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
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television (current)|
|Original release||September 12, 1987|
|Followed by||Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose|
The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones is a 1987 animated crossover made-for-television film produced by Hanna-Barbera for syndication as part of the Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10 series, starring The Flintstones and The Jetsons as they cross paths following a time travel experiment gone wrong.
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 rival, Cogswell, has been stealing Spacely's business ideas, putting their jobs in jeopardy. Spacely orders George to go spy on Cogswell where 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. sabotages his efforts.
In the Stone Age, Wilma and Betty are trying to convince Fred Flintstone to have their vacation in Honolurock. Fred 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, but instead they go to a poker game, hoping to use the winnings to go on holiday. Slate is at the poker game however, so Fred and Barney try disguising themselves. Fred loses to Slate, and he and Barney are exposed, resulting in Slate firing them. Back in the future, Elroy finishes his time machine. The Jetsons decide to use it to take a trip to the 25th century to relax. 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. As Fred and Barney set up the tent, the Jetsons arrive from the future. Fred and George eventually communicate and the families become 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 rival businessman Turk Tarpit's cheating has set him back in the competitions, Slate accepts their help in exchange for giving them their jobs back and making Fred his full partner in the company. George and Fred use George's technology to help Slate win several games, but in the last event, Astro and Dino's actions causes Tarpit to become the winner of the picnic. Slate refuses to hire or trust 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 turn it on, the time machine returns with the Flintstones instead. 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 work, Slate immediately makes George his partner, George soon becomes famous. Using their new found fame and riches, the Jetsons buy multiple local businesses and are soon overwhelmed. Mr. Spacely makes Fred the spokesman for his company, but R.U.D.I. leaks this information to S.A.R.A. When Spacely is introducing Fred to some important investors, Cogswell introduces Barney instead, leading to a rift in Fred and Barney's friendship. 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. appears and demands that R.U.D.I. get rid of Rosie, but R.U.D.I. agrees to do whatever he can to get the Jetsons back and leaves S.A.R.A. for good. They fix the time machine and Rosie is transported to the Stone Age where she finds her family.
Now able to return home the Jetsons leave, taking Fred's car with them, after Judy says goodbye to a teen idol. Mr. Spacely concocts a plan to use Fred's car as a model for futuristic replicas, Cogswell sends his robotic dog to steal this information, but the two families manage to stop him and destroy the dog. Spacely's business of selling Stone Age style cars becomes successful, with Cogswell even buying one from Spacely. Fred and Barney repair their friendship, and George offers his partnership with Mr. Slate to give them their jobs back. Just as they are about to leave for home, Elroy tells them the time machine is broken and cannot be repaired. Fortunately, they're able to return to the Stone Age because their car absorbed the time machine's "quadrapotents". The Flintstones then bid a fond farewell to the Jetsons and are sent back to the Stone Age.
- Henry Corden as Fred Flintstone
- George O'Hanlon as George Jetson
- Mel Blanc as Barney Rubble, Dino, and Mr. Spacely
- Jean Vander Pyl as Wilma Flintstone and Rosie the Robot Maid
- Penny Singleton as Jane Jetson
- Julie Dees as Betty Rubble, Jet Rivers, Investor, Panelist, and Harem Girl
- Janet Waldo as Judy Jetson and S.A.R.A.
- Daws Butler as Elroy Jetson, Cogswell, and Henry Orbit
- John Stephenson - Mr. Slate
- Hamilton Camp as Turk Tarpit
- Don Messick as Astro, R.U.D.I and Mac
- Jon Bauman as Iggy
- Brenda Vaccaro as Didi
- Frank Welker as Dan Rathmoon, Johnny, and Mr. Goldbrick
- Patric Zimmerman as Additional Voices
The special is referenced in The Simpsons episode "A Star Is Burns". Bart Simpson is watching The Flintstones Meet the Jetsons and says, "Uh-oh. I smell another cheap cartoon crossover." Homer Simpson then introduces him to Jay Sherman, the main character of The Critic.
The TV series Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures made reference to the crossover in the episode "Don't Touch That Dial!," which has Mighty Mouse trapped in a series of other Saturday morning cartoons, including one named "The JetStones," a cross between the Jetsons and the Flintstones (Mighty Mouse makes no secret of his hatred of the show).
The movie has been released on VHS four 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 NTSC picture format with all region encoding, 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
The film itself received a mixed to positive response, garnering a 6.5/10 rating on IMDb.
A 1994 CDI game with a similar premise called The Flintstones And Jetsons Timewarp was released in Europe. "A time machine warps Fred Flintstone into the future and George Jetson into the past!"
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- The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones at AllMovie