody of the James Bond films and the general "spy-fi" craze of the era, the feature was produced directly after the tv series The Flintstones (1960-1966) ended. It works reasonably well for series fans, although the addition of musical numbers aimed at very young viewers (meant to pad the running time) jars badly with the rest of the storyline. [GFi]

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