DVD REVIEW:  The Flintstones: Prime-Time Specials, Volume 1 
RELEASE DATE:  November 6, 2012
DISC INFORMATION: 1 disc, color, 2 movies, full screen
UPC:  883316651155
RUNNING TIME:  99 minutes
RATED: Not Rated, but would probably be PG
GENRE:  Family Cartoon/animation
STARRING:  Voice talents of Henry Corden, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, and Gay Autterson
The town of Bedrock houses the Flintstones and their next door neighbors, the Rubbles.  Fred and Barney have been friends for years and continue to get into the craziest situations that test their friendship.  Their wives, Wilma and Betty, are usually the voices of reason.

In this volume one collection of their prime-time adventures, we find two 40+ minutes movies.  Both have the two families trying to overcome a situation together and in the end relying on each other to see it through.  While one finds Wilma in danger from Count Rockula, the second movie finds Fred and Barney at odds during a pee-wee little league game.

“The Flintstones meet Rockula and Frankenstone” (1979)–Fred, Barney and their wives go to a taping of a “Price is Right” game show and both win a trip to spend a weekend at the famous and historical Rockula’s castle.  While at the castle for the big Monster Bash with other guests of the castle, Count Rockula and his monster, Frankestone are awaken after a 200 year sleep.  Unfortunately for Wilma, she looks like his long lost bride.  The gang must figure out how to get out of the castle alive and out of the reach of Rockula.  

“Little Big League” (1978)– Fred’s ego gets the best of him when his best friend Barney gives up his regular bowling night to coach a little league team.  Fred, feeling that he is much better at baseball than Barney, gets his own team together to compete on the field.  Unfortunately Fred’s entire team is made up of the kids of powerful community members who have no talent or wish to play baseball.  Fred must swallow a lot of crow and sexist opinions when he discovers that his daughter, Pebbles, is an all-star pitcher.  When Pebbles and Bam-Bam find their fathers trying to keep them from being friends during the tournaments, it is the wives who step in to put sanity back into their lives.
While watching this collection of movies, I realized for the first time just how horrible Fred is to Barney.  His “I can do that and better than anyone” attitude for everything usually is the cause of the turmoil that they must find their ways out of.  His constant belittling and abasement of Barney is shocking to know that we grew up watching that as kids.  I found myself wondering several times how I didn’t remember just how awful of a man Fred Flintstone is.  It is like seeing a childhood memory under a different light.

For the Flintstone fans out there, you will probably want to pick up this collection.  You will get two movies that aired in prime-time back in the late 70’s.  The gang run from Rockula and Frankenstone in one movie and Pebbles and Bam-Bam appear in the other.

Although this is not one that I would pick up for my collection, the quality is good and the jokes are just like those from the regular TV Series.  I was shocked at how mean and nasty Fred was in these movies because I don‘t remember him being so horrible.  Overall, it’s a good, all be it small, collection of some prime time specials.  So, for the avid Flintstones collector, this is one to grab.

That’s my review and I’m sticking to it.
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