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Retro Scans: 1994 Flintstones Movie by Topps

One of my favorite "it's so bad that it's good" movies is the 1994 film The Flintstones, starring John Goodman and Rosie O'Donnell.  

The Flintstones was always my favorite of the old Hanna-Barbera cartoons.  Hanna-Barbera gets a bad rap these days from Twitter experts who get upset over anything.  In H-B's case, it's the cheap animation style and things some people find "offensive" today.  I, on the other hand, really like the simplistic and old-time feel of the animation, especially those classics like the Jetsons or the Flintstones.

I'd often watch old reruns of both cartoons before school in the mornings on TBS.  I'd also find The Flintstones occasionally in the afternoons, mostly on weekends.  

When the 1994 film debuted with some significant star power like Goodman, O'Donnell, and Rick Moranis, among others, I was excited to see the movie.  I'm pretty sure Mom even took us to the theater to see it. Many people were disappointed in the film, but I loved it.  The movie made over $345 million off a budget of $45 million, so I'd say it was pretty successful in the end.

Of course, the promotional tie-in with McDonald's and the Roc Donald's campaign didn't hurt things either.  It's easily my favorite Happy Meal of all time and what I think is some of the best marketing McDonald's did through the 90s. McDonald's used this movie to launch the return of the McRib, temporarily renaming it the "Grand Poobah" meal.  A line of premium etched drinking glasses and Roc Donald's apparel rounded out this amazing promotion.  They just don't do stuff like that anymore.  

If you'd like to read my article where I discuss those great Flintstones toys (and other things!) from McDonald's past, please click here.

This week I didn't have the time or energy to finish off the article I've been working on.  So, I went digging through my bin of old trading card packs in the basement to find some good stuff to scan and post this week.  When I came across this Flintstones pack, I knew I had found what I was looking for.

This 1994 foil pack was pretty good.  Unfortunately, I did not find one of the "special etched foil cards" as advertised on the front of the pack.  Complete with the obligatory shot of the 29-year-old stick of gum; please enjoy the following images!