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PCSing with the Jetsons

Posted by on June 13, 2011

So surprisingly, I am going to write about Jetsons: The Movie. You are probably thinking, “What does this have to do with PCSing (Permanent Change of Station for non-military folk)?” Please keep reading.

Every weekend we do a movie night. For some reason, we had not picked out a movie ahead of time. So we hopped onto Netflix and scrolled through their movies. We decided on Jetsons because it was rated G and relatively short, since it was already getting late.

So some quick background if for some reason, you don’t know about the Jetsons. The Jetsons are a family of four, five if you include the dog Astro.

Meet George Jetson:

His Boy Elroy:

Daughter Judy:

Jane his wife:

Do you have the theme song stuck in your head? Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. The cartoon is futuristic (picture space cars folding up into suitcases). It was one I enjoyed growing up, however, watching it now, I’d say it’s a bit outdated with 1960s stereotypes.

The premise of the movie is that George is offered a promotion for a position that has a lot of turnover, a fact he doesn’t know about. The hitch is that the job requires the family to move. He comes home and announces this and the family is visibly upset when they realize they have to move tomorrow. The daughter Judy is portrayed as a love sick teenager who loves to shop. The wife is upset, but quickly says, “your right George”. So the family moves and George faces challenges at the new plant with constantly having to shut it down due to malfunctions.

Spoiler alert: It turns out the plant is drilling into the homes of a creature. These creatures, in attempt to save their home, were destroying the equipment in the plant. George comes up with a solution and everyone is happy. The Jetsons family is no longer needed there, so they are going to move again.

This movie teaches the lesson to be kind to your planet and those that live on it. It also, teaches kids that it’s okay to move and make new friends. The lines I liked were:

“Elroy: I’m gonna miss this place a lot.

George: It just shows you can make friends and prove yourself anywhere in the universe.

Elroy: I know dad, but leaving is still hard.

George: Yeah. It is. I know.”

After I heard it, I thought to myself, “I need to remember this when it’s time to move and my boys say something about being sad.” However, to my surprise, my oldest son said right then, “That’s like when we moved from Virginia to here, right?”

If you are a movie buff or into reviews, I am sure you are familiar with Rotten Tomatoes. For those that aren’t, it is a site you can go to read movie reviews. It’s one my husband seems to trust because he says the percentages given to the movies are usually spot on with his own thoughts. Well, Jetson’s: The Movie is given 21% (that’s REALLY bad), however, based on the content of moving and leaving friends behind, I would recommend the movie.

Yes, it was painful for me and my husband to watch, but my 4 and almost 6 year old boys LOVED it. In fact, my oldest son, said it was his favorite. So, if you are looking for a movie that the kids can watch and see that people do move and it’s okay to be sad about leaving your friends. This is a good one to do that.

So are there any other kid-friendly movies you have seen that deal with moving and you recommend?

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One Response to PCSing with the Jetsons

  1. AngelaH

    What a wonderful article Laura. I wished I’d had it when we first moved to Orlando 2 years ago. My daughter was in 4th grade at the time, and of course like any other kid, she was sad to leave her friends. One thing I can say is it doesn’t take kids long to make new friends. They’re a lot more adaptable than most adults I know!

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