“They're the Jetsons! They can rocket to the future, they can rocket to the moon, and they can work on Jupiter, or play on Neptune. “
‘The Jetsons’ is a replica of ‘The Flintstones’, both created and produced by Hanna-Barbera. The Jetsons was an animated prime time comedy series that had only one purpose to serve - project the future. The plot was set in space, with the Jetsons living in space, traveling in space ships through the open sky and all works taken care by just a press of button. It was a smart and creative idea to predict future at that time. The series was just like a science fiction movie where gadgets, robots, sophisticated machines and spaceships were shown to give the viewers a glance of the would-be future. However, do you know how did it all start? Read through the following lines and explore interesting and amazing information on the history, origin and background of Jetsons.
Interesting & Amazing Information On Origin & Background Of Jetsons
The Jetsons is an animated prime time comedy series created by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera. After the great success of their cartoon series ‘The Flintstones’, Hanna-Barbera decided to establish a futuristic counterpart of Flintstones, which gave birth to The Jetsons. The Jetsons was similar to that of the Flintstones. The Jetsons took 16 months for full creation. Hanna-Barbera created this animated futuristic version to project to the people how the world would be in 2062. The cartoon series revolved around the Jetsons family and their style of living, which was a picture of future America.
The Jetsons was a half an hour family sitcom, projecting the contemporary American culture and lifestyle of people in future time periods. It had the same story line like that of the Flintstones, but the plot was pictured in space. The family consisted of the beleaguered bread-winner George, loving wife Judy, hip daughter Judy, fun-loving Elroy, and loyal dog Astro. The Jetsons first got premiered in primetime on ABC on September 23, 1962. The original series comprised of 24 episodes, which were produced between 1962 and 1963. The popularity of Jetsons was such that it became a regular Saturday morning show for decades together.
George O’Hanlon gave his voice for George Jetsons, while Penny Singleton did the voice over for Jane Jetsons. Janet Waldo gave her voice for the character of Judy and Mel Blanc casted his voice for Cosmo Spacely, George Jetsons' boss. There was only one season’s episode of the Jetsons produced initially for primetime, as news of the show not surviving amongst the likes of Disney’s Wonderful World of Color and Dennis the Menace had been doing the rounds. The two latter shows had already built up an audience in previous seasons, which was assumed to make it hard for the Jetsons to survive. However, the futuristic family of Jetsons clicked and the show was aired eventually in all the three networks on Saturday mornings from 1963 to 1983.
After the success of the first season episodes of the Jetsons family, Hanna-Barbera decided to resuscitate and revive The Jetsons in 1984. Both of them together created a number of new episodes, which were with on a better storyline than the previous episodes. These new episodes lasted and gained popularity till 1987. In 1987, after the success of the new episode, Hanna-Barbera created a special episode wherein they got together The Flintstones and The Jetsons to share one screen and this special edition was named, “The Jetsons meet the Flintstones”. This was a once-in-a lifetime moment both for Hanna-Barbera and the audience to see the Stone Age and the space age together on screen. In 1990, Jetsons self-titled, full-length cartoon was released and that was the last when anybody heard about The Jetsons. This was the final contribution of George O’Hanlon to George Jetsons, as he passed away when the movie got released.