Jetsons 1962

BY: Noah Collins

Why I Choose this project

I chose this project because I always thought the jetsons were very interesting and wanted to research the topic more.

Hana Barbera

Hanna-Barbera Cartoons Inc., founded by the animation team of Joseph Barbera and William Hanna in 1957, rose to prominence as the first successful producers of cartoons for television. They are perhaps best known for developing a formula for inexpensively-made cartoons, which relied on characterization and topical, verbal humor, rather than fully animated action, as had been common among cartoons produced for theatrical release. By the mid-1960s the company had achieved a string of successes including producing the first animated series to appear on prime-time television, The Flintstones. Their success in the 1960s led to a formula of mass production in the 1970s which, according to some critics, stressed quantity over quality. During the 1980s the company began a global expansion of its operations, moving much of its animation division to Asia and creating a complex international distribution network. Struggling to regain its once enviable position in the industry, Hanna-Barbera was sold to Great American Broadcasting in 1987, and subsequently purchased by Turner Broadcasting in 1991 for $320 million. With annual revenues at about $100 million, largely resulting from increasingly lucrative licensing deals rather than direct sales of its productions, the subsidiary was a safe investment for Turner Broadcasting, which later merged with Time-Warner Inc. With the production company and distribution network came a library of Hanna-Barbera shorts and series, approximately 3,000 half hours of cartoons, which were much appreciated in filling time slots on the 24-hour cartoon network started by Turner in 1992.

The Jetsons Relationship with the Flinstones

The Jetsons’ is a replica of ‘The Flintstones’, both created and produced by Hanna-Barbera. The Jetsons was an animated prime time comedy series that had only one purpose to serve - project the future. The plot was set in space, with the Jetsons living in space, traveling in space ships through the open sky and all works taken care by just a press of button. It was a smart and creative idea to predict future at that time. The series was just like a science fiction movie where gadgets, robots, sophisticated machines and spaceships were shown to give the viewers a glance of the would-be future. However, do you know how did it all start? Read through the following lines and explore interesting and amazing information on the history, origin and background of Jetsons. - See more at:
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The Origin

The Jetsons is an animated prime time comedy series created by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera. After the great success of their cartoon series ‘The Flintstones’, Hanna-Barbera decided to establish a futuristic counterpart of Flintstones, which gave birth to The Jetsons. The Jetsons was similar to that of the Flintstones. The Jetsons took 16 months for full creation. Hanna-Barbera created this animated futuristic version to project to the people how the world would be in 2062. The cartoon series revolved around the Jetsons family and their style of living, which was a picture of future America. - See more at:

Jetsons Despute

By Matt NovakSMITHSONIAN.COM SEPTEMBER 24, 201224-part series looking at every episode of “The Jetsons” TV show from the original 1962-63 season.

Episode 01: “Rosey the Robot,” originally aired: September 23, 1962

If you flipped through the Cedar Rapids Gazette on September 23, 1962 the news looked fairly typical for the early 1960s.

There was a short item about a Gandhi memorial being planned in London. There was an article about overcrowded schools and the need for new junior high schools, since the baby boom had inundated the schools and enrollment in the Cedar Rapids public school system was increasing by about 1,000 students each year.


Newspaper ad for color TV in the September 23, 1963 Cedar Rapids Gazette

The Gazette also had an editorial about “lame-brain bigots” in Georgia who were burning down black churches, and a column about the fact that one out of every 38 children born in Linn County in 1961 was born out of wedlock. The paper had recipes for poached eggs and peas with lemon butter sauce, as well as ads for the Smulekoff’s furniture store imploring you to buy a brand new color TV—with prices starting as low as $495 (about $3,500 adjusted for inflation).

But tucked away within the TV listings for that week was the mention of a show that would radically shape the way Americans would talk about the future for decades to come. The newspaper had an article about the arrival of color on ABC’s Cedar Rapids affiliate, KCRG channel 9. NBC had been “carrying the color ball almost singlehandedly” for years in Cedar Rapids but starting that evening, ABC would join the color fray with a new show called “The Jetsons.” At 6:30 pm that night “The Jetsons” would debut against “Dennis the Menace” on channel 2, “Car 54 Where Are You?” on channel 6, and the season premiere of NBC’s immensely popular “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” on channels 7 and 13.