Groovie Goolies

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Not to be confused with Groovie Ghoulies.
Groovie Goolies
Genre Comedy horror
Musical comedy
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Voices of John Erwin
Dallas McKennon
Larry D. Mann
Howard Morris
Larry Storch
Jane Webb
Theme music composer Richard Delvy
Ed Fournier
Dick Monda
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16
Production
Producer(s) Norm Prescott
Lou Scheimer
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Filmation
The Sabrina Company
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 12, 1970  – September 4, 1971

Groovie Goolies is an American animated television show that had its original run on network television between 1970 and 1972. Produced by Filmation, Groovie Goolies was a spinoff of The Sabrina the Teenage Witch Show (itself a spinoff of The Archie Show). Like most Saturday morning cartoons of the era, Groovie Goolies contained an adult laugh track.

Premise[edit]

The Goolies were a group of hip monsters residing at Horrible Hall (a haunted boarding house for monsters) on Horrible Drive. Many of the Goolies were (in look and sound) pop-culture echoes of the classic horror-film monsters created in the 1930s and 1940s, mostly by Universal Pictures. The group sang a pop song each episode.

Characters[edit]

  • Drac – The short-tempered vampire who is the head of Horrible Hall. He plays the organ piano in the Groovie Goolies.
  • Frankie – An easygoing Frankenstein's Monster who headed the Muscle-leum Gymnasium. He plays the bone xylophone/drums in the Groovie Goolies. Often would be zapped by lightning, revealing his inner mechanical workings and then remarking "I needed that!!" Frankie also had a dual identity as the inept superhero "Super Ghoul" (as seen in the song of the same name).
    • Rover – Frankie's pet dinosaur.
  • Wolfie – A hippie werewolf that speaks in a combination of beatnik, surfer, and hippie slang. Wolfie plays a lyre-like instrument in the Groovie Goolies and is always seen wearing beach sandals. Wolfie is always out for a good time (often by running wild, surfing, or driving his Wolf Wagon). He especially gets on Drac's nerves.
    • Fido – Wolfie's pet piranha that eats anything and can fly when necessary.
  • Hagatha – A plump witch who served as resident chef. She also has a living broom named Broomhilda and is the aunt of Hauntleroy.
  • Dr. Jekyll and Hyde – The two-headed resident doctor who often fought as to which one of them was Jekyll and/or Hyde. The right head is a normal "human" doctor while the left head is a green-skinned "monster" doctor. He's his own second opinion.
  • Mummy – A bandaged mummy who dabbles in First Aid. Mummy serves as the newsman for "The Mummy's Wrap-Up" newscasts. He would often became unraveled.
  • Boneapart – A skittish skeleton in a Napoleon hat who had a tendency to fall apart.
  • Ghoulihand – A giant, disembodied glove.
  • Batso and Ratso – Two fanged imp-like brats with a penchant for coming up with plans for swiping treats as well playing mean practical jokes that often backfired.
  • Hauntleroy – A rotund, conniving and selfish two-faced sissy kid in a sailor suit who was often the primary foil for Batso's and Ratso's tricks. He is the nephew of Hagatha.
  • Icky and Goo – Two gargoyle-like creatures that seem to be the main pets of Horrible Hall. Icky is a blue gargoyle-like creature while Goo is a red gargoyle-like creature.
  • Tiny – A diminutive, long-haired mummy with a high-pitched voice. He is the cousin of Mummy and a member of The Mummies and the Puppies.
  • Missy – An enigmatic spook whose face was a large single eye and whose body was hidden by her long, pink hair. She is Tiny's wife and a member of The Mummies and the Puppies.
  • Mama Casket – A plump green mummy who is a member of The Mummies and the Puppies.

Musical groups[edit]

Every episode featured at least two musical segments. The first one is by the Groovie Goolies with Drac on the organ piano, Wolfie playing a lyre-like stringed instrument, and Frankie on a drumset with a xylophone made of bones. The second musical segment is by one of the other resident bands including:

  • The Bare Boned Band – A band consisting of three skeletons.
  • The Mummies and The Puppies – A folk/pop group led by Tiny on guitar with Missy on tambourine, Mama Casket on drums, and four puppies (two sharing a guitar, one on tambourine, and one on piano).
  • The Rolling Headstones – Three animated tombstones. The Rolling Headstones are Hudson Rock, Captain Marble, and General Granite.
  • The Spirits of '76 – Three ghosts all dressed as colonial soldiers.

