In that fun but slightly alarming way that TV and film classics set in the past eventually age up to modern times, we have now reportedly reached the age of a Hanna-Barbera icon.
Today apparently marks the beginning of the life and times of one George Jetson, something which fans are eager to embrace.
That’s right, Sunday July 31 2022, is the day that legendary cartoon George is said to have graced the world (or should we say universe?) with his presence – and flying cars aren’t quite the main mode of transport, as predicted back in the 1960s.
Reporter and Twitter user Brendan Kerrigan flagged the upcoming auspicious date on Thursday, drawing fans’ attention to George’s birthday.
‘I don’t mean to alarm anyone, but someone is about to give birth to George Jetson,’ he wrote on the social media platform, alongside a screenshot showing the character’s date of birth as July 31 2022 on Wikipedia.
However, an unknown person has since swooped in to edit the page so it reads ‘c. 2022’.
Although it’s a mystery as to how and why July 31 was introduced – and then removed – from the equation, we do at least have some evidence from the TV show itself that George could have been a 2022 baby.
As per Gizmodo, there is an episode titled Test Pilot, which aired in December 1962, where George is told he ‘should live to be 150’ by a doctor, with the digital index operator at Spacely’s Space Sprockets replying: ‘I’ve got 110 good years ahead of me.’
It was widely reported at the time that the ABC network and the show’s promotional materials set The Jetsons in 2062, exactly 100 years into the future, meaning this year would be the birth year of George.
Fans were certainly embracing Sunday as the character’s birthday, with many flocking to Twitter to share birthday wishes.
‘Happy Birthday to my hero, George Jetson,’ posted one, while another exclaimed: ‘Welcome to the world, George Jetson!’
The Jetsons, which was revived in the 1980s after the popularity of its one season airing in re-runs on Sunday morning for decades, hit the big screen with their own movie in 1990.
However, their latest adventure – The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania! – was released in 2017, and there it is explicitly stated that Big Show, real name Paul Wright, has been frozen in ice for 100 years before his encounter with the Jetsons, who themselves have not aged a day.
This suggests the theory, according to AV Club, that the family is always 100 in the future from whatever the current year is, meaning a birth date or year cannot be pinned down.
It does, however, rely on viewers taking this later direct-to-video crossover release as canon, when most regard Jetsons: The Movie as the series’ finale.
A long-gestating film reboot has been doing the rounds in Hollywood for some time now, with Kanye West even looking to become involved previously.
Other important past cinematic dates that have disturbed people include the Terminator franchise’s Judgment Day, which was initially August 29, 1997, although it has been postponed in later outings.
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