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Seth MacFarlane is bringing back The Flintstones

May. 16, 2011by: Niki Stephens

This is a little out of left field, but for some reason I'm not completely surprised.

Seth MacFarlane finally gets to work on a project he's been passionate about for awhile-- THE FLINTSTONES. The battle for the rights to do this with MacFarlane at the helm have been going on for some time now.

The negotiations between 20th Century Fox TV, where McFarlane is based, and Warner Bros Television have been quite complicated. The WB obtained the rights to THE FLINTSTONES after they absorbed famed producer Hanna-Barbera. Warner Bros. has been a bit skeptical about MacFarlane taking over both the television and film properties. This all due to the fact that they don't want the original prehistoric family to come back raunchy.

But MacFarlane prevailed and is getting his chance to give the series a reboot. Deadline indicates that a series would be first, then possibly a film if all goes as planned. It's obvious the structure for FAMILY GUY is one that can be traced all the way back to THE FLINTSTONES (or THE HONEYMOONERS, whatever). Of course you can also lump THE SIMPSONS and several other animated sitcoms in there. With MacFarlane taking over, you can bet that there will be a little slip of raunchiness here and there.

Extra Tidbit: Wasn't someone rebooting THE SNORKS at one point?
Source: Deadline

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9:04PM on 05/18/2011
im a mcfarlane fan so I think He'll do the show justice without ruining its roots. Plus a slightly raunchy reboot would be pretty cool. Who says it has to be for kids anyway?
im a mcfarlane fan so I think He'll do the show justice without ruining its roots. Plus a slightly raunchy reboot would be pretty cool. Who says it has to be for kids anyway?
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3:54AM on 05/18/2011

Could be good

While remaking every movie might not be the greatest thing, bringing back classic cartoons for a younger and more modern generation is a good idea. For example has anyone caught the new Looney Toons Show? It is actually pretty entertaining and it gives great characters new life, I'm just sayin give it a chance i guess.
While remaking every movie might not be the greatest thing, bringing back classic cartoons for a younger and more modern generation is a good idea. For example has anyone caught the new Looney Toons Show? It is actually pretty entertaining and it gives great characters new life, I'm just sayin give it a chance i guess.
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7:42AM on 05/17/2011
Ya think that's bad, how about the time me and Barney were on top of the Eiffel tower with the Rock?
Ya think that's bad, how about the time me and Barney were on top of the Eiffel tower with the Rock?
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11:34AM on 05/17/2011
genius!!!
genius!!!
6:49AM on 05/17/2011
The well of creativity is dry.
The well of creativity is dry.
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6:03AM on 05/17/2011
If anybody does the same to The Jetsons they will have to face my wrath.... :(
If anybody does the same to The Jetsons they will have to face my wrath.... :(
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9:17AM on 05/17/2011
Congrats on being one of the 7 people on earth who give a shit about the Jetsons.
Congrats on being one of the 7 people on earth who give a shit about the Jetsons.
9:57AM on 05/17/2011
hahaha
hahaha
+10
2:21AM on 05/17/2011
I think Seth McFarlane has enough of a love and respect for the original Flintstones series to have wanted to aquire the rights; I don't really think he's going to make it raunchy as others have feared, instead I think he'll opt for a family friendly approach like some of his past work pre-Family Guy.
I think Seth McFarlane has enough of a love and respect for the original Flintstones series to have wanted to aquire the rights; I don't really think he's going to make it raunchy as others have feared, instead I think he'll opt for a family friendly approach like some of his past work pre-Family Guy.
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1:33AM on 05/17/2011

Why ruin a cartoon classic?

I cant believe it!! WHY WHY would The Flinstones be given to Seth McFarlane? he will ruin the clean, down to earth classic cartoon. Classics like the Flinstones should be left alone to appreciate.
I cant believe it!! WHY WHY would The Flinstones be given to Seth McFarlane? he will ruin the clean, down to earth classic cartoon. Classics like the Flinstones should be left alone to appreciate.
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1:07PM on 05/17/2011
when was the last time you sat down and watched the Flintstones on a daily or weekly basis? I'm willing to bet not in years. not to mention the old Flintstones cartoons aren't bringing in new audiences. your idea of appreciate simply means that they fade into oblivion as audiences cease to know it exists. appreciating the Flintstones means the opposite -- develop new audiences for it so it continues.
when was the last time you sat down and watched the Flintstones on a daily or weekly basis? I'm willing to bet not in years. not to mention the old Flintstones cartoons aren't bringing in new audiences. your idea of appreciate simply means that they fade into oblivion as audiences cease to know it exists. appreciating the Flintstones means the opposite -- develop new audiences for it so it continues.
12:33AM on 05/17/2011

This is great news if you're sadomasochistic.

Macfarlane isn't funny. Also, he's an asshole. (I'll never forget that infamous Esquire interview where he turned up over an hour late and pissed off the writer who had been patiently sitting and waiting for him the entire time.)
Macfarlane isn't funny. Also, he's an asshole. (I'll never forget that infamous Esquire interview where he turned up over an hour late and pissed off the writer who had been patiently sitting and waiting for him the entire time.)
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4:17AM on 05/17/2011
Or if somebody's subjective taste in comedy doesn't mirror yours. Or are you stating that your taste is actually fact. Rourke been kind of an asshole in interviews as well, and you picked him as your avatar.
Or if somebody's subjective taste in comedy doesn't mirror yours. Or are you stating that your taste is actually fact. Rourke been kind of an asshole in interviews as well, and you picked him as your avatar.
4:29AM on 05/17/2011
@smooveluv -- of course it's my opinion. That kinda goes without saying. I just don't think he's particularly funny, and I think he's a jerk. And not a jerk in a badass, don't-fuck-with-me way like Rourke (since you compared the two of them) -- more in the manner of a smarmy, annoying, awkward wise-ass. I just always get this intensely unlikeable vibe from him whenever I've seen/read interviews.

