JETSONS, THE:SEASON ONE (DVD)
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Meet George Jetson and his quirky family: wife Jane, son Elroy and daughter Judy. Living in the automated, push-button world of the future hasn't made life any easier for the harried husband and father, who gets into one comical misadventure after another!]]>
The Jetsons (1962) was the third primetime series from the Hanna-Barbera Studio, after The Flintstones (1960) and Top Cat (1961). Although the show was cancelled after its first season, it proved a durable Saturday-morning favorite, running for more than 14 years on all three networks.
Like The Flintstones, The Jetsons borrowed heavily from live-action sitcoms, notably The Donna Reed Show and Hazel. The 21st century became a Futurelux vision of a '60s suburb. George Jetson (voiced by George O'Hanlon) pushed buttons for the penny-pinching Mr. Spacely (Mel Blanc). Judy (Janet Waldo) was a typical teenager with a crush on rock & roll singer Jet Screamer. Elroy (Daws Butler) was a bright little boy whose experiments always blew up. Astro (Don Messick) was one of the first anthropomorphic dogs that became a Hanna-Barbera standard. Jane (Penny Singleton, basically reprising her role in the Blondie films) kept everyone and everything on course. The Flintstones used rocks and animals to approximate everyday appliances; The Jetsons had high-tech gadgets that invariably malfunctioned and clobbered George.
Aside from two commentaries by Waldo and a short making-of video with old footage of Hanna and Barbera, the DVD set has little in the way of extras: no bumpers, commercials, etc. The Jetsons hardly ranks as great animation, but for anyone who grew up during the '60s and '70s, these discs are the comforting video equivalent of a slice of yellow cake with fudge frosting and a glass of milk. (Rated G: alcohol and tobacco use, minor cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon
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A Family Guy episode spoofed the scene where Jane takes George Jetsons' wallet so she could shop! This season one DVD set has the Jetsons theme recorded in 1962, but it uses CGI-enhanced footage from 1985.
The TV critics are right. The Jetsons is "silly and unpretentious", but that's why it's fun! My favorite character isn't even human! Mac is a robot who cleans an apartment building. However, he starts to malfunction when he has a crush on Rosie The Robot Maid! Mac looks like a filing cabinet with a metal head. This Jetsons season one DVD has a fair amount of extras and it's a good place to start if you want an introduction to the world of The Jetsons.
Basically set into the far realms of the future, before all the 'apocalyptic' views started creeping in during the 70s, George basically drove in his 'space car' to Spacely Sprocketts, where he pushed buttons for Cosmo Spacely.
Mr. Spacely--like the typical 60s sitcom boss--always schemed in besting his rival "Cosgwell Cogs", and poor George would inevitably get embroiled in these schemes. On rare occasions, however, Spacely would get George involved in other problems, like fooling the wives to go out to a Spaceball game, or takeover hosting a Beauty Pageant.
As for the rest of the family, they dealt with pretty much the problems and strifes of Sixties Suburbian life. Now the interesting thing about The Jetsons was, although the original series didn't last long, their futuristic gadgets did inspire us with upcoming inventions, like the Microwave (inspired by the Food-a-Rac-a-Cycle), and Memory Sticks (probably inspired by the episode with Judy's mini-disc encyclopedia). Because any new innovation we experience, we tend to associate with The Jetsons.
The Jetsons was far from being a children's television show, as the program dealt with topics on what was considered an adult level. Though some vices were apparent from this show, like smoking and drinking, they were more on the sitcom level than what we see on television today.
What I loved about this collection, and I'm glad Warner Bros. did it right, the episodes are completely uncut, so when viewing this collection if you witness scenes you never saw in syndication, it was because they were probably cut for either content or time constraints.
For instance, in a "Date with Judy Jetson," when George is pulled over, the missing scene restored is where the cop is running the list of charges. And the classic moment is this line here:
[Cop] ..And etc. etc.
[George] Wait, I didn't see the etc. etc.
[Cop] Well, watch it.
Though it might be obscure, the restoration really brings out the series a whole lot better, and I'd recommend the series to anyone who is a fan, and those who aren't, because The Jetsons was a true piece of animation history.