As with a lot of the various Hanna-Barbera cartoons back in the day, I remember seeing the Josie and the Pussycats series and especially hearing the catchy theme song and other hits the ladies would sing throughout the show. The original sixteen episodes from its 1970-1971 run are finally together in high-definition in the Josie and the Pussycats: The Complete Series Blu-ray set. If you love classic Hanna-Barbara shows like I do, you’ll want to put on your tail and cat ears for this one.
Based off the classic comic books from Archie Comics, this all-girl rock band with guitarist Josie serving as the lead, along with friends Melody and Valerie, are all about singing catchy tunes while also getting involved in one mystery adventure after another. There’s also Josie’s boyfriend Alan (who looks a lot like Fred from Scooby-Doo), their manager Alexander (who looks like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo and is also voiced by Casey Kasem at that), his trouble-making sister Alexandra, and her cat Sebastian that’s always causing trouble.
Some of their adventures include ending up in an amazon jungle while heading to a music gig only to encounter an evil botanist named Dr. Greenthumb, or getting called for a gig by a weird countess and finding out she needs young people to test her aging mist on. Whatever the weird case may be, the girls and their friends are always trying to stay one step ahead while having music-filled fun doing so.
Thanks to the high-definition Blu-ray release, the series has never looked or sounded better than here. Everything comes in crisp and clean and is like watching the series again for the first time. The only special feature is “The Irresistible Charm of Dan DeCarlo: The Man and his Art” that briefly touches on the famous artist and his many works for Archie Comics that I found pretty interesting and wished it went on longer.
Josie and the Pussycats: The Complete Series is a fun trip back to the 70s when Hanna-Barbara was really coming into its own with their numerous but fun mystery solving shows with catchy 60s and 70s music thrown in. If you’re a fan of this era or just enjoy fun, classic cartoon shows, this one is the cat’s meow.