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« on: June 08, 2017, 07:14:27 PM »
When William Hanna and Joseph Barbera’s original Flintstones cartoon first aired back in 1960, it was a clever, campy celebration of suburban sprawl and a very particular kind of middle class American Dream™. In Mark Russell and Steve Pugh’s recently-ended Flintstones comic series, that same dream is explored in a much darker, funnier way.

Baked into every Hanna-Barbera joke about a prehistoric animal being used as an appliance was the idea that consumerism and the economic power to consume were integral parts of Bedrock’s society making its way into the future. In many ways, Russell and Steve Pugh’s The Flintstones series has been playing with many of the original cartoon’s same ideas about domestic life and society. But where Hanna-Barbera’s Bedrock was built upon a wide-eyed hope for technology’s impact on the future, The Flintstones of today is a much more sobering reflection on late stage capitalism systems, religion, and the meaning of true happiness. It’s also funny as hell.
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