After a 21st century wrestler takes over Orbit City, the Jetsons go back in time to get help from other wrestlers.
In the 21st century, the wrestler known as Big Show gets caught in a snowstorm on the way to a WWE Championship match in Albuquerque. His plan crashes and he’s frozen for 100 years.
The World of Tomorrow
In the 22nd century, Mr. Spacely orders George to go down to the Earth’s surface (!) to do some drilling. There, George – of course – finds the frozen Big Show, thaws him out, and introduces him to the wonders of the future.
Big Show learns that robots have taken over wrestling; he gets control of them and takes over the city. Is the real Big Show a megalomaniac or something?
The Jetsons escape in their spacecraft and use the old slingshot around the sun technique (like in Star Trek IV) to go back in time to the 21st century. There, they find a bunch of other wrestlers to go back with them to the future to beat the crap out of Big Show and his robot wrestler army.
The end of the movie boils down to a fight between Big Show and Sheamus, whom Big Show was going to fight in Albuquerque at the beginning of the movie. Sheamus wins, Big Show gives a half-assed apology for his behavior, and they board a spacecraft with their fellow wrestlers that sends them back to their home time.
This is pretty wild. It’s the first major Jetsons project since the first Jetsons movie that came out in 1990 (27 years), and it’s a wrestling crossover! It’s not the first wrestling-cartoon crossover movie, as there was one with the Flintstones and two with Scooby-Doo prior to this, but still – what a way to bring back the Jetsons.
I had low expectations, but surprisingly this wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. For one, it was great seeing The Jetsons with modern animation techniques and aesthetics. The character designs were virtually unchanged, and the voice actors did good impressions of the original voices. I was also surprised at how some of the humor was legitimately funny.
The film loses a bit of its luster in the second half. Not just because the novelty of seeing modern Jetsons disappears, but, well…the Jetsons themselves pretty much disappear. Once the other 21st century wrestlers are recruited, the Jetsons take a backseat to the action. And while it was interesting seeing actual violence in a Jetsons cartoon, it wasn’t exactly executed as engaging as it could have been.
I will say this in conclusion: I know next to nothing about wrestling. What little I do know comes from wrestling action figure commercials in the ’90s. Now, after seeing this film, I feel that my knowledge of wrestling has doubled, so there’s that, at least!