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Josie and the Pussycats are an all-female rock band.

Members

  • Josie (lead singer and guitarist)
  • Melody (drummer)
  • Valerie (backup singer and tambourine player)

Associates

History

The New Scooby-Doo Movies

Season two

They got involved in a mystery with the gang on a showboat in "Mark Twain country".

Appearances

Appearances in other media

The character Josie Jones or James (retroactively named Josie McCoy in most post-2001 publications) originated in Archie Comics in 1962 as a typical teenage denizen of Riverdale. Additional characters were added to the Josie comic book over the years, and the theme of a band was chosen to give a united theme to the magazine, which was retitled Josie and the Pussycats in 1969.

Hanna-Barbera acquired the rights to Josie's crew for their own TV series that premiered in 1970. Since all the other Archie characters had been licensed to Filmation in shows produced at the same time, Josie's show had to be divorced from the Riverdale context completely. Whereas the comic book focused on the band's daily life in their hometown, the show revolved around the band traveling abroad and being ensnared in adventures with a good-versus-evil theme, similar to Hanna-Barbera's other adventure comedies including Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! which was nearing the end of its original production.

The show's run (1970-1971) contained 16 episodes, and was followed in 1972-1973 by Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, which also contained 16 episodes. "The Haunted Showboat" (1973), in which the Pussycats join forces with Mystery Inc., aired shortly after the cancellation of the Space series. "Showboat" was their final screen appearance before Hanna-Barbera lost the rights to the characters.

Hanna-Barbera unsuccessfully petitioned Archie for permission to include the Pussycats in a Laff-a-Lympics episode in 1977.

The Pussycats did not return to the screen until the film Josie and the Pussycats (2001), produced by Universal Pictures. Oddly enough, the film came out one year before Warner Bros. released the first Scooby-Doo live action film.

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