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Writers:
Larz Bourne (story) (1970)
Tom Dagenais (story) (1970)
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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
12 September 1970 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
'Josie and the Pussycats' is a pop music group. During their tours are always involved in strange mysteries. Full summary »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 9)

Janet Waldo ... Josie McCoy (8 episodes, 1970)
Jackie Joseph ... Melody Valentine (8 episodes, 1970)
Barbara Pariot ... Valerie Brown (8 episodes, 1970)

Cheryl Ladd ... Melody Valentine (8 episodes, 1970-1971)
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Series Directed by
Joseph Barbera (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
William Hanna (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
 
Series Writing credits
Larz Bourne (unknown episodes, 1970)
Tom Dagenais (unknown episodes, 1970)
Bill Lutz (unknown episodes, 1970)
Dan DeCarlo (unknown episodes)
John L. Goldwater (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Joseph Barbera .... producer (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
William Hanna .... producer (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
Alex Lovy .... co-producer (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
 
Series Original Music by
Ted Nichols (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Iwao Takamoto (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Victor O. Schipek .... production supervisor (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
 
Series Art Department
Willie Ito .... story director (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
Earl Klein .... story director (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
Paul Sommer .... story director (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
Howard Swift .... story director (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
 
Series Sound Department
Richard C. Allen .... sound effects editor (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
Bill Getty .... sound director (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
Wayne Hughes .... sound effects editor (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
Milton Krear .... sound effects editor (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
Richard Olson .... sound director (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Flekal .... camera operator (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
Bill Kotler .... camera operator (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
Roy Wade .... camera operator (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
Dennis Weaver .... camera operator (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
 
Series Animation Department
Edwin Aardal .... animator (unknown episodes, 1970)
John Ahern .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1970)
Peter Alvarado .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1970)
Roman Arambula .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1970)
Ed Barge .... animator (unknown episodes, 1970)
Bob Bemiller .... animator (unknown episodes, 1970)
Lee Dyer .... animator (unknown episodes, 1970)
Izzy Ellis .... animator (unknown episodes, 1970)
Jim Fletcher .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1970)
John Garling .... animator (unknown episodes, 1970)
Roberta Greutert .... ink and paint supervisor (unknown episodes, 1970)
Jerry Hathcock .... animator (unknown episodes, 1970)
Gary Hoffman .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1970)
Willie Ito .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1970)
Dick Lundy .... animator (unknown episodes, 1970)
Fernando Montealegre .... background stylist (unknown episodes, 1970)
Floyd Norman .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1970)
Jack Parr .... animator (unknown episodes, 1970)
Curt Perkins .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1970)
Morey Reden .... animator (unknown episodes, 1970)
Eric Semones .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1970)
Terry Slade .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1970)
Grace Stanzell .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1970)
Takashi .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1970)
Richard Thompson .... animator (unknown episodes, 1970)
Peter Van Elk .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1970)
Xenia .... animator (unknown episodes, 1970)
Carlos Alfonso .... animator (unknown episodes)
Lou Appet .... layout artist (unknown episodes)
Fernando Arce .... background artist (unknown episodes)
Oliver Callahan .... animator (unknown episodes)
Jerry Eisenberg .... layout artist (unknown episodes)
Lillian Evans .... animator (unknown episodes)
Martin Forte .... background artist (unknown episodes)
Hugh Fraser .... animator (unknown episodes)
Rene Garcia .... background artist (unknown episodes)
Gino Giudice .... background artist (unknown episodes)
George Goepper .... animator (unknown episodes)
Jan Green .... layout artist (unknown episodes)
Stan Green .... layout artist (unknown episodes)
Homer Jonas .... layout artist (unknown episodes)
Don Jurwich .... layout artist (unknown episodes)
Bill Keil .... animator (unknown episodes)
Richard Khim .... background artist (unknown episodes)
Hicks Lokey .... animator (unknown episodes)
Gary Niblett .... background artist (unknown episodes)
Charles A. Nichols .... animation director (unknown episodes)
Joan Orbison .... animator (unknown episodes)
Iraj Paran .... background artist (unknown episodes)
Ed Parks .... animator (unknown episodes)
Tom Ray .... animator (unknown episodes)
Jay Sarbry .... animator (unknown episodes)
John Sparey .... animator (unknown episodes)
Robert 'Tiger' West .... xerographer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Larry C. Cowan .... editorial supervisor (16 episodes, 1970-1971)

Joed Eaton .... post-production (unknown episodes, 1970)
William E. DeBoer .... negative consultant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Ted Nichols .... musical director (16 episodes, 1970-1971)

Hoyt Curtin .... composer: theme music (unknown episodes)
Mike Deasy .... musician (unknown episodes)
Pat Foley .... music editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Joe Ruby .... story supervisor (unknown episodes, 1970)
Ken Spears .... story supervisor (unknown episodes, 1970)
Frank Paiker .... technical supervisor (unknown episodes)
Robert Schaefer .... title designer (unknown episodes)
 

