Those modern Stone Age familes, the Flintstones and the Rubbles, finally become in-laws when Pebbles and Bamm Bamm tie the knot and say I YABBA-DABBA DOO!, a tolerable, but overlong, animated feature based on the venerable 1960s cartoon series.
After losing his nest egg on a football game bet, Fred Flintstone has a fight with his best friend Barney Rubble and then finds out that his daughter Pebbles is engaged to Barney's son Bamm Bamm. Unable to admit to his wife Wilma that he's broke, Fred tries in vain to get a bank loan and is fired
from his job at the rock quarry after arguing with his boss Mr. Slate over a raise. As the wedding bills begin to pile up, Fred loses some more money on a real estate scam and is forced to pawn his beloved bowling ball. He tries to sabotage the nuptials and temporarily succeeds in breaking up
Pebbles and Bamm Bamm, but the two lovebirds eventually get back together.
Fed up with all the problems, Pebbles and Bamm Bamm decide to elope to Rock Vegas, and Fred and Barney chase after them. In Rock Vegas, Fred and Barney run afoul of a gang of robbers pulling jobs at wedding chapels and are responsible for their arrest, but they don't get a reward. However, Barney
learns that he has won a large sum of money from a roulette bet which he placed when they first arrived and then forgot about. He splits the winnings with Fred, and with Pebbles and Bamm Bamm in tow, they return to Bedrock for a lavish wedding ceremony, but the two friends start to fight again
after Barney gives the newlyweds the rest of the money.
There is something oddly comforting about the continued popularity of the Flintstones, perhaps a reassuring sign that there is still a market for old-fashioned, low-tech animation, bad puns involving endless variations of words using "rock" and "stone," and sight gags where animals are put into
service as household appliances and mechanical devices. I YABBA-DABBA DOO!--which was actually made in 1993 for the Cartoon Network cable channel, but released on video in 1998--adds a Romeo-and-Juliet plot to the prehistoric "Honeymooners" premise, and has been predictably updated for '90s
audiences, replete with "Jurassic" references and jokes about video stores, rollerblades, preschools, Elvis impersonators, and a TV show called "Bedrock Hills 90000." Even though Pebbles and Bamm Bamm are now grown up, their parents all inexplicably look exactly the same as they did in the '60s,
although the new actors doing their voices are somewhat jarring. Though needlessly padded in order to fill up a two-hour timeslot on commercial TV, it's a moderately amusing cartoon for kids, and has a few bizarre elements (Barney in drag as a stripper who pops out of a cake at Bamm Bamm's
bachelor party) and in-jokes (Hanna and Barbera making "cameos" as guests at the wedding) to keep adults awake.
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- Released: 1998
- Rating: NR
- Review: Those modern Stone Age familes, the Flintstones and the Rubbles, finally become in-laws when Pebbles and Bamm Bamm tie the knot and say I YABBA-DABBA DOO!, a tolerable, but overlong, animated feature based on the venerable 1960s cartoon series. After losi… (more)