Meet George Jetson, his boy Elroy, daughter Judy, Jane his wife! With reports that a live-action Jetsons TV series is in the works, it seems appropriate to do a cast pick.
As much as I think the idea stinks, the following are my picks for the main Jetsons cast.
George Jetson – Jesse Tyler Ferguson
In the original cartoon we primarily followed George to work where he was constantly belittled by Mr. Spacely. He then grouses on his way home about the work week, a total of 2 or 3 days (depending on the episode) and 1 to 3 hours per day (again, depending on the episode) on the way home. George is the 1950’s stereotype male, he works, the wife should clean house, and the kids should deliver his pipe and slippers when he gets home and then be quiet.
Despite my feelings about the live action show, I want to give The Jetsons the best cast I can. With Modern Family reaching its 9th year, there’s not much gas left in the tank, sharks have been jumped, and quite frankly the kids have grown up and are no longer as endearing as they were, Manny for example. I’ve never seen Jesse Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchet) outside of Modern Family, but he has the exasperation aspect of George Jetson down and he’s a dead ringer in looks!
Jane Jetson – Stacey Dash
At home is his wife Jane, who wants a driver’s license, and a robot maid because pushing the buttons to activate the cleaning robots AND the buttons on the Food-a-Rac-a-Cycle to make dinner was too much work! Quite honestly I don’t remember Jane having a big role in the cartoon. She was a small buffer between 1950s George and the changing times and a small voice of reason and not much else. Making Jane the step mother, instead of the biological mother could add some much needed depth to the role and I’m hoping that by casting Stacey Dash that depth can be found.
Judy Jetson – Rowan Blanchard
Daughter Judy was another stereotype. She was the dumb acting, over dramatic teenage girl, who’s crush changed with whoever the number one music group was. I’ve only seen a few episodes of Girl Meets World, but Rowan Blanchard played the squealing teenager well and just as with Stacey Dash, I’m hoping Rowan can improve Judy’s role in the family.
Elroy Jetson – Elias Harger
His boy Elroy, was a child genius.. Child actors are notoriously hard to cast. Elias Harger plays the younger brother on Netflix’s Fuller House and should be up to the challenge to play Elroy.
Rosey the Robot – Aisha Tyler (voice)
Rosey is the last member of the Jetson family. As I stated above, she was purchased because Jane found pushing the buttons to activate the cleaning robots AND the buttons on the Food-a-Rac-a-Cycle to make dinner to be too much work. Like TV maids and butlers before (and after) her, she’s not just the hired help, she’s part of the family. Aisha Tyler merely needs to channel a less violent version of her character of Lana Kane from Archer to find her inner Rosey.
Cosmo Spacely – Verne Troyer
W.C. Cogswell – Jason Shannon Acuña
Cosmo Spacely, owner of Spacely Sprockets and employer of George Jetson. His most defining characteristics are his height and attitude. Cogswell is the owner of Cogswell’s Cogs and the main business rival of Cosmo Spacely. Verne Troyer (Mini Me from Austin Powers) is one of the shortest people in the world and I’m hoping that by pairing him with Jason Acuña (Wee Man from Jackass) as Cogswell we can get some hilarious interactions.
Handyman Henry Orbit – John Lithgow
The eccentric building handyman, Henry Orbit, was a small but memorable character. John Lithgow is too much star power for such a small role, but I can’t see anyone else in the role.
Astro – the family dog, Mac – the helpful robot made by Henry, and Rudy – the work computer at Spacely Sprockets, are voice actor only rolls and I can’t think of anyone who should definitely play those parts.
Contributed by William W. William’s nerdy credits include being able to sing, poorly, the entire soundtrack of A Goofy Movie.