Josie and the gang are doing a photo shoot on a rocket ship when Alexadra, wanting to get into the spotlight, shoves Josie out of the way, causing Josie to accidentally bump into the ... See full summary »
Josie and the gang are doing a photo shoot on a rocket ship when Alexadra, wanting to get into the spotlight, shoves Josie out of the way, causing Josie to accidentally bump into the rocket's launch control causing the rocket to take off with them on board. Throughout the series, the band along with the alien creature Bleep continuously battle aliens intent on taking over the universe as they attempt to find their way home. Written by
Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>
After a successful first season run and repeated episodes of the original "Josie and the Pussycats",Hanna-Barbera decided that there should be a sequel to one of its major Saturday Morning hit shows. And the results weren't pretty. On September 9,1972 the show revised its story line and became "Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space". The show premiered that same day as another successful Hanna-Barbera show,who was also imprompted a sequel based on Scooby Doo titled "The New Scooby Doo Movies",on CBS' Saturday Morning schedule for the 1972-1973 season.
In this installment and the sequel to "Josie and the Pussycats",this show was very similar to the original,but the plot always remained the same. Synopsis: While posing for press photos at a rocket launching pad, Alexandra accidentally shoved the group into the missile at the time of takeoff. The spaceship took them to various and unknown planets where the pussycats would get mixed up in trouble on some uncharted planet and is chased around by some power mad alien dictator(and in just about every episode they're captured by the alien hencemen but somehow manages to escape just in time to get back to the ship and blast off),save the day for the planet's people,and towards the end do a song before blasting off for another adventure where Alexandra again accidentally sends the group into an unknown region or unknown planet where the exact same thing would happen again. As before,the same concept by different. Totally different. Hanna-Barbera did the unthinkable to this once brilliant animated series by straying away from the original concept,and totally away from the origins of the Archie Comics title. Did H-B pull references for Irwin Allen's 1960's TV-series "Lost In Space?" You bet. As before,there was Alexandra(the sister of road manager Alexander)who was always trying to win Alan over from Josie,but was succeeded in messing up things for everyone. Again. Alexandra was a cross between Veronica of The Archies and Cruella De Vil from the Disney animated film "101 Dalmations".
The real change was some of the subject issues that were presented which was almost unheard of for a Saturday Morning cartoon during the early 1970's. Subjects such as racial discrimination,women's issues,and animal rights were presented. The only thing that was totally new and a regular companion of the group was Bleep,a cuddly cute blob like space alien that looked like a fluffy duck and spoke only its own name. Melody loved the creature and treated it as a pet making him the group's mascot. Again the voices of Janet Waldo(Josie),Casey Kasem (Alexander),Sherry Albertoni(Alexandra),Jerry Dexter(Alan),Jackie Joesph (Melody),and Barbara Pariot(Valerie),and Don Messick(the voice of Sebastian and Bleep)were supplied along with the exact same music that was in the original series. Only 16 episodes were produced. The series ran on CBS-TV from September 9,1972 until September 1,1973. Only the original episodes aired in the first season and were repeated for CBS from September 8,1973 until August 31,1974. During the second season,the episodes were repeated along with recycled episodes of the original "Josie and the Pussycats" that were shown on CBS' Saturday Morning schedule for the 1973-1974 season.
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