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 Sabrina the Teenage Witch (itself a spinoff of The Archie Show). Like most Saturday morning cartoons from the 1970s, Groovie Goolies contained an adult laugh track.
The Goolies were a group of hip monsters, many of whom 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.
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.
Adding music to the series, Filmation hoped that lightning would strike twice: 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 Daddy Dewdrop (actually one of the show’s producers).
The music of the 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.
The show’s theme song, titled “Goolie Get-Together”, was written by Linda Martin and Janis Gwin.
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 also recorded and performed the theme song. It appears on the bootleg “Beaten Up By Rock N’ Roll.”
Groovie Goolies– Groovie Goolies
Label: RCA Victor – LSP-4420
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre: Rock, Stage & Screen
Style: Soundtrack, Garage Rock, Pop Rock
Save Your Good Lovin’ For Me
We Go So Good Together
Goolie Get-Together (Theme)
First Annual Semi-Formal Combination Celebration Meet-The-Monster Population Party
Spend Some Time Together
One, Two, Three
Arranged By– Dick Monda, Ed Fournier, Richard Delvy
Backing Vocals– Bob Markland, Chris Sciarrotta, Dave Mani, Dick Monda, Ed Fournier
Co-producer [Associate]– Dick Monda, Ed Fournier
Engineer [Recording]– Don Sciarrotta, Richard Delvy
Executive Producer– Norm Prescott
Producer– Richard Delvy
Written By– Martin-Gayden