FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HANNA-BARBERA CARTOON CLASSIC
JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS: THE COMPLETE SERIES
ROCK & ROLLS ITS WAY ONTO DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME
SEPTEMBER 18, 2007 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO
The "Purrrfect" Title for Fans of Classic Animation,
DVD will Include a Bonus Documentary and 16 Episodes on a Two-Disc Set
BURBANK, CA (June 25, 2007) – Break out the leopard print leotards! Josie and the Pussycats will rock consumers on September 18, 2007 when Warner Home Video (WHV) releases Hanna-Barbera's animated classic series, Josie and the Pussycats: The Complete Series on DVD for the first time. Television viewers will sing and dance to Josie, Melody and Valerie's groovy hits as the trio encounters all sorts of mysteries and adventures while traveling the world performing gigs. The 2-disc DVD set will retail for $26.99 SRP.
Loved by television audiences for their catchy songs and exciting escapades, Josie and the Pussycats originally debuted on CBS' Saturday morning lineup. The characters were first created by John Goldwater and Richard Goldwater for the Josie and the Pussycats comic book and were designed by Dan DeCarlo. Hanna-Barbera Productions, adapted the comic book into a Saturday morning television program. The series followed the exploits of the all-girl animated pop music group which would get caught up in wild adventures, dangerous spy capers and intriguing mysteries while they toured the world with their entourage.
Donning leopard print leotards, long tails and ears for hats during their performances, the group was comprised of Pussycats lead Josie McCoy on guitar, ditsy Melody Valentine on drums and Valerie Brown on tambourines. Their entourage consisted of Josie's handsome boyfriend and band roadie Alan Mayberry, their cowardly manager Alexander Cabot, and Alexander's scheming, cantankerous sister Alexandra Cabot, whose mission was to steal Alan away from Josie and take over as the Pussycats' lead. Lastly, they were joined by their snickering feline companion Sebastian, who not only happened to be just as sneaky and catty as Alexandra but would carry out a lot of her dirty work which would usually get the whole gang into some kind of trouble.
"We think television fans will enjoy re-discovering this wonderful cartoon series. The stories are well-written and clever, the music is infectious, and the animation is bright and lively, presented in a way only Hanna-Barbera can," said Dorinda Marticorena, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Sports Marketing. She added, "Josie and the Pussycats is a delight and is sure to make viewers reminisce about the Saturday mornings they spent watching their favorite cartoons."
Josie and the Pussycats: The Complete Series will include a bonus documentary focusing on Josie and the Pussycats designer, Dan DeCarlo. Titled: The Allure and Charm of Dan DeCarlo, the documentary tells the story of the comic book artist, turned gag cartoonist and illustrator, who contributed to the creation of the legendary Archie comics' as well as some of the most racy golden age pin up girl art to date. The ironies of this life and the beauty derived from tragedy are what defined Dan as a gentleman, artist and father. The documentary explores the man's life through the words of his biographer as well as colleagues from his professional life, including renowned comic book superhero creator Stan Lee.