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Astro is a canine character on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, The Jetsons. He was designed by Iwao Takamoto, and originally voiced by Don Messick. In the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "Back to the Present", Astro was voiced by Wally Wingert. Astro, despite being clumsy and dim-witted, was very loyal (to a fault) to the Jetsons. He was more advanced than present-day dogs, in that he had a rudimentary grasp of the English language, albeit with r's in many places they shouldn't be, or replacing other letters. For example, "I love you, George" would be "I ruv roo, Reorge". This is similar to Scooby-Doo in the cartoon Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!; which was also voiced by Messick.[1]

History

Astro was introduced in the season one episode, "The Coming of Astro". When Jane, Judy, and Elroy proposed keeping him to George, he was against it, claiming an apartment is no place for a dog. In an effort to make his family happy, he gets an electronic dog, 'Lectronimo. Through mishaps, 'Lectronimo fails to catch a burglar whom Astro inadvertently stops. The family gives 'Lectronimo to the police and keeps Astro. In episode 15, millionaire J.P. Gottrockets shows up and claims to be Astro's former owner, saying the dog's original name was "Tralfaz". Seeing how much Elroy and Astro have bonded with each other, Gottrockets gives Astro to the Jetsons. Astro makes five cameo appearances as a portrait in the music video for the 2008 Kanye West song "Heartless", which takes place in West's actual apartment den.

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References

  1. CD liner notes: Saturday Mornings: Cartoons’ Greatest Hits, 1995 MCA Records

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