In this 92-minute animated film, Judy Jetson meets her idol, Sky Rocker, and fights evil witch Felonia Funk. Judy has written a song for the intergalactic rock star, but her lyrics are swapped for a code message. When the music-hating witch kidnaps the singer, Judy has to come to the rescue. It’s all very predictable — including scenes where Judy lets her temporary fame go to her head — but fans will enjoy it, especially if they’re interested in seeing more of the teenager than normally featured in The Jetsons series, or if they thought that the cartoon would be better with musical numbers.
Rockin’ With Judy Jetson was one of the Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10, a series of syndicated made-for-TV animated movies created in 1987 and 1988 featuring such well-known characters as Yogi Bear and Scooby-Doo. Also from this line is The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, which we’ve previously covered. Like that film, this is a made-on-demand DVD release through the Warner Archive program.
I’m no expert, but the animation quality seemed sufficient, but not excellent. Backgrounds are static, but the figures move independently of each other, and more than just their mouths are animated, which is more than I expected. The art style is classic, with various 80s touches (such as the Mohawk, poofy, and mullet hairstyles) and color schemes.
The voices don’t sound quite right to me, especially when it comes to parents George (George O’Hanlon) and Jane (Penny Singleton), even though all of the original voice cast was used (most importantly, Janet Waldo as Judy). That’s likely because this was made 25 years after the original series, and age does have its effects. Sky Rocker was voiced by Rob Paulsen, best known as the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain.
Here are the opening credits, to give you the film’s flavor:
and the nonsense song “Gleep Glorp”, with its music video feel:
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