A Flintstones Christmas Carol
is a 1994 syndicated TV movie based on the television series The Flintstones
The plot centers around the Bedrock Community Players putting on a stage production of A Christmas Carol
, with Fred Flintstone cast in the leading role as "Ebonezer Scrooge". But Fred's constant rehearsals for his part begin to rub off on his character as he forgets to buy his family Christmas presents, leaves Pebbles all alone at cave care and treats his friends like "supporting players" and ends up learning the true meaning of Christmas as he performs on stage.
This special includes examples of:
- Acting for Two: In-universe examples; Barney plays Bob Craget and Fezziwig, Mrs. Feldspar as Fan and Clara, and stage manager Wilma filling for several actors who got sick.
- Anachronism Stew: This is set in the stone age (millions of years before the birth of Christ), but Dickens' story was published in 1846. And to that, the setting in the play is a stone-age rendering of 19th century London.
- It's All About Me: Fred acts this way.
- Mythology Gag: Fred is shown to have a cop friend named Philo Quartz, who was the Token Minority kid on The Flintstone Kids.
- Large Ham: People keep calling Fred this.
- Lost in Character: Fred gets so caught up rehearsing for his part as Scrooge, he becomes a selfish jerk who ignores his family and friends. He learns his errors the hard way when the actual play goes on.
- Performance Anxiety: Bamm-Bamm gets nervous when the time comes for him to say "God bless us, everyone." Pebbles says it for him.
- Reality Subtext: An in-universe example; Fred sees that the play's story reflects his own behavior from earlier that day. Wilma's sadness for her role as Belle and Betty's anger while playing Mrs. Craget are their genuine emotions towards Fred.
- Also, when Fred plays Scrooge as a boy, Scrooge's sister Fan mentions him being left alone at school and neglected by his father, causing Fred to remember that he forgot to pick up Pebbles from day care because of his Scrooge-like attitude while rehearsing. It helps that Fan is played by Pebble's day care teacher.
- Running Gag: The play's actors coming down with the "Bedrock Bug".
- The Snark Knight: Wilma
- Throw It In: An in-universe example; Fred sees Wilma filling in for a charity worker who got sick, he keeps referring to her as "Belle", so they both go along changing the story a bit with Scrooge reuniting with Belle after his redemption. The narrator complains that it wasn't in the script.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Barney, Wilma and Betty act this way to Fred all through the show.
- Yet Another Christmas Carol