Jetsons: The Movie
|Jetsons: The Movie|
Theatrical release poster
|Written by||Dennis Marks|
|Music by||John Debney|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$20.3 million|
Jetsons: The Movie is a 1990 American animated musical comic science fiction comedy-drama film produced by Hanna-Barbera and released on July 6, 1990, by Universal Pictures. Based on Hanna-Barbera's cartoon series The Jetsons, the film stars the voices of George O'Hanlon, Penny Singleton, and Mel Blanc, all veterans of the series, in their last voice-acting roles. O'Hanlon and Blanc both died in 1989 during production of the film, which was dedicated to both their memories. Since there were no new episodes produced to continue from where the show left off, the film serves as the finale to the TV series.
In the late 21st century, Spacely Sprockets and Spindles has opened a new mining colony on an asteroid. The proposed project is meant to increase productivity at 1/10 the cost of making the items on Earth. However, the factory continues to be sabotaged by someone or something. As Cosmo Spacely (Mel Blanc and Jeff Bergman) checks up on the "Orbiting-Ore Asteroid" again, the latest head of the factory, Alexander Throttlebottom, has run off, making it four vice presidents of the new plant that Spacely has lost so far.
Fearing for his company (and profits), Spacely names George Jetson (George O'Hanlon and Jeff Bergman) 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 (Patric Zimmerman) meets a robot boy named Teddy-2 (Dana Hill), whom he first is at odds with, but eventually befriends. Teddy-2's father, Rudy-2 (Ronnie Schell), is the plant engineer and shows George around. Judy Jetson (Tiffany), meanwhile, is having a hard time adjusting, and accepting the fact that she lost her chance at a date with rock star Cosmic Cosmo (Steve McClintock) (which a friend of hers later takes), but soon feels better after meeting a teenage boy named Apollo Blue (Paul Kreppel).
George soon figures that 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 one millionth 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 (Russi Taylor) sneak into the plant, and meet Squeep (Frank Welker), a member of an adorable-looking alien race known as Grungees.
Squeep 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 Grungees' colony, and although he soon realizes just what the factory is doing, 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 Squeep 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, telling him that all he cares about is money, 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 Grungees' homeworld). Spacely Sprockets reaches the millionth sprocket, and when George asks about being vice president, Spacely retorts, stating that "he's lucky that he'll be getting his old job back". Only when pressured by everyone else does he reluctantly promote him to vice president (without a raise). George, however, knows that with the Grungees now running the plant, he is no longer needed as head of the Asteroid and will have to return home.
The Jetsons then bid their new friends a tearful goodbye, including Fergie, who attempted to stow away aboard the Jetsons' ship. They then head back to their apartment on Earth. As the family passes over the factory, the Grungees arrange themselves to form the words: "THANKS GEORGE", as a final grateful goodbye to George for saving their home.
- George O'Hanlon as George Jetson
- Mel Blanc as Mr. Cosmo Spacely
- Penny Singleton as Jane Jetson
- Tiffany as Judy Jetson
- Patric Zimmerman as Elroy Jetson
- Don Messick as Astro
- Jean Vander Pyl as Rosie the Robot
- Ronnie Schell as Rudy-2
- Patti Deutsch as Lucy-2
- Dana Hill as Teddy-2
- Paul Kreppel as Apollo Blue
- Russi Taylor as Fergie Furbelow
- Brad Garrett (In his film debut) as Bertie Furbelow
- Susan Silo as Gertie Furbelow
- Rick Dees as Rocket Rick Ragnarok
- Steve McClintock as Cosmic Cosmo
- Frank Welker as Squeep / Grungees
- Janet Waldo as Robot secretary
- B.J. Ward as Gertrude
- Michael Bell and Brian Cummings as Board members
- Jeff Bergman as George Jetson / Mr. Cosmo Spacely (additional scenes) / Basketball coach
The film features roughly the same voice cast as the television 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. Displeased with the casting change, voice director Andrea Romano had her name removed from the finished film.
Because O'Hanlon, the voice of George Jetson, and Blanc, the voice of Mr. Spacely, both died during production of the film in 1989 (O'Hanlon died in February, while Blanc in July), Jeff Bergman filled in for both characters in some scenes. The film was dedicated to the memories of both men. 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.
Jetsons: The Movie was originally slated for a 1989 release, but was delayed to avoid competition with Disney's The Little Mermaid, United Artists' All Dogs Go to Heaven (which were both released on the same day), and Universal's own Back to the Future Part II. Universal released The Wizard in its place, which was responsible for introducing Super Mario Bros. 3 to the United States.
The film was first released on VHS and Laserdisc on October 25, 1990. On April 28, 2009, it was released on DVD - in the United States and was aired in its original aspect ratio on Universal HD on February 2, 2007.
Criticism and controversy
Jetsons: The Movie received mainly negative reviews from critics, resulting in an 21% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 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 including digital ink and paint; the technique had already been used in Disney's The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, Oliver & Company and The Little Mermaid, as well as some of Hanna-Barbera's own 1980s television productions. 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. Siskel & Ebert gave this film two thumbs down, citing both the story and the animation as having "no imagination whatsoever", with Ebert later calling it one of the ten worst films of 1990. Critics have also criticized the performance of Tiffany as Judy Jetson.
Along with the negative critical response, the film was also a box office bomb, mainly because of opening in fewer theaters. It opened at #4, behind Die Hard 2, Days of Thunder, and Dick Tracy, with a weekend gross of $5,029,640, for an average of $3,220 from 1,562 theaters. The film then lost 43% of its audience in its second weekend, falling to #10 with a second weekend gross of $2,850,120, averaging $1,820 from 1,566 theaters, and bringing its ten-day gross to $10,855,895. It ended up grossing just $20,305,841 in the United States. However, the film performed much better on home video and was routinely seen on television.
|Jetsons: The Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by various artists|
|Released||May 25, 1990|
|Genre||Glam Metal (You and Me), Pop Rock|
The soundtrack was released by MCA Records on May 25, 1990. The film'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 1993 television film Jonny's Golden Quest. "I Always Thought I'd See You Again" by Tiffany was released as a single. Composer Mark Mancina helped on writing the songs for the film.
- "We're the Jetsons" (Jetsons' Rap) – XXL
- "With You All the Way" – Shane Sutton
- "You and Me" – Tiffany
- "I Always Thought I'd See You Again" – Tiffany
- "Maybe Love" – Steven McClintock
- "Stayin' Together" – Shane Sutton
- "Through the Blue" – Gayle Rose
- "Mall Theme" – John Duarte
- "Home" – Tiffany
- "Jetsons Main Title" – The Stunners
The summer of the film's release, 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 film poster. Wendy's restaurants had a Jetsons kids' meal tie-in. When clips 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.
A tie-in simulator ride titled "The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera" opened with Universal Studios Florida one month before the film's release. In it, Hanna and Barbera state that the Jetsons 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 and Dastardly and Muttley are arrested. Merchandise based on the film was sold at the ride's gift shop. Also in 1990, Ralston released an apple and cinnamon–flavored Jetsons Cereal.
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