The Jetsons is one
of the greatest of the Hanna-Barbera
cartoon series. It was futuristic in many ways (and less so in others)
it almost always had was a vibrant and lovable sense of optimism about
future that made it one of the most entertaining cartoons ever made and
classic that has developed new fans over the decades following its
1962. The series enjoyed a revival cartoon in the 1980's and along with
episodes sprang a few spin-offs. Rockin' with Judy Jetson was
those spin-offs; a made-for television movie that followed the journey
teenager Judy, George and Jane Jetsons oldest child.
and script were somewhat basic and not as well developed as expected.
premise seemed more appropriate for an episode of the show (or an
episode). With a run-time of 92 minutes it can seem as though the story
wasn't developed as much as it perhaps could have been for a
film. The story begins with Judy Jetson and her best friends attending
concert from the Sky Rocker (one of the most popular rock musicians in
galaxy). A contest was held where fans could submit their own song and
winner would hear it sung by Sky Rocker and be credited as the writer.
submitted her own song (the film tells us that Judy has written songs
for quite some time prior to submitting a song to the contest). The
begins. Judy waits.
of the contest... Judy Jetson! The only problem is the lyrics aren't her
belong to someone else (i.e. it was actually a different song that won
- not the
one she had written). The song lyrics
were actually written from an alien witch who doesn't like any rock
was intending the message to be sent to another alien for some
of some kind. Judy wants to go see Sky Rocker after the contest
him know about the song mix-up - only he's now missing! And Judy is
to fame as the writer of the song she didn't write! Can Judy find Sky
stop the alien who hates music, and bring her own song to music stardom?
animation in this made-for-television feature film is surprisingly not
in quality as the 80's cartoon was. It isn't entirely without merit -
designs, backgrounds, and other small touches are still distinctively
that of The
Jetsons and are a real delight. Television budgets and time
were likely major factors affecting this lengthy production; the main
the animation not holding up quite as well as expected.
While it is important to note these elements
of production it is also important that the animation isn't of the same
and it can be a detractor from the experience.
remains consistently high in quality and doesn't disappoint for any of
The direction allows for the feature to have a fairly good pace. There
some musical songs used throughout the film and these moments are
entertaining too. The best thing about Rockin' With Judy Jetson is
it can still be enjoyable for fans even though the animation isn't
of the best work from Hanna-Barbera and the storyline could have used
tweaking for additional sub-plots or character moments.
With Judy Jetson is not
in the same league as the original Jetsons
cartoon or even necessarily the 80's produced episodes. While it has a
of charming moments it just isn't as well made overall. Yet it should
manage to appeal to fans of The Jetsons and would make a
production to see for those fans in particular. Rockin' With Judy
is a good effort overall (despite some imperfections).
picture quality on this release is disappointing
as it appears no effort went into restoring the cartoon feature. The
presented in its original television broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1
frame). The contrast isn't consistent, there are specks of dust and
dirt on the
print, and the colors appear somewhat faded. The compression is decent
doesn't look terrible in that way but it isn't sparkly in the slightest
shows that the source was in somewhat poor condition.
audio presentation closely mirrors the quality
of the video presentation. It does an okay job in reproducing the
is clean and clear enough to easily understand), but it is not
impressive in music reproduction and the audio lacks any depth or
create interesting sound effects. Some of the drawbacks of the audio
presentation should be due to the sound limitations of the time (unlike
video presentation). The audio is only in English Mono.
are no extras on this M.O.D. (Made on Demand)
release. The release does contain full color artwork and disc art on
With Judy Jetson isn't on
par with the best episodes of The
Jetsons but it does have some entertaining moments and should still
the time of any fan of the classic show by Hanna-Barbera. The DVD PQ/AQ
somewhat disappointing, and the lack of extras isn't that exciting
is still a release worth picking up (at a reasonable price) to include
other Jetsons DVD releases. Recommended.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.