A must see for toon lovers

The last day of the month brings plenty to "Yabba-dabba- doo'' about as the `modern' stone-age couple -- Fred and Wilma Flintstone -- plan a romantic trip to add some spice to their married life.

Taking a turn into the pre-historic world of Bedrock where dinosaurs sit in as nannies and cars run on leg power, Cartoon Theatre, Cartoon Network's latest franchise, presents a brand new feature - "The Flintstones: On the Rocks'' on March 31 at 12 noon and again at 8 p.m.

Full of crazy, comical adventures, the 90-minute film follows the couple on an exotic vacation that promises to enliven the romance in their lives. But the trip turns into a series of misadventures, ensuring plenty of laughs for lovers of the animated world. The setting maybe exotic but romance turns sour as Wilma gets upset with Fred's "rough and tough'' attitude, leading to the usual tiffs between the couple. But there's a lot more to watch out for besides the usual squabbles. The twist comes when Wilma's handbag gets switched with that of a jewel thief. The eternal romantic, Wilma, believes that Fred has brought her the expensive diamond pendant, which leads to a series of interesting events. But the plot thickens, as in a bid to get back the pendant, the thief decides to turn on his charm on Wilma. A number of amusing and riotous events ensue in which Fred plays the part of a jealous husband, which finally end in a dramatic chase scene. At last, peace is restored and Fred and Wilma happily re-unite at the end of the film.

With its perfect mix of satire, slapstick comedy and distinct personalities, along with the wacky inventions of large birds that substitute as aeroplanes, swordfish-knives and elephant-trunk showers, the film promises to entertain and amuse cartoon lovers. Missing from the script, however, are Betty and Barney, the best friends and neighbours of the Flintstones.

Produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the Flinstones are perhaps one of the most widely recognised cartoon characters on television. The Flintstone show has won a number of awards including the Golden Globe award for "Outstanding Achievement in International Television''.

By Anjali Malhotra

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