Warner Bros Planning New Animated Jetsons Movie

Deadline first broke the story last night that Warner Bros. has hired Matt Lieberman to pen the script for a feature length animated version of The Jetsons. The big question: Will it be 2D or 3D animation? » 1/24/15 1:44pm 1/24/15 1:44pm

The Coolest (and Weirdest) Stuff From Today's Animation Art Auction

There's an impressive art auction at Profiles in History today and tomorrow featuring everything from wax figures to theme park blueprints. Here's some of the coolest (and weirdest) stuff from it, if you're still looking to get me something for Christmas. For instance, the Alice in Wonderland concept painting above by… » 12/18/14 3:48pm 12/18/14 3:48pm

Julian Assange Says "Apolitical Futurism of Star Trek" Fits Google

Julian Assange is currently answering questions in a live chat over at Gawker, promoting his new book, When Google Met Wikileaks. One of the most interesting exchanges for readers of Paleofuture actually comes from a question by Matthew Phelan who writes the Gawker subdomain Black Bag. » 9/15/14 5:07pm 9/15/14 5:07pm

The Jetsons Amusement Park Ride That Never Was

Bruce Bushman was a designer whose name you may not know, but whose work you've almost certainly seen. He worked on everything from the design of the Disneyland castle to episodes of The Flintstones TV show. But there's one project that Bushman worked on that sadly never became a reality: a Jetsons theme park ride. » 9/05/14 1:42pm 9/05/14 1:42pm

The Late Great American Promise of Less Work

Some French companies just banned employees from responding to work emails after work hours. A city in Sweden is trying out a 30-hour work week in earnest. But while the prospect of working less and enjoying more leisure time used to be the great futuristic promise of midcentury America, today it's little more than a… » 9/01/14 11:40am 9/01/14 11:40am

American Workers Are Getting Screwed

Over the past 50 years, Americans have increased their productivity and are working longer hours than their European counterparts. Yet we're seeing few of the gains you'd expect of a modern society. American wages are stagnant, and things like paid vacation time or even paid maternity leave are luxuries afforded to… » 6/28/14 11:02am 6/28/14 11:02am

This Photo Spoiled The Rocketman Magic Back in 1951

Many American kids of the 1950s and 60s were absolutely obsessed with all things space. They were particularly enamored with the space action heroes that they saw on TV — in shows like Captain Video, Space Patrol, and Commando Cody. » 6/10/14 6:58pm 6/10/14 6:58pm

We're Still Waiting On The Dishwasher Utopia

Today, roughly 75 percent of American households have a dishwasher. But this wonder of modern kitchen science still lags well behind refrigerators and microwaves — which are both over 95 percent. The automatic dishwasher was the high-tech promise of the 1920s. And the 1950s. And the 1970s. So why has the dishwasher… » 4/30/14 4:26pm 4/30/14 4:26pm

North Korea's New Space Agency Logo Is a Space Age Throwback

North Korea's space agency is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a new logo. And the Wall Street Journal fittingly describes its design in retro-futuristic terms: a "Jetsons-era throwback that captures the optimism of the Space Age." » 4/01/14 8:28pm 4/01/14 8:28pm

Glenn Beck Is Making a Movie About Edison and Tesla

Former Fox News TV personality Glenn Beck is really sick of talking about politics. So what rustles his jimmies these days? The mythologized feud between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. Beck even has a movie in production about Edison that he hopes will "expose the truth" about this "bad man." » 3/10/14 12:40pm 3/10/14 12:40pm

The FDA Just Approved a PillCam The Jetsons Predicted 50 Years Ago

The Jetsons was one of the most important cartoons of all time, having helped shape the way that we talk about the future here in the 21st century. The show predicted many of the technologies we have today. And this week, Americans can check another crazy Jetsonian prediction off the list. » 2/07/14 1:43pm 2/07/14 1:43pm

The Restaurant Inside LA's Space Age Theme Building Has Closed

The restaurant inside an L.A. architectural icon has closed. Sadly, wannabe George Jetsons will no longer be able to pick up a cocktail at Encounter — the now-former restaurant inside LAX's Theme Building. » 1/10/14 7:44pm 1/10/14 7:44pm

Time After Time: 70 Years of Broken Smartwatch Dreams

Welcome to the future! a Samsung rep proclaimed during the company's new product presentation in Berlin yesterday. Yes, something out of sci-fi! he beamed. The rep was wearing the new Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, proudly showing it off for the journalists in the room and the tech geeks watching along at home. The… » 9/05/13 3:55pm 9/05/13 3:55pm

Why There's No 1960s Jetsons Art in Tomorrow's Big Animation Auction

On Wednesday there's an enormous animation art auction in L.A. that includes some gorgeous pop culture history. It will include original animation cels from Fleischer Studios, concept art from Disney legend Mary Blair, and an original production drawing from Winsor McCay's classic 1914 film Gertie the Dinosaur.… » 7/30/13 5:08pm 7/30/13 5:08pm

Who Would You Cast In a Live-Action Jetsons Movie?

Kanye West is making the rounds again claiming that he's the creative director for a live-action Jetsons movie that's currently (sort-of, kind-of, not really) in development. Beyond the fact that "creative director" isn't actually the title for a job on any movie — but something you'd find at an advertising agency —… » 6/27/13 1:30pm 6/27/13 1:30pm

Why Are There No Black People On The Jetsons?

One of the most common questions I hear about the original 1962-63 run of "The Jetsons" is where are all the people of color? » 5/21/13 10:53am 5/21/13 10:53am

Awesome Jetsons Tech That's Still Not Here Yet

Yesterday, The Jetsons celebrated its 50th birthday. It may seem like we're living in the future these days, but, half a century after the show's original 24 episode run, we still don't have a lot of that juicy future-tech. Here are a couple of the most glaring absences.
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Look Like a Jetson With These Retro-Futuristic iHome Headphones

You have to love the 60's. The conflict. The culture. The Jetsons. That what I think of when I see these. iHome's new SD63 Retro-Style headphones hold to the spirit of the time while grasping at a future that is now. » 8/02/11 4:20pm 8/02/11 4:20pm

Live@HOPE, Monochrom's Grenzfurthner: "The future is like the Jetsons,…

The idea began over beers. Johannes Grenzfurthner (of Monochrom) and friends wondered if the notion that porn drives technology really was true or urban myth. So, they decided, why not organize a public event and find out? » 7/16/10 10:47pm 7/16/10 10:47pm

Sanyo ALBO Digital Picture Frame is Handsome, Like George Jetson

Sanyo knows that some of us are still upset that the futuristic fictional universe of The Jetsons » 10/28/08 7:23am 10/28/08 7:23am doesn't look like it'll come to pass, so they've thrown us a bone: a Wi-Fi digital picture frame that looks like it came straight out of Jane Jetson's foyer. The innards are pretty unexciting , with Windows CE and 256mb…