Follow TV Tropes

Following

History YMMV / TheFlintstones

Go To



* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: It's easy to forget, but much in the same vein a modern shows like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''The Flintstones'' was a UsefulNotes/PrimeTime cartoon aimed at adults. This is what led to things like the [[NeverLiveItDown cigarette commercial.]] It wasn't until later on, much like the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, that the Flintstones was wrongly associated as a kids-only franchise, although the introduction of Great Gazoo, the greater emphasis on Dino, and episodes such as the famous musical "Fred Saves Christmas" episode suggests the change in tone was already well underway.

to:

* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: It's easy to forget, but much in the same vein a modern shows like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''The Flintstones'' was a UsefulNotes/PrimeTime cartoon aimed at adults. This is what led to things like the [[NeverLiveItDown cigarette commercial.]] It wasn't until later on, much like the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', that the Flintstones was wrongly associated as a kids-only franchise, although the introduction of Great Gazoo, the greater emphasis on Dino, and episodes such as the famous musical "Fred Saves Christmas" episode suggests the change in tone was already well underway.


Added DiffLines:

* StockParodyJokes: ''The Flintstones'' actually takes place AfterTheEnd in a post-apocalyptic future, and the StonePunk setting is a crude attempt to re-create modern society with Stone Age resources.


** After [[spoiler:[[GutPunch Joe is killed by vacationing aliens]]]], we think that he's finally going to get some respect when [[BaitAndSwitch a memorial is announced]]...for [[spoiler:[[YankTheDogsChain Sergeant Grumbles]], the test monkey whose fault it was that the aliens invaded in the first place.]] It's [[TearJerker heartrendingly cruel]] and rage-inducing at the sheer injustice of it all, and yet the whole thing is so comically stupid and completely in-character from the people of Bedrock that it becomes hard not to laugh in spite of one's self.

to:

** After [[spoiler:[[GutPunch Joe is killed by vacationing aliens]]]], we think that he's finally going to get some respect when [[BaitAndSwitch a memorial is announced]]... for [[spoiler:[[YankTheDogsChain Sergeant Grumbles]], the test monkey whose fault it was that the aliens invaded in the first place.]] It's [[TearJerker heartrendingly cruel]] and rage-inducing at the sheer injustice of it all, and yet the whole thing is so comically stupid and completely in-character from the people of Bedrock that it becomes hard not to laugh in spite of one's self.


* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: It's easy to forget, but much in the same vein a modern shows like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''The Flintstones'' was a UsefulNotes/PrimeTime cartoon aimed at adults. This is what led to things like the [[NeverLiveItDown cigarette commercial.]] It wasn't until later on, much like the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, that the Flintstones was wrongly associated as a kids-only franchise, although the introduction of Great Gazoo, the greater emphasis on Dino, and episodes such as the famous musical "Fred Saves Christmas& episode suggests the change in tone was already well underway.

to:

* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: It's easy to forget, but much in the same vein a modern shows like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''The Flintstones'' was a UsefulNotes/PrimeTime cartoon aimed at adults. This is what led to things like the [[NeverLiveItDown cigarette commercial.]] It wasn't until later on, much like the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, that the Flintstones was wrongly associated as a kids-only franchise, although the introduction of Great Gazoo, the greater emphasis on Dino, and episodes such as the famous musical "Fred Saves Christmas& Christmas" episode suggests the change in tone was already well underway.



* ValuesResonance: In ''The Missing Bus'' Fred becomes a schoolbus driver, and has to deal with helicopter parents who put an absurd amount of pressure on their children. Some of the lines wouldn't sound out of place in a modern Reddit thread.



* ValuesResonance: In ''The Missing Bus'' Fred becomes a schoolbus driver, and has to deal with helicopter parents who put an absurd amount of pressure on their children. Some of the lines wouldn't sound out of place in a modern Reddit thread.


* HoYay [=/=] LesYay: Fred and Barney and Also, Wilma and Betty, respectively.

to:

* HoYay [=/=] LesYay: Fred and Barney Barney, and Also, also Wilma and Betty, respectively.


