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A spinoff of the Archie comic book and television series the 1970s Saturday morning cartoon GROOVIE GOOLIES followed the musical adventures of a hipster rock band that also happened to be classic horror-movie monsters like Frankenstein Wolfman Mummy and Dracula. This collection presents 16 of the quirky charming series' best episodes. Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: CHILDREN/FAMILY Rating: NR UPC: 787364721597

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Groovie Goolies: Saturday Mourning Collection is a sprightly anthology of episodes from Filmation’s 1970 Groovie Goolie cartoon series, a kind of kooky-spooky cousin to Filmation’s other hit program, The Archies. A fascinating reflection of different strains in pop entertainment at the time, Groovie Goolies is thick with rapid-fire puns and blackout gags akin to Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, sugary tunes a la The Archies, and nostalgia for those monster team-up films once made by Universal (House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula). The basic idea is that relatively friendly variations on the best-known film fiends—Frankenstein’s monster, the Wolfman, Dracula, Vampira, the Mummy, etc.—all hang out together in Horrible Hall, getting into wacky scrapes and banging out happy hits as a band. Tall, green, stooped, and ominous, Frankie is a lovable klutz with a voice like Boris Karloff and a thing for birdwatching and exercise. Hirsute Wolfie is a beatnik werewolf, Count Drac is a somewhat cranky vampire with a gift for wordplay ("This place is driving me batty!"), and Bella La Ghostly is a scary siren in a tight, tight dress. Somehow, in the middle of all this, a familiar face from another cartoon (and comic book) appears on occasion: the comely Sabrina, the teenage witch. Episodes include "When I Grow Up," in which Drac, Wolfie, and Frankie visit Drac’s "game room" (actually an old-fashioned dungeon); "Feed the Ghost Some Garlic," about a baseball game that dissolves (like a lot of athletic endeavors on this show) into pure nuttiness; "Darlin' Darlin'," in which Frankie and Wolfie try (with wacky results) to help Drac when he’s having trouble turning into a bat; and "Goolie Swing," which introduces viewers to Drac's art collection (including the "Moaning Lisa" and a self-portrait by Vincent Van Gool). Shamelessly silly. --Tom Keogh


Special Features

  • 16 episodes on three discs
  • Sing-along: "Goolie Get Together"
  • Candid story from producer Lou Scheimer about The Creation of Filmation
  • Liner notes by TV writer/producer Shawn Sheridan
  • DVD-ROM extras: Scripts and the original series bible for The Kookie Spookies
  • A brand-new 45-minute "docu-comedy" featuring interviews with Alice Cooper, Forrest J. Ackerman, Ron Chaney, and more
  • Music video with the punk band Groovie Ghoulies
  • Image galleries

Product Details

  • Actors: Jane Webb, Mel Blanc, John Erwin, Dal McKennon, Larry D. Mann
  • Directors: Hal Sutherland
  • Writers: Bill Danch, Bob Ogle, Chuck Menville, Jack Mendelsohn, Jim Mulligan
  • Producers: Lou Scheimer, Norm Prescott
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 352 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ILYYD0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,763 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Groovie Goolies: Saturday Mourning Collection" on IMDb

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Rose on October 29, 2006
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The episodes always began in the same fashion: On a stormy night, a disembodied voice welcomes us to an obviously haunted yet strangely colorful castle called Horrible Hall. A vampire bat flies across a full moon and attempts to enter a window, which inexplicably moves, causing the bat to crash into the stone wall, revert to vampire form, and fall to the ground. The vampire looks at the viewer and gripes, "This place is driving me BATTY!"

The vampire, of course, was Count Drac, one of the hosts of Filmation's GROOVIE GOOLIES, a 1970's favorite which is the latest new release under BCI's Ink & Paint brand. This cartoon, a spin-off of the then-popular THE ARCHIE SHOW and originally paired with the adventures of SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH, is a long-awaited release that has finally come to DVD in a package featuring the complete series on 3 discs.

