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This is an overall good one. Spacely is greedy like Ebenezer Scrooge and he gets visited by the three spirits. George's dog Astro gets sick. It had its moments, but it had it's silly times too. But it was a lot better then what I thought it would be!
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It's that time of year again: Christmas time! The Jetsons have their holographic Christmas tree all set up. George sets off to work for that Grinchy boss of his, Mr. Spacely. Jane, Judy and Elroy decide to go to Mooningdales and do shopping. Judy couldn't decide what to wear to the mall. Now is it just me or does Judy look anorexic?
At Spacely Sprockets, all the employees, human and robot, are celebrating the fact it's Christmas Eve. Only that miser, Mr. Spacely, isn't celebrating. He makes George work overtime, so now George Jetson and Santa Claus have something in common: they work Christmas Eve. At home, Astro decides to open one of his Christmas presents early. It's a robot cat. It immediately breaks and one of its parts--a Spacely sprocket, flies into his mouth. Astro suddenly doesn't feel good. George finally returns home and joins the rest of the family in sadness for Astro.
At work, Mr. Spacely is soon visited by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marsley. He tells Spacely that he will be visited by three spirits to perhaps help him clean up his dishonest ways. Spacely just shook it off, until the Ghost of Christmas Past shows up and shows Spacely his past: little Spacely operated a lemonade stand and employed little Georgie Jetson. Next, the Ghost of Christmas Present shows Spacely the Jetsons watching over dying Astro, but Spacely didn't care a bit. Suddenly, the Ghost of Christmas Future shows Spacely the Jetsons' future: they sued Mr. Spacely when they found out Astro had swallowed a Spacely sprocket so the Jetsons are swimming in riches, as for Mr. Spacely, he was a ruined man. Terrified at his future, Mr. Spacely decides to clean up his nasty ways. He brings a veterinarian to Astro who cures what ails him. He even brings the Jetsons Christmas presents and was a kinder, gentler Mr. Spacely...Until the next episode.
A pretty good Christmas special. Mr. Spacely is the perfect Scrooge. Astro was the perfect Tiny Tim. Of course, Elroy would've worked too. And, according to this, there is snow in space. Imagine that. Anyway, all you Jetsons fans, I recommend The Jetsons Christmas Carol!
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Marsley was dead as a door nail. This must be understood or nothing
good can come of the story I am going to relate. Who is Marsley you
ask? Well I don't know either, but we'll soon find out. It's
Christmas... you can tell by the holographic laser tree and the
scattered presents in the Jetsons' living room. But poor George has to
work on Christmas eve to bring in money for his family, who were
heading to the mall to spend it. While Jane, Judy and Elroy leave to
buy out the mall, Astro is told to stay out of the presents. But being
the childlike pup he was, he couldn't resist. He finds his present
instantly: a robot cat... just the sort of thing every dog wants around
the house. The atmosphere at Spacely Sprockets was cheerful, until the
boss broke in, sending everyone back to work. He then informs George
that he has to work overtime to fill the numerous orders for toys with
sprockets. George goes about his task, somewhat graciously, comparing
Spacely to Scrooge and wishes some ghosts would pay him a visit....
foreshadow, much? No, I think he pretty much gave it away. Back home,
the family is tickled at how much Astro "loves" his toy robot cat until
it causes him to crash into a wall, smashing the cat, and he ends up
swallowing a piece of it. Instantly he succumbs to horrific stomach
pains. Elroy and Judy seek out a vet while Jane comforts Astro with the
fact that Christmas is the worst time to be sick. George finally
finishes, then he finally makes it home, but instead of coming home to
peace, comfort, joy, and opening presents, he joins the family pitying
Astro, as no vet was available.
Greedy Spacely counted his money and knew how merry Christmas would be for him, until he becomes sleepy, tired from all the counting, and conks out. He's soon awakened by the ghost of his former partner, Marsley. A horrible fate had befallen him for his greed in life and warns Spacely of a similar price to pay. Spacely says he'll pay it and shoos Marsley away. Before he departs, he warns of three spirits who will be visiting before the night is over. The first one arrives soon after, though he's not so much a ghost as he is a robot. He's the Robot of Christmas Past who shows Spacely his childhood days- running a lemonade stand, or rather paying young George Jetson to run it, or rather UNDER-paying young George Jetson to run it. But instead of remorse, Spacely finds it amusing. He's then shown a vision from his teenage years dating his future wife, and you have to wonder what she ever saw in that bozo. Back to the present, Spacely meets the Robot of Christmas Present... who looks like a Christmas present. He shows him the Jetsons who have little choice but to watch Astro suffer in excruciating pain, but the sight of the dying dog didn't phase Spacely. This calls for some heavy artillery: enter Robot of Christmas Future who actually succeeds in terrifying Spacely with his presence and shows him a Christmas where the Jetsons are loaded. They literally have piles of dollar bills raining from the ceiling. Apparently what had happened was that Astro, who was sadly dead at this point, accidentally swallowed a Spacely sprocket in the robot cat, so they had sued Spacely (for not putting a "harmful if swallowed" sticker on his sprockets apparently), forcing him into utter poverty and bankruptcy. Absolutely horrified of this possible future, Spacely finally sees the error of his ways and jumps up to right his wrongs. Early Christmas morning, Mr. Spacely pays the Jetsons a visit with his personal vet, who removes the ingested sprocket very easily and Astro is instantly cured. Hooray! But that's not all. Spacely also brought gifts for the family: rocket roller skates for Judy, silver apron for Rosie, edible aliens for Orbitty, an electric guitar for Elroy (he'd been dropping hints), perfume for Jane, and for George, a fat raise. Cosmo Spacely had learned an important lesson that day- the spirit of Christmas, the joy of giving, and being good to your fellow man...and dog. He was as good as his word, and he was a nicer, gentler, kinder Mr. Spacely... but in the next episode he seems to have forgotten, so enjoy him while you can.
A Merry Jetson Christmas. This episode was pretty good. Another Christmas Carol adaptation in a long line of many, and many more to come I assure you. Astro playing the part of Tiny Tim was good, though Elroy would have worked just as well. I guess if they went with Elroy, it would have been too dramatic and sad. Having a dying child and all, so I guess they thought a dying goofy dog would work better. Sure it would be sad, but more tolerable. I would have used Elroy had I written the episode. But other than that, it's really good. It conveys emotion and it shows that even the meanest, nastiest of men, like Mr. Spacely, have some compassion hidden deep down. And so, as Tiny Astro observed, "Rod Rress us, Revery-Rone."
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