October has Halloween in it , so of course we are looking at Halloween or something related to Halloween , specials. That brings us to the Flintstones, our favorite pre-historic family, and a special that first aired on NBC in 1979 , and repeated later in the 90's on Cartoon Network and Boomerang , that is our lookback.
Fred and Wilma are going on TV game show called "Make a Deal or Don't" (the most passive aggressive title in TV history) in costume (somebody at H&B liked 'Let's Make Deal') Barney and Betty are also going. At the game show Monty Marble picks Barney to play. The Offer is trade in $1,000 for what ever behind the curtain. (OZ?) After Betty yells keep the money, he decides to keep the money, Fred is annoyed at that. Monty called Fred up he gives Fred $1,000 (that's it I am leaving) or the choice what is behind the curtain ,and he picks what is behind the curtain, and that would be a free trip for 2 to Rocksylvania (the confusing thing is that Pennsylvania or Transylvania because what?) where they get to spend it at the home of Count Rockula. (hey title drop) Monty Marble lets Barney choose again , if he turns in the $1,000 him and the wife can go to Rocksyvania too. (That's how games shows work? Or plot device time!) Betty says take it , and Wilma does too. Barney takes the deal. (Though, I do wonder why the host is so willing to give away trip)
Looks Romantic to me .../copyright Hanna and Barbera
The Rubbles and Flintstones are in Rockyslvaina , which looks creepy and spooky. (and positively oooky) Igor picks them up and on the way he talks about how Count Rockula was scared of werewolves so he was working in his lab on to make a Frankenstone's monster. (Well that's a plan) Though Igor might be putting on act. At the hotel there's a costume party which will go all night long (all night). Fred and Barney find a secret passage slide that takes them to a laboratory , as they get out of there lighting strikes some whatever those things are , and powers up a Frankenstone (we are using the special's term) and it starts to wake up and growl. (He's not an evening person) The creature goes to a secret passage to a casket to wake up Rockula, who has been alseep for 500 years. (He had gotten a new sleep number coffin or he was dead tired ) Rockula hears the party and the music and decides to check it out.
I wake up looking this good/ copyright Hanna and Barbera
You are too undead for me/Copyright Hanna and Barbera
That's the special : Well it's not scary but it's the Flintstones so I guess it won't be it is quite pacey for a 46 minute special it doesn't drag. It has some funny moments , and love the breaking 4th wall moments of Wilma and Frankenstone. It's a great play off the Dracula and Frankenstein's Monster characters and they are great characters. It's a great watch you can find it on DVD in the Flintstones:Prime-time specials collection -Volume 1, which also includes a few other specials.
That's the lookback , tune in next time when the Flinstones meet Scooby and the Gang and learn to take off Count Rockula's mask.