Trivia / The Jetsons

Trivia for the series:

  • The Danza: George O'Hanlon as George Jetson.
  • Development Hell: A live action feature film has gone in and out of production since 2001.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: After Warner Bros. released the 1960s episodes on DVD, it took another five years for them to start releasing the '80s seasons on that format, and yet another five years for them to complete that era. Additionally, the latter 2/3 of the revival, including the TV specials The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones and Rockin' with Judy Jetson, became available only through the Warner Archive.
  • The Other Marty:
    • Lucille Bliss recorded six weeks of dialogue for Elroy before being fired by due to behind the scenes controversy. Daws Butler would voice the character for the series proper.
    • Janet Waldo recorded her dialogue as Judy for The Jetsons Movie, but was redubbed by pop singer Tiffany (who originally only did the singing) in post production.
  • Recycled Script: The episode "G. I. Jetson" is basically the plot of "Uniblab" in a military setting.
  • Screwed by the Network: The original series lasted just one season because ABC didn't require affiliates to broadcast the series in color, causing many who did see the series be appalled by the futuristic setting without any color to go with it.
  • Uncanceled: A little more than two decades later.
  • What Could Have Been: Hanna-Barbera pitched a Spin-Off to CBS during The '70s, featuring older versions of Judy and Elroy. The network expressed a greater desire for a cartoon about The Partridge Family, resulting in Partridge Family 2200 AD.
  • Certain episodes of the 80's series have animation reminiscent of The Ren & Stimpy Show that is because John Kricfalusi was the animation director or layout supervisor for those episodes.

Trivia for The Movie:

  • Acting for Two: Jeff Bergman provided the remaining dialogue for Mr. Spacely and George.
  • Author Existence Failure: Jetsons: The Movie marked the final performances of Mel Blanc and George O'Hanlon before their deaths while the film was in production.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, Unknown. Box office, $20,305,841. Salvaged by home video sales.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Teddy-2 was done by the late Dana Hill.
  • The Danza: Besides George O'Hanlon as George Jetson, D.J. Rick Dees has a small role as "Rocket Rick", who is also a D.J.
  • Executive Meddling: Janet Waldo had already recorded her lines as Judy Jetson only to get bounced from the movie in favor of late 1980s pop star Tiffany. Waldo has said she found out shortly after the decision was made, and it was highly publicized. She was pretty upset at first, but has admitted it's become a non-issue, and doesn't hold any ill-will against anybody, not even Tiffany. On the other hand, George O'Hanlon and Mel Blanc were both very angry about the Stunt Casting, and they demanded that Waldo be reinstated, to no avail.
  • Franchise Killer: Eventually subverted. Coming on the heels of the 1980s Jetsons revival (the new syndicated episodes and two TV movies), this film's disappointing box office and harsh critical reviews were apparently enough to send the franchise back into hibernation. It has stayed there ever since, a potential live-action film being stuck in Development Hell for years notwithstanding. In 2015, both an animated theatrical film and direct to video crossover were announced by WB. The latter has a 2017 release date.
  • The Other Darrin: Pretty much everybody except Jane, Rosie, and Astro. Daws Butler (Elroy) died a year before the movie started production, so he was replaced by Patric Zimmerman. Mel Blanc (Mr. Spacely) and George O'Hanlon (George) died during production, so the few unrecorded lines they had left were done by Jeff Bergman. And most infamously, Tiffany replacing Janet Waldo (Judy) after the latter had already recorded all her lines for the film.
    • The Latin American Spanish dub of the 80s series got it worse in the film: Not only the entire Mexican cast was replaced, the whole movie was dubbed by Intersound, Inc. in Los Angeles, with an awful reception in Latin America.
    • Basically, almost every foreign dub has changed voice actors between the 60s, 80s and movie versions, mainly due to the time gap between them.
  • Stunt Casting: The aforementioned example of '80s pop starlet Tiffany as Judy Jetson. Ironically, her popularity had nosedived by the time the film was released.

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