The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone – animated, USA, 1979

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The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone is a 45-minute Halloween television special featuring the Flintstones. It was produced in 1979 by Hanna-Barbera Productions.

When Fred Flintstone wins the big prize on the “Make A Deal or Don’t” game show, he and Wilma plan a vacation with Barney and Betty Rubble to Count Rockula’s spooky castle in Rocksylvania which has now been turned into a tourist resort.

Unfortunately, during the trip, Fred and Barney accidentally stumble across Rockula’s old laboratory, where his unfinished Frankenstone monster sleeps, and forget to close the window when they leave the lab. Lightning subsequently strikes the machines in the lab, and provide Frankenstone with life.

Frankenstone awakens Count Rockula (who has been asleep for the past five hundred years, thus explaining his disappearance) from his secret crypt, and the two scare everyone out of the hotel, except for the Flintstones and the Rubbles, who had gone to bed early due to jet lag…

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“As a Halloween special, it’s just okay. However, it’s not BAD, either. It’s certainly a damn sight better than The Flintstone Kids Meet Frankenpebble, made less than a decade later, and I especially enjoyed the ending. A must-have for Flintstones fans, and not a bad thing for Halloween fans to have, either…” Halloween Specials

“With a lot of running around the castle and discovering trap doors and hiding places, this outing is kind of “Scooby Doo”-ish compared to the franchise’s usual “The Honeymooners”-inspired domestic family sitcom makings. Both specials, however, offer fine entertainment that is able to sustain the longer runtimes.” Luke Bonanno, DVDizzy

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