By Charles Kenny | http://animationanomaly.com July 10, 2013 at 7:30PM
Rumours had been swirling for a while but late last month, Kanye West stated once again that he is part of the team (the creative director in fact) that is hoping to create a feature-length Jetsons film.
Can someone please explain why a contemporary pop star is being allowed near the hallowed animated property that is The Jetsons? Did nobody learn the lesson from the last time, no? Clearly not; pop star Tiffany was widely derided for her creative 'input' in the 1990 feature film starring George & co.
What could Kanye contribute anyway? If it is something akin to what Sean 'Jay-Z' Carter is credited for with Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby, I think I'll pass. Believe it or not, it is possible to ruin a period piece set in the future.
Would a Jetsons movie be better if it was played straight, i.e. as the retro-futuristic perfection that it is? This plays eerily into that unnerving desire to 'update' classic cartoons in order to appear 'hip' to the kids of today. Sadly that is a fallacy that has been proven over and over again.
Come to think of it, allowing Seth McFarlane to undertake a Flintsones feature is starting to sound downright appealing...