Show structure[edit]

The show was structured very much like the then-popular show Laugh-In, with several short segments of one-liner jokes and riddles. This was most shown by the "Weird Windows Time", a take off on Laugh-In's famous Joke Wall. Every so often one of the Goolies had a special segment in which they instructed the audience in the finer points of one thing or another, such as:

  • Dracula's Schoolhouse - It provides the finer points of (mad) science.
  • Hagatha's Bedtime Stories - Hagatha reads a popular fairy-tale to Frankie with the other inhabitants in different parts.
  • Home Movies - The inhabitants watch the home movies of their past activities.
  • The Mummy's Wrap-Up - A news program hosted by Mummy who delivers news revolving around monsters.
  • Wolfie's Theater - Wolfie re-enacted a popular fairy tale with some of the inhabitants while the others watch.

Episodes[edit]

Title Airdate Synopsis
GG-1 "1-2-3" September 12, 1970
GG-2 "Cling Clang" September 19, 1970
GG-3 "What’s in the Bag" September 26, 1970
GG-4 "Goolie Picnic" October 3, 1970
GG-5 "Goolie Garden" October 10, 1970
GG-6 "Feed the Ghost Some Garlic" October 17, 1970
GG-7 "Frankie" October 24, 1970
GG-8 "Noises" October 31, 1970
GG-9 "Monster Trio" November 7, 1970
GG-10 "Goolie Swing" November 14, 1970
GG-11 "Witches Brew" November 21, 1970
GG-12 "Gool School" November 28, 1970
GG-13 "Shadows" December 5, 1970
GG-14 "Save Your Good Lovin’ for Me" December 12, 1970
GG-15 "Darlin’ Darlin’" December 19, 1970
GG-16 "At the First Annual Semi Formal Combination Meet the Monster Population Party" December 26, 1970

Voices[edit]

Featured songs[edit]

  1. "Monster Cookbook" - Performed by the Groovie Goolies.
  2. "When I Grow Up" - Performed by The Mummies and the Puppies.
  3. "1, 2, 3, Ghosts" - Performed by the Groovie Goolies.
  4. "Population Party" - Performed by The Bare Bone Band.
  5. "Cling Clang" - Performed by the Groovie Goolies.
  6. "Goolie Garden" - Performed by the Groovie Goolies.
  7. "Monsters On Parade" - Performed by The Spirits of '76.
  8. "Monster Trio" - Performed by the Groovie Goolies.
  9. "Super Ghoul" - Performed by The Bare Bone Band.
  10. "Feed the Ghost Some Garlic" - Performed by the Groovie Goolies.
  11. "Midnight" - Performed by the Rolling Headstones.
  12. "Save Your Good Lovin' for Me" - Performed by the Groovie Goolies.
  13. "Lights Out" - Performed by The Rolling Headstones.
  14. "Chick-a-Boom" - Performed by The Rolling Headstones.
  15. "Bumble Goolie" - Performed by The Bare Boned Band.
  16. "Gool School" - Performed by the Groovie Goolies.
  17. "Where Are You Going, Little Ghoul?" - Performed by The Mummies and the Puppies.
  18. "Noises" - Performed by the Groovie Goolies.
  19. "Be Kind to Monsters Week" - Performed by The Spirits of '76.
  20. "Frankie" - Performed by the Groovie Goolies.
  21. "When the Moon is Full" - Performed by The Mummies and the Puppies.
  22. "What's In The Bag" - Performed by the Groovie Goolies.
  23. "Goolie Picnic" - Performed by the Groovie Goolies.
  24. "Little Texas Goolie" - Performed by The Spirits of '76.
  25. "Listen for the Bells"/"Goolies Get Together" - Performed by The Spirits of '76.
  26. "Goolie Swing" - Performed by the Groovie Goolies.
  27. "Darlin' Darlin'" - Performed by the Groovie Goolies.
  28. "Kings and Queens" - Performed by The Bare Bone Band.
  29. "Shadows" - Performed by the Groovie Goolies.
  30. "It's a Lovely Night for Scaring" - Performed by The Mummies and the Puppies.
  31. "Witch's Brew" - Performed by the Groovie Goolies.
  32. "Creeper Crawler"[1] - Performed by The Rolling Headstones.

