Thursday, April 16, 2015

Quick Reviews: The Flintstones and WWE- Stone Age Smackdown

Well, I did the Scooby-Doo Film, so why not this?  Today's Film is a mouthful!  It is *sigh* The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown!  You forgot Part 1: The Future Begins!  In all seriousness, this is a long title for a Cartoon.  It is also the first Flintstones Cartoon in 14 years.  Will the power of WWE help bring back a, well, Stone Age for this Franchise?  To find out, rock on...
Fred does a stupid thing and loses the money he'll need to give his family a vacation.  Uh oh.
When he stumbles across a pre-toboggan John Cena(stone), he gets an idea.
The success of a Box A Hoparoo Booth leads to him being a Sports Entertainment Promoter...but also pissing off CM Punk(rock) Biff-style.
Things get a bit crazy as Fred goes all Don King on everyone as a promoter.  Will he learn his lesson?
 Will they find more than one kind of big move to do to their Characters?
...and, most importantly, will they explain how THIS got in a Film aimed towards 10-year-olds?  To find out, watch the Film.  The End.
This isn't bad, but it isn't that good either.  The whole thing is too short to be a movie, but also too long to be a TV Episode.  What an awkward balance.  The use of the WWE Stars definitely helps this one alot.  Cena's personality shines through, The Undertaker (with no fake stone-name) is good with his limited lines and even Mark Henry is good.  The stand-out here is CM Punk, who just goes all-in on playing a bad guy.  He's always been good at that, so it is nice to see that the limitation of him just using his voice didn't hinder that.  Speaking of stand-outs, Daniel Bryan (or Bryrock) is really his one Scene.  Seriously- he only has one Scene.  You can't even push Bryan in an Animated Film, Vince?  Come on!  Hysterically though, he has center stage on all of the promotional materials, box art and even the Menu.  Why?  Well, CM Punk left to be a UFC Fighter (we'll see), so he is just gone from the art.  He is the main WWE Voice Actor here in terms of lines though, making this extra funny.  Given how central he is and how the WWE wants to pretend he doesn't exist, the whole thing just feels kind of, well, awkward...
Not a bad Kid's Film, but its entertainment value for Adults is minimal at best.  Sorry, Vince.

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