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Written by: Barbara Levy
Marc Paykuss
Release date: December 13, 1985
Running time: 22 minutes
Rating: TV-G
Available on: VHS
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That Spacely is worse than Scrooge! I wish some weird Christmas ghosts would visit him tonight, but he'd probably scare them off.

— George Jetson

"A Jetson Christmas Carol" (incorrectly referred to as "The Jetsons Christmas Carol" on the cover to the 1996 VHS release) is the Christmas episode of the Hanna-Barbera animated television series The Jetsons, originally aired in syndication on December 13, 1985. As the title suggests, it is loosely based on Charles Dickens' classic story, A Christmas Carol.

Synopsis

It is Christmas Eve in Orbit City, and the Jetsons are planning to celebrate it the only way they can — as a family. However, George and the other employees of Spacely Space Sprockets are hounded by the intergalactic Scrooge of the company, Mr. Spacely, who detests the holiday season so much that he forces George to work overtime and head home late that night.

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Astro becomes deathly ill from accidentally swallowing a sprocket.
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Meanwhile, Jane and the children head out to do some last-minute Christmas shopping at the mall. Upon returning home, they find that Astro took a peek at the Christmas presents underneath the tree. He opens his present early and finds a robot cat that gives him a hard time — and ends up threatening his life when he destroys the toy and swallows one of the gears. When George finally gets home, he discovers what has happened to Astro, and it seems there is no hope for his beloved friend, since all the veterinarian offices and pet hospitals have closed early for Christmas Eve.

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Mr. Spacely is visited by the ghost of his deceased partner, Marsley.
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Back at Spacely's plant, Spacely counts his money and decides to take a small nap before thinking about making any bank deposits. Hovering between dreams and reality, he is suddenly visited by the ghost of his old, previously unmentioned business partner, Marsley. The ghost warns Spacely that three more ghosts will visit during the night to show the Scrooge-like CEO the error of his ways. Before too long, the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet To Be follow suit.

Christmas Past — a living, talking adding machine — shows Spacely that his younger self was as selfish and cheap as he is now, and then reveals the time when Spacely, as a young adult, almost drove his his wife-to-be away due to his love of money. After the first spirit's visit, the Ghost of Christmas Present — who turns out to be a talking gift box wrapped with a bow (pardon the pun) — shows Spacely that the Jetsons are now facing the thought of losing their beloved pet, Astro.

Then, when Spacely attempts to escape with his money, the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Be — who resembles an archaic Babbage thinking machine — shows Spacely the future. He believes that his future looks bright when he sees a large mansion, but he gets the shock of his life when he discovers that it belongs to the Jetsons. He also realizes that George had sued Spacely Sprockets for the death of his dog and best friend, Astro, because Spacely Sprockets had made the gear that Astro swallowed, and it ended up killing him.

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After realizing that he would be ruined, Spacely hurries to the Jetsons' apartment, bringing along his personal veterinarian, who extracts the sprocket from Astro's stomach and cures him. He also presents Jane, Judy, Elroy, Rosie, and Orbitty with the gifts they wanted for Christmas. As for George, Spacely promises him a big raise and leaves, wishing the Jetsons a Merry Christmas. The story ends with the Jetsons singing the classic song "We Wish You a Merry Christmas".

Trivia

  • In the sequence with the Ghost of Christmas Past, Fred and Wilma Flintstone can be seen in the movie that is playing at the drive-in theater.

Availability

"A Jetson Christmas Carol" was released on VHS for the first time as part of the Hanna-Barbera Super Stars video series in 1989. Two years later, it was then included on the Hanna-Barbera Christmas Laserdisc, which also featured "Christmas Flintstone" and Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper. It was released on VHS again in 1996 as one of Cartoon Network's Christmas videos on September 24, 1996. To date, its only DVD release was on Warner Archive's The Jetsons: Season 2, Volume 2 manufacture-on-demand DVD set, released on November 8, 2011.

Cast

Voice actor Character
George O'Hanlon George Jetson
Penny Singleton Jane Jetson
Janet Waldo Judy Jetson
Daws Butler Elroy Jetson
Don Messick Astro
R.U.D.I.
Jean Vander Pyl Rosie the Robot
Mel Blanc Cosmo Spacely
Marsley
Frank Welker The Ghost of Christmas Present
Orbitty
Young Mr. Spacely
Teenage Mr. Spacely

See also

External links

Hanna-Barbera
Shorts and episodes The Night Before Christmas • "Christmas Flintstone" • "Baby's First Christmas" • "The Nutcracker Scoob" • "A Jetson Christmas Carol" • "Happy Howlidays" • "Santa-Napped" • "George and Junior's Christmas Spectacular" • "Santa Klutz" • "Cave Kid Christmas" • "Dexter Vs. Santa's Claws" • "Twas the Night" • "Happy Baboon Holidays"
Specials and movies A Christmas StorySilent Night, Holy NightA Flintstone ChristmasCasper's First ChristmasYogi's First ChristmasThe Smurfs' Christmas SpecialChristmas Comes to Pac-LandYogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas CaperThe Little Troll Prince'Tis the Season to Be SmurfyThe Town Santa ForgotA Flintstone Family ChristmasA Flintstones' Christmas CarolA Scooby-Doo! ChristmasTom and Jerry: A Nutcracker TaleScooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays
Albums Merry ChristmasPebbles & Bamm-Bamm Singing Songs of ChristmasExciting Christmas Stories with Scooby-Doo and FriendsHanna-Barbera's Christmas Sing-A-LongA Christmas in BedrockA Flintstones Motown Christmas

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