The songs were written by Richard Delvy, Ed Fournier, and Dick Monda, who made a separate hit single recording of "Chick-a-Boom" as Daddy Dewdrop in 1971. The show’s theme song, "Goolies Get-Together", was written by Linda Martin and Janis Gwin.

Music notes[edit]

Adding music to the series, Filmation hoped that lightning would strike twice[citation needed]: the previous success of The Archie Show produced several musical hits. The song "Chick-a-Boom" was first featured on the show, and became a hit two years later for its songwriter, Dick Monda, aka Daddy Dewdrop.

The music of some of the later Groovie Goolie segments was produced by Jackie Mills, who had also produced Bobby Sherman, the Brady Bunch Kids, and some of the Archie programs. Tom McKenzie, a former member of the Doodletown Pipers, who was also the vocalist for the U.S. of Archie show, sang the vocals for these shows.

A cover of the show’s theme song, performed by The Toadies, is included on the 1995 tribute album Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits, produced by Ralph Sall for MCA Records.

Autumn Teen Sound recorded the song for the album "Beaten Up By Rock N' Roll."

Production[edit]

The show originally aired on CBS as Sabrina and the Groovy Goolies, and also featured Archie Comics character Sabrina the Teenage Witch with her aunts Hilda and Zelda. Sabrina had had previous appearances as a supporting character on The Archie Comedy Hour the previous year. In 1971, Sabrina was spun off into her own show.

Never a critical success, the Goolies had appeal, reappearing in 1971 as The Groovie Goolies on their own solo show. After one season with Sabrina, executives decided that the Goolies were strong enough to make it on their own, and thus Sabrina and the Goolies both received their own separate shows. The following year they had a feature entitled Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies (which was part of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie), teaming them with the Looney Tunes stars. Interestingly, this movie featured a brief, live-action sequence featuring some of the Goolies, including Drac, Wolfie, and Hauntleroy. ABC later rebroadcast the original series for one season in 1975. They finally entered syndication in 1978.

The syndicated version became an anthology series, entitled The Groovie Goolies and Friends, with the Goolies introducing rotating episodes of many other Filmation series, including The New Adventures of Waldo Kitty (minus the live-action sequences), Lassie's Rescue Rangers, The New Adventures of Gilligan, My Favorite Martians, and former Uncle Croc's Block segments M.U.S.H., Fraidy Cat, and Wacky and Packy. M.U.S.H. standing for "Mangy Unwanted Shabby Heroes"; a parody of the very adult Korean War dramedy M*A*S*H, but starring dogs working in an arctic military fort.

The cartoon aired with the UK version of Hanna-Barbera's Banana Splits in the early 1980s, and as of May, 2009, the show can be streamed in the US in Minisode form on Crackle.

DVD release[edit]

The complete series was released on DVD on October 24, 2006 as the Saturday Mourning Collection. The original laugh track was removed from the soundtrack for this release.

Special features include:

  • "Goolians": 45 minute "docu-comedy" created by producer and voice over artist Wally Wingert featuring interviews with Alice Cooper, Forrest J. Ackerman, Ron Chaney, Lou Scheimer, Bill Corso, and head writer Jack Mendelsohn. Includes new original rock song "True Blue Goolian," and a music video with the Sacramento punk band The Groovie Ghoulies.
  • Audio commentary from Lou Scheimer for two episodes, "Goolie" head writer Jack Mendelsohn, Filmation historian Darrell McNeil, and Hollywood monster expert Bob Burns. Hosted by Wally Wingert.
  • Image gallery featuring original model sheets, animation cels, storyboards, backgrounds and PSAs
  • "Goolie-Get-Together Sing-a-Long"
  • Candid story from producer Lou Scheimer about "The Creation of Filmation"
  • Trivia and episode guide
  • DVD-ROM extras, including scripts and the original Series Bible for "The Kookie Spookies"

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