The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones would
seem to be the perfect candidate for a
crossover program from Hanna-Barbera. The surprising truth is that this
for TV film was not even produced until 1987. Things turned out more
merely okay though. In the end, this production proved itself to be an
excellent and well spirited film which capably uses many of the
in both The Flintstones and The Jetsons television
orchestrate a fun and engaging story that can involve the lovable
from either show.
Flintstones are that classic stone-age family. The Jetsons are that
futuristic family that lives in a time still not quite experienced. In The
Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, the two families bump heads
up experiencing life in each other's shoes and with many fun
(the young son in The Jetsons family) creates a time machine. The only
seems to be that it has some "technical difficulties" of some sort and
malfunctions to the point where the entire family winds up stuck in the
together. There they meet The Flintstones and the complications begin
unravel for everyone. Somehow Fred Flintstone seems to find a way to
work out for him as a benefit (as he enlists the help of George Jetson
job-related issue). These characters bond and experience a side of life
never knew existed before while attempts are made to fix the time
ultimately bring the Jetsons back home. Things could always become just
bit more complicated for everyone involved in such a decidedly odd
(naturally) just makes the story even more exciting.
and Arthur Alsberg must have had great fun writing the script as they
so many of the tried-and-true ideas of a time travel story that any
will get some kind of enjoyment out of. It's wonderful to see how each
must deal with the consequences and benefits of being placed in a
time. The writing remains consistently funny while the characters
always stay true to what audiences have come to expect. The film also
from some nicely timed visual comedy from director Don Lusk.
animation featured in this film was almost as good as the work found in
original television productions. While there are some minor tweaks made
emphasize a slightly more modern look for the animation, this is a
faithful attempt to recreate the look and feel of either series. The
designs are strikingly familiar. It was wise of the creative team to
make the story
come to life with such a properly guided creation. It comes as no
William Hanna and Joseph Barbera were executive producers. There are
reasons to find complaint with the animation at all. Some may consider
slightly less enchanting than the original series work was but those
expertly crafted productions and it is always hard to even try and live
such high ambitions. This film tried to
please the fans and actually does by being true to animation styles
found with both
the 60's and the 80's.
fun of watching The Flintstones was always seeing how
seemed in Bedrock and with the archaic machinations of how the city
thrived. There is a similar appeal in The Jetsons as well,
with the always entertaining and interesting ideas used to represent a
society with flying cars, homes that are way up high in the sky, and
gadgets and gizmos that help make everyday life a bit easier to manage.
was already heading into a tech-heavy future at the time of the
premiere of the
series but today things are heading in that direction even more quickly
before. This film taps into the feeling
of that series quite well and allows a strange sense of nostalgia for
both the simpler
times suggested by The Flintstones and the vastly expanding
in The Jetsons (which may not represent reality yet but
writers certainly got a few good guesses in by suggesting things that
out at least partially correct along the way).
without saying that this is the kind of special film that fans of both
would look forward to seeing with at least some level of heightened
The prospect of having fun with both series is simply too good to pass
up. I am
delighted to say that this is a TV movie I loved watching for the first
years ago and it was equally enjoyable to revisit. Fans of The
and/or The Flintstones series should consider this worthwhile.
miss out on this release if you are indeed a serious fan of these
Hanna-Barbera shows. There are certainly many elements to love and
in The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones.
Jetsons Meet the Flintstones is
in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.37.1 (full frame). This
for television production looks surprisingly nice considering the fact
it likely hasn't
received any restoration work. The colors seem strong and clarity is
impressive. There are many moments of specks of dirt or very minor
but this wasn't really a distraction. Compression seemed to be an issue
few spots but it's nothing that would bother most viewers.
original mono language track is serviceable and manages to present the
in a listenable and acceptable quality. The film is only available in
and no subtitle options are included. The audio is never flashy but
considering the limitations of the time period in which this film was
acting is never disappointing in even the slightest way.
I wish I
could proclaim a happy "Yabba-Dabba-Doo!"
but unfortunately no bonus materials have been included on this Made on
release deserves to receive an easy
recommendation for any serious fan of The
Jetsons or The Flintstones. The
film is charming, entertaining, and delivers on the fun premise. This
production might not be quite on par with the level of quality bestowed
actual series episodes for either show but it's still a well made film
plenty to offer. While the lack of extras is unfortunate this is still
release well worth owning. Highly Recommended.
release is presented as a DVD-R disc with
full-color artwork and disc art in a standard DVD-sized case.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.