With the overwhelming success of The Archies on Saturday mornings, Filmation decided to offer a similar show with monstrous results. The Groovie Goolies, an animated collection of decidedly hipper versions of the famous movie monsters of yesteryear were paired with some new friends. Featured alongside Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies debuted in 1970 and a year later, finally got their own show, The Groovie Goolies.
The action took place at Horrible Hall, a decidedly creepy boarding house owned by Tom Drac, his wife Hagatha and their son Frankie. Also roaming the residence were a pair of pets – Salem, the kitty and Rover, the pet dinosaur – along with the ever-mischievous Broom Hilda, a sweeping utensil with a mind of her own. Also taking up residence at Horrible Hall were a number of ghoulish tenants including the two-headed Dr. Jekyll/ Hyde, a thing-eating plant, switchboard operator Bella La Ghostly, Orville Mummy, the skeletal Napoleon Boneapart, the Wolfman, and plenty of other creepy cohorts. Much like The Archies, the group was also musically inclined and would perform a tune during every show. Each week’s finale borrowed from Rowan and Martin’s Laugh in, utilizing a unique version of the classic joke wall.
Although The Groovie Goolies met with an unfortunate demise in 1972, any fan of monsters can tell you that they always come back. The Goolie gang returned to the airwaves in 1975 for a year, then exhumed, er, resumed their careers in syndication as Groovie Goolies and Friends. This time around, they shared their space with Lassie’s Rescue Rangers, The New Adventures of Gilligan, The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty, My Favorite Martians and Uncle Crock’s Block, a show they initially replaced when they returned in 1975.
Today, the gang resides within the memories of their loyal fans, although those that would like a trip down memory lane can do so with the Groovie Gooolie Saturday Mourning Collection available on DVD.
If you spent a few Saturday mornings watching the gang at Horrible Hall, we hope you’ll share any and all Groovie Goolies memories with us in our comments section. Meanwhile, a tip of our hats to this colorful collection of monsters that may have lacked in the fright department, but won our hearts just the same.