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With: (voices) Janet Waldo, Jackie Joseph, Barbara Pariot, Jerry Dexter, Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Cathy Dougher, Cheryl Ladd, Patrice Holloway, Sherry Alberoni
Written by: Dan DeCarlo, John L. Goldwater, etc.
Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 344
Date: 03/18/2013
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Josie and the Pussycats: The Complete Series (1970)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Long Tails and Ears for Hats

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This short-lived Hanna-Barbera animated TV series, which originated as a spin-off in "Archie" comics, is one of their most slapdash. In each episode, the pop band Josie and the Pussycats (consisting only of a guitar, drums and a tambourine!) arrive in some accidental location and foil some evil villain's plans to take over the world. The band's friends are mainly "Scooby-Doo" knockoffs (complete with Casey Kasem voicing a Shaggy-like character), with the exception of the conniving Alexandra (voiced by Sherry Alberoni), who essentially wants to be the center of attention. A cat called Sebastian provides the occasional Scooby-like comic relief. The writing focuses mainly on exposition, while the jokes and the animation are sub-par. Even the music, which I had assumed would be bubblegum pop, is more like a dated kind of dull quasi-soul. The 2001 live-action movie is one of my greatest guilty pleasures, and I had hoped the cartoon would be as much fun, but it's a real dud. Warner Home Video's two-disc set collects 16 half-hour episodes. One disc is one-sided and the other disc is two-sided. The main extra is a tribute to the cartoonist and illustrator Dan DeCarlo, who worked on "Archie" and created Josie and the Pussycats.

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