Yabba Dabba Doo! New FOX Seth McFarlane THE FLINTSONES Animated Series Announced

I can’t decide if I completely love or fear this news, but Fox announced yesterday that it has picked up THE FLINTSTONES, a 21st century version of the classic animated comedy from executive producer Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show) for the 2013-2014 television season.

This (pre)historic return of The Flintstones will feature MacFarlane’s modern-day take on the lives of the Flintstones and the Rubbles, two hard-working middle-class families living with contemporary conveniences in the dinosaur-era town of Bedrock. The series centers on hard-headed patriarch Fred Flintstone and best friend and sidekick Barney Rubble. Fred’s Stone-Age clan includes wife Wilma, daughter Pebbles and pet dinosaur Dino, while Barney’s brood consists of wife Betty and son Bamm-Bamm.

Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company said,

“The Flintstones are among the funniest and most beloved characters in television history, and we can’t wait to introduce them to a whole new generation on FOX. FOX has long been home to iconic families like the Simpsons and the Griffins, so I have no doubt that the Flintstones and the Rubbles are going to fit right in on our air.”

McFarlane clearly loves The Flintstones, saying,

“The very first cartoon character I drew at age two was Fred Flintstone, so it’s appropriate that events have come full circle, allowing me to produce the newest incarnation of this great franchise. Plus, I think America is finally ready for an animated sitcom about a fat, stupid guy with a wife who’s too good for him.”

In a cross-studio collaboration, The Flintstones will be produced jointly by 20th Century Fox Television and Warner Bros. Television. Warner Bros. is home to The Flintstones via its ownership of the Hanna-Barbera collection of animated titles. Dan Palladino (Gilmore Girls) and Kara Vallow (Family Guy) will also serve as executive producers. Voice actors for the series will be announced. The Flintstones will begin production in fall 2011 and will be set in stone on the FOX schedule in 2013.

The Flintstones and all related characters and elements are trademarks of (C) Hanna-Barbera.

So, what do you think? Will McFarlane make his new The Flintstones epically good or should he leave well enough alone? Sound off in the comments.