Posted by: coolerbecky | March 14, 2010

Sweet Sunday – Josie and the Pussycats, A Musical Evolution

In 2007, Cartoon Network became a lot more aggressive in its marketing. Among other things, they had started a tradition of musical bumpers called Cartoon Network Groovies. These short music videos held the space between shows on the channel, alongside commercials and other cartoons.

This Josie and the Pussycats bumper happens to be my favourite of the lot because of its extremely original concept. I love how the animation styles change to suit the musical styles, though I’m not so hot on the changes for hair, especially in the last scene, since the blinky lights make it extremely difficult to tell who is who. That being said, sit back and enjoy the classic Josie and the Pussycats, through the ages!

Josie and the Pussycats
was created by Hanna Babera in order to capitalise on the success of The Archie Show. which belonged to their competitor, Filmation. The series was pretty long-lived, featuring an all-female trio who solved mysteries ala Scooby Doo1, but also performed music during the course of the animation ala The Archie Show. The show’s main claim to fame is the fact that it was the first cartoon to feature an African-American female2 in its regular cast.

Since its launch in 1970, Josie and the Pussycats has managed to endure over the years, enjoying pretty moderate success. Although the show never became quite as popular as Scooby-Doo Where Are You? and didn’t make billboard hit like The Archie Show, it has still endured over the years.

Cooler Becky’s favourite segments are the Disco version for the music and the Heavy Metal version for the pretty animation and special effects3. An alternate version of this groovie with different songs applied onto it can be found here.

1That is to say, they got chased a lot to popular music – music usually sung by the live Josie and the Pussycats band comprised of Cathy Dougher, Cheryl Ladd and Patrice Holloway.
2The honour of first cartoon to feature an African-American character in its regular cast goes to the Hardy Boys, beating Josie and the Pussycats by 1 year.
3Gotta love that Gene Simmons tongue!


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