The Jetsons: 50 years later

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26 Responses to “The Jetsons: 50 years later”

  1. Thorzdad says:

    ” It only lasted 24 episodes (not including the mid-1980s “revival”)”

    Which is as those 80′s episodes should be…not included.

  2. capnmarrrrk says:

    My favorite episode is where George thinks he’s going to die and signs up to test the indestructible suit. That epitomized the future for me. Indestructible clothing and swallowable diagnosis bots in pill form. A few years ago I swallowed a camera capsule to take photos of my Digestion System all the way through. Thanks to the Jetsons, the Future is Now.

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  3. mmrtnt says:

    Please forgive me.  I just have to post this.

    I had no idea this anniversary was coming up when I drew that about a month ago.

    Hope you enjoy it.

  4. north says:

    When I was a kid I watched the Jetsons and marveled that George’s job was just pushing buttons all day. How could they pay somebody to sit in one place and just push buttons all day? That can’t possibly ever happen.
    Yeah, guess what I do for a living now.
    Livin’ in the future people. I WANT MY FLYING CAR DAMMIT

  5. mtdna says:

    Was it wrong of me to be in love with Mrs. Jetson? And Betty Rubble?

  6. Sam Smith says:

    Interesting take on the first episode…but am I the only one who reads Rosie the Robot as the future-equivalent of a wisecracking Black servant in a white middle-class household?  It’s not really something we see today, but had ample precedent in 1960s TV.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I always assumed that she was modeled on Hazel. She speaks almost exactly like Shirley Booth. She even calls George ‘Mr. J’ like Hazel calls her employer ‘Mr. B’.

  7. Maus Van says:

    It’s hard to imagine anything more nauseatingly baby-boomer-esque than sitting around being nostalgic for “The Jetsons” unless it’s arguing that the show was an important cultural artifact.

  8. JIMWICh says:

    Jane Jetson was right up there with Alvin Toffler and the top futurists of the 1960s.  And I still think her “buttonitis” is a much better term than, “Repetitive Stress Injury.”

  9. Is there any other 24-episode TV series so remembered?

    I have to admire Hanna-Barbera.  They were determined to stay in the animation biz no matter how many corners they had to cut and somehow they made it work.

    I recall a story told by one of their deputies who said they went to a network meeting to present their new show ideas and got shot down on all of them, so Barbera started making stuff up.

    After the meeting she said “Joe, we just committed to making a show about a pirate ghost with a rock band!”

    “”Yeah…” he said, “but we made the deal!”

    • “Is there any other 24-episode TV series so remembered?”

      It’s not alone. In the UK, Fawlty Towers is firmly embedded in the mass consciousness (though admittedly only for people aged 30+). It had a run of 12 episodes.

  10. anansi133 says:

    I still remember the episode where Jane gets “buttonitis” from her daily toil of pushing buttons to make things happen all day long. According to IMDB, it’s episode 22, Dude Planet.

     I think at the time i was watching it, I saw the same family as in the Flintstones, just with different costumes. I suppose it’s a matter of time before they make a crappy live action film from it.

  11. sean says:

    As THE studio that killed full animation (the great Chuck Jones called their cartoons “illustrated radio”), was incapable of developing interesting characters on their own so they stole the voices/personas of Jimmy Durante, The Honeymooners (twice for Art Carney- Barney Rubble and Yogi Bear!), Phil Silvers, Andy Griffith, etc. ad nauseum, couldn’t come up with memorable plots or stories so they repeated their banal stories from show to show, used the same crappy stereotype characters and voices (angry boss, clueless male, etc) in every series, reduced the pantheon of cartoon sound effects to 4 or 5 constantly over-used ones, brought cartoon soundtracks from the heights a Carl Stalling achieved to mindless pap, dumbed down the subversive brilliance that was in the Warner’s cartoons and others to an insipid level suitable for instilling mindless complacency in their kiddie audience, gave us the repetitious laugh track so we knew when something was “funny”, and (perhaps worst of all) came up with  “Scooby- Doo”- I have to admit that the retro-future of the Jetsons cartoons is pretty neat.

    •  There’s a difference between “killing” full animation and merely not doing it.  Full animation lived on in theatrical movies where it had been all along. 

      Television was new territory and not a fertile one for expensive arts like full animation.

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