And that would be forgivable if I found his humour appealing, but I don't. And yes -- that's my
@smooveluv -- of course it's my opinion. That kinda goes without saying. I just don't think he's particularly funny, and I think he's a jerk. And not a jerk in a badass, don't-fuck-with-me way like Rourke (since you compared the two of them) -- more in the manner of a smarmy, annoying, awkward wise-ass. I just always get this intensely unlikeable vibe from him whenever I've seen/read interviews.

And that would be forgivable if I found his humour appealing, but I don't. And yes -- that's my opinion, not fact.
11:49PM on 05/16/2011
God, how much of this show will be actual story and how much will be stupid flashbacks? Please don't let this idiot ruin the flintstones worse than Stephen Baldwin did! Plus is it me or do seth macfarlane have one of those faces you just want to slap?
God, how much of this show will be actual story and how much will be stupid flashbacks? Please don't let this idiot ruin the flintstones worse than Stephen Baldwin did! Plus is it me or do seth macfarlane have one of those faces you just want to slap?
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11:48PM on 05/16/2011

I hope for raunchy

because that will be cool. LOL I doubt it will be R. but a nice hard PG-13 would be to die for. :)
because that will be cool. LOL I doubt it will be R. but a nice hard PG-13 would be to die for. :)
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11:09PM on 05/16/2011

Gigadee Gigadee Yabadabadoo

I think he'll be faithful to the spirit of the original. He seems like a nice man.
I think he'll be faithful to the spirit of the original. He seems like a nice man.
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10:06PM on 05/16/2011
Why can't there be a new Jonny Quest cartoon? Even I sometime watch the original 1960s Jonny Quest DVDs with my nephew and he enjoys it a lot.
Why can't there be a new Jonny Quest cartoon? Even I sometime watch the original 1960s Jonny Quest DVDs with my nephew and he enjoys it a lot.
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1:08AM on 05/17/2011
They tried rebooting Jonny Quest (The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest) in 1996. It didn't do well.
They tried rebooting Jonny Quest (The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest) in 1996. It didn't do well.
9:21AM on 05/17/2011
The Venture Brothers has rendered a reboot of JQ completely moot.
The Venture Brothers has rendered a reboot of JQ completely moot.
8:34PM on 05/16/2011

Pathetic

Hollywood it utterly devoid of original ideas, and they keep proving it over and over again with garbage like this.
Hollywood it utterly devoid of original ideas, and they keep proving it over and over again with garbage like this.
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9:53PM on 05/16/2011
Meh.
Meh.
8:29PM on 05/16/2011
It'll be fun to see MacFarlane get back to his Hanna Barbera roots. Anyone who grew up watching Cartoon Cartoons (Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo) knows Seth is right at home producing family/kid-oriented TV.
It'll be fun to see MacFarlane get back to his Hanna Barbera roots. Anyone who grew up watching Cartoon Cartoons (Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo) knows Seth is right at home producing family/kid-oriented TV.
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6:06PM on 05/16/2011

i'm excited

The Flintstones was a great series- as were the Jetsons. I think they should bring both back. Granted, both were heavily influenced by 60's style and culture, but I think both would still be awesome if re-booted.
The Flintstones was a great series- as were the Jetsons. I think they should bring both back. Granted, both were heavily influenced by 60's style and culture, but I think both would still be awesome if re-booted.
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5:53PM on 05/16/2011

He is the right man

MacFarlane is the right man for a Flintstones project. He has great knowledge and affection for family fare. Otherwise, he could neither satirize it so well nor reference it so thoroughly on Animation Domination. And, after doing much off-color material, he may greet a change of pace. Also, The Flintstones is some of his favorite family fare. He makes direct references (i.e. cut aways) to it in Family Guy episodes. And, his Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy includes two Flintstone chapters (incl.
MacFarlane is the right man for a Flintstones project. He has great knowledge and affection for family fare. Otherwise, he could neither satirize it so well nor reference it so thoroughly on Animation Domination. And, after doing much off-color material, he may greet a change of pace. Also, The Flintstones is some of his favorite family fare. He makes direct references (i.e. cut aways) to it in Family Guy episodes. And, his Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy includes two Flintstone chapters (incl. "Fred Flintstone Takes a Shit").
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5:43PM on 05/16/2011
As long as Wilma gets naked. Wait, what?
As long as Wilma gets naked. Wait, what?
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5:40PM on 05/16/2011

Soooo...

Since every other animated show he has out follows the exact same formula, will it be Pebbles or Bam-Bam in the role of the inevitably too self-aware and borderline vulgar talking baby? Or both?!
Since every other animated show he has out follows the exact same formula, will it be Pebbles or Bam-Bam in the role of the inevitably too self-aware and borderline vulgar talking baby? Or both?!
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5:37PM on 05/16/2011
sounds good because he'll bring in a different sense of humor. but this series has never translated good on screen, more like a guilty pleasure, but im down though to give it a chance
sounds good because he'll bring in a different sense of humor. but this series has never translated good on screen, more like a guilty pleasure, but im down though to give it a chance
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5:35PM on 05/16/2011
This should be interesting.
This should be interesting.
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