Both The Flintstones and The Jetsons are undoubtedly two of the greatest animated series that have ever been made. Whether it is Fred and Barney's Stone Age shenanigans or the exploits of the Jetsons family in their futuristic home, both families loved by their fans and have remained popular over several decades. This popularity is most likely responsible for causing people to come up with this post-apocalyptic Flintstones theory.
The theory essentially tries to explain how The Flintstones and The Jetsons are connected and actually part of the same universe. Although it might seem implausible at first, both cartoons are part of the Hanna-Barbera series and have similar styles and settings. The Flintstones fan theory goes to extreme lengths to try and prove how they aren’t separated by thousands of years but actually take place at almost exactly the same time.
Could it be that Fred and Wilma could actually be post-apocalyptic, long-distance neighbors and best friends with George and Jane Jetson? Or could they be living in the Jetsons's world, just months after Orbit City was decimated by a nuclear war? This theory might just have you believing that all of this is true.
The Jetsons And The Flintstones Already Have A Crossover
There doesn’t need to be a theory that the two cartoon franchises take place in a shared universe. Characters from each series have already interacted with each other in the 1987 animated film, The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones. In the movie, Elroy Jetson, the child genius, builds a time machine that is intended to take his family to the far future. Instead, it malfunctions and transports them to the Stone Age where they encounter Fred, Barney, and the rest of the gang. Of course, this meeting is technically built around the concept of time travel and not a simultaneously linear parallel universe. Nevertheless, the idea lays the foundation for how the two families co-exist and interact despite vastly different origins.
Elroy’s Time Machine Actually Worked
Rather than mistakenly taking Elroy and the rest of the Jetsons to the past as is depicted in The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, the theory contends that the time machine actually worked perfectly, taking the characters to the designated future period of the 25th century. However, the world they find themselves in looks like the past because it is the remnant of human life that stayed on the planet’s surface following a nuclear disaster that destroyed much of society. The Flintstones and other Bedrock residents are living in a post-apocalyptic future and the Jetsons reach it through the time machine.
A Nuclear War Destroyed Civilization On Earth
The post-apocalyptic theory argues that some kind of nuclear war destroyed the world and led to a split in society as modern day civilization was wiped out and replaced with a primitive form of culture. The survivors of the disaster then tried to live on the surface. Without access to traditional power and resources, society on the planet regressed to a Stone Age-like system. After several hundred years, the Flintstones as well as the rest of Bedrock and its surrounding cities are what humanity has managed to rebuild.
Thus, the Jetsons's world might actually have even pre-dated the Flintstones's world, that is, all the futuristic technology, robots, and rockets of the Jetsons's world has collapsed and left the Flintstones with the remnants of technological prowess but none of the fancy trappings that the nuclear war has destroyed.
Both Cartoons Were Created When The Threat Of Nuclear War Was Genuine
Both The Flintstones and The Jetsons were created during the 1960s. This was a period in global history when the Cold War was escalating. This conflict had a profound impact on popular culture, with many films, novels, and television shows reflecting the mood. With the fear of some kind of nuclear war being a genuine threat, it would make sense that these cartoons somehow imagined what would happen if the planet was almost destroyed through nuclear bombs. The survivors would either have to live away from the surface in some kind of floating city or somehow sustain themselves on the almost uninhabitable planet.