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30 min (16 episodes)
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Trivia:
A full album and and two 45-RPM singles were released by Capitol/EMI Records in connection with the show. Neither of the Josie & the Pussycats singles - "Every Beat of My Heart" and "Stop, Look, and Listen" - became chart hits like the songs from another Archie Comics series, "The Archie Show" (1968). Four further Pussycats 45s were relegated to the status of mail-in prizes on the back of Kellogg's cereals.See more »
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Referenced in The Boondock Saints (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

What was the origin of "Josie and the Pussycats"
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Rediscovered after Thirty Years!, 13 February 2004
Author: richard.fuller1

It would be nearly three decades when I would see this cartoon again, having totally suppressed all my memories. As I watched a six episode marathon on Cartoon Network, when the song "Lie, Lie, Lie" began in "The Secret Six Secret", I was transformed to my childhood again. Since then I have collected comic books, recorded all the cartoons as well as various storybooks.

Josie began as a female Archie. Her creator, Dan DeCarlo, named her after his own wife. Alexander and Melody were there from the start, and yes, Alexander Cabot III was indeed very similar to Reggie Mantle in Archie.

Basically, Josie and Alexander were gender-reversed Archie and Veronica, to an extent.

When Alexandra appeared in the comic book, she was more of a soundboard for Alexander and would even befriend Josie.

Just before the Hanna Barbera cartoon would be launched six years later, Alan M. would be introduced as a folk-singer and an object of affection for Josie and Alexandra, bringing on what is one of the grandest rivalries this side of Betty & Veronica, totally devoid of any friendly terms.

Believe it or not, Sebastian would be introduced in the comic book as the reincarnation of an ancestor of Alexander and Alexandra. Rarely, if ever, would the comic book cat have the life of the cartoon version.

With the sudden creation of Valerie, the assortment would be complete for the cartoon, which was seeking to cash in on the success of the animated Archie and Scooby Doo.

Tho it would be on for only one year, it would end up a remarkable cartoon. All the other cartoons, Scooby Doo included, would have a group that would leave you wondering why they were there. Were Shaggy and Velma boyfriend and girlfriend, too? Did the Neptune band members in Jabber Jaw date as well, then in what order, since Clamhead and Shelly would run off together.

None of them would be as intertwined as the Josie group was, especially the interfering rivalry of Alexandra. She wanted to be leader of the Pussycats and she wanted Alan, both of which Josie possessed. Josie may have been totally devoid of character, but you had to have pity for the girl with Alexandra after her from both sides like that.

Sebastian's reincarnation would be totally dropped, much for the better. As an upright, anthropomorphic cat, Sebastian seemed more feline than he even might have as an ancestral Cabot wizard.

Alexander was clearly altered into Shaggy II, yes, to cash in on Casey Kasem's vocal talents. The only time this was damaging was in the Scooby Doo movie when Josie met the Scooby Doo gang and Shaggy and Alexander spoke at the same time. Alexander's voice changed.

Hands down, Alexander, Alexandra and Melody kept the cartoon moving. When the gang would split into groups (varying in order, unlike Scooby Doo, which nearly always sent Fred, Velma and Daphne out of the picture), for Alexander to go with Valerie and Melody and Alexandra with JOsie and Alan would be a delight, with character conflict on both ends. When Josie, Alan and Valerie were off together, the show would be uneven.

Alan would attempt a character with a "man of a thousand faces" bit in one episode, but that really bordered on insulting, with native American and oriental depictions. And the face change with pies to the kisser wasn't very entertaining either.

Song-wise, the show was smoother than Archie or Scooby Doo. Lie, Lie, Lie is undoubtably my favorite, but Road Runner, Voodoo, Beat of My Heart, Clock on the Wall are powerhouses unlike the songs in any other cartoon. The song in Midas Mix Up, played while the gang is fleeing down a snowy mountain on skis is truly wonderful.

The Josie gang would attempt to carry on as did Scooby Doo, but they would do the outrageous thing like going into outer space, which isn't regarded as anything near as good as the original show. They even got their own Scrappy Doo in the form of Bleep, a space cotton ball seal thing.

The Pussycats were a groundbreaker as an all-girl band, they were also original in that the female ratio outnumbered the male, unlike Scooby Doo or Archie, yet again, we could perceive why everyone was there.

And the band sequences were animation over real persons, much like Disney had done with Snow White thirty years earlier, another factor that makes the cartoon so endearing.

It would be nice to think that Josie and her gang got their big break some day, but the struggle was also a winner for the show.

The movie blew it by deciding Alan, Alexandra and Alexander were minor and trying to focus on the girl trio. The non-Pussycats would at least be prominently featured, but I would have just loved to see a black and white cat shown just once.

Was that too much to ask for?

Still, observing the transition from comic book to cartoon to movie is a fantastic journey.

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