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Writers:
Larz Bourne (story) (1970)
Tom Dagenais (story) (1970)
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Release Date:
12 September 1970 (USA) See more »
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Another winner from the sheer brilliance of Hanna-Barbera comes Josie and the Pussycats See more (14 total) »

Cast

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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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Adapted from an Archie spin-off comic, the animated version differs from the actual comic most significantly in the characters of Alexandra, Sebastian, and Alexander. In the cartoon, Alexandra and Sebastian are simply conniving and sneaky; in the comic book, Sebastian is the reincarnation of a witchcraft-practicing ancestor of the Cabots, and Alexandra can cast powerful magic spells while she is holding him. In the original Archie comic, Alex is a snide braggart who lords his wealth over everyone and sees Alan M. as his rival for Josie's attention. In the animated series, Alex is a meek coward who brags much more about the band's talent than his wealth. The animated series' Alex also seems to have no romantic feelings toward Josie.See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Another winner from the sheer brilliance of Hanna-Barbera comes Josie and the Pussycats, 15 July 2008
Author: rcj5365 from Durham, North Carolina

Based on the characters from Archie Comics,this show premiered in 1970 after the huge and critical success of "Scooby Doo,Where Are You",comes another winner from the team of Hanna-Barbera. This show was on the same ground as "Scooby Doo",but with a twist. You take an assortment of characters. The fearless redhead(Josie McCoy),the dingbatty not-so-very bright blonde(Melody Valentine),the ingenious and brains of the outfit sista(Valerie Brown,who was African-American),the hunky roadie(Alan Mayberry),the gutless and sometimes cowardly manager(Alexander Cabot,III),and his jealous catty raven sister who always get the group into trouble(Alexandra Cabot)along with her snickering shorttail feline companion Sebastian. Add to the mix a gallery of diabolical villains, some high adventure that puts the group into on situation after another. Along with a library of marvelous music and from there you have the perfect formula for a great cartoon series. One of the best from the Saturday Morning era of the early 1970's.

"Josie and the Pussycats" was just that...a group name of a trio of young female singers who performed in skin tight feline outfits which included adorable ears. Josie was the redhead lead singer of the band who played the tambourine,while Melody,the blonde was on the drums and Valerie played the guitar and other instruments and wrote all of the songs for the group. The girls along with their roadie Alan,and manager Alexander and his sister Alexandra were musicians who perform all around the world,and along the way in their adventures meet up with some diabolical villain set to take over the world(in some episodes the group is captured by the villain's hencemen or hencewomen and somehow escape or running away from certain dangers) while spending their spare time thwarting international schemes on those who may try to conquer the world and destroy mankind. It amazes me if Josie and her companions were part musicians or international agents working for a secret based underground organization. Could be. Some of the villains they faced were "The Countess", "Mr. X", "Evil Eye", "Midas", "Captain Nemo", and "The Scorpion".

Premiering on CBS-TV on September 12,1970, "Josie and the Pussycats",was a major hit Saturday Morning hit of the early 1970's,following in the comedy and bubblegum music mold of "The Archies". What made this animated cartoon so great was the casting of very well known Hanna-Barbera stockplayers who did the voices. One of them was actress Janet Waldo(who did the voice of Josie)who was also the voice-over for other H-B cartoon characters including the voice of Judy Jetson. Another Hanna-Barbera stockplayer was that of Casey Kasem (who did the voice of Alexander)who was also at the time did the voicework for Shaggy on "Scooby Doo",and other characters,while Jerry Dexter did the voice of Alan,and actress Sherry Alberoni did the voice-over for Alexandra. Regular H-B stockplayer Don Messick(who was legendary for several voiceovers for Hanna-Barbera)did the voice and animal sounds of Sebastian. Actress Barbara Pariot(who was the voice for Valerie,and one of the first minority characters to be featured as the lead in an animated series),and actress Jackie Joesph(did the voice of the dingy blonde Melody)were featured. The singing voices were done by Catherine Douglas,Patricia Holloway,and Cherie Moore(who later changed her professional name to Cheryl Ladd,and became an actress on the prime-time ABC 1970's hit Charlie's Angels in addition to having a short-lived singing career.) Out of the 17 episodes that were produced,the series ran for one season on CBS-TV from September 12,1970 until September 4,1971. CBS repeated these episodes from September 11,1971 until September 2,1972. Then after more than four years on CBS-TV,the series moved to NBC-TV where the episodes were repeated from September 6,1975-October 18,1975,and again from October 25,1975 until Spetember 4,1976. Only the original episodes from the first season aired during the 1970-1971 season,while repeated episodes aired during the 1971-1972/1972-1973 seasons on CBS,and were recycled when it moved to NBC for the 1975-1976 season. The original series and its sequel were recycled numerous times during the entire decade of the 1970's

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