YMMV / The Flintstones

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    The Cartoon 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • A few viewers have speculated that the Flintstones are actually a Post-Apocalyptic society using what it can to recreate the destroyed technology, even if it means reverting back to the Stone Age, and the supposed prehistoric animals in reality are produced by radioactive mutation. Which makes a lot more sense if you consider that they celebrate Christmas and seem to have similar cultural norms to modern Americans.
    • The Great Gazoo could be the most evil character ever created. He was sent to earth as punishment for creating a doomsday device that would destroy the universe. And he is cute, not menacing. Obvious evil is easy to spot and thus not as dangerous; insidious or hidden evil is much worse.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: A bit of a meta example, but this is the reason why the infamous cigarette and beer ads are considered surprising for so many people, as the show was first created before the Ghetto even existed.
  • Ear Worm:
    • The aforementioned theme song.
    • "Bedrock, twitch twitch!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: A meta-example. Betty Rubble, who had been basically Demoted to Extra in terms of merchandise, apparently generated a lot of sympathy by fans wondering why she was being upstaged by, of all things, the Sabre Toothed Tiger from the end credits, a car, and even The Great Gazoo. In the end, a huge campaign to bring her to prominence was launched, and Betty finally got her vitamin, with 91% of the votes!
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Though by no means a "family friendly" commercial due to alcohol, this commercial seems to promote getting people good and drunk to get them to do whatever you want.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The infamous cigarette ad becomes this when you realise that Jean Vanderpyl (Wilma's original voice actress), died of lung cancer in 1999. The commercial even shows Fred lighting up a cigarette for Wilma, before lighting one up himself.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • The show and its live-action movies were very popular in Quebec.
    • The cartoon's localized version was also a major hit in Hungary, as the entire dialog had been rendered in witty rhymes by a famous poet. Due to the dub's success, some later dubs of cartoons and comedy movies used the same tactic. The show's later seasons and the spin-offs aren't that well known, though.
    • The same goes with the Mexican Spanish dub, since it uses lots of local references in the dub, not to mention the great quality of the acting.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Most Beautiful Baby in Bedrock is a lot less funny in the age of Toddlers & Tiaras.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One episode in the second season had a man-eating bird-fish hybrid called a "Piranhakeet".
  • Ho Yay / Les Yay: Fred and Barney. Also, Wilma and Betty.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Betty's not a vitamin!"
    • The Flintstones cigarette ads
    • "Braaack, it's a livin'."
    • The theme song itself is a meme, by way of Joel's exasperated remarks (FLEENTSTONES?!) when he encountered it in a bootleg Mario game (specifically, "7 Grand Dad", which itself is a meme). A conglomerate of musicians known as GiIvasunner (or SiIvaGunner) have taken this and run with it.
  • Older Than They Think: The idea of "Flintstones and wrestling? Those don't go together" in response to a direct-to-video animated film starring the Flintstones with stone age versions of WWE wrestlers has become a web reaction, even though, yes, an episode of the original series had a wrestling match take up most of the plot. This not counting all the times Fred and Barney watched "the fights" on TV either.
  • The Scrappy:
    • The Great Gazoo, which was a contributing factor for the show's eventual cancellation.
    • Pebbles herself —and Bamm-Bamm to a lesser extent— have this distinction to the older seasons.
    • Pretty much every character besides Fred in the early seasons. A number of fans initially didn't like Wilma and Betty because they were always beating up their husbands for comparitvely small reasons (a notable example being in the very first episode) and always sabotoging Fred and Barney's schemes. Barney wasn't particularly likeable in the early seasons either, notable examples being The Golf Champion, The Sweepstakes Ticket, and The House Guest where Barney was extremely inconsiderate towards Fred and received no commeuppence.
  • Seasonal Rot: Some have noted that after Pebbles was born, the show shifted its tone to be a bit more child friendly, and consider it to have dropped in quality as a result. While this viewpoint isn't universally accepted among fans, a way more common viewpoint is that the show's quality took a major drop when the Great Gazoo showed up.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: It's easy to forget, but much in the same vein is modern shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy, The Flintstones was a Primetime cartoon aimed at adults. This is what led to things like the cigarette commercial. At wasn't until later on, much like the Looney Tunes, that the Flintstones was wrongly associated as a Children's only franchise.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • The original theme music, "Rise and Shine", sounds a bit like "This is It", the theme to The Bugs Bunny Show. This might've been the reason the song was changed to "Meet the Flintstones" in the third season, with the first two seasons having the new theme edited in for syndication.
    • "Meet the Flintstones" was itself based on part of the "B" section of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 17, Movement 2.
    • The music heard in the bowling alley scene from the first live-action film sounds a lot like the theme song for The Ren & Stimpy Show.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • There were commercials for Winston cigarettes promoted by Fred and Barney.
    • There are also quite a few jokes sprinkled throughout the series that would, today, be seen as sexist or misogynistic.
    • One early episode featured Wilma and Betty taking judo lessons to defend themselves against a burglar whose been breaking into houses around Bedrock. Considering the time period that the show aired in, their judo instructor looks and sounds exactly like you would expect.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The 2001 made-for-TV movie Flintstones: On the Rocks is rated TV-G. However, the special is significantly Darker and Edgier, as it turns Fred and Wilma's cartoon bickering into genuinely real feeling marital problems, and has many instances of Does This Remind You of Anything?
  • The Woobie: A meta-example. When it came to merchandise, Betty always seemed to get the short end of the stick, having notably been left out of the Flintstones Vitamin assortment, and even being upstaged by the Sabre Toothed Tiger from the end credits for a Push Pop flavour (which was, to add insult to injury, blueberry flavoured.) Apparently, enough people complained about this, as Betty finally got her own Vitamin in 1995, twenty years after that fact. There is even an FAQ on the official website, the last question asking about her presence in the Vitamin lineup.

