In the Crazy Crossover series, I will discuss animated shows, films or characters that cross over into another animated universe.
In this first Crazy Crossover, I am going to talk about the 1987 movie The Jetsons Meet The Fintstones, which is a crossover of two popular Hanna-Barbera series. This movie is also part of the Hanna-Barbera “Superstar 10″ series, which was a series of TV movies released in 1987 and 1988 of Hanna-Barbera’s most famous series such as Scooby-Doo, Hucklberry Hound and Yogi Bear.
The plot of The Fintstones Meets The Jetsons is simple: Elory Jetson builds a time machine and tells his dad and family about his invention. They feel that it doesn’t work and they just pretend that it works to make him feel better. Elory was going to take his family to the future, but accidentally set the time-travel lever to past. Where would a Hanna-Barbera show from the future time travel to that would make sense? Why none other time than Flintstone’s time period!
Back in time, Fred Flintstone–with the help of Barney–try one of his get-rich-quick schemes, which results in both Fred and Barney losing their jobs–a recurring theme that was touched on many times in the TV Show. Fred, Barney, Betty, and Wilma go camping after Fred loses his job and this is where they meet the Jetson Family. Fred learns about some of George’s future gadgets and tries to use them to get his job back.
By complications in the story, the Flintstones are stuck in the Jetsons timeframe, and vice versa. The Jetsons end up owning the entire town. Fred and Barney become involved in the long-standing Cogswell Cogs vs. Spacely Sprockets feud.
When both families switch their time periods, that is when the movie gets interesting. I don’t want to give the entire story away, but be assured that by the end of the movie everyone ends up back in their proper eras. I remember renting the VHS of this from time to time when I was young. It would be shown a few times on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.
It is also good to note that this marks the last time the entire original Jetsons cast voiced their roles. In Jetsons: The Movie, Judy was voiced by Tiffany (that’s not a typo, her full name is just Tiffany). Regarding the Flintstones characters, I noticed that Betty Rubble’s voice was quite off. Turns out Julie McWhiter voiced her for this and only this movie. (Thank goodness.) In the later Flintstones specials, B.J. Ward would play Betty and, personally, she does quite a better job playing her.
With that being said I give this special a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Betty Rubble’s voice is quite off. I also don’t understand why Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are absent from this special. It is still worth a look if you are a fan of both these great Hanna-Barbera shows
If interested, you can purchase The Jetsons Meet The Fintstones on Amazon.
Join me next time on Crazy Crossovers where I’ll review a Scooby-Doo crossover. But which one will it be? You just have to check out next time.