Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space
|Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space|
On-screen title card.
|Original release:||September 9—December 23, 1972|
|Run time:||20 minutes|
|Music composed by:||Hoyt Curtin|
|Animation director(s):||Charles A. Nichols|
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Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, titled on-screen as Josie and the Pussy Cats in Outer Space, is an American animated sci-fi musical/adventure/comedy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera and Radio Comics, the latter an imprint of Archie Comics, for CBS' Saturday morning line-up. It ran in 1972, airing 16 episodes that spanned one season. It is a direct spin-off to Josie and the Pussycats, which aired from 1970 to 1971.
In a very brief attempt at trying to explain how Josie and the Pussycats could possibly get lost in space, the theme song depicts the group and their friends taking publicity photos in front of a spaceship (wearing futuristic space uniforms), when Alexandra pushes them out the way to get more attention, but accidentally pushes all of them in the spaceship which launches into space. They then spend the duration of the series trying to set the controls back to Earth, which inevitably get reset by Alexandra in some typical foul-up.
Instead of the pilot being about the Pussycats being rocketed into space, it is about Melody's discovery of her new alien companion, Bleep, who can only communicate through bleeping sounds, which she can only understand.
There was never a conclusion to the series, so they could be floating in space right now (or perhaps not).
|Episode||Number||Original air date|
|"Where's Josie?"||1x01||September 9, 1972|
|"Make Way for the Multi-Men"||1x02||September 16, 1972|
|"The Sleeping Planet"||1x03||September 23, 1972|
|"Alien Alan"||1x04||September 30, 1972|
|"The Water Planet"||1x05||October 7, 1972|
|"The Sun Haters"||1x06||October 14, 1972|
|"The Mini-Man Menace"||1x07||October 21, 1972|
|"The Space Pirates"||1x08||October 28, 1972|
|"Anything You Can Zoo"||1x09||November 4, 1972|
|"Now You See Them, Now You Don't"||1x10||November 11, 1972|
|"The Four-Eyed Dragon of Cygnon"||1x11||November 18, 1972|
|"The Forward Backward People of Xarock"||1x12||November 25, 1972|
|"The Hollow Planet"||1x13||December 2, 1972|
|"All Hail Goddess Melody"||1x14||December 9, 1972|
|"Outer Space Ark"||1x15||December 16, 1972|
|"Warrior Women of Amazonia"||1x16||December 23, 1972|
- Janet Waldo as Josie
- Barbara Pariot as Valerie
- Jackie Joseph as Melody
- Jerry Dexter as Alan
- Sherry Alberoni as Alexandra Cabot
- Casey Kasem as Alexander Cabot III and Bleep
- Don Messick as Sebastian
In popular culture
- If the MGM live-action Josie and the Pussycats film had done well, the crew had hoped to base a sequel on Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space.
- In the Futurama episode "Möbius Dick," while the Planet Express ship flies through the Bermuda Tetrahedron, the crew pass an aged-looking version of Josie's spaceship, implying that Josie and the Pussycats never made it back to Earth and their rotten corpses are probably inside.
- In the Comic Book Men episode "Ghostbusting in the Stash," Mike said his favorite cartoon was Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space because it had songs in the middle of a bad guy showing up. Brian compared it to "Spice Girls in space."
- Archie Comics collaborated with ComiXology to publish the digital exclusive limited comic Josie and the Pussycats in Space.
- There is an unofficial conclusion to the series in The Bleepin' Robot Chicken Archie Comics Special, where they land in Riverdale and fight off an alien invasion. The ship is also called the S.S. Hitachi Wand due to its unintended shape.