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The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown (2014 Original Movie/Warner Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+/B- Sound: B+/B- Extras: B Film: C

Let's Yabba-Dabba Do This!

The Flintstones meet WWE modern day Wrestling Superstars in this new feature length cartoon movie The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown (2014). The animation is pretty remnant of the classic Hanna Barbera series with some interestingly drawn backgrounds and environments, but nothing really fancy or over the top. The interesting factor about this film is that this is the first Flintstones cartoon in over 14 years! 55 years after the original 1960 series and also the first Flintstones animated film without original creators, Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera. This is also the first time in nearly 50 years that Mr. Slate is voiced by someone other than John Stephenson!

The cartoon stars John Cena, The Undertaker, Nikki Bella, CM Punk, Brie Bella, Vince McMahon, Daniel Bryan, Jeff Bergman, Kevin Michael Richardson, Tress MacNeille, and Grey Griffin. Its directed by Spike Bandit and Tony Cervone.

When Fred Flintstone loses his family's vacation money, he hatches a plan to get it back. He convinces his longtime best friend Barney Rubble to become a professional wrestler and he proceeds to wrestle the likes of John Cenastone (John Cena), Rey Mysteriopal (Rey Mysterio) and even The Undertaker, with Fred himself as event promoter. Numerous other WWE wrestlers and personalities (including owner/chairman/CEO Vince McMahon) also provide their voices for characters in the movie.

It's hard to believe how long it has been since The Flintstones have graced the screen and its nice to have them back. For a Wrestling fan, this would be an added bonus and a good way to get kids interested in it. Personally, I'm not very wise to the Wrestling scene so it didn't hold as much bearing to me. This is the second time that Warner and WWE have teamed up - the first time being the Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery.

The picture and sound on the Blu-ray disc are pretty solid with a 1080p high definition transfer with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a DTS HD-MA 5.1 audio track. There are also lossy Dolby Digital audio tracks in French and Spanish, as weak as the DVD, which includes English, of course. The 1.78 X 1 anamorphically enhanced DVD is good, but no match for the color and depth of the Blu-ray.

Extras include the Superstars of (FFE) Fred Flintstone Entertainment, How to Be a Stone Age Superstar, and Two Bonus Cartoons.

If you are a Flintstones fan and are clamoring for more or a fan of WWE then this is worth watching. Otherwise its just a standard cartoon that didn't really knock my socks off or disappoint me. Met me somewhere in the middle. Yabba-Dabba Do!

- James Harland Lockhart V



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