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  • There seems to be a lot of sarcastic comments on this (and the other two Flintstone Xmas specials) referring to the fact that even a modern stone age family cannot celebrate. I might have been one of them, but if you are the type of person who is going to seriously judge a satirical cartoon where humans use dinosaurs as slaves for their household appliances then perhaps you should be locked in a cold, dark room for a long spell.

    In this one, which received an Emmy nomination, Fred takes in a homeless orphan boy called Stoney and tries to give him the best Xmas ever. The enthusiastic kid tries to help but instead makes lots of trouble for Fred.

    It's a great cartoon, and certainly one of the best Xmas specials.
  • Firstly, let me acknowledge that perhaps I am being a bit too extreme when I toss out the word `sacrilegious' as it relates to this special. As a moderately religious person myself, I am certainly not an individual who usually goes around passing judgement on these kind of things. But I do raise this question: how on earth can a society living in the stone age celebrate a holiday that honors the birth of Christ?

    I suppose we could let this slide (after all, this is not the first Christmas-themed Flintstones special), but there was one particular scene in this special that really took me aback: The Flintstones pose for a Christmas family photograph, which is taken and then shown with the following writing below it: `Flintstones Christmas BC'. If there was ever an opportunity to use the words `blasphemy' and `oxymoron' in the same sentence, that's it.

    That aside, this is a pretty bland, by-the-book half-hour of Christmas television viewing. As with most modern Flintstones specials, it doesn't hold a candle to the sheer delightfulness of the original television series. There are better Flintstones Christmas specials than this one.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    "A Flintstone Family Christmas" is a 23-minute television special from 1993, so this one has its 25th anniversary next year and it is the last directorial effort by prolific filmmaker Ray Patterson. The title already gives away that this one takes us back into the prehistoric world of Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty and it's a special made for holidays. But sadly, I must say here that stones and spirit don't really go together. Perhaps I am a bit biased as I've never been a big fan of Fred in particular and his little buddy included here didn't do too much for me either. Then again maybe I'm not as I have nothing against the series. There is an okay moment here and there for sure, but with the Christmas message and emotional impact they were going for, the film comes really short in my opinion. If there is any reason to see it, it is the comedy, not because that area is particularly great, but because everything else is so mediocre. The voice acting is okay too. If you care about voice actors, you will see one or the other known name like Welker of course. But story is key and there it is just unfulfilling overall. It's just not working out well at all and the Emmy nomination was definitely a bit (too) much. I give this one a thumbs-down. Not recommended.
  • A Flintstone Family Christmas (1993)

    ** 1/2 (out of 4)

    Decent short has Fred and Barney being held up by a young orphan who has always been in trouble with the law. Wilma feels sorry for the kid and invites him back to their house for Christmas but Fred doesn't like the kid at all but overtime they become buds. A FLINTSTONE FAMILY Christmas isn't nearly as good as some of the early episodes and specials that dealt with the holiday. Overall I think fans of the show are going to be somewhat disappointed because this special is just missing a certain quality that made the earlier stuff so special. With that said, this here isn't too bad but I think the biggest problem is that the kid is just so annoying. Not once did I like this kid and I really didn't care for his transformation as the picture went along. Perhaps I'm being too harsh on a cartoon but this was a big part of the story and it just didn't work for me. I also thought some of the jokes were a little flat, especially for a Christmas special as there's even a joke about Charlie Mansonstone. Try explaining that to the kids if they ask.