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Can Someone Explain How Kanye West Got Involved With A Jetsons Movie?

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by Charles Kenny
July 10, 2013 7:30 PM
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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...

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  • ZZDas | July 15, 2013 2:22 PMReply

    Come on guys...didn't you saw that coming?
    Remember that Hype Williams "Heartless - by Kanye West" video [ http://youtu.be/Co0tTeuUVhU?t=2m28s ] ? Nothing it's random folks...Besides, it's just an animation promoting itself with a "onTop" artist. Think of it as a paralel universe and move on...

  • ILDC | July 14, 2013 4:41 PMReply

    I hate to say it, but Robert Rodriguez was a better choice.

  • KBC | July 11, 2013 2:31 PMReply

    As noted below, Kanye was an art and design student. He actually has an interest in the retro-futuristic minimalist design style The Jetsons is associated with, and serving as creative director for a live-action adaptation doesn't seem too far off. It's a far different situation than Tiffany's involvement in "Jetsons: The Movie".

    As far as the person who brought up "Black Skinhead", Kanye announced that the video had been posted before it was done, and there's a completed/revised version coming soon

  • Christian B.D | July 11, 2013 12:18 AMReply

    Kanye's a very artful rapper, looking at his music videos that seem to just be oozing with creativity. I would actually like to see what Kanye contributes to the Jetsons movie, since it's his favorite cartoon. I don't think Kanye will do the soundtrack though, isn't he a fashion head?

  • Brigador | July 10, 2013 9:37 PMReply

    Um obviously you NOT see his latest music video Black Skinhead...done in some crappy CGI I can only image how terrible Jetson remake will be, and you can NOT give West any type of creative credit for Bill Plymtons work. In response to comment below.

  • Floyd Bishop | July 10, 2013 8:22 PMReply

    Kanye won a scholarship to an art school in Chicago, and was interested in becoming an animator. He has incorporated a lot of animation into his videos in the past, including a video created by Bill Plympton. This could be a similar creative side step like when Clint Eastwood started directing films instead of just acting in them.

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