The Jetsons - The Complete First Season

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Overview

The Jetsons: The Complete First Season is a delightful four-disc set that pays full and loving tribute to the William Hanna-Joseph Barbera prime-time ABC animated series about a middle-class space-age family. Ideally, the producers might have gotten a real animation expert to discuss the production of the show, but Janet Waldo -- the voice of Judy Jetson, among other characters -- is so beguiling in her enthusiasm that it's impossible to criticize her shortcomings; she knows a great deal about the other voice ...
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Overview

The Jetsons: The Complete First Season is a delightful four-disc set that pays full and loving tribute to the William Hanna-Joseph Barbera prime-time ABC animated series about a middle-class space-age family. Ideally, the producers might have gotten a real animation expert to discuss the production of the show, but Janet Waldo -- the voice of Judy Jetson, among other characters -- is so beguiling in her enthusiasm that it's impossible to criticize her shortcomings; she knows a great deal about the other voice actors and what the two producers were like, but nothing about the artists or writers. Waldo does commentary over two episodes, "Rosie the Robot" and "A Date With Jet Screamer." One of the most delightful characteristics she recalls about Joseph Barbera was his ability to do all of the voices while pitching and presenting a script, and he even once showed Paul Lynde what a Paul Lynde voice should sound like. Barbera also tried to pattern the relationship between George Jetson and his wife, Jane, after Dagwood Bumstead and his wife, Blondie, from the "Blondie" movies starring Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake, which was one reason he got Singleton to voice Jane Jetson. Waldo's thoughts are sometimes a bit disorganized, but viewers will come away knowing a good deal about the personalities behind the voices and the production. She speaks in loving admiration of Singleton, Jean van der Pyl, Daws Butler, George O'Hanlon, Don Messick, and Howard Morris, all of whom contributed mightily to the voices here (and on numerous other Hanna-Barbera series). The major bonus features beyond Waldo's commentary are on disc four, principally in the form of featurettes on the series and its producers. "The Jetsons: The Family of the Future" is a modern documentary using old and new interview clips. Waldo appears on-camera (looking beautiful) and her recollections are intercut with clips from the series and interviews with the producers. It's all a lot of fun, the two of them quietly delighting in their mix of 1950s Americana and futuristic technology, especially where they anticipated some development in modern living that has come to pass. The "Nuclear Family Album" is a series of video portraits of the characters from The Jetsons, and "Space Age Gadgets" demonstrates some of the devices in the world of the Jetsons, including a bed that functions like a pop-up toaster in getting its occupant up for work. Rosie the Robotic Maid gets her own supplementary section of the same name all to herself. The transfers of the episodes themselves are delightful in their detail and richness of color -- the star-field that opens the credits looks almost 3-D, and the images, both in the foreground and background, look brighter and richer than they ever did on broadcast television. There are seven half-hour shows on the first three discs and three on the fourth disc, which is filled out by the special features. Each opens automatically to a simple menu that is easy to use and maneuver around (and which plays the Jetsons theme music). The audio is mastered a little low, even compared to the menus' theme music, but has a lot of body when given a boost in volume on the playback end. Each episode gets a single chapter, which is not a problem given the standard 25-minute running time and the relatively simple story structures and gag layouts.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary on two episodes by Janet Waldo, the voice of Judy Jetson; "The Jetsons: The Family of the Future" chronicles the history of the series; "Space Age Gadgets" zooms in on the futuristic inventions of the Jetsons' world ; "Family Album" character bios; "Rosie the Robotic Maid" tribute
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
After animating the sitcom with The Flintstones, Hanna-Barbera looked to the future for a follow-up prime-time series, The Jetsons, spinning similarly familiar tales in a wildly imaginative environment. The classic theme song son invited viewers to "meet George Jetson, his boy Elroy, daughter Judy, and Jane, his wife," a futuristic clan whose everyday world was cluttered with gadgets that anticipated such technological marvels as the Internet and the cellular phone. The Jetsons are your standard-issue sitcom family: George is a corporate sprocket at the mercy of his tyrannical boss (voiced by Mel Blanc); teenage daughter Judy is boy crazy; Elroy’s a boy genius; and Jane’s a pretty, sensible woman capable of intervening when George gets stuck on the treadmill (a.k.a. "this crazy thing"). Benchmark episodes include the pilot, "Rosie the Robot," "A Date with Jet Screamer," and "The Coming of Astro," which introduced the pre-Scooby-Doo canine for whom all words begin with "R." Kids will dig the retro animation, and children of the '60s will find this a nostalgic blast from the past.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • UPC: 014764227429
  • Rating:

  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 10:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,381

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Side #1 -- Disc 1
   Play
   Episodes
      Rosey the Robot: Commentary by Janet Waldo (Voice of Judy Jetson)
      Rosey the Robot
      A Date With Jet Screamer: Commentary by Janet Waldo (Voice of Judy Jetson)
      A Date With Jet Screamer
      The Space Car
      The Coming of Astro
      Jetson's Night Out
      The Good Little Scounts
      The Flying Suit
   Special Features
      "Rosey the Robot" Commentary by Janet Waldo (Voice of Judy Jetson)
      "A Date With Jet Screamer" Commentary by Janet Waldo
   Languages
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Side #2 -- Disc 2
   Play
   Episodes
      Rosey's Boyfriend
      Elroy's TV Show
      Uniblab
      A Visit From Grandpa
      Astro's Top Secret
      Elroy's Pal
      Test Pilot
   Languages
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Side #3 -- Disc 3
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   Episodes
      Millionaire Astro
      The Little Man
      Las Venus
      Jane's Driving Lesson
      G.I. Jetson
      Miss Solar System
      TV or Not TV
   Languages
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Side #4 -- Disc 4
   Play
   Episodes
      Private Property
      Dude Planet
      Elroy's Mob
   Special Features
      The Jetsons: The Family of the Future
      Nuclear Family Album
         George
         Jane
         Judy
         Elroy
         Astro
         Play All
      Space Age Gadgets
      Rosey the Robotic Maid
      Family Favorites
         The Flintstones - Season 1 Trailer
         Scooby-Doo Where Are You? - Season 1 & 2
         Jonny Quest - Season 1 Trailer
         Samurai Jack Trailer
   Languages
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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