TITLE: THE JETSONS - SEASON 2, VOLUME 1
DVD Release Date: June 2, 2009 (Warner Home Video)
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 21
Running Time: approx. 462 minutes
Running Time of Special Features: approx. 8 ½ minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, Espanol & Portuguese languages; English, Français & Portuguese subtitles; Closed-Captioned.
Special Features: “The Jetsons Return to the Future”
Just like when the second season premiered 22 years later after the conclusion of the first season, we now get that second season on DVD after a long 5 year wait! Warner Home Video is finally giving us another DVD release after 5 long years. Originally, the series returned to the air in 1985 in first-run syndication. The series started as a primetime series in 1962-63 on ABC but was canceled after 24 episodes. The show was never off the air though in those 22 years between, as the show drew a big following in reruns, especially on Saturday mornings. Warner Home Video gives us the first 21 episodes of the second season in this Season 2, Volume 1 release.
The original voices all return for this second season, even after a 22 year hiatus. George O’Hanlon stars as the voice of George Jetson, Penny Singleton as the voice of Jane Jetson, Janet Waldo as the voice of Judy Jetson, Daws Butler as the voice of Elroy Jetson, Don Messick as the voice of Astro the Dog, Jean Vander Pyl as the voice of Rosie the Robot, and Mel Blanc as the voice of Mr. Spacely.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
For the 1980s revival of the show, a few new characters were introduced. Some of them were Orbitty (the Jetson family's alien pet, voiced by Frank Welker) and George's work computer, R.U.D.I. (the "Referential Universal Digital Indexer," who also appeared in one of the original 1960s episodes). Rosie the Robot was also appearing more in this revival. In the return, “Elroy Meets Orbitty,” while on a school field trip on an asteroid, Elroy finds an unusual looking rock to add to his collection. But this particular one turns out to be an egg that hatches a cute gremlin-like being named Orbitty that becomes the Jetsons' new pet as the family warms up to him. In “Rosie Come Home,” Rosie thinks the family doesn't want her anymore after doing everything wrong. The problem is she needs a new program according to Henry Orbit. In “Judy’s Birthday Surprise,” Judy tells her talking lips diary of the events of the week before her birthday on Saturday expecting her parents to throw her a surprise birthday party. It’s a spoof of Family Feud on the episode “Family Fallout,” Mr. Spacely and his family are invited to appear on the game show Family Fallout. In “Fantasy Planet,” with all the problems the Jetson family have they decide to take a trip to Fantasy Planet, a parody of Fantasy Island. In “Instant Replay,” George meets a scientist who has invented Replayola, a device that enables a person to change bad moments of life to good ones.
We get an outer box holding a case. Both the outer box and case have the same artwork, front and back. The color scheme is blue. A cast photo is on the front, as the family is in their aerocar but Astro is driving as George is hanging on, on the roof, as we get a nice outer space background in blue. The Jetsons logo is on top in white with a Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection line on top with a headshot of Rosie the Robot. The back of the box and case has nice artwork, again in outer space with Elroy, Orbitty and Judy. There is a nice synopsis of the show and set, with out-of-this-world extras listed in a green box on the bottom. When we open the case, we see an episode list for discs one and two on the left panel with nice artwork and the discs on the right.
Discs one and two are on a little plastic holder in the middle that you can flip like a book. Disc one is on the front side, and disc two on the back side. Disc three is on the right panel itself, with an episode listing for fisc three on the right panel. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-7 and has artwork of George & Jane, Disc 2 contains episodes 8-14 and has artwork of Elroy & Astro, and Disc 3 contains episodes 15-21 and has artwork of Orbitty & Judy. It is strange they didn’t use Rosie or Mr. Spacely at all. All of the discs are in blue, to match the color scheme.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menu has the instrumental theme song playing in the background, with a shot of George carrying Jane, his wife. There are auto-trailers on all three discs (Tiny Toons/Freakazoid, 60s/70s Cartoons, and Batman DVDs), unfortunately. Back to the main menu, you have options of Play, Episodes, Languages and Features listed on a computer monitor. For Languages, we have audio tracks for English, Spanish and Portuguese. For subtitles we have English, French and Portuguese. Features is only on disc two, as for some the special feature is on disc two instead of one or three, where we usually get them. The Episodes menu has episode titles listed in an aerocar. There is also an option in the menu for Episodes Credits. For some reason, they have the closing credits just once on each disc and it can be played here instead of the actual episodes. Why? I guess to save space?
Video and Audio Quality:
The video is decent, but nothing spectacular. It is not remastered at all. Some episodes look better than some. The audio is also good and sounds good and nothing to complain about. There are 4 chapter stops per episode, which is always convenient if you’re looking for a particular scene. The episodes are all unedited, but some minor things are missing on a very few episodes. As I mentioned, the closing credits are not on the episodes themselves, but they are available to view on each disc under the Episodes menu. However, that is not what I’m talking about. The minor edits have one episode with no episode title screen and two don’t have the Hanna-Barbera logo before the opening theme. Like I said, it is no big deal. I’ll mention below where they are omitted. Here are the runtimes for the episodes, but keep in mind this is not counting the 0:44 second theme.
1. Elroy Meets Orbitty (21:09)
2. Rosie Come Home (20:58) - no HB Presents logo in beginning
3. Solar Snoops (21:11)
4. Judy’s Birthday Surprise (21:12)
5. SuperGeorge (21:06) - no episode title screen
6. Family Fallout (21:13)
7. S.M.A.S.H (21:12)
8. The Mirrormorph (21:15)
9. Mother’s Day for Rosie (21:11)
10. Jetson’s Millions (21:13)
11. Fugitive Fleas (21:13)
12. Rio-Off Rosie (21:11)
13. Far-Out Father (21:13)
14. Astro’s Big Moment (21:13)
15. The Cosmic Courtship of George and Jane (21:08) - no HB Presents logo in the beginning
16. Fantasy Planet (21:14)
17. S’no Relative (21:10)
18. Instant Replay (21:12)
19. Haunted Halloween (21:14)
20. Future Tense (21:14)
21. The Wrong Stuff (21:12)
I didn’t review the first set since we were basically getting started with our review program in 2004, but that set has more extras than this one, though we do get SOMETHING here. We get a featurette titled “The Jetsons Return to the Future,” that runs 8:33. We learn so much why and how the show returned for a second season despite being off for over two decades. And find out why the original cast all came back! Interviewed are Andrea Romano (Animation Casting Director), Jerry Beck (Animation Historian), Mark Evanier (Animation Historian), Gordon Hunt (Recording Director), Janet Waldo (voice of Judy), and Jeff Hall (producer director).
This is a great show and the set is decently done, too. I love The Jetsons. It is like a future look at The Flintstones, which is one of my favorite animated comedies ever. This set has some faults, but not too many to pass on. I think the omission of one episode title screen is nothing and I don’t think many would care that two episodes are missing the HB Presents logo in the beginning. The closing credits not on each episode are a concern though, but again...it isn’t really missing since it is on each disc. The packaging is fine and well done. The menu screen is very easy to use and to navigate. We have a second of season two to go, and a short third season as well...so we have at least two more futuristic sets to have fun with! So, all in all, this is a great set that should be on your shelves. So get in your aerocar and jump into the 21st century...well not 2009 but say 2062 with The Jetsons! Or is this season 2085? Whatever it is, it is certainly in the future as we still don’t have flying cars!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 1/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 06/05/09
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