THE HAUNTED SHIP
Here's another synopsis from Jeff Major in Oklahoma:
"I remember an episode in which the beginning shows Astro Boy and two of his
friends at an amusement park. I can't for the life of me remember the two
boys' names, but one always wore a ball cap and pop-bottle glasses. He was
fairly intellectual but a physical weakling. The other boy was made to look
purposefully goofy; he had small, rat-like eyes, big lips and ears. The most
comical feature about him was that with all of his looks, he appeared vaguely
Japanese! He was a little simple but wanted to be like Astro Boy because of
his strength. Anyway, all three of them go into a "Haunted House" at the
amusement park. There are ghosts, spooky noises and bats flying around and
the two human boys are scared pretty badly, but Astro Boy uses his
searchlights in his eyes to show the boys that the ghost they see is only a
projection. As one of the bats flies by, he jabs at it, knocking it to the
ground. It's electronic, and its parts come out of it as it hits the ground.
The boys are relieved and kind of disappointed at the same time as they all
leave, telling Astro Boy something about emotions (I don't remember what).
Astro Boy becomes very upset and runs away from them. They shout after him
to stop, and in his mind he is thinking, "I wish I had a real heart!" Dr.
Elefun hears about this and brings Astro Boy into the laboratory. He
installs a new "Experimental Heart," evidently a prototype. To test it, Dr.
Elefun opens a door in the lab and out jumps a Gorilla. Astro Boy yells,
leaps across the room and plasters himself against Dr. Elefun, shaking and
shivering. Dr. Elefun is amused that it works so well. There comes a report
of a "Ghost Ship" out on the ocean, to which Astro Boy is assigned to find
out what happened to it. He gets to it and finds that it is inhabited by a
radioactive slime that scares him to pieces. No matter what he does, it
still comes after him. He totally forgets to use all of his abilities
because he is so overcome with fear. He climbs the mainmast and shouts "I
wish I never had a heart!" Suddenly, there is a muffled metallic =Clang!!=
He says calmly, "I'm not afraid anymore!" He defeats the slime (I forget
how; maybe he burns it with his jets or something) and returns to Dr. Elefun,
satisfied that he's had enough emotional involvement. I don't remember how
it ends and I thought it was kind of strange to have an episode like that,
especially since Astro Boy exhibited plenty of range of emotion before and
after the heart installment episode. He could blush when he was
complimented, he could laugh appropriately, he could be sad and he could
display happiness. I guess the real message of that one was to not let fear
control you. Food for thought." Wow, what a memory, and thanks again Jeff!!