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Josie and the Pussycats - The Complete Series (1970)

Cheryl Ladd  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cheryl Ladd
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 352 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RPD0DM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,168 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Josie and the Pussycats - The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 16 episodes on two discs
  • The Irresistible Charm of Don DeCarlo: The Man and His Art

Editorial Reviews

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Centered on a girl band with a knack for ending up in the middle of a mystery, Josie and the Pussycats is a 1970 Saturday Hanna-Barbera television cartoon series featuring Josie, a character conceived and drawn by "Archie" Comic legend Dan DeCarlo, his complete 16-episode series features band members Josie, Melody, and Valerie and their entourage Alan, Alexander, Alexandra, and cat Sebastian as they travel the world from one gig to another. Like the Scooby-Doo gang, Josie and her friends invariably find themselves involved in some kind of mystery at every stop. Whether it's saving a fleet of ships from a captain set on avenging his great grandfather, investigating alien invaders with an insatiable hunger for diamonds, or stopping a crazed scientist from controlling the world's weather with a nuclear powered weather machine, lead singer Josie, clever Valerie, and ditzy Melody can be counted upon to combine forces with Josie's boyfriend Alan, the cowardly Alexander, the self-absorbed and scheming Alexandra, and the snickering cat Sebastian to investigate and solve the mystery just in time to don their leopard leotards and deliver a great show. Josie and the Pussycats features the groovy music of a brief-lived 1970 girl pop band of the same name throughout the chase scenes of each show and has the honor of being the first cartoon series to regularly feature a black character (though it beat The Harlem Globetrotters by only half an hour). An interesting 22-minute bonus profile of Dan DeCarlo features extensive interviews with great Marvel cartoonist Stan Lee (Spiderman, Fantastic Four), writer Mark Evanier, cartoonist Scott Shaw, "Archie" chairman and publisher Michael Silberkleit, writer and producer Paul Dini, and a host of others who touch upon everything from this master cartoonist's real-life inspiration for Josie to his influence on future cartoonists and animators, sense of humor, and very distinctive style. (Ages 5 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

Product Description

Voices of Janet Waldo, Jackie Joseph, Casey Kasem. They rock, they fight crime, they dress in sexy cat outfits-what more can you ask for from a 1970s' animated series. This Saturday morning staple and Archie" spin-off was perfect for grabbing a bowl of sugary cereal and climbing up on the couch to enjoy. Animated. 2 DVDs. 1970/color/5 hrs., 44 min/NR/fullscreen.

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of disappointed.... September 21, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love 'Josie and the Pussycats.' I threw out my old VHSs filled with a lot of the episodes when Cartoon Network use to have marathons of it, anxious for the DVD set.

When I got it, I put it in and was sorely disappointed. On a semi-big screen TV, you'll quickly notice "dirt" galore all over the episodes. This is bad because Josie ATP is a brightly-colored cartoon (unlike the darker Scooby Doo) so the dust, dirt and lines are instantly visible. Another big thing that urks me is there is NO LAUGH TRACK ANYMORE. WHY? Well people all over the internet who sneer at the laugh track, enjoy the awkward pauses where the laughs use to be! And the packaging...it's hard to get the DVDs out! Who's the genius that designed this??

I'm glad I only paid 20 dollars, although I would have probably been better off buying bootlegs on the internet or something. Although it's great to see Josie and the gang, and a nice tribute to poor Dan DeCarlo, this DVD set is surprisingly disappointing. 3 stars because they actually gave Josie a DVD set...but they could've done a lot better.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pussycats Rule November 16, 2007
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Josie and the Pussycats were like the Beatles or the Monkees. A girlband who goes on madcap adventures, without really trying. This trio of ladies were stereo types, but it worked so well

This Hanna Barbara series retreaded tracks left by the Beatles (in Help! and Hard Days Night) and the Monkees (The Monkees: Season 1). What makes this work is the animated adventures. Some of the humor could only be done in animation...and it worked. This 70's show paved the way for the animated adventures of the (musical) Hardy Boys, The Partridge Family 2020, The Jackson Five and The Osmonds (all not available at this time on DVD)

The show had great animated voice talent. Janet Waldo (the voice of Judy Jetson and Penelope Pitstop) did the voice of Josie. Jackie Joseph did the voice of the lame brain Melody. Barbara Pariot did the voice of Val. Radio DJ and the voice of Shaggy from Scooby Doo Casey Kasem did the voice of their manager of Alex Cabot, the band's manager.

Only 16 episodes were done of this series, but for Hanna Barbera fans these cartoons are golden oldies. They are still great work that could run on Saturday morning TV again or Cartoon Network today..so why arent they

I have a question for those at Warner Brothers DVD animation..when are you releasing the Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space?

