As with Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown is another way for the WWE to reach a new generation which is smart business but the end game for casual viewers is pretty weak, though again, not a fan of the original show anyway…
The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown
Genre(s): Animation, Comedy
Warner Home Video | NR – 52 min. – $24.98 | March 10, 2015
THE MOVIE – 2.75/5
Get ready for some action that brings some of WWE’s toughest, wildest Superstars to Bedrock! When Fred loses his family’s vacation money, he hatches one of his harebrained plans to get it back. It’s a sports entertainment spectacle that involves throwing Barney into the ring with the likes of John Conastone, Marble Henry and even The Undertaker, with Fred himself as event promoter. The crowds roar, the “clams” are pouring in from ticket sales and even Mr. McMagma is taking notice of all the hoopla. Can Fred keep serving up bigger and badder matches or is he in for the rocky side of his life?
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.5/5
This release comes with a matted slip cover, the front of which is embossed. Inside contains a standard DVD Copy and a redemption code for the Digital Copy.
The Superstars of Fred Flintstone Entertainment (FFE) (9:46; HD) looks at the guest wrestlers featured in the movie and comments from said wrestlers.
How To be a Stone Age Superstar (4:45; HD) focuses on the wrestling (animating) styles.
Lastly, we get two bonus cartoons from “The Flintstones”.
VIDEO – 4.25/5
The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown is presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. Like other recent animated releases, this one provides bright colors throughout and no obvious signs of aliasing or banding. It’s not exactly a fantastic looking movie but still looks good for the style.
AUDIO – 4.0/5
The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is fine if not limited. Dialogue levels do come through, primarily, the center channel well enough but when we get to the more in-depth scenes, like among crowds, it’s not an entirely dynamic track though perfectly serviceable even if it won’t wow you or push your surround system to its limit.
OVERALL – 3.0/5
Overall, honestly, “The Flintstones” has never been a favorite cartoon of mine so this new animated movie, while perfectly functional for kids, never quite did it for me from the comedy to all around entertainment standpoint. As with Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown is another way for the WWE to reach a new generation which is smart business but the end game for casual viewers is pretty weak, though again, not a fan of the original show anyway…
Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.