A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown is modern revamp of The Flintstones that heavily features the WWE franchise. Actual WWE wrestlers given a Flintstones twist are featured alongside the original Flintstones crew, and the plot centers on WWE-style wrestling matches. The short film features some mild name-calling, a few skimpy outfits, and a lot of cartoon violence in and out of the wrestling ring.
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What's the story?
When Fred (Jeff Bergman) loses his family's vacation fund, he decides to get it back by creating a WWE-style entertainment event. While he emcees, Barney (Kevin Michael Richardson) is thrown into the ring with John Cenastone (John Cena), the Undertaker, and Rey Mysteriopal (Rey Mysterio). When the clams starting rolling in, Fred has to decide whether he should risk it all to throw an even bigger and better match or listen to Barney and quit while he's ahead.
Is it any good?
While STONE AGE SMACKDOWN does feature a lot of the quirky Stone Age gadgets and gizmos that were really the best part of the original series, this wrestling-centric reboot mostly falls flat. None of the original characters are very interesting or likable, and the plot is obviously a very thin attempt to cram in as many WWE characters and references as possible. If you have no knowledge of the WWE franchise, you'll have no frame of reference for all the side characters, which makes the flick mostly tedious and boring.
Die-hard wrestling fans may enjoy seeing their favorite personas brought to cartoon life. But fans of The Flintstones will mostly be left cold and are probably better off sticking to the original series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about this new version of The Flintstones. How is this movie different from the original series? How is it the same?
Along with The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown, there's a Scooby-Doo! collaboration with the WWE. Why do you think the WWE wants to depict their wrestlers as cartoon characters?
Did you think the WWE characters add anything to the story? Do you think they mesh well with the original characters?
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