The Flintstones And WWE: Stone Age Smackdown Movie Review
Drugstore Divas received The Flintstones And WWE: Stone Age Smackdown for this review.
When I was young, I used to watch The Flintstones. There was also a time, when I was a bit older, that I would watch wrestling with my brothers. So when I heard about The Flintstones And WWE: Stone Age Smackdown DVD, I was really excited to watch it. It’s actually the first new Flintstones movie in over a dozen years, so it’s possible that there’s a whole generation of kids who have never seen a new Flintstones cartoon (then again, I honestly have no idea if I actually ever saw a new Flintstones cartoon or if they were just reruns, now that I think about it).
The plot is pretty simple: Fred (voiced by Jeff Bergman) has promised Wilma (Tress MacNeille) a family vacation. But when he shows up to work late and makes a mess of the quarry where he works, Mr. Slate (John O’Hurley) smashes up his paycheck. Fred needs to make the money back somehow. Despite being stressed over work that day, he’s dragged to a fund raising event with Barney (Kevin Michael Richardson) and Betty Rubble (Grey Griffin). It’s there that Barney ends up wrestling … and the donations pour in.
So Fred has a great idea. He will charge for a wrestling match and make his vacation money. It works, but then he gets hungrier. Fred spends the vacation money on a crazy outfit for the next match … but Barney doesn’t want to be involved. That’s a total letdown for the crowd because Barney is pretty popular. The other wrestlers are kinda hesitant too because they’re all friends so they don’t want to fight.
The wrestlers — John Cenastone (John Cena), CM Punkrock (CM Punk), The Undertaker, etc. — convince Fred that friendship is more important. But, before he can really remorse or think about his shenanigans and how it’s really effecting his relationships, Barney appears to wrestle and save the day (that’s what friends do, right?). And when Wilma and Betty find out about all this, they show up to strongarm two ringside women. I actually thought they would wrestle and there would be some mention of the start of the Divas, but words worked instead.
If you follow wrestling, you’ll be interested to see Rey Mysteriopal (Rey Mysterio). Rey Mysterio actually left WWE in February and this movie came out in March, so that implies this has been in production for a while. If you don’t follow wrestling, you’ll still recognize Vince McMahon who voices Mr. McMagma and ends up inheriting the wrestling business after Fred wants out.
Overall, the movie was okay. I laughed at one joke at the end, but nothing else really made me chuckle. If you’re looking for something to solve cabin fever, this will buy you about an hour. But I can’t see it as something your kid wants to watch over and over. It was just a little less entertaining than I remember The Flintstones and WWE being. But with so many cartoons and shows for kids getting so violent, it’s nice seeing one like this that isn’t. The biggest complaint I’ve been hearing, though, is that the voices don’t match what you’re expecting to hear. That’s something that I noticed too, but it didn’t pull me out of the movie (except Mr. Slate. John O’Hurley voice is just so familiar, it’s hard to take that familiarity out of it).
You can purchase The Flintstones And WWE: Stone Age Smackdown DVD on Amazon.