Jetsons: The Movie

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Jetsons: The Movie
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Theatrical poster.
Production company: Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Release date: July 6, 1990
Starring: George O'Hanlon
Mel Blanc
Tiffany
Daws Butler
Penny Singleton
Don Messick
Jean Vander Pyl
Producer(s): Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
Bruce David Johnson
Music composed by: John Debney
Screenplay by: Dennis Marks
Director(s): Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
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Jetsons: The Movie is a 1990 American animated sci-fi comedy/forced environmental film based on the 1962 TV series The Jetsons. The film was produced by Hanna-Barbera, and distributed by Universal Pictures on July 6, 1990. It was written by Dennis Marks, and produced and directed by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna.

Mysterious production delays at Spacely's Ore Orbiting Asteroid forces Spacely no choice but to put George in charge, who has to figure out who or what is disrupting his plant. The rest of the family also adapts to their new home and makes new friends.

The film served as the de facto series finale to the aforementioned TV series, as no new episodes aired after its release. No new official Jetsons productions had been done for 27 years until the release of the 2017 direct-to-video film, The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Characters

Legend
Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Rosie Jean Vander Pyl
Tweeter N/A
George Jetson George O'Hanlon
Elroy Jetson Patric Zimmerman
Judy Jetson Tiffany
Jane Jetson Penny Singleton
Astro Don Messick
Rocket Rick Rick Dees
Cop Unavailable
Cosmo Spacely Mel Blanc
Board member #1 Michael Bell
Gertrude Susan Silo
Alexander Throttlebottom
Rudy 2 Ronnie Schell
Basketball coach #1 Michael Bell
Cosmic Cosmo Steve McClintock
Mrs. Skypad N/A
Alien hitchhiker N/A
Lucy 2 Patti Deutsch
Doris
Susie
Mary
Helen
Fergie Furbelow Russi Taylor
Bertie Furbelow Brad Garrett
Gertie Furbelow B.J. Ward
Apollo Blue Paul Kreppel
Teddy 2 Dana Hill
Basketball coach #2 Frank Welker
Squeak Frank Welker


Organizations

Locations

Objects

Vehicles

  • Flying cars

Production

Development

Additional dialogue is credited to Carl Sautter.

Although credited as directors, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera were not happy with the direction the studio wanted them to take, and the final product is not of their own making, having left during production.

Casting

Daws Butler, the voice of Elroy, also died before production began, so he was replaced with Patric Zimmerman.

Janet Waldo had all her lines redubbed by then teen pop star Tiffany due to a studio decision by Universal Pictures to draw in more of a bigger audience, but instead just alienated its existing one more. Casting director, Andrea Romano, demanded her name to be removed from the credits, although she apparently doesn't realize it was still left in.

Filming

George O'Hanlon and Mel Blanc, the voices of George and Mr. Spacely, respectively, both died during production, with the former actually dying in the recording booth. The film is dedicated to both O'Hanlon and Blanc. Jeff Bergman was hired to fill in their lines, beginning his career as the characters.

Aftermath

Music

Main article: Jetsons: The Movie (soundtrack)

The score was composed by John Debney.

Songs

  1. "Gotcha"
  2. "Maybe Love, Maybe Not"
  3. "Staying Together"
  4. "I Always Thought I'd See You Again"
  5. "First Time in Love"
  6. "You and Me"
  7. "Home"
  8. "We're the Jetsons (Jetsons' Rap)"
  9. "With You All the Way"

Release

Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: July 6, 1990

Behind the scenes

  • This is the third film in a row (films being the only continuation of the franchise at this point), where Judy falls in love with a rockstar.
  • The film is depicted as being in the late 21st century.
  • The family watch a soap opera called All My Androids, a parody of All My Children.
  • Squeak sounds no different to Orbitty, due to both being voiced by Frank Welker.
  • Shortly before the release of the film, Universal Studios Florida opened up a ride called The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera, with the same principal cast, aside from Waldo or Tiffany as Judy, as she did not appear at all, for reasons unknown.

Errors

  • Earth somehow has a pollution problem, apparently just for the sake of spreading an environmental message, which drastically conflicts with the previous series and films, where there was no such problem.
  • Elroy being a child prodigy has been played down, so that he appears as just an average boy. Despite showing in "Two Many Georges," that he could be both.
  • Judy refers to Cosmic Cosmo as her former boyfriend when they hadn't even gone on one date.

Marketing and promotion

Main article: Jetsons: The Movie/Marketing and promotion

Critical reception

Box office

In other languages

Language Name Meaning

Home availability

Trailers

First trailer:

Second trailer:

References