Parents' Guide to

Josie and the Pussycats

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Classic 'toon's tunes are fun, but it feels awfully dated.

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age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

A nice, nonviolent cartoon where women lead.

When I was a kid I only saw this twice, and my, did I think that the animation was ugly! When I saw it again years later I was converted! By then I saw the same messages you see about teamwork and pulling together. The plots are clever, and the villains always get what they deserve, all done without violence. Back then (in 1970) it was also rather rare to see women and girls as leaders. But the women lead on this show! As for the animation, when I saw this show again years after I saw it the first time, I thought that the animation was just fine. You and your children should give this show a chance. 11/27/15 There's one thing that I didn't think to say when I first wrote this review that I should say, as I'd be remiss if I didn't say it. Melody, at least in my opinion, has Asperger's Syndrome. She is quite possibly the second Asperger's character on tv (with the first being Tennessee Tuxedo). She shows, even if in a somewhat exaggerated, sappy, idealized and overly sweet sense, how Asperger's people functioned in the predisability rights era. The other characters, for their part, are accidental role models on how to treat someone with a disability. They were also unwitting poster children on how others treated (or should've treated) disabled people in the predisability rights era. Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera were, at least here, ahead of their time. Just watch this if you want to know (or at least have a rough idea of) how Asperger's people functioned and fit in in earlier times.

Is It Any Good?

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It's sad to say, but the dangerously catchy theme song is the best part about this classic slice of 1970s nostalgia -- which might succeed in thrilling parents and boring kids at the same time with its obviously dated material and random plots that seem a little ridiculous.

Although it's clear that Hanna-Barbera was trying to make Josie and the Pussycats as good as its other Saturday-morning hit, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (for one thing, Alan's and Fred's ascots were eerily similar), a hip concept and leopard-print leotards don't quite get the job done. Maybe that's why it only lasted for 16 episodes?

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