Premiered December 18, 1993.
The Christmas season has once again arrived in Bedrock and Fred Flintstone (Henry Corden) is excited about the holidays. Fred is disappointed that people he encounters don't seem to have much Christmas spirit.
His friend Barney Rubble (Frank Welker) points out that it's hard to feel merry with all the suffering going on in the world, like rising crime and the collapse of financial institutions. Fred says he won't let such societal problems ruin Christmas for his family.
They take Stoney caroling, ice skating, tree shopping, and take him to see Santa. Stoney has a good time and seems to be changing his ways. Unfortunately, Stoney gets himself into trouble when he runs a shell game and takes money from a stranger.
At the same time, Bam-Bam and Pebbles' encounter further flight delays, jeopardizing their Christmas plans. It appears that Christmas will be ruined for the Flintstones and Rubbles.
Will Fred and Stoney spend Christmas in jail? Will Pebbles and Bam-Bam arrive in time to celebrate Christmas?
J.A. Morris says:
I had never seen A Flintstone Family Christmas until now and I generally liked it. The special brings a little bit of social commentary. Homelessness was a topic that got a lot of attention when this was produced and it's on the rise again in this country.
There's scene where Stoney comments about how no one wants to think about homeless people because it takes away from their enjoyment of the holidays. This rings true. For all the talk about "good will toward men," there are lots of people for whom Christmas is just another day to get through and survive. I'm not suggesting A Flintstone Family Christmas offers any in-depth analysis of homelessness, but it's better than nothing.
Like every most Flintstones specials, this one features some entertaining "modern stone age" technology. My favorite was the electric eel that powers Fred's Christmas lights!
The cast of voice actors is strong with Henry Corden, Jean Vander Pyl and John Stephenson reprising their roles as Fred, Wilma and Mr. Slate, respectively.
Frank Welker takes over the role of Barney from Mel Blanc, and Welker also portrays Dino. Megan Mullally, best known for playing Karen on Will And Grace, voices the now-adult Pebbles. Stella Stalactite is played by Didi Conn, remembered for her roles in Grease and Benson.
A Flintstone Family Christmas is an enjoyable holiday special headed by a great cast of voice actors. with a little bit of social commentary thrown in. With a length of 23 minutes, it's also a special that doesn't overstay its welcome.
J.A. Morris' rating:
Like J.A. Morris, A Flintstone Family Christmas was a new viewing experience for me. It's interesting to see how this little animated special reflects perceptions and concerns about crime and homelessness during the 1990s when it was produced.
Having watched several Flintstones Christmas specials in a row, it's also interesting to see how Santa's mode of transportation seems to ... shift a bit from special to special. This time around, we get a sleigh pulled by pterodactyls. Santa has options in the Stone Age, it would seem.
My weird sense of humor is also tickled by this special's inclusion of a photo of the Modern Stone Age Family that is labeled "Christmas B.C." seeing as the B.C. (i.e., before the birth of Jesus) would indicate that the caption shouldn't exist in the prehistoric context.
A Flintstone Family Christmas is a well-intentioned special. It's possible that the message about homelessness and caring for others might inspire kids to try and go out and do some good after viewing.
2 and a half candy canes