JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS:
Josie and the Pussycats
Although based upon comic book characters appearing in Archie Comics, JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS has been given the Hanna-Barbera touch and comes across as something of a retread of SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU!. For those who donít remember, Josie And The Pussycats is a vocal group that has mysterious adventures while trotting across the globe to their various concert gigs. Josie is red haired lead vocalist and guitar player for the Pussycats, who is the Mystery Inc equivalent of "Daphne." Melody is bandís ditzy blonde drummer, who provides a lot of comic relief. Valerie is the tambourine playing brains of the band, fills the "Velma" role in mystery solving. Alan is the bandís roadie, who also takes "Freddy" leadership role, when it comes to their mysterious misadventures. Alexander is the bandís manager, who fills the cowardly "Shaggy" role nicely. Alexandra is Alexanderís scheming twin sister, who always manages to get everyone in trouble. The vocal talent behind JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS includes Janet Waldo, Jackie Joseph, Barbara Pariot, Jerry Dexter, Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Cathy Dougher, Cheryl Ladd, Patrice Holloway and Sherry Alberoni.
JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS: THE COMPLETE SERIES ($27) comes to DVD in a two-disc set that features the all sixteen episodes. The sixteen episodes are as follows: The Nemo's A No No Affair, A Greenthumb Is Not A Goldfinger, The Secret Six Secret, Swap Plot Flop, The Midas Mix-Up, X Marks The Spot, Chili Today And Hot Tamale, Never Mind A Master Mind, Plateau Of The Apes Plot, Strangemoon Over Miami, All Wong In Hong Kong, Melody Memory Mix-Up, The Great Pussycat Chase, Spy School Spoof, The Jumpin' Jupiter Affair and Don't Count On A Countess.
Warner Home Video has made all the episodes that comprise JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS: THE COMPLETE SERIES available on DVD in the proper 4:3 full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. The animation is decidedly low rent- which is all one can expect from this Saturday morning television production from 1970. Sharpness and detail are just fine for this type of affair. Colors are stable and appear fairly vivid. Blacks are solid, whites are fairly clean and contrast is about as good as it gets for this type of vintage 2D animation. Of course, the film elements do show a fair share of minor blemishes. There are some nicks and scratches, plus there are dust specks that have been printed into the film elements at the time of the original production. Additionally, there is some noticeable grain. Digital compression artifacts are always well contained.
The Dolby Digital monaural soundtracks are exactly what one should expect from Saturday Morning cartoon show from the early 1970s. First and foremost, the dialogue is clean and easy to understand. However, the sound effects and music are merely serviceable, in other words, on the thin side. Fortunately, the soundtracks are pretty clean and are free from audible anomalies. No other language soundtracks are provided on the DVD, English subtitles are included.
Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard scene/episode selection and set up features, as well as The Allure And Charm Of Dan Decarlo, which is a documentary on the comic book illustrator and creator of Josie And The Pussycats.
If you grew up watching JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS on television, youíll want to revisit them with this cartoon collection.
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