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The Man Called Flintstone (1966) + Hey There, It's Yogi Bear (1964/Warner DVDs)

Picture: C+ Sound: C Extras: D/C- Animated Films: C+

Knowing 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, It's Yogi Bear, followed in 1966 with their attempt to have fun with the Spy craze and their new biggest character In The Man Called Flintstone. Both have finally been issued on DVD by Warner Home Video.

Yogi is 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.

Especially targeting the James Bond and Derek Flint films, The 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.

It also 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.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 color image on Yogi and 1.33 X 1 '1.85 X 1 safe' image in Flintstone look very good for their age, despite some minor print issues and some noticeable grain here and there.

The EastmanColor by Pathe can be vibrant and is correct in both cases. The lossy 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 lossy 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, but maybe for a future Blu-ray or 4K release?

Flintstone is included in a recycled transfer on the Flintstones: Complete series set reviewed elsewhere on this site, but it is not true HD.

- Nicholas Sheffo


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