Saturday, 21 February 2015
97 Josie and the Pussycats
First watched : 1972
Josie and the Pussycats provided further proof that Hanna-Barbera were spreading the jam a little thinly. Its format was so similar to Scooby Doo - the series' two male protagonists looked suspiciously similar to Fred and Shaggy - that it's difficult to retrieve any specific recollection of the show. Josie and the Pussycats were a lasciviously drawn girl band with an unusual guitar-drums-tambourine line up whose tours were always marked by getting caught up in criminal conspiracies. Each episode would feature a chase sequence set to one of the group's dire songs.
It differed from Scooby Doo in having a villain in the regular cast, their manager's sister Alexandra who wanted a share of the limelight and to prise guitarist Josie away from hunky roadie Alan. Rather than learning bass or keyboards she took the Dick Dastardly route of scheming and unfailingly self-defeating sabotage.
Sixteen episodes were made of the original series then a further sixteen of its reboot as Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space where the criminals were replaced by aliens. However the Beeb only screened 18 episodes across the two series between 1972 and 1975. Their last appearance was as guest stars in a episode of The New Scooby Doo Movies.
A live action movie was a box office disaster in 2001.