Jetsons: The Movie

Movie review by
Paul Trandahl, Common Sense Media
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Great visuals, lackluster characters and plot.
  • G
  • 1990
  • 87 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Characters are firmly rooted in early-1960s stereotypes: Dad goes to work, Mom is a genial housewife, their son plays ball, and their daughter listens to the latest pop music as she searches for the perfect boyfriend.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film's characters are firmly rooted in early-1960s stereotypes: Dad goes to work, Mom is a genial housewife, their son plays ball, and their daughter listens to the latest pop music as she searches for the perfect boyfriend. Despite the dated characters, the movie addresses modern themes of tolerance, working together, and environmentalism.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15 year old Written bydeltasunshine56 October 21, 2012

good news and possible another movie

I think that the Jetson movie is a good movie with good role models. BUT we need an updated version where Elroy meets a girl and Judy meets a boy and gets marie... Continue reading
Parent of a 2, 2, 3, and 4 year old Written byLove 4 kids January 10, 2010
I have been watching this movie for years now! Now i four kid and all my kids stop what they are doing to watch the jetson.. They just love it!!!! As i did when... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old August 8, 2011

did not see it

i think i saw i tiny bit of it i thout the part where gorge was naked was a little inapropreate
Teen, 14 years old Written bysonny304 April 16, 2010

just for kids and for twwens

i love the rateing of this show

What's the story?

The Spacely Sprocket & Spindle Orbiting Ore Asteroid Manufacturing Plant Unlimited is constantly being shut down as one Vice President after another quits. When another new VP is needed, Mr. Spacely decides the expendable George Jetson is the man for the job. The Jetsons pack up and take off for the asteroid, but young Judy Jetson is upset at having to leave home. Once they become accustomed to their new surroundings, the Jetsons make new friends of various alien species. In the meantime, George and his boy Elroy discover their mining operations are destroying the habitat of some cute, furry creatures called Grungies. George takes a stand against Mr. Spacely and the massive corporation. In the end, they learn that working together can benefit everyone.

Is it any good?

This big-budget makeover of the popular 1960s animated sitcom yields mixed results. The Jetsons have never looked better: The animation is much fuller, and computer-generated backdrops give the story visual appeal that was impossible on the original series' limited budget. Nevertheless, the characters aren't interesting enough to hold kids' attention throughout a feature-length movie, and the humor is too subtle to keep 'em laughing.

Part of the original series' charm was its presentation of an average family in an automated future that still resembled the present day. Unfortunately, very little has been updated from that original premise, and JETSONS: THE MOVIE's characters are firmly rooted in early-1960s stereotypes. The world has changed since then, and many viewers --- young and old --- will find Jetsons: The Movie hopelessly quaint. The movie does have its good points, particularly for younger viewers. The characters are cute and appealing, and the story's gentle tone means parents can let kids watch without fear of potentially traumatizing or frightening moments. The movie's conclusion offers good messages on working together and self-reliance.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the gender roles presented here. How is this a dated portrayal (even though it's set in the future)? While the men and women here are stereotypical, they are true to the original series -- would you have updated them?

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