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The Groovie Goolies

Groovie Goolies is an American animated television show that had its original run on network television between 1970 and 1972. It ran for one season of sixteen episodes. It was 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.

The Groovie Goolies were a group of hip monsters residing at Horrible Hall 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.

As well as The Groovie Goolies, other bands make guest appearances and play song 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.

CAST

  • 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.
  • Bella La Ghostly – A vampire who works as Horrible Hall’s switchboard operator.
  • 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 unravelled.
  • 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.
  • Orville – A large thing-eating plant.
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