Judgement

Abstract

A multi-part 1960s feature film from Universal Pictures’ animated series, The Jetsons : The film was released the same year as Universal, among others. Darkman and the Tremors has commercialized, so he’s behind the times in more ways than one.

Lot:

George Jetson is chosen for a job that a model can do, but he manages to screw up…. Only there’s a catch.

Review :

George Jetson (voiced by Jeff Bergman) is taken hostage by his boss, Mr. Spaceley (also voiced by Bergman) is appointed Vice President of the company. He is promoted and transferred to an asteroid, where a new job awaits him: a push of a button, including an assembly line that produces metal parts. What George doesn’t know is a lot of things: He’s a scapegoat and he was chosen because he’s so stupid and unreliable, but since his job is to push a button, Mr. Spaceley, he chose the right idiot, except that George is only the last in a long line of patsies chosen for this particular task, and each of the previous patsies because of a malfunction or sabotage on the asteroid’s production line. After George relocates his entire family (wife, teenage daughter, son, dog, and robotic housewife) to a distant asteroid, he must deal with his angry daughter, whose social life has been ruined, and his grieving wife, who must start all over again after building a life in the city. When his seemingly simple job collapses due to sabotage, he and his family must quickly figure out who – or what (or why) – is attacking the factory. The problem turns out to be with the little Ewok-like creatures of the asteroid, whose homes are destroyed by the plant. George must therefore help the natives survive and also, somehow, keep their jobs.

A multi-part 1960s feature film from Universal Pictures’ animated series, The Jetsons : The film was released the same year as Universal, among others. Darkman and Tremors have spread out, and so are behind the times in more ways than one. On the one hand, the plot isn’t very compelling and the film struggles to cross over, both for adults who grew up with the series and for kids who might get bored with the film. Producers/directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, who were very well known in the animation world, made this film, and they added a number of pop songs and worked them into the plot, almost to the point of it becoming a musical, and that’s disturbing, even for an 82-minute film. They’ve experimented with CGI, and that’s interesting for animation fans, but there’s nothing special about the character design or layout. Everything looks like a Saturday morning cartoon (except for a few moments in computer graphics) from that era (think She-Ra), so it doesn’t really lend itself to the feature film format. If you’re a Jetsons fan, you’ll obviously be more interested in this movie, but anyone could be bored. I’m surprised Universal released this film in 1990.

The new Blu-ray release of The Jetsons Kino Lorber presents the film in high definition for the first time and is accompanied by a new audio commentary by the film’s historian and a new audio interview with actor Bergman and a trailer.

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