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Watch: Justin Lin's Live-Action 'The Jetsons' Commercial for Arconic

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January 2, 2017
Source: YouTube

The Jetsons Commercial

"Meet George Jetson!" For years and years, we've been writing about the hope/possibility of one day seeing a live-action Jetsons movies. At one point, Robert Rodriguez was attached to a version in development at Warner Bros, but it never came together. Now we can get a different glimpse at what a movie might be like. Engineering firm Arconic hired filmmaker Justin Lin (Annapolis, Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious 4-6, Star Trek Beyond) to make a 60-second commercial for them reimagining The Jetsons set in the year 2062. It's actually pretty cool to see, but it's clearly just an advertisement (showing off lots of engineering innovation) and they also clearly only have the rights to The Jetsons song, so it's all just for fun. Still worth a quick look.

Found on YouTube (via SlashFilm). Description from the Arconic website: "Arconic has reimagined the year 2062 through the eyes of leading futurists, our engineers and filmmaker Justin Lin." You can see more about the making of the commercial, including the "Brain Trust" team they hired to dream up this future, and some of their ideas on their website. "The Jetsons sci-fi cartoon series launched in 1962 and was set 100 years in the future. An instant hit, it presented an entertaining yet surprisingly forward-thinking vision of 2062. It’s amazing to see how much The Jetsons got right, predicting things like smartwatches, tablets and 3D printing; and that made us wonder what else might still be in store." Nice work. So what do you think?

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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments

1

"For years and years, we've been writing about the hope/possibility of one day seeing a live-action Jetsons movies." Words I thought I'd never, EVER see in print. Why on earth would anyone wish for something like that?

Charles Knowlton on Jan 2, 2017

2

Everything gets adapted one day or another... The Jetsons would make for an entertaining family sci-fi movie, wouldn't it? Hollywood has been trying to make a live-action version of pretty much every cartoon I watched as a kid.

Alex Billington on Jan 3, 2017

3

Because we have kids and it would be fun?

chuckpenz on Jan 3, 2017

4

Crap, just like his movies.

Бабак on Jan 3, 2017

5

Yep. F&F7 was absolute garbage. But yesterday, I watched the trailer of F&F8. Man! I couldn't stop laughing and grinding my teeth. This franchise has become a comedy.

tarek on Jan 3, 2017

6

Nah. Just nah.

DAVIDPD on Jan 3, 2017

7

Always loved the sound their vehicles (not sure what to call them) made.

grimjob on Jan 3, 2017

8

Great idea. Boring execution. Unfortunately, for what they probably paid for the usage of this song and all the computer graphics they didn't get their money's worth. Didn't really tap into the Jetsons feel other than the song, didn't teach me much about what they do, and didn't compel me to post or share it.

chuckpenz on Jan 3, 2017

9

Wow, I'd love to see your version! What are your ideas?

williamhcarlton on Jan 4, 2017

10

Well for starters I wouldn't have had everyone in the family be ethnically diverse. Overly PC. Watching it, it was difficult as a viewer to figure out the different characters. Why not just make them ethnically ambiguous and dress the characters in something that harkened back to the show. When George is working on the engine why isn't the Arconic logo on the tablet? Why don't we fly by key elements of the future and see the Arconic logo? Such a great idea to use this song but that's as far as the idea got in regards to promoting Arconic. Not having Elroy drop out of a sub-pod and get delivered to school shows me the person who developed this never watched or has forgotten the cartoon... that was so iconic. Every kid loved that.

chuckpenz on Jan 4, 2017

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