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Jetsons: The Movie is a American animated science-fiction feature film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and released by Universal Studios. Based on the hit cartoon series, The Jetsons, the film centers around George Jetson becoming vice president of Spacely Sprockets, and moving with his family to oversee work at Spacely's Orbiting Ore Asteroid.

The movie features the final film roles for both George O'Hanlon (the voice of George Jetson) and Mel Blanc (the voice of Mr. Spacely and various other Hanna-Barbera/Looney Tunes characters). The film is dedicated to both their memories.

Plot

In the late 21st century, Spacely Sprockets and Spindles has opened a new mining colony on an asteroid. The proposed project is meant to produce product at 1/10 the cost of making the items on Earth. However, the factory continues to be sabotaged by someone or something, and as Mr. Cosmo Spacely checks up on the 'Orbiting-Ore Asteroid' again, the latest head of the factory, Mr. Alexander Throttlebottom, has run off, making it 4 managers of the new plant that Spacely's lost so far.

Fearing for his company (and profits), Mr. Spacely names George Jetson as Throttlebottom's successor and sends George and his family to the plant. While the family is thoroughly upset from having to have been thrown from their normal life style (and the plans that they had that day), they set up apartments on the adjoining apartment community to the Asteroid and its neighboring shopping complex. While it takes the family time to adjust, Elroy Jetson meets a robot boy named Teddy-2, whom he first is at odds with, but eventually befriends. Teddy-2's father, Rudy-2, is the plant engineer and shows George around. Judy Jetson, meanwhile, is having a hard time adjusting, and accepting the fact that she lost her chance at a date with rock star Cosmic Cosmo, but soon feels better meeting a teenage boy named Apollo Blue.

George soon figures he's ready to set the plant running again, and Mr. Spacely is all set to see the plant working full-throttle, and soon to churn out the 1,000,000th Spacely Sprocket. However, the opening day festivities give way to panic as the factory is sabotaged once again. Over the next several days, George and Rudy-2 try to fix things, but the problems persist, to the point that Mr. Spacely heads on up to check on things.

Thinking he has to take charge, George stays overnight, only to fall asleep and be taken off by the mysterious saboteurs. Elroy, Teddy-2 and their neighbor Fergie Furbelow sneak into the plant, and meet Squeak, a member of an alien race known as Grungees. Squeak tells them (with Teddy-2 translating) that the factory is actually drilling into his people's community, which is based inside the asteroid. Soon, Jane, Judy, Apollo, Rudy-2 and Astro show up, and realize what is happening as well. George is found hog-tied in the Grungee's colony, and soon realizes just what the factory is doing.

But Mr. Spacely doesn't. Seeing his factory at a stand-still, he starts it up (after disconnecting Rudy-2, who tries to stop him), nearly burying Elroy and Squeak alive under rubble, and prompting everyone in the asteroid to get top-side, where George manages to shut-down the factory, and show his boss exactly what he's doing. After some talk, when George finally stands up to his boss, they come to an agreement: the Grungees will run the plant, and create new Spacely Sprockets through recycling old ones (thus stopping the further destruction of the Grungee's homeworld). Spacely Sprockets reaches the 1,000,000th sprocket, and when George asked about being promoted, Spacely retorts, stating that "he's lucky that he'll be getting his old job back". The family realizes that George is no longer needed at the Asteroid and would have to return home.

And so, the Jetsons bid their new friends a tearful goodbye, and head back to their apartment on Earth. As the family passes over the factory, the Grungees arrange themselves to form the words "THANK YOU GEORGE," as a final grateful goodbye to George for saving their home.

Cast



Release

Jetsons: The Movie was originally slated for a 1989 release, but to avoid competition with Disney's The Little Mermaid, United Artists' All Dogs Go to Heaven, and Universal's own Back to the Future Part II, it was delayed and Universal released The Wizard in its place. Cartoon Network shows this picture irregularly, even though the original series is no longer broadcast on the network. The series can instead be found on its sister channel Boomerang.