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Tails and Ears for Hats July 1, 2007
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With its catchy theme song, likeable characters and funny plotlines, "Josie and the Pussycats" was one of the best Hanna-Barbera Series ever produced for Saturday Morning television.

Its release on DVD sparks many a memory of Saturday mornings spent in my pajamas as a six year old, enjoying Alpha Bits or Fruit Loops cereal while partaking of the broadcast fare. "Josie and the Pussycats" was a very important part of that ritual. My memories of the show are so vivid that I even remember the "In the Know" segments sandwiched between programs that featured the cast of "Josie" presenting light news features. If memory serves "In The Know" presaged "In The News" which ran for years on CBS Saturday Mornings.

Watching re-runs on Boomerang, I am amazed at how well the show holds up and the 'chase' songs were consistently good. Sure the plots were almost interchangeable, but, so what? The shows were fast paced, hilarious, and to borrow a lyric from the theme, we were invited to "c'mon watch the good guys win."

Unfortunately, this great cartoon premise lasted only a season before producers made the stupid decision to place the characters in Outer Space and for a show with far out plots, this premise was too way-out.

Can't wait to view the original adventures of Josie, Valerie, Melody, Alan, Alexander , Alexandra and Sebastian the Cat with my kids for another generation of enjoyment.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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If you had the least inclination to view this product on Amazon, you'll probably like owning it.

Based on what's been posted by other Amazon reviewers, the chief disappointment about "Josie and the Pussycats" seems to be its reliance on the same cookie-cutter plot episode after episode: the band travels to some exotic location and--against all odds--gets mixed up with another monolithic James Bond-caliber villain (who's eventually driven to articulate the obligatory angst about "those meddling kids"), culminating in a chase scene that's accompanied by a groovy ditty from the mini-skirt era. And of course, the gang triumphs in the end; roll the credits.

It's a good criticism. In fact, it's so good that it could be applied to just about any of the animated products churned out of the prolific studios of Hanna-Barbara--including the studio's most celebrated (and lucrative) creation, "Scooby Doo," which not only relied on the repetition of a contrived formula every episode--it was the same formula that would later be warmed over in "Josie and the Pusssycats" (to name but one of Hanna-Barbera shows that would attempt to cash in on minor variations of the Scooby Doo gimmick).

If this kind of repetition disappoints you, then you're not going to want to own any kid-vid products from the '60s, '70s or '80s. You may not even want to check them out of your local library. But there's nothing particularly worse (or better for that matter) about "Josie and the Pussycats."

What makes us willing to shell out hard-earned cash (or equally hard-earned credit) on these specimens of dreadful production value is not our appraisal of their quality when viewed through 21st century eyes, be it the animation, writing or even singing. It's nostalgia pure and simple.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliving my childhood.
Seeing a cartoon show from my childhood makes me feel young all over again. This show along with other Hanna Barbara shows I watched are better than what kid see today. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Big Mike B
5.0 out of 5 stars Great boxed set
Long time fan, could not pass up for the priced listed, very satisfied customer, looking forward to hours of viewing pleasure.
Published 1 month ago by JCruz
5.0 out of 5 stars fun movie
Believe it ornot but my 7yr old grandson loved them. Actually sat and watched whole movie and said it was great
Published 1 month ago by terry feragola
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
I was so glad to find this. A great example of great kids TV from one of my favorite comics strips.
Published 1 month ago by Micah Ferrin
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Saturday morning cartoons ever made
For so long I waited to get this collection! Every now and then I use to see a episode here and there on cartoon network, but it always seemed like I was always catching the same... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JES22
5.0 out of 5 stars cartunes
I like cartoons more than tv shows and movies.I like the story lines and characters.The old black and white cartunes from 1920's to present shows how the history of cartunes... Read more
Published 2 months ago by cartuneman
5.0 out of 5 stars Josie is better than remembered
I got it for my wife as a gift because she really liked it from her childhood. We started watching and found it to be even more hilarious than we remember... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bryan S. Kyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories
Silly fun. My kids love the series and some of the songs are pretty easy to listen to, as well.
Published 3 months ago by Harold Gaines
4.0 out of 5 stars Still so good.
Still so good. I loved Josie when i was a little girl. so, now i am happy to be able to share these episodes with my own pre-preteen daughter.
Published 3 months ago by McCall
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entertainment
My daughter is 9 years old and although not fully understand the English language, she asks to watch the episodes of this series of the 80s, because she considers their characters... Read more
Published 6 months ago by BARATA
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