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The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone
Directed by Ray Patterson
Starring Henry Corden
Mel Blanc
Jean Vander Pyl
Gay Autterson
John Stephenson
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Alex Lovy
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original airing October 30, 1980
Chronology
Preceded by The Flintstones: Little Big League (1978)
Followed by The Flintstones' New Neighbors (1980)

The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone was a 45-minute Halloween television special featuring Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble. It was produced in 1979 by Hanna-Barbera Productions and aired on October 30, 1980 on NBC.

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Summary

When Fred wins the big prize on "Make A Deal or Don't" game show, he and Wilma plan a vacation with Barney and Betty 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 while leaving the lab. Lightning subsequently strikes the machines in the lab, and provide Frankenstone with life. Frankenstone awakens Rockula from his secret crypt, and the two scare all the tourists out of the hotel, except for the Flintstones and the Rubbles, who had gone to bed early.

Rockula and Frankenstone eventually discover the Flintstones and Rubbles, and Rockula mistakes Wilma as his long-lost bride and vows to make her his, even if it means killing Fred. A long cat-and-mouse chase ensues all over the castle, and eventually the Flintstones and Rubbles escape the castle and return to Bedrock.

However, Rockula follows them all the way and begs Wilma to return with him to Rocksylvania. Wilma agrees to marry him in Bedrock if Rockula builds another castle, on the condition that he stick to a mountain of daily chores to prove that he cares for her. Rockula changes his mind and decides to return alone to Rocksylvania to find his one true love. Fred, Barney and Betty congratulate Wilma for ridding them of Rockula, and they all say "Yabba-Dabba-Doo!" to close the film.

Images of the once again-vacant Rocksylvania hotel are shown during the credits.

Rockula and Frankenstone

  • Count Rockula: a campy and not-so-bloodthirsty vampire with a lust for women and a fear for werewolves, prompting him to build a Frankenstone monster to keep them away. Having been asleep for five hundred years, Rockula is awoken by Frankenstone and sets out to clean his castle of the guests and take Wilma, whom he thinks is his bride, for himself, even if it means killing Fred. A very similar, but obviously different, character of Count Rockula (again voiced by John Stephenson) appears in the episode "Blood Brothers" of The New Fred and Barney Show.
  • Frankenstone: Count Rockula's half-finished creation with a scratchy voice and brain of a dumb idiot. His only mission in life: to carry out Rockula's orders, although his host's low IQ often leads him to find difficulty in accomplishing even the simplest of tasks (in the film's possibly most hilarious scene, Frankenstone is ordered to search some barrels for Fred, and fails to notice Fred crouching right beside him). Despite the resemblance, he is not to be confused with the Frank Frankenstone character that first appeared in the episode "Fred and Barney Meet the Frankenstones" of The New Fred and Barney Show, the TV special The Flintstones' New Neighbors or The Flintstone Comedy Show. Frankenstone was one of Ted Cassidy's final roles before his death shortly after the film's release.

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Video release

The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone was released on VHS and Laserdisc in 1989 by Hanna-Barbera Home Video. To date, it has not been released on DVD. A rather high-quality version of the movie has been leaked onto the Internet for download, recorded from the TV Channel Boomerang.

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