9 items from 2009
You may not know this but “The Jetsons” didn’t always have its classic opening. There was a darker, extended version that has now come online and it’s pretty shocking and shows the demons haunting the souls of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. I’m just thankful that they decided to cut the bestiality between George and Astro. You don’t even want to see what they did with “The Flinstones”. Check out the nightmare below.
Actually, I would like to see what they would do with “The Flinstones”. Get to it, College Humor!
- Matt Goldberg
Robert Rodriguez has revealed that he will use a mix of technologies for his upcoming live-action version of The Jetsons. The filmmaker announced his plans to adapt the 1960s Hanna Barbera cartoon about a futuristic family into a full-length feature in June. Rodriguez, who previously said that he hopes to start production on the project next year, is currently attached to co-direct Machete, as well as prepping the thriller Nerverackers and working on a Predator (more) »
- By Tim Parks
Stephen Sommers Fired From G.I. Joe The upcoming reminiscent piece for men and probably some women has proved to be a disaster. According to the Latino Review, at a recent test screening G.I. Joes: The Rise of Cobra received the lowest testing scores in the history of Paramount. And, to make things worse, or maybe better director Stephen Sommers was fired from the project and locked out of the editing room. Fortunately for all the G.I Joe fans, this information was recently said to be untrue. G.I Joe producer Lorenzo di Bonvaentura spoke to the Latino Review about the rumored piece and said: “It’s completely untrue. Stephen Sommers was never asked to leave or been fired or any of that. That’s ridiculous. The movie tested very well.” Paramount has not released a official statement in regards to this matter. Let’s hope for all the G. »
- Ali McKinnon
Not only is director Robert Rodriguez working on Sin City 2, a reboot of Predator, and even Grindhouse’s Machete, but apparently he’s crafting a live-action adaptation of the Hanna Barbera cartoon, “The Jetsons.”
MTV News is reporting exclusively that the director is hoping to launch the project as soon as next year. Contrary to rumors, the project is not on the director’s back burner, but instead a movie that is soon to be.
“I’ve been developing [The Jetsons] for a while,” Rodriguez said. He added that he is hoping to start shooting next year. “We’re writing the script right now.”
- Nick Allen
Ever forget to turn off your Monday-Friday alarm on the weekend’s eve? Beep beep…Beep Beep…Beep Beep…“Oh man. Work.” You exhale a long sigh and as you start to sit up, a suspicious feeling comes over you. Your brow furrows as your sleepy fog cloaks clear thinking—ahh yes. It’s Saturday. Two choices: either go back to sleep or get your day started off any way you want. When you’re a kid, the choice here is easy: flip on the morning’s cartoons. As an adult, the decision becomes tougher. Unless of course you were a child of the 1970s and have recently acquired the new box set, Saturday Morning Cartoons:1970s Volume 1. If so, the nostalgia will beckon you from catching a few more Z's and you’ll probably end up in the kitchen pouring a bowl of cereal to eat in front of the television. »
- Erin Burris
The Jetsons was Hanna-Barbera’s answer to its own question. Creating The Flintstones in order to use every rock, stone and boulder joke in the English language, they realized they’d missed a valuable comedy niche: the future. I believe it was David X. Cohen who noted that adding “space” (or a similar celestial phrase) to any word instantly makes it better and funnier. For example, take pope. Now add “space”. Space pope. That’s an improvement. Cosmic Toast. Galactic hangover. It all works, and it’s but one of the many keys to the comedy of The Jetsons.
Most of the episodes follow George’s struggles with an evil boss or a malfunctioning robot in fantastical sci-fi situations. The futuristic concept makes it unique for its time, but it still has the same sitcom tropes set in a new time period. Lost pets, surprise parties and new cars compose »
- Lex Walker
As the 1970s dawned, I was 12 and no longer as interested in Saturday morning fare. There was Little League which was either in the morning or afternoon and I found myself drifting more towards the Bowery Boys shorts that ran on channel 5 after the cartoons wore themselves out. My younger siblings watched, but not with the same passion I had shown just a few years earlier.
For me, the Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Vol. 1 , coming tomorrow from Warner Home Video, was more introductory than revisiting my childhood. Having just finished the 1960s volume, it was startling to see how rapidly things had changed. Spies and super-heroes were rapidly supplanted by large gaggles of people either playing music or solving mysteries or both. The disc opens with a cheat, an episode of The Jetsons, which may have run in the 1970s for the umpteenth time, but was emblematic of an earlier era, »
- Robert Greenberger
Back in the days after the dinosaurs died out, Saturday mornings meant all three networks would run children’s programming from as early as 7:30 until noon or so. Every fall, as we started a new school year, we eagerly anticipated what new animated fare there might be and were mesmerized by the cartoon antics of anthropomorphic animals, adventurous humans and some downright silly-looking monsters. The baby boomers born at the end of the generation were raised on this diet animated diet as it proved cheaper to produce than live-action fare.
Warner Home Video has collected a wonderful sampling of those shows in Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1 , going on sale Tuesday. There are 12 different series presented on two discs, providing me with five hours or reliving my childhood.
Back in the day, with few channels to pick from, we would watch these shows endlessly, repeated throughout the year and »
- Robert Greenberger
After months of deep space-like silence, it appears that the The Jetsons movie project is still alive -– almost two years since it was first announced. So, when will the futuristic family finally be ready to make the jump from animation to live action? Will we have to wait until the 24th century?
Following the success of The Flintstones, Hanna-Barbera's The Jetsons animated series first aired in primetime during the 1962-63 season. Set in the far-flung future, the show gives a humorous take on our lifestyle and revolves around the Jetson family -- working-stiff father George (George O'Hanlon), mother Jane (Penny Singleton), daughter Judy (Janet Waldo), son Elroy (Daws Butler), Astro the dog (Don Messick), and Rosie (Jean Vander Pyl), their robot maid. Other voices are provided by Mel Blanc and Howard Morris.
Unlike The Flintstones, the show only lasted one season but it became a staple of Saturday morning »
9 items from 2009
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