So how accurate was The Jetsons?
by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 28th 2009 12:03PM
I got the Flintstones complete series DVD set for Christmas, and I've been thinking about getting the complete set for The Jetsons too. The two shows are compatible. Not only were they made by the same people (Hanna-Barbera), but The Jetsons always seemed like a space age version of The Flintstones. The Jetsons had video telephones, The Flintstones had washing machines run by elephants.
FailOften.net has a fun piece about the technology of The Jetsons and how it predicted (or in some cases didn't) predict the world of 2009. One thing they got right was that video phone/video chat. The above pic shows a screen which is probably bigger than the computer screen you have in your home, but it's basically accurate. I particularly like that the animators remembered to include a camera on top of the screen. That could have easily been a bit of detail that could have been overlooked.
The article also mentions TV watches, massage chairs, and food pills. Some of it is stretching it a little (and these things were part of sci-fi before The Jetsons), but it's funny how many of these things don't seem as crazy as they once seemed. The stuff that hasn't come true yet are things you can now easily see happening some day. Though we're probably a long way away from a gambling mecca in space called Las Venus.