Film: The Man Called Flintstone

The Man Called Flintstone is a 1966 American animated musical comedy film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and released by Columbia Pictures. It was the second Hanna-Barbera feature, after Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! (1964). The film is a theatrical spin-off of the 1960-66 television series, The Flintstones, and is a swan Song of the TV show, made immediately following the end of production on the series. The working title of the film was That Man Flintstone, with the film poster featuring Fred in the same pose of the Bob Peak poster for Our Man Flint. The film is a parody of the James Bond films. This is the only animated Flintstones film to get a theatrical release.

When Agent Rock Slag is injured in the line of duty, his superiors contact Fred Flintstone due to his resemblance to Slag and assign him to complete his mission: to meet Tanya, the Green Goose's #1 lieutenant, who has agreed to turn over the evil Green Goose in return for a chance to meet the irresistible Rock Slag.

The Man Called Flintstone provides examples of the following tropes:

  • 10-Minute Retirement: After learning how dangerous the Green Goose really is and being chased halfway across Italy thanks to both some of Rock Slag's fangirls and Ali and Bobo which also makes him miss the entire night with Wilma, Fred decides to drop the assignment and leave it to the professionals. However, guilt over the fact that the criminal could threaten everyone in the world, Pebbles included, convinces him to take it up again.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: The Green Goose's hideout is an abandoned amusement park.
  • Art Shift: The song "Someday" is animated with child-like drawings.
  • Big Damn Movie
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Ali and Bobo.
  • Butt Monkey: Even though he's a master spy, Rock sure suffers a lot of bad luck and even worse injuries.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The faux diamond necklace that Fred buys for Wilma. After the Green Goose locks him and Barney in his missile, he sees it and tells them he will spare them if he can have it, not knowing that it's fake and Fred plays along with it. He opens the missile door, and they pull him in by the necklace. His cohorts go in to help, and Fred and Barney exit and lock them in, and they are blasted off into space.
  • Chick Magnet: Agent Slag is presented as being irresistible to women, to the point that one woman follows Fred (whom she thinks is Slag) to Bedrock all the way from Italy to get him to marry her.
  • Demoted to Extra: Bamm-Bamm has no dialogue in the movie. Pebbles is largely unimportant, but gets two musical numbers (one of them helping to motivate Fred to continue his espionage job).
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: Averted with Tanya. The brim of her hat goes over her eyes, but has eye holes so they can still be seen.
  • Fake Defector: Tanya to the Green Goose.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: Ali and Bobo use one to take the Chief out of commission. It isn't clear if it actually kills him, though, because even though he is not seen again after this, he is referred to as merely being "out cold."
  • Grand Finale: Of the original series.
  • Identical Stranger: Agent Rock Slag to Fred.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Green Goose was one of the most threatening villains who appeared in the series at that point.
  • Master of Disguise: Triple X is a villainous example, as he is later revealed to actually be the Green Goose.
  • The Mole: Triple X is actually the Green Goose.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Fred takes the job because nobody clarifies who the Green Goose is and he assumes they're asking him to catch a rare bird. He's naturally terrified when he finds out the Green Goose is a dangerous criminal.
  • Significant Double Casting: Paul Frees voices both the Green Goose and Triple X. It initially doesn't seem like much of a big deal since he voices several other characters in the film as well, up until it's revealed that the two characters are the same person.
  • Swan Song: This was intended to be the Grand Finale of the entire franchise.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Ali and Bobo.
  • Using You All Along: Fred finds out all too late that Agent XXX is really The Green Goose.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The movie is taken wholesale from the James Bond novel Moonraker.