The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones
|The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones|
|Written by||Don Nelson
|Directed by||Don Lusk|
Jean Vander Pyl
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||William Hanna
|Original airing||October 1987|
The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones is an animated TV movie featuring the first meeting between the characters from The Flintstones and The Jetsons. It was made by Hanna-Barbera as part of the Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10 series.
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In the future, while Elroy is busy working on a time machine, George Jetson comes to Mr. Spacely's office for a serious discussion. Spacely's business rival, Cogswell, has been stealing Spacely's business ideas under his nose, putting their jobs in jeopardy, Spacely orders George to go spy on Cogswell. George finds out that Cogswell's robot computer, S.A.R.A., has been seducing the Spacely robot computer, R.U.D.I., into leaking Mr. Spacely's secrets. George tries to report to Spacely, but R.U.D.I. won't let him.
In the Stone Age, Wilma and Betty are trying to convince Fred Flintstone to have their vacation in Honolurock. Fred, wise to their plan, ignores their advances and, tells Barney Rubble that he plans to take the girls someplace better. Mr. Slate wants Fred and Barney to work a late shift due to their carelessness, but instead they go to a poker game, hoping to use the winnings to go on holiday. Slate is also at the poker game however, so Fred and Barney try disguising themselves. Unfortunately, Fred loses to Slate, and he and Barney are exposed, so Slate fires them.
Back in the future, Elroy finishes his time machine. The Jetsons decide to use it to take a trip to the 25th century, as a way of relaxing themselves. Right before Elroy gets the machine working, his dog Astro accidentally sets the switch to "Past".
With no job, the Flintstones and Rubbles are forced to settle for a camping holiday, and without food, as Dino has stowed away and eaten all the food they packed. As Fred and Barney set up the tent, the "Jetsons" arrive from the future. Initially mistaking each other for aliens, Fred and George eventually communicate and the families become fast friends. Fred is amazed by George's futuristic gadgets and decides to use them to help Mr. Slate at the competitions at the upcoming company picnic. Fred introduces George to Slate, claiming George is a distant cousin. Slate is reluctant at first to trust George, but since Mr. Tarpit's cheating has set him back in the competitions, Slate accepts their help in exchange for giving them their jobs back. George and Fred use George's gadgets to win the events. However, during the last event, which consists of catching a "pigasaurus" in the mud, Astro and Dino's continued chase scares the pigasaurus enough for it to jump into Tarpit's arms, making Tarpit the winner of the picnic. Enraged, Mr. Slate refuses to hire Fred and Barney again.
While Mr. Spacely continues to vent over his failing business, Henry and Rosie the Robot Maid assemble a 'time machine retriever' to bring the Jetsons back. But when they get it to work, the time machine returns, with the Flintstones instead, the moment the Jetsons were taking a picture of them. At first, Henry, Rosie, and Mac mistake the newcomers for the Jetsons, and so does Spacely. But upon seeing they really are cavemen, Spacely introduces them to the press.
Stuck in the past, George asks Mr. Slate for a job. Slate initially rejects, but when Tarpit offers George a job himself, Slate immediately makes George his partner. George becomes famous. Using their newfound fame and riches, the Jetsons buy multiple local businesses. Pretty soon though, the Jetsons begin to get stressed and cannot handle owning so many businesses.
Mr. Spacely makes Fred the spokesman for his company, but R.U.D.I. accidentally leaks this information to S.A.R.A. When Spacely is introducing Fred to some important investors, Cogswell shows up and introduces Barney instead. Fred and Barney fight over jealously for taking all of the glory.
Meanwhile, Rosie requests R.U.D.I. to help her and Henry try to fix the time machine to find the Jetsons. S.A.R.A. arrives and demands that R.U.D.I. get rid of Rosie, but R.U.D.I. agrees that he'll do whatever he can to get the Jetsons back and leaves S.A.R.A. for good. They are able to make the time machine work, Rosie is transported to the Stone Age, and she finds her family.
Being able to return home, the Jetsons finally leave, taking Fred's car with them, after Judy says goodbye to an idol that she liked. Mr. Spacely concocts a brilliant idea to use Fred's car to invent futuristic replicas of them, and his business of selling Stone Age style cars become successful, much to Cogswell's dismay. Fred and Barney repair their friendship, and before they return home, George offers his partnership with Mr. Slate to give them their jobs back. Just as they are about to leave, Elroy tells them the time machine is broken and cannot be repaired. However, they're able to return to the Stone Age because their car absorbed the time machine's "quadrapotents". The Jetsons say a friendly farewell to their friends, the Flintstones.
- Jon Bauman - Iggy
- Mel Blanc - Barney Rubble / Dino / Mr. Spacely
- Daws Butler - Elroy Jetson / Cogswell / Henry Orbit
- Hamilton Camp - Turk Tarpit
- Henry Corden - Fred Flintstone / Knight
- Julie Dees - Betty Rubble / Jet Rivers / Investor / Panelist / Harem Girl
- Don Messick - Astro / R.U.D.I / Mac / Announcer / Store Manager / Robot
- George O'Hanlon - George Jetson
- Penny Singleton - Jane Jetson
- Hal Smith - Narrator (impersonating Mr. Pebblehead)
- John Stephenson - Mr. Slate / Moderator / Investor / Poker Player
- Brenda Vaccaro - Didi
- Jean Vander Pyl - Wilma Flintstone / Rosie / Mrs. Spacely
- Janet Waldo - Judy Jetson / Female Computer
- Frank Welker - Dan Rathmoon / Johnny / Mr. Goldbrick
- Patric Zimmerman - additional character voice
The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones was the final production to feature the original voice talent from The Jetsons. 1990's Jetsons: The Movie was made after the death of Daws Butler; Mel Blanc and George O'Hanlon also both passed away during production.
In addition, Janet Waldo was replaced as Judy by the singer Tiffany.
The film was referenced in The Simpsons episode "A Star Is Burns". Bart Simpson is watching the film The Flintstones Meet the Jetsons and after he criticizes the "cheap" crossover, Jay Sherman, the main character of the animated TV show The Critic, introduces himself to Bart.
Home media releases
The televised feature has been released on VHS three times, first by Worldvision Home Video, then by Kid Klassics (using the same cassette as the previous release) in 1987, its parent company, GoodTimes Home Video, in 1989, and by Warner Home Video on July 3, 2001.
On June 14, 2011, Warner Archive released The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time as part of their Hanna-Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com
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