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Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #13: Josie and The Pussy Cats
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Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #13: Josie and The Pussy Cats


The story of Josie and The Pussy Cats is longer than the 16 episodes that spanned the 1st season in 1970-1971. They officially “jumped the shark” when they ran the second season (after a year of re-runs) as Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space. They survived on Saturday morning cartoons across 6 years and 3 different networks, mostly with re-runs of the first Josie and The Pussy Cats season. Josie started out as a comic book penned by Cartoonist Dan DeCarlo, and was transformed into a cartoon by Hanna-Barbera, who gave music producing duties to Danny Janssen of La La Productions. If it wasn’t for Danny Janssen, we might know the trio as three white girls, instead of two white and one black. Hanna-Barbera wanted to re-cast Patrice Holloway as the singing voice of Valerie, but Janssen refused. After a 3-week standoff, Hanna-Barbera relented, and Valerie remained on the show to become the very first female African-American cast member on a regular Saturday-morning cartoon.

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The cartoon’s main formula was that the teenage pop band would travel to gigs around the world, where they would inevitably get caught up in some type of adventure or mystery involving a crazy mad scientist, spy, or criminal mastermind who wanted to take over the world using some hi-tech device. They would use their teenage smarts to concoct a plan to thwart the evil villain(s) and bring them to justice, which would always end with a final chase sequence set to a Pussy Cats song. You can see the similarities here with other cartoons of the time, like Scooby Doo and Speed Buggy. The monumental difference in this one was that Alexandra, who was jealous of Josie, would try to make her look bad in front of muscular roadie Alan M, to make herself look good in Alan’s eyes. This would always backfire, with her sidekick Sebastian the cat, laughing, with his trademark evil laugh.

Josie Comic

With a comic book and cartoon that featured an all-girl band, the producers wanted to get professional singers to perform the singing parts of the fictitious band. They held a talent search to find three girls who would match the three girls in the comic book in both looks and singing ability, and, after interviewing over 500 finalists, settled upon casting Cathy Douglas (also known as Cathy Dougher, and whose real name was Kathleen Dougherty), Patrice Holloway, and Cherie Moor (formerly known as Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor and later better known as Cheryl Ladd), who cut an album and six singles for Capitol Records in 1970 with Danny Janssen’s La La Productions.

Real Pussy Cats

Originally Aired on TV: September 12, 1970
Theme Song written by: Hoyt Curtin, William Hanna (under the pseudonym “Denby Williams”), and Joseph Barbera (under the pseudonym “Joseph Roland”).
Sung by: Patrice Holloway, also the singing voice of Valerie, sings the lead vocal. She was backed up by Cherie Moor (Cheryl Ladd) and Cathy Douglas.

Josie and the Pussycats on Boomerang's Boomeroyalty Weekends

Lyrics

Josie and the Pussycats
Long tails and and ears for hats
Guitars and sharps and flats
Neat, sweet, a groovy song
You’re invited, come along.

Hurry, Hurry

See ya all in Persia
Or maybe France
We could be India
Or perchance
Be with us in Bangkok
Make no difference
Everywhere the actions at
We’re involved with this or that

Come on along now

Josie and the Pussycats
No time for purrs and pats
Won’t run when they here scat
There where the plot begins
Yeah-Yeah
Come on watch the good guys win
Josie and the Pussycats
Josie and the Pussycats…yeah-eah.

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