A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some moral lessons about getting along and taking responsibility.
Take responsibility if you mess up. Work things out. Apologies open relationships back up. Be curious. Studying the world around you can help you achieve great things.
Positive Role Models
Family comes first for the Flinstone and Rubble families. Even though Bamm Bamm and Pebbles are rambunctious, they are held to their responsibilities by their parents. Parents show care and concern, even when they are focused on their own tribulations. Kids show respect for their parents, even if they are being tricksters.
Most characters skew White in this remake of a 1960's show, though there are more female voices, more female leadership in this version.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of bonking, smashing, wrestling, destroying, aggressive behavior. Expect lots of falls from great heights and chase given by animals with sharp teeth and foul moods.
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Instead of smart phones, the families use smart stones, complete with a Siri-type bird who pops out to provide information.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs is a remake of the 1960's cartoon, The Flinstones. Life in Bedrock is full of crashes, bonks, and dinosaurs with scary teeth. Bamm Bamm and Pebbles are kids in this show who get into mischief. They go on adventures on their own, engage with dinosaurs, get in and out of jams, and remain best friends. Girls and women have better representation than in the old cartoon, though as far as diversity goes, there's not much here. Modern-day conveniences are spoofed, like "smart stones" (a play on smart phones) that have a bird who pops out and tells characters what they need to know.
Is It Any Good?
Dynamic, creative, sometimes funny, this remake of a classic cartoon has big shoes to fill. Sometimes the gags feel new, sometimes they feel a little obvious. But there's never a dull moment in Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs.
Kids who've never seen the classic cartoon will laugh at the stone age gizmos that have tweaks to allow them to run on pulleys or animal power. Adults might not be as charmed, the gags can feel a little too obvious. Plus, there's always the fan base who is going to wish this show was perfect. It's not-- but it's fun. And there are some moments where morals are seamlessly intertwined in the theme. It's like taking vitamins that taste like candy, and if you grew up watching the original show, you'll know what this means.
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