A Man Called Flintstone + Hey
There, Itís Yogi Bear (Warner Home Video)
C+†††† Sound: C†††† Extras: D/C-†††† Animated Films: C+
their TV success was limited to a small screen with most people just getting
color TVs, Hanna Barbera decided to make a few animated feature films in the
shadow of a declining Disney and as their TV hits kept adding up.† In 1964, they decided to issue a big screen
version of their then-biggest character and the result was the quasi-musical Hey There, Itís Yogi Bear, followed in 1966
with their attempt to have fun with the Spy craze and their new biggest
character in A Man Called Flintstone.† Both have finally been issued on DVD by
Warner Home Video.
child-friendly and pretty much in keeping with the TV show, making it child
safe and a little more entertaining than expected, with time for several music
numbers and more of Yogi, Boo-Boo and Cindy Bear waking up for Spring and
trying to make another fun season out of things.† Though nothing very challenging it here, it
is a very colorful, upbeat, quality film that young children are likely to
really enjoy and fans will be happy to have.
targeting the James Bond and Derek Flint films, A Man Called Flintstone is a much darker than you might expect, going
for a colder sense of humor atypical of the whole franchise, but refreshing as
compared to the recycled direction the characters sadly landed up being in by
the late 1970s.† It has a disconnected
feel like some of the odder episodes of the classic series, but it has it
moments, yet the dissonance is clear to the point that it could have been a new
set of characters except that the originals are used here.
has the unintended implication that the TV show is some kind of lie or phony
set-up, which may confuse younger viewers.†
With that said, it is interesting in the spirit in which it is done,
though the films and era sent up is distant enough at this point that some of
the jokes are bound to be lost on some.†
Otherwise, we recommend both films are worth a look.
enhanced 1.85 X 1 color image on Yogi
and 1.33 X 1 ď1.85 X 1 safeĒ image in Flintstone
look very good for their age, despite some minor print issues and some noticeable
grain here and there.† The EastmanColor
by Pathť can be vibrant and is correct in both cases.† The Dolby Digital 1.0 is available in both
original monophonic and is weaker more often than it should be, making me wish
for a sound upgrade or at least 2.0 Mono.†
Yogi has a title song by no less than David Gates before his band Bread
hit it big, plus the film offers an instrumental score by Marty Paich and the
main musical songs by Ray Gilbert and Doug Goodwin.† Extras include trailers on Yogi, while Flintstone has nothing to offer, but they deserved extras and
Warner could have at least found some trailers and posters.
-†† Nicholas Sheffo