* MoralEventHorizon: Cliff Vandercave [[spoiler: kidnaps Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm and places them on a conveyor belt leading to a giant mining machine, then [[spoiler: starts the mining machine on with the intent of killing them, even though Fred and Barney had given him the Dictabird before]]. Then he [[spoiler: attempts to shoot Fred and the Dictabird, but not before Sharon knocks him out with a money bag]].

to:

* MoralEventHorizon: Cliff Vandercave [[spoiler: kidnaps Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm and places them on a conveyor belt leading to a giant mining machine, then [[spoiler: starts the mining machine on with the intent of killing them, even though Fred and Barney had given him the Dictabird before]]. Then he [[spoiler: attempts to shoot Fred and the Dictabird, but not before Sharon knocks him out with a money bag]].

Added DiffLines:

* ValuesResonance: In ''The Missing Bus'' Fred becomes a schoolbus driver, and has to deal with helicopter parents who put an absurd amount of pressure on their children. Some of the lines wouldn't sound out of place in a modern Reddit thread.


* HeartwarmingInHindsight: The episode '''Rip Van Flintstone'' featured Fred dreaming that he slept for twenty years, and among the things that had happened were Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm being HappilyMarried. Years later, along comes ''I Yabba-Dabba-Doo!'' where it actually happens.

to:

* HeartwarmingInHindsight: The episode '''Rip ''Rip Van Flintstone'' featured Fred dreaming that he slept for twenty years, and among the things that had happened were Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm being HappilyMarried. Years later, along comes ''I Yabba-Dabba-Doo!'' where it actually happens.


** 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.

to:

** 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 universe, and he's cute, not menacing. Obvious evil is easy to spot and thus not as dangerous; insidious or hidden evil is much worse.



* HoYay [=/=] LesYay: Fred and Barney. Also, Wilma and Betty.

to:

* HoYay [=/=] LesYay: Fred and Barney. Barney and Also, Wilma and Betty.Betty, respectively.


** 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.

to:

** The cartoon's localized version was also a major hit in Hungary, as all 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.



* HarsherInHindsight: ''The Most Beautiful Baby in Bedrock'' is a lot less funny in the age of ''Series/ToddlersAndTiaras''.
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: The episode '''Rip Van Flintstone'' featured Fred dreaming that he slept for twenty years, and among the things that had happened were Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm being HappilyMarried. Years later, along comes ''I Yabba-Dabba-Doo!'' where that actually happens.

to:

* HarsherInHindsight: ''The Most Beautiful Baby in Bedrock'' is a lot less funny in after the age advent of ''Series/ToddlersAndTiaras''.
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: The episode '''Rip Van Flintstone'' featured Fred dreaming that he slept for twenty years, and among the things that had happened were Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm being HappilyMarried. Years later, along comes ''I Yabba-Dabba-Doo!'' where that it actually happens.



** Pebbles herself --and Bamm-Bamm to a lesser extent-- have this distinction to the older seasons.

to:

** Pebbles herself --and Bamm-Bamm to a lesser extent-- have are seen as this distinction to in favor of the older seasons.



* SeasonalRot: 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.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: It's easy to forget, but much in the same vein a modern shows like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''The Flintstones'' was a UsefulNotes/PrimeTime cartoon aimed at adults. This is what led to things like the [[NeverLiveItDown cigarette commercial.]] It wasn't until later on, much like the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, that the Flintstones was wrongly associated as a kids-only franchise, although the introduction of Great Gazoo, the greater emphasis on Dino, and episodes such as the famous musical Fred Saves Christmas episode suggests the change in tone was already well underway.

to:

* SeasonalRot: Some have noted that after Pebbles was born, the show shifted its tone to be a bit more child friendly, and consider think 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.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: It's easy to forget, but much in the same vein a modern shows like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''The Flintstones'' was a UsefulNotes/PrimeTime cartoon aimed at adults. This is what led to things like the [[NeverLiveItDown cigarette commercial.]] It wasn't until later on, much like the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, that the Flintstones was wrongly associated as a kids-only franchise, although the introduction of Great Gazoo, the greater emphasis on Dino, and episodes such as the famous musical Fred "Fred Saves Christmas Christmas& episode suggests the change in tone was already well underway.



