-sung by Fred Flintstone
Their wives Wilma (Jean Vander Pyl) and Betty (Gay Hartwig) are organizing the Ladies Auxiliary Party for the Bedrock Orphanage. They want Fred to play Santa Claus at the party, but Fred refuses. He says his co-workers would never let him live it down. When Fred goes to work, his boss Mr. Slate summons Fred into his office. Slate says his wife also wants Fred to play Santa at the orphanage party. Fred's fear of his boss is enough to convince him to play St. Nick.
On Christmas Eve, Barney and Fred are preparing to go to the party, when they find a man in a Santa suit buried in a snowdrift in the Flintstone's yard. He's sprained his ankle, has a bad cold and needs help. The man claims to be the real Santa Claus!
Fred and Barney think he's an escaped mental patient until they see Santa's sleigh and reindeer on the roof!
Barney suggests that due to his injury, Santa should get a replacement to deliver gifts and nominates Fred. Using Santa magic, he creates an elf suit for Barney and puts his suit on Fred.
Fred and Barney contact Santa via CB radio and he tells them to fly to his North Pole workshop to collect more toys.
|Barney and Fred meet Mrs. Claus (Virginia Gregg) at the North Pole.|
Can Fred and Barney deliver all the presents in time to make it to the party?
J.A. Morris says:
A Flintstone Christmas is a good, solid, enjoyable holiday special. I bring some nostalgia to this review because I remember when this special first aired and I was excited about it at the time. I enjoyed it then and it's still fun all these years later. However, there are some problems with this special.
|In Bedrock, even the pteranodons are feeling the Christmas Spirit!|
The plot, which involves Fred substituting for Santa and delivering gifts, is mostly recycled from "Christmas Flintstone," which we reviewed here recently. The primary difference is that Santa injures himself at the Flintstones' home and Barney accompanies Fred in the round-the-world sleighride.
For instance, during a Christmas street scene, Barney and Fred notice all the Santas working on sidewalks and in department stores and wonder which one is the real Santa. This leads into their performance of "Which One Is The Real Santa Claus." It's not a bad song, but it leads to nothing and isn't relevant to the rest of the story. It would have been easy to have a "call-back" to the song when the real Santa Claus shows up at Fred's house, but that never happens.
While A Flintstone Christmas is no classic, it's a light, fun and entertaining special. Fans of Fred and Barney will enjoy watching them save Christmas (again) and the strong voice work makes it worth watching at least once. There's a good 24-minute special here without all the songs. The overreliance on songs that distract from the plot keeps me from giving it a higher rating.
J.A. Morris' rating:
2 and a half candy canes.