The Jetesons

September 23rd Celebrates The Jetesons

“Who remembers the cartoon series called The Jetesons?”

The Jetesons premiered on ABC-TV on September 23rd 1962, and was the first program on the network to be carried in color.

The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, and was the space aged counterpart of The Flintstones.

While the Flintstones live in a world with machines powered by birds and dinosaurs, the Jetsons live in a futuristic utopia of elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms, and whimsical inventions.

George Jetson lives with his family in the Skypad Apartments: his wife Jane is a homemaker, their teenage daughter Judy attends Orbit High School, and their early-childhood son Elroy attends Little Dipper School. Housekeeping is seen to by a robot maid, Rosie, which handles chores not otherwise rendered trivial by the home’s numerous push-button Space Age-envisioned conveniences. The family has a dog named Astro, that talks with an initial consonant mutation in which every word begins with an “R”, as if speaking with a growl.

Almost like his counterpart Scooby Doo, which was another sitcom develop by Hanna Barbera.

Today’s YouTube video brought to by user name (Warner Bros. Archives), is the theme song from the television cartoon called, “The Jetesons,” as remember The Jetesons premiere on ABC-TV on September 23rd 1962.

The design of the Jetsons’ flying car was inspired by a 1954 Ford concept car, the FX-Atmos, notable for its all-glass bubble canopy, dashboard radar screen, and jet-plane-like tail fins.

The Jetsons’ phone number is VENUS-1234, to keep up with the theme of living in space.

Based on the “Blondie” comic strip and series, Penny Singleton, who played Blondie in the 1940s series, was the voice of Jane Jetson.

The Jetson’s domestic robot is called Rosie the Robot. It’s a reference for the iconic Robbie the Robot appeared in Forbidden Planet (1956).

The show takes place in the 21st century, and the speed limit on highways is 500 miles per hour, wouldn’t that be great if we could travel that fast now.

It’s easy for some people to dismiss “The Jetsons” as just a TV show, and a lowly cartoon at that. But this little show for better and for worse has had a profound impact on the way that Americans think and talk about the future.

As we celebrate today’s day to remember how on September 23rd 1962, The Jetesons premiered on ABC-TV.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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