** 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 [[EditedForSyndication edited in for syndication]]. However it was likely coincidental given the two shows debuted within two weeks of one another (with ''Flintstones'' debuting first).

to:

** 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 [[EditedForSyndication edited in for syndication]]. However it was likely coincidental given the two shows debuted within two weeks of one another (with ''Flintstones'' debuting first).



** There are also quite a few jokes sprinkled throughout the series that would, today, be seen as sexist or misogynistic. One episode featured Native American stereotypes and was actually banned in some parts of Canada in the 1980s as a result.

to:

** There are also quite a few jokes sprinkled throughout the series that would, today, be seen as sexist or misogynistic. One episode featured Native American stereotypes stereotypes, and was actually banned in some parts of Canada in the 1980s as a result.



** Technically, ''The Flintstones'' was ''not'' intended for kids, but was simply an animated sitcom expected to appeal to adults and younger viewers (which is one reason why the network sold advertising spots to a cigarette company early on). As such a number of episodes touched on domestic storylines not too far removed than those seen in ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', its direct inspiration. And some episodes went rather dark, such as one of the show's Bond parody episodes in which people actually get killed. The story arc about Wilma's pregnancy was also something not associated with children's programming at the time (as fans of ''Series/ILoveLucy'' know, even live-action shows had problems with the topic of pregnancy back in those days).

to:

** Technically, ''The Flintstones'' was ''not'' intended for kids, but was simply an animated sitcom expected to appeal to adults and younger viewers (which is one reason why the network sold advertising spots to a cigarette company early on). As such a number of episodes touched on domestic storylines not too far removed than those seen in ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', its direct inspiration. And some Some episodes went rather dark, such as one of the show's Bond parody episodes in which people actually get killed. The story arc about Wilma's pregnancy was also something not associated with children's programming at the time (as fans of ''Series/ILoveLucy'' know, even live-action shows had problems with the topic of pregnancy back in those days).



* TheWoobie: 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, [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience blueberry flavoured]].)'' Apparently, enough people complained about this, as Betty [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flintstones_Chewable_Vitamins finally got her own Vitamin in 1995]], '''twenty years''' after that fact. There is even an [[https://www.flintstonesvitamins.com/en/faq.php FAQ on the official website]], the last question asking about her presence in the Vitamin lineup.

to:

* TheWoobie: 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, [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience blueberry flavoured]].blueberry]].)'' Apparently, enough people complained about this, as Betty [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flintstones_Chewable_Vitamins finally got her own Vitamin in 1995]], '''twenty years''' after that fact. There is even an [[https://www.flintstonesvitamins.com/en/faq.php FAQ on the official website]], the last question asking about her presence in the Vitamin lineup.



* HilariousInHindsight: A music video was produced of The B52's cover of the iconic theme song featuring the cast performing with the band, including Halle Berry. On the line "Then the cat will stay out for the night" the video cuts to Berry, who mouths the word "cat". ''The Flintstones'' ended up being something of an OldShame for the Oscar-winning Berry ... along with a later film, ''Film/{{Catwoman}}''.

to:

* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
** The Disney-own Creator/{{Freeform}} has broadcast rights to the film, so the value of the Dictabird's remark about signing with Disney being safer is nullified, making it even funnier.
**
A music video was produced of The B52's cover of the iconic theme song featuring the cast performing with the band, including Halle Berry. On the line "Then the cat will stay out for the night" the video cuts to Berry, who mouths the word "cat". ''The Flintstones'' ended up being something of an OldShame for the Oscar-winning Berry ... Berry, along with a later film, ''Film/{{Catwoman}}''.



* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: One of the primary criticisms of the movie was that its main storylines (embezzlement, office politics, and Fred being tempted into an [[YourCheatingHeart extramarital affair]]) are at best confusing and at worst highly inappropriate for the kids in the audience. The irony though was that the show was likewise rather mature for its time and really only got more kiddie in the late 70s and 80s. So the plot is pretty par for the course of the show.

to:

* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: One of the primary criticisms of the movie was that its main storylines (embezzlement, office politics, and Fred being tempted into an [[YourCheatingHeart extramarital affair]]) are at best confusing and at worst highly inappropriate for the kids in the audience. The irony though irony, though, was that the show was likewise rather mature for its time and really only got more kiddie in the late 70s and 80s. So the plot is pretty par for the course of the show.


