In his lifetime, Charles Dickens was said to be so outraged by clumsy stage adaptations and pastiches (often uncredited) of his A Christmas Carol
that he wished he'd never penned the beloved tale in the first place. Imagine how the temperamental author might have greeted TV animators
Hanna-Barbera, and their transposition of the story to the town of Bedrock as a vehicle for cartoon caveman Fred Flintstone.
Somehow Fred has won the lead of Ebonezer Scrooge in the Bedrock Community Players' production of A Christmas Carol, and the star treatment makes him so conceited he nearly forgets to buy gifts for long-suffering wife Wilma and others. Dur...