Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Groovie Goolies

We can just imagine the pitch meeting at the movie studio: "We'll, people love the classic Universal monsters, so why wouldn't they love a cartoon where they're a rock group?"

Well, lots of reasons, actually. Regardless, somehow "The Groovie Goolies" came into existence. From 1970 to 1972, Drac, Frankie and Wolfie (plus loads of other formerly creepy creatures of the night) were billed as cousins of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and all lived together at Horrible Hall, a boarding school for monsters.

Sure, various blood-sucking undead all living together isn't exactly natural. Even more unnatural? Having a laugh track on a cartoon.

Do you remember this musical monster mash-up?


Richard Hadley said...

One of the most surreal experiences I've ever had was being in Belgium in the early 80's, and turning on the TV at the hotel, and the Groovie Goolies was on, dubbed in Dutch.

Brian said...

I remember Groovy Ghoulies because it always came on at weird times (i.e. Sunday morning), and I watched it because nothing else was on at that time (no Nickelodeon or Disney Channel back then!). As with Charlie Chan and the Chan Clan you mentioned awhile back, Groovy Ghoulies followed the unwritten law of '70s kids cartoons that each had to have a lame laugh track, and all the characters had to be part of a rock band...