The Flintstones
I Yabba-Dabba Do!

Starring: Various
Warner Home Video
RRP: £12.99
Certificate: U
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Many years have passed since we last visited the Flintstones household. Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are now much older and very much in love
. They want to get married, but Fred has lost his savings in a bet that went wrong. Now he must try and win back his money or stop his daughter from marrying...

I Yabba-Dabba Do! tries to relive some of the original series' charm and it would have worked too if this had been planned as an original length episode. Instead we are subjected to 92 minutes of pure material stretching at its worst. There just isn't enough material here to make it watchable for the duration.

Thankfully the producers have gone down the if it isn't broken don't fix it road. Fans of the original series will be hard pushed to tell any difference in style (although I didn't notice any repeated backgrounds when the characters were running around).

This movie is almost 10-years old but still has enough topical jokes to ensure that the younger audience will pick up the pop-culture references - something that dates the original series. It is also about 1000 times better than the two dire Hollywood live-action movies that were churned out a few years ago - although that's not really saying much.

There are some nice touches like Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm sending an invitation to their weddings to Joseph Hanna and William Barbara, both of whom turn up as cartoon guests at the end of the movie.

Overall this is too long and too cutesy, but the constant bickering between Fred and Barney almost redeem this tape, but not quite.

Ray Thompson

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