Jetsons: The Movie is like a long episode of the show - but with music. It's a fun enough ride, but it never takes on the feel of an actual movie. With its diverse set of characters and intergalactic creatures, it's an interesting enough story. Judged solely as a movie, though, it comes up short (and not only in terms of its running time of 82 minutes, 7 of which are the end credits). The film just never really managed to distinguish itself from old episodes of the show, making you wonder why they bothered to make a movie in the first place.
After all these years, George Jetson's button-pushing prowess has finally been recognized. Mr. Spaceley makes George a vice president and ships him off to run an orbiting sprocket production facility. Mr. Spaceley really wants this facility up and running because cheap production costs mean higher profits, and the automated plant requires only two employees - a robot to keep everything up and working, and a vice president to push the start button every morning. What George doesn't know is that four vice presidents have already come and gone, as the plant has continually run into major problems. The kids aren't too wild about moving (Elroy has his basketball tournament coming up and Judy has fallen in love with a rock star), but the Jetsons soon settle in among their multi-species neighbors on the asteroid. As they learn to adjust and make new friends, George finds his dream job cursed with major glitches. Someone or something is sabotaging the machinery, and it's up to George to figure out what is really going on.
I don't expect to see a lot of musical numbers when I watch The Jetsons, but this movie has more than its fair share of just that very thing, including what can only be called an abstract music video at one point. I think a lot of viewers will not embrace the music very much at all. There are actually two rap songs in here, and I just have to say there's no reason in the world George Jetson needs to start rapping about anything. You also have three songs by Tiffany - now, I've always been a Tiffany fan, but I daresay that puts me in a definite minority. Tiffany not only sings, though; she also serves as the voice of young Judy Jetson. She's not half bad, but of course most of her dialogue consists mainly of futuristic teen slang.
Basically, I'm going right down the middle on this one and labeling the movie perfectly average. Kids will enjoy it, but I fear many a parent over the ensuing years has cringed every time one of their brood popped this thing back into the VCR for another viewing.