    The Live Action Films 
  • Moral Event Horizon: Cliff Vandercave crosses this by kidnapping Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm and trapping them on a giant mining machine. He then starts the mining machine on with the intent of killing both the children even though Fred and Barney has given him the Dictabird before, and attempts to shoot Fred and the Dictabird, but not before Sharon knocks him out with a money bag.
  • So Okay, It's Average: An increasingly common opinion of the first movie. The second movie is considered more...
  • So Bad, It's Good
  • Special Effects Failure: The Dicta-Bird from the first film was pretty obviously an animatronic.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • Rosie O'Donnell played Betty in the live-action movie, of all people. She was apparently given the part because of her perfect imitation of Betty's giggle.
    • A bigger "WTH" goes to Elizabeth Taylor as Wilma's mother.
    • Rick Moranis raised a few eyebrows in being cast as Barney, too. About the only actor whom virtually everyone agreed was perfect for his role was John Goodman as Fred Flintstone.
    • The casting decisions for The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas were generally felt to be much better... with the glaring exception of Stephen Baldwin as Barney.

     The Comic 
  • Broken Base: The comic's tone and its Darker and Edgier take on everything. On the one hand many readers are surprised at how well the story turned out, with the prehistoric setting used to good effect and the comic's lessons balancing optimism and cynicism in a mature way. Others can't get past the whole "It's the Flintstones, but edgy now!" premise and feel the comic tries too hard in places, like trying to tie Yabba Dabba Doo into PTSD.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mr. Slate's been reimagined into a crass capitalistic Bad Boss. In spite of this, issue 6 affords him the same glum humanity as everyone else when he gives everyone the day off and confesses a fear of Dying Alone, knowing he's made no lasting friendships and only has his business to his name.
  • Memetic Mutation: "We participated in a genocide, Barney."note 
  • Older Than They Think: While it was NOWHERE near the level of this comic, the Flintstones were always pretty subversive and not afraid to touch some deep issues for a cartoon like infertility and (in a TV movie made years later) marital problems.
  • Snark Bait: The Darker and Edgier tone and extremely heavy-handed politics have made it a source of many jokes.
  • Win the Crowd: While the idea of a Darker and Edgier Flintstones reboot was head tilting, the series has received many good reviews and is considered one of the best of DC's Hanna-Barbera revamp on the rack.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • In issue 1, when everyone ignores Wilma's hand print paintings and she laments that no one gets it, not even Fred. Then she explains their hand prints importance as a reminder of her family.
    • In issue 4, Fred's speech about how he worries that Wilma will stop loving him someday, and that their marriage is just a attempt to keep her from leaving him.
    • Mr Slate's soliloquy about dying alone.

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