Wait Till Your Father Gets Home – The Complete
Picture: C+ Sound: C Extras: C Episodes: B
was known for making animated TV shows for children, often with talking
animals, though they had hits with funny families (The Flintstones, The Jetsons)
or both (Dastardly & Mutley) and
lite hero action fare eventually moving into DC Comic adaptations. Though the peak of those shows has to be Valley Of The Dinosaurs, they did
create a unique show outside of all those great hits that was above and beyond
anything anyone could have imagined or expected.
the influential effects of Norman Lear’s hits starting with All In The Family, the studio took the
biggest risk of all with producing an animated answer. No carbon copy, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home debuted in 1972 and was a hit for
two seasons, often in syndicated showings.
The Complete First Season
hits DVD finally and I was impressed how well the show held up. Instead of a time capsule, it is an amazingly
smart series that did a remarkable job of dealing with all the ideological
debates and issues of the time through a very interesting, likable family and
seems as ahead of its time now as it did 35 years ago.
Bosley is great voicing father Harry Boyle, a great guy from the WWII/Korea era
who is very practical and trying to make sure ends meet. He has a great wife in Irma (Joan Gerber) and
three children. The older two, Chet (who
has an aversion to employment) and Alice (Kristina (Tina) Holland particularly hilarious)
are from the middle of the counterculture repeating al the mantras about civil
rights and alternatives to conformist misery, but they are also naïve and that
is where their parents come in. This
also applies to the youngest son, Jamie, who takes advantage of the conflict to
nickel and dime both sides every chance he gets. Add neighbor Ralph, constantly on guard for
communists with anti-Semitic and racial issues and this is a far cry from
of fights and anger, the show is surprisingly well-rounded and funny in ways
Lear’s shows could not be. This was very
groundbreaking for animation on or off of TV and except for some momentum lost
in the latter half of this season from the TV grid, charming and even brilliant
throughout. There are some exceptional
talented people involved and other voices you may recognize include Jackie
Haley, Marvin Kaplan (Henry on Alice),
Pat Harrington (Schneider from One Day
At A Time) and Isabel Sanford (Louise on The Jeffersons) all do great voice work.
This is a
show that cannot get enough promotion, so get it ASAP and surprise yourself!
X 1 image looks good for its age with its unique, somewhat deconstructionist
style and is color consistent.
Unfortunately, some digital video noise reduction (DVNR) and aliasing
can be seen here and there. The Dolby
Digital 1.0 Mono shows the age of the optical mixdowns on each show and is
sometimes hard to hear. If Warner can
find the original sound stems and music (like the great theme song with its
amusing lyrics) for each episode, they should try to upgrade the audio when HD
versions roll around. Extras include
previews for other Warner animation DVD sets and the featurette Animation For The Nation – Illustrating The
Times about the show and the era it reflects with some of the great people
who made this possible.
- Nicholas Sheffo