Flintstones Saved From Becoming The Family Guy

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Fox Ani­ma­tion has put ani­ma­tion wun­derkind Seth MacFarlane’s mod­ern update of the stone-age fam­ily on hold. MacFarlane’s reboot of The Flint­stones has been put on indef­i­nite hold no word on when (or if) pro­duc­tion will resume.

Reportably the pro­duc­tion was just at the point of ramp­ing up pro­duc­tion, hir­ing writ­ers and pro­duc­ers. Many of the artists and ani­ma­tors from MacFarlane’s Amer­i­can Dad were hop­ing to make the jump over to The Flint­stones as their show winds down production.

It has been spec­u­lated that Mac­Far­lane, whose cur­rent ani­mated pro­duc­tions include Fam­ily Guy, Amer­i­can Dad and The Cleve­land Show as well as Fox’s Cos­mos: A Space-Time Odyssey, is too busy to accom­mo­date the new series. Mac­Far­lane is in post­pro­duc­tion on his fea­ture direc­to­r­ial film Ted, which will hit the­aters on July 13. He wrote, pro­duced and voices a char­ac­ter in the new com­bi­na­tion live-action-CG film.

The Flint­stones have been a pas­sion of Mac­Far­lane for decades. Seth has noted that he began draw­ing Fred Flint­stone at age 2.

The series will be jointly pro­duced by 20th Tele­vi­sion and Warner Bros. Tele­vi­sion, which owns the rights to the orig­i­nal Hanna-Barbera cartoon.

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