For those who heard that an up to date model of The Flintstones, utilizing fashionable animation and humor, was within the works, you’d be excited, proper? What if we advised you, although, that HBO Max is dropping such a factor with little fanfare, three years after its solely season was made. Crimson flags go up, proper? Learn on for extra…
Opening Shot: Bamm-Bamm Rubble (Ely Henry), Pebbles Flintstone (Jessica DiCicco) and Dino (Eric Bauza) are on a ship, wanting like they’re fishing.
The Gist: When Bamm-Bamm will get a “chunk,” we see that the fishing line is definitely hooked to a automotive, with Bamm-Bamm’s dad Barney (Kevin Michael Richardson) and Pebbles’ dad Fred (Jeff Bergman) attempting to get it going by way of foot energy. They’re going to Craggs Lake for a fishing journey however quickly discover themselves amongst so many individuals on the camp website and within the lake that Fred consistently argues with somebody who claims he took his spot.
The youngsters and Dino escape to the woods, the place Bamm-Bamm smacks a fruit down from a tree, and Pebbles thinks she made a scientific discovery. Quickly they’re in the midst of a battle between some massive, not too shiny dinos and a few flying, a lot smarter, velociraptor sorts. As you may count on, Bamm-Bamm sides with the lunkheads and Pebbles with the erudite creatures.
In the meantime, after Barney’s scorpion bait runs off with the remainder of the worms they have been going to make use of, Barney and Fred get right into a dispute. Barney, who someway needs to go ice fishing, drills a gap within the boat with a crimson chicken, then the 2 of them begin sinking. Who’s going to save lots of them, particularly when their children are at one another’s throats over which creature will get to eat the fruit within the forest?
What Exhibits Will It Remind You Of? Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs is principally The Flinstones fed by way of the bizarre modern-day cartoon filter that produced stuff like Jellystone!
Our Take: We watched the primary three 12-minute episodes of Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs, and whereas we essentially acknowledge the characters as ones which have been offered on the varied incarnations of The Flinstones over the previous 60 years, any resemblance to that present, and even any of its spinoffs over the a long time, is simply coincidental.
The collection, developed by Mark Marek and Marly Halpern-Graser and based mostly on the Hanna-Barbera traditional characters, tries to delve into the bizarre and wacky, the oddball and the unusual, as a substitute of giving folks a narrative that’s even near one thing resembling The Flintstones.
There are makes an attempt at making the present, even with its much less conventional animation, have the feel and appear of the traditional collection. Fun monitor is thrown in throughout some scenes however not utilized in others, for example. Nevertheless it feels just like the writers are taking essentially the most excessive elements of every character — and we’re together with Wilma (Tress MacNeille) and Betty (Gray Griffin) — and making that the character. Fred is argumentative, Barney isn’t too shiny, Bamm-Bamm is robust however dim, Pebbles is wise like her mom however aggressive. The characters had extra shading to them than that, even within the less-than-deep ’70s reboots of the present. This one simply makes all of them slapstick machines.
There was one good joke among the many three episodes: Pebbles finds what she calls a Chameleosaurus, who can turn into any kind she finds. When she alters into Bamm-Bamm, we see her destroying the Rubble dwelling and going “Bam! Bam!”, identical to child Bamm-Bamm did within the unique collection. “I don’t discuss like that!” stated the considerably older Bamm-Bamm, although we all know he’s mistaken. That generated a reasonably good snicker. However one snicker in three episodes wasn’t what we have been aiming for right here.
What Age Group Is This For?: The present is rated TV-Y7, and we’re not even positive 7 year-olds will perceive simply what the heck is occurring. However we’ll say 7 and above.
Parting Shot: Whereas everybody floats on the fruit from the forest to get off the lake, Bamm-Bamm begins consuming his and sinking. “He doesn’t make good decisions,” Pebbles says about her buddy.
Sleeper Star: Bergman and MacNeille do a high-quality job of imitating Alan Reed and Jean Vander Pyl, the unique Fred and Wilma. And we’ll simply depart it at that.
Most Pilot-y Line: Okay, we received’t. Kevin Michael Richardson is a proficient voice artist, however he makes Barney sound like Ratso Rizzo from Midnight Cowboy. Early variations of Mel Blanc’s Barney had a high-pitched voice, too, however there was a motive why Blanc finally deepened Barney’s voice. It was solely much less irritating to the ear.
Our Name: SKIP IT. Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs was truly made in 2018, and is simply reaching streaming airwaves now (it aired on Boomerang UK in 2020); from what we’ve learn, a second season was by no means ordered. When you watch an episode or two, you’ll know why.
Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about meals, leisure, parenting and tech, however he doesn’t child himself: he’s a TV junkie. His writing has appeared within the New York Instances, Slate, Salon, RollingStone.com, VanityFair.com, Quick Firm and elsewhere.
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