An exponent of the classic Universal Monsters craze that began in the 1960's (and was still going strong in the '70's), GROOVIE GOOLIES was a gang of friendly, rock-and-roll-playing monsters whose adventures acted as a sort of monsterized kids' version of ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN, following almost the same format right down to the wall of windows (here christened "Weird Window Time") where the characters told jokes and one-liners. In addition to Drac, the other Goolies were Frankie (the friendly, sweetly goofy Frankenstein's Monster), Wolfie (a hip, surfing, hot-rod-driving, practical-joking Werewolf), Mummy, Boneapart (a skeleton who fell apart as often as not), the sexy Vampira-inspired Bella LaGhostley, wacky witch-cook Hagatha, and a host of others.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Beard on September 17, 2006
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Let me be the first to say, "I needed that!" This is a show that I and probably every other Goolie fan doubted would EVER be released on DVD. For those who are unfamiliar with the show, it is a horrific spoof on classic Universal Monsters combined with the TV show Laugh In. It has extraordinary characterizations of Frankie, Wolfie, Drac and an assorted bunch of offbeat characters with comedic voice-overs by Larry Storch, Howard Morris and many other notables. I mean who can forget Ratso and Batso and the ever annoying Hauntleroy? Some of my most cherished childhood memories of Saturday morning television are due to this show, I never missed an episode. They may not hold up well over time but true afficionados of 70's pop culture will surely have a monsterous flashback of better days. And now it's Weird Window Time...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Palumbi on November 2, 2006
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Ah, the good old days when things were alot less hectic & stressful & so much easier to live. For awhile I'd felt as if noone remembered that this fantastic cartoon had even existed. People said I was losing it! Well my hat's off to the great folks at Amazon.com for even having this in stock. I feel as if I'm (type youthful age here lol) again & more alive than ever! This is a "must buy" for any collector, child, or older person ;0) who has lived in a time when life was much simpler. Why not buy this for your kids or grandkids if you have any, & allow them to step back to our time so that they won't miss out on the adventures that we once had when we watched Sabrina & The Groovie Goolies. This is extremely well made, with art also added in, it was a reminder of many things for me. Thank You Amazon!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dorrie Wheeler on October 19, 2006
Ink & Paint have brought another long lost classic animated series to DVD for the first time. Groovie Goolies-The Saturday Mourning Collection. This 3 disc set includes 16 episodes of the cult classic cartoon series. The wacky series premiered in 1970. If you have child hood memories of this show you may think it was a figment of your imagination. I'm here to tell you it was very real. The Groovie Goolies were a band of some of the most famous monster characters in history. Frankenstein, The Mummy, Dracula, and The Wolfman were just a few of the classic characters brought to life with new names like Frankie, Wolfie and Drac.

The gang of gouls would have little adventures and then break out into cute songs like "Monster Cookbook," and "1,2,3." The songs were very catchy and the DVD producers knew the songs were important to the fans so they even added an option where you can sing a long with the songs. The songs included in each episodes are also listed on the DVD box.

Disc one includes 6 episodes (with commentary for the first two episodes), disc two includes 6 episodes also and disc 3 includes 4 episodes and the special features. The box set also includes a color booklet that includes show history information.

Special Features-

Goolians-A Docu-Comedy

Hosted by Wally Wingert, Daniel Roebuck featuring interviews with Alice Cooper, Forrest J. Ackerman, Lou Scheimer, Ron Chaney, Bill Corso, Jack Mendelsohn and others.

Sing-A-Long- "Goolie-Get-Together"

The Creation of Filmmation with Lou Scheimer

Image Galleries & more

This show was long before my time but it seemed enjoyable when I viewed the DVD and fans of the show who remember it should be pleased with the DVD release.
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I believe that this series lasted only one season (1970-1) and the box alludes to that. In the booklet enclosed in it mentions that they were resurrected in "Groovie Goolies and Friends" in 1975 which was later syndicated.
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