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Jetsons: The Movie (1990)

by  |  February 16th, 2012  |  Animation

I thought that I would take a different turn in the B Movies that I recommend here, and do a recommendation for a B Movie that is fun for the whole family…

Now the reason that I thought this one might be kind of fun, for a change is that I was recently looking for a fun animated movie that I could do as a recommendation, and well I found a DVD in a store recently that brought me back to when I personally was a kid, and used to get up in the wee hours of the morning to watch cartoons… That of course being the movie adaptions of the classic cartoon, ‘The Jetsons’, just called, ‘Jetsons: The Movie’ (1990):

Written by: Dennis Marks (The Easter Story), Carl Sautter (Moonlighting) and Directed by: Joseph Barbera (The Yogi Bear Show) and William Hanna (Huckleberry Hound). Starring: George O’Hanlon (Rocky), Mel Blanc (Duck Dodgers And The 241/2th Century), Penny Singleton (Murder She Wrote), Tiffany (Mega Piranha), Patric Zimmerman (Wake, Rattle & Role), Don Messick (I’m Gonna Git You Sucka) and Jean Vander Pyl (Mr. T).

In this some what updated adaptions of the classic cartoon, the Jetsons are stilling living their, ‘futuristic’ life style, George Jetson (O’Hanlon) is the bread winner, and works for Mr. Spacely (Blanc), at Spacely Sprockets.  Jane Jetson (Singleton) is the home maker and runs the house hold, and the Jetsons two kids, their ‘basket ball’ star son, Elroy Jetson (Zimmerman), and their teenaged daughter Judy… Along for this ride is their Dog, ‘Astro’ (Voiced by: Don Messick) and their robot maid, ‘Rosie’ (voiced by: Jean Vander Pyl)…

And speaking of Spacely Sprockets…

The company is having some troubles, you see Spacely has unveiled an extremely expensive to build-and-maintain, new factory on an asteroid, that is supposed to automatically mine it’s own ore, and eventually turn that ore in to sprockets!  The only problem is that all of these mysterious accidents seem to be occurring at the new plant, (which is essentially keeping the operation shut down, and is making Spacely loose plant managers quicker then he can hire them!)

To add to Spacely’s worries, his board of directors are getting frustrated with Spacely…

So in a desperate move, Spacely promotes George in to the position… (Of course George is elated to be promoted.) After George gets the news he quickly rushes home to inform his family of the promotion and that they would all be moving to the edges of known space…

Well after some convincing, the Jetson family rallies around George and once they reach their new home, it will be up to George, his family, and the friends that they quickly make while at the tiny space colony to find out what is happening at the plant to cause all of these accidents, before the walls collapse around George, his family, and Spacely Sprockets!

The Jetson family, as George heads off to work.

Now what I liked about this movie, and what I do think makes this a fun B Movie is a couple of things:

1. First off I thought that I would mention that the majority of the actors that played the original Jetson family did voice the characters for this movie, including: George O’Hanlon (who voiced George Jetson in the original cartoon), Penny Singleton (Who did the voice of Jane Jetson in the original cartoon), Mel Blanc (who voiced Spacely in the original cartoon), Don Messick (Who voiced the dog, ‘Astro’ in the original cartoon) and even Jean Vander Pyl (who voiced Rosie The Robot in the original cartoon), Unfortunately Daws Butler (The Good, The Bad And Huckleberry Hound) who voiced Elroy in the original cartoon had passed away a few years before the movie was released, and although Janet Waldo was not in this film, she did voice the role of Judy for future Jetson’s projects!

2. This was the last movie that George O’Hanlon (George Jetson), Mel Blanc (Mr. Spacely), and Penny Singleton ever did, due to the fact that it appears that Penny Singleton had retired after making this film, and Mel Blanc and George O’Hanlon had died during the making of this movie… As a matter of fact, the movie is dedicated to both men.

3. And as a show of the dedication  that George O’Hanlon had shown to the role, he had actually continued to work up to just before he passed away, and had passed away doing the role he seemed to love so much!

The last thing that I thought that I would mention about this movie itself, is parents, if you’re looking for something fun to watch with your kids, then I highly recommend this piece, and for the adults, with some great music, a fascinating story line, and some fascinating moments of artistic expression, I highly recommend this for you to! check it out you might like it!

Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.

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