DVD

The film has been released on DVD in Regions 1, 2 and 4. The film was released for the first time ever on DVD in the US on April 28, 2009. [43855]

Reception

Jetsons: The Movie received mixed reviews from critics. The film is often both criticized and praised for its messages about protecting the environment, and observing ethical practices when doing business in developing countries. Jetsons: The Movie is also noted for its early use of CGI; the technique had already been used in Disney's The Great Mouse Detective. The animation artwork follows the lead of the series in its art direction and character designs, although additional flourishes such as full animation and form shadows on the characters were added for the film.

Along with the lukewarm critical response, the film was also a box office disappointment. It opened at #4, behind Die Hard 2: Die Harder at #1, Days of Thunder at #2, and Dick Tracy at #3, with a weekend gross of $5,029,640, for an average of $3,220 from 1,562 theaters. The film lost 43 percent of its audience in its second weekend, dropping to #10 with a second weekend gross of $2,850,120, averaging $1,820 from 1,566 theaters, and bringing its 10-day gross to $10,855,895. It ended up grossing only $20,305,841 in the United States. However, it performed much better on home video, and was routinely broadcast on television. Jetsons: The Movie was issued on DVD in North America on April 28, 2009, although it aired in widescreen HD (the first time the film was presented in its original aspect ratio for home audiences) on Universal HD on February 2, 2007.

Voice actors

The film features roughly the same voice cast as the cartoon series except for Judy and Elroy. Daws Butler, the original voice of Elroy, had died in 1988. The voice was provided by Patric Zimmerman. Janet Waldo, the original voice of Judy Jetson, recorded the part for this film but her voice was later replaced by then-pop starlet Tiffany. Studio executives hoped that Tiffany would attract a younger audience. Waldo continued to voice the part in subsequent Jetsons productions. George O'Hanlon, the voice of George Jetson, and Mel Blanc, the voice of Mr. Spacely, died during production of the film, so Jeff Bergman filled in for both characters in some scenes. The film was dedicated to the memory of both O'Hanlon and Blanc.

Tiffany sang three songs used in the film ("I Always Thought I'd See You Again", "You and Me", and "Home"), which are on the soundtrack album along with "Jetsons' Rap" by XXL and tracks by other artists.

Soundtrack

The soundtrack was released by MCA Records on May 25, 1990. The movie's score, composed by John Debney, was left off the commercial release but was later issued as a promotional album with his score for the TV movie Jonny's Golden Quest.

  1. "We're the Jetsons" (Jetsons' Rap) - XXL
  2. "With You All the Way" - Shane Sutton
  3. "You and Me" - Tiffany
  4. "I Always Thought I'd See You Again" - Tiffany
  5. "Maybe Love" - Steve McClintock
  6. "Stayin' Together" - Shane Sutton
  7. "Through the Blue" - Gayle Rose
  8. "Mall Theme" - John Duarte
  9. "Home" - Tiffany
  10. "Jetsons Main Title" - The Stunners
  11. "From a Distance" (End Title) - Cliff Richard


Marketing tie-ins

The summer the film was released, Kool-Aid had a tie-in where Kool-Aid points could be redeemed for a red Jetsons car featuring the cast. However, the promotion was not carried by some theaters, and instead of a red Jetsons car, the points were redeemed for a miniature movie poster.

Wendy's restaurants had a Jetsons kids' meal tie-in. When clips from the film were shown on TV, scenes with George had re-dubbed lines from an unnamed voice actor. The commercials showed Wendy's founder Dave Thomas either in a theater watching the film or at his restaurant promoting the film.

In 1991, a Jetsons video game was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System that involved elements of both the television show and film

A tie-in simulator ride titled The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera opened with Universal Studios Floridamarker shortly prior to the film's release. In it, Joe Barbera and Bill Hanna state that Elroy Jetson will star in their next project (presuming the film), which angers Dick Dastardly and Muttley and causes them to kidnap Elroy, and Yogi Bear must save him. Merchandise based on the film was sold at the ride's gift shop.

See also



References

  1. http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/3321899/The-Jetsons-Movie/Product.html
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