Baker’s Log – Josie and the Pussycats

Here’s a show I would love to make a movie* out of. Josie and the Pussycats was a comedy/adventure/espionage cartoon based on the Archie comic book of the same name. Cartoonist Dan DeCarlo was in Paris (just after the War?) where he met an adorable French girl named Josie. He didn’t speak a word of French, she knew not a word of English. In short order they fell in love and got married. DeCarlo used his better half as model for a comic book character, resulting in the “Here’s Josie” comic. Though began as another of Archie’s teen comedies, it eventually changed format to involve The Pussycats, an all-girl rock group. In 1970, the concept was adapted to television, and resulted in a delightful series in which the Pussycats and their managers were constantly running afoul of mad scientists and would-be world conquerors. Basically, it was a mixture of the spy craze and HB’s popular Scooby Doo program. Though a short run, it was a popular show. A sequel series took things into the realm of space opera, it called Josie And The Pussycats In Outer Space!

*Technically, the property was adapted to the big screen sometime around the turn of the century, but the previews looked terrible and quite different from the charming Saturday morning cartoon. They even took away the iconic Pussycat uniforms! My movie will more faithfully mirror the animated version, and will likely be set in 1970.

Josie and the Pussycats
Josie and the Pussycats
The film adaptation with (left to right) Tara Reid as Melanie, Rachael Leigh Cook as Josie, and Rosario Dawson as Valerie. Bravo for the producers making Valerie a bassist rather than giving her two tambourines, which would have made her look ridiculous, like the character in the cartoon.

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Rock is a pencil jockey by trade. He's done work for AC Comics, Main Enterprises, and Moonstone, among others. Some of the strips he's created include Dinosaur Girl (AC Comics, creator, writer, pencils), Crissy Carrots (Main, creator, writer, pencils), and Betsy the Bookwriter (Main, co-creator, writer, pencils). His specialty is cheesecake cartooning (what they call "good girl art" these days).

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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Chris flirted with the music business there and in Nashville before joining the U.S. Army and serving in South Korea. He remained in Asia for several years afterwards, teaching English, traveling, and covering the regional entertainment scenes. Currently in a mindset between Seoul and San Francisco, besides Idol Features, you can also catch his writings in the print edition of the monthly magazine, Effective.

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