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The Jetsons and the post-apocalyptic theory of the future | Digital Trends Spanish


59 years have passed since The Jetsons (The Jetsons) were presented to viewers with their suspended houses and flying cars. The first broadcast of this animated series, created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, was on September 23, 1962 on ABC.

This was the first program of the chain that was emitted in color, although only in some cities it was possible to be seen that way. In its beginning it had only a 24-episode season, but between 1985 and 1987 there were 51 new episodes, and later, in 1990, a movie was released.

The Jetsons emerged as the counterpart of The Flintstones (The Flintstones), a program that aired between 1960 and 1966. It was another series from the Hanna-Barbera association, also responsible for Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Johnny Quest and Scooby Doo.

Both series showed the day-to-day life of a family, but they differed in that they occurred in different periods. The Flintstones was set in the Stone Age, while The Jetsons it was in the future. And while the series never specified what year it took place, some original press materials said it was 2062, a century after its release date.

That future included accessible flying cars and jetpacks, floating cities, and colonies on other planets, something we have yet to get to as a civilization. However, some items and technology that we enjoy today appeared somehow in The Jetsons.

This is the case of video calls, kitchen items with various functions and robots capable of doing housework for us, such as robot vacuum cleaners. Currently, having a smart home full of devices like that of this technological family is not so impossible.

That is why it is considered that this series influenced our present, defining at that time how the future would be and would feel. And not only in the field of advances, but also in architecture and interior design; Today you can find various retro-looking items in furniture stores.

The series certainly gave a lot of thought about what humanity would face in the following decades.

The theory of the post-apocalyptic future

For years a theory has circulated that says The Jetsons and The Flintstones they occur in the same universe. In fact, it posits that the Flintstones did not live in the past as we thought, but rather in a post-apocalyptic future alongside the Jetsons.

Everything arose from the film that brings both families together: The Jetsons meet the Flintstones (The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones). In the special, Super Sonic’s son, Cometín, builds a time machine that would send him and his family back to the 25th century. However, the machine malfunctions and they end up going to the Flintstones’ city, Piedradura.

The theory claims that the time machine actually simply teleported the family to the surface of the Earth, and since the inhabitants there live in such primitive conditions, they assume that it is the past.

According to the theory, many years before the events of The Flintstones, a nuclear war occurred that devastated the world. So many people were evacuated and built their houses in the air, like the ones we see in Orbit City, the place where the Jetsons live.

Some believe that when radioactivity levels dropped, much of humanity returned to Earth to repopulate it. However, others believe that people who survived the war and were unable to move to the heights, managed to live on the surface with the knowledge of technology that civilization already had.

This makes sense if we consider that when it was released The Flintstones One of the characteristics that attracted the most attention, in addition to dealing with adult issues such as gambling and infertility, were the inconsistencies in the series.

This was located in the Stone Age, but even so it was possible to see advanced inventions such as cars, televisions, record players and telephones, as well as animals and dinosaurs that helped them carry out their activities.

According to the theory, these would have mutated after the war, although it is also believed that the scientists who lived in the sky genetically modified them to make them more docile, intelligent and capable of living with humans.

All of these ideas don’t seem so far-fetched when you consider the year the series premiered. This arose at the height of the Cold War, so it was not hard to believe that perhaps a bomb fell on the place that would become Stone Age, and that the explosion returned the inhabitants to an ancient phase like the Stone Age. .

In addition, the theory would also explain why the Flintstones celebrated Christmas, considering that prehistory occurred before the birth of Christ. After all, it was said to be a “modern Stone Age family”, not just a Stone Age family.

The creators may not have planned as much the elements they put on the show and simply placed them there so that the audience could identify themselves. Perhaps it is simply a cartoon and does not have much meaning, but it is fun to speculate, especially if there are so many signals that connect both series.

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