The plot of the Jetsons cartoon “Private Property” revolves around a set of blueprints that look exactly the same facing two different directions. So how is anyone supposed to be able to read them properly?
I remember that going through my head as poor George Jetson gets unfairly blamed and verbally abused by Mr. Spacely throughout the cartoon, yet still wants to work for him. And Spacely demanding personal property (theatre tickets) of Jetsons? Evidently they didn’t have H.R. departments in this version of 21st Century corporate America.
Ah, well. Not exactly my favourite Jetsons episode (even the title is weak). But it has given me an excuse to clip together this pan shot.
Here’s another shot of Jetson’s office.
Someone like Howard Fein will be able to tell you who animated this cartoon. Ken Muse did some of the animation but I’m stumped about the identity of the other animators (I thought I detected a bit of Ed Love but I’m not so sure). Here are some shock drawings of George, who has a long, thin nose.
George races from the scene. The animator draws outlines. I like the little stardust plus-signs that the characters leave behind in their wake. Very ‘60s.
And outlines of Cogswell.
Alas, I can’t tell you who handled layouts and backgrounds (thanks for snipping off all the original titles in the ‘80s). But here are some exteriors and interiors. There are a couple of interiors I’d have liked to have snipped together but the colour isn’t consistent on the DVD frames.
Howie Morris shows up as Harlan. Howie makes me smile every time I hear him on this show.
Anyone know who’s doing Miss Asteroid? It sounds like Gerry Johnson but I don’t think she was at Hanna-Barbera that early. Variety reported on March 27, 1963: “Gerry Johnson checked off KNXT's "Panorama Pacific" for vocal assignments with Hanna-Barbera cartoons.” This cartoon appeared February 24, 1963 and the voice track likely would have been made some time in 1962. It’s not Janet Waldo.
Best pun: “Oooh! Isn’t that a Christian Di-Orbit?”
Spacely’s impression of Cogswell sounds more like a Flintstones bird-with-a-record-needle-beak than Cogswell.