* CriticProof: The film was panned by critics (22% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 38/100 "generally unfavorable" on Metacritic), but was a huge box office success. It spent its first two weeks at #1 in the United States, and ended up grossing $130.5 million domestically (and selling more than 31 million tickets). It fared even better overseas, grossing another $211.1 million, for a total worldwide gross of $341.6 million, more than seven times its $46 million budget.

to:

* CriticProof: The film was panned by critics (22% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, Tomatoes and 38/100 "generally unfavorable" on Metacritic), but was a huge box office success. It spent its first two weeks at #1 in the United States, and ended up grossing $130.5 million domestically (and selling more than 31 million tickets). It fared even better overseas, grossing another $211.1 million, for a total worldwide gross of $341.6 million, more than seven times its $46 million budget.



* MoralEventHorizon: Cliff Vandercave crosses this by [[spoiler: kidnapping Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm and trapping them on a giant mining machine.]] He then [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: attempts to shoot Fred and the Dictabird, but not before Sharon knocks him out with a money bag]].

to:

* MoralEventHorizon: Cliff Vandercave crosses this by Vandercave [[spoiler: kidnapping kidnaps Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm and trapping places them on a conveyor belt leading to a giant mining machine.]] He machine, then [[spoiler: starts the mining machine on with the intent of killing both the children them, even though Fred and Barney has had given him the Dictabird before]], and before]]. Then he [[spoiler: attempts to shoot Fred and the Dictabird, but not before Sharon knocks him out with a money bag]].


* {{Narm}}: Say it with us, now: "we participated in a [[spoiler:genocide]], Barney." The line's already fairly absurd out of context, to the point where more than a few readers who actually ''saw'' the panel out of context assumed it was an edit, but even when placed into the context of the actual comic it just seems so blunt and outlandishly-worded that it makes one step back a bit.

to:

* {{Narm}}: Say it with us, now: "we participated in a [[spoiler:genocide]], Barney." The line's already fairly absurd out of context, to the point where more than a few readers internet-goers who actually ''saw'' the panel out of context assumed it was an edit, but even when placed into the context of the actual comic it just seems so blunt and outlandishly-worded that it makes one step back a bit.


* {{Narm}}: Say it with us, now: "we participated in a [[spoiler:genocide]], Barney." The line's already fairly absurd out of context, to the point where more than a few readers who actually ''saw'' the panel out of context assumed it was an edit, but even when placed into the context of the actual comic it just seems so blunt and outlandishly-worded that it makes one step back a bit.



* WinTheCrowd: While the idea of a DarkerAndEdgier 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.

to:

* WinTheCrowd: While the idea of a DarkerAndEdgier Flintstones reboot was head tilting, tilting and the infamous "we participated in a [[spoiler:genocide]]" line left more than a few people bewildered, the series has received many good reviews and is considered one of the best of DC's Hanna-Barbera revamp on the rack.

Added DiffLines:

* HeartwarmingInHindsight: The episode '''Rip Van Flintstone'' featured Fred dreaming that he slept for twenty years, and among the things that had happened were Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm being HappilyMarried. Years later, along comes ''I Yabba-Dabba-Doo!'' where that actually happens.


** 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. This has lessened a little in recent years, with many now believing that the reaction to O'Donnell's casting was motivated primarily by sexism and fat-shaming, though even then there's some debate as to whether or not she was the right choice for the role.

to:

** 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. This has lessened a little in recent years, with many now believing that the reaction to O'Donnell's casting was motivated primarily by sexism and fat-shaming, though even then fat-shaming; there's still some debate as to whether or not she was the right choice for the role.role, though now it tends more to focus on whether or not her performance was too broad even for a movie based on an animated series.


** 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.

to:

** 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. This has lessened a little in recent years, with many now believing that the reaction to O'Donnell's casting was motivated primarily by sexism and fat-shaming, though even then there's some debate as to whether or not she was the right choice for the role.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 211

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report