Friday, October 12, 2012

Spooktober: Groovie Goolies & Friends (1977)

In answer to Hanna-Barbera's Fred Flintstone & Friends compilation package, Filmation put together a syndicated package of their own for weekday consumption in 1977.

Groovie Goolies & Friends put together repeats of the Goolies' 1970-2 series, plus the following (all of which have previously been reviewed):

*Lassie's Rescue Rangers (1973)
*My Favorite Martians (1973)
*New Adventures of Gilligan (1974)
*Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty (1975)(retitled, New Adventures of Waldo Kitty for this series)

And, from 1975's Uncle Croc's Block: Fraidy Cat, Wacky & Packy, & M*U*S*H.

Moviereviews4u uploaded the open to YouTube:

Each episode was presented in its entirety, unlike on Fred Flintstone & Friends, which tried to cram two shows into one by splitting half-hour episodes into 2-parters. For example, they'd run 1/2 of Jeannie coupled with 1/2 of, say for example, Yogi's Gang, which was actually counterproductive. In this case, Filmation got it right.

Rating: B.


magicdog said...

Along with "Hanna Barbera's World of Super Adventures", this was one of my introductions into a max pack of cartoons for weekday afternoons!

I remember it airing on WNEW-TV (Channel 5) and being so young, I thought most of the toons were funny. Of course, they haven't aged well - as watching some of them now (like Wacky & Packy) could cost the viewer valuable IQ points.

I also enjoyed Lassie the most since every kid wanted a dog like her.

hobbyfan said...

You're right about Groovie Goolies & Friends airing on channel 5, which was also home to Fred Flintstone & Friends and H-B's World of Super Adventure.

It's just a pity that Lassie's Rescue Rangers in particular was cancelled after 1 season, perhaps a bit ahead of its time, despite the eco-movement of the period.