Saturday, April 7, 2012

Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies (1972)

Possibly the oddest cartoon crossover ever is this Warner Bros/Filmation mash-up from 1972. It was made as part of ABC's Saturday Superstar Movie, which featured one-hour specials from various animation studios (Hanna-Barbera, Rankin-Bass, etc.).

The Groovie Goolies was a series produced by Filmation, originally as a segment on Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1970). They were popular enough to get its own spinoff a year later. And then, finally, they appeared in a crossover movie with the Looney Tunes characters.

Like everything Filmation has done, this is a poor cartoon. The animation is barely-there, the stock music is grating, and the laugh-tracks are cumbersome. Mel Blanc voiced all the Looney Tunes gang, but they sped up Daffy's voice too much, to the point that he sounds like Woody Woodpecker!

It's unlikely that this special will ever be re-released due to the rights issues. Classic Media owns the rights to most of the Filmation properties, including the Goolies, while the Warner Bros., of course, has the Looney Tunes. After seeing this, though, I don't think anyone's itching to buy a DVD of it except for die-hard completests.





7 comments:

Yowp said...

I'm dumbfounded over the attention this has been getting recently. Nobody watched it in 1972. I don't know why anyone is interested in it 40 years later. Just the very concept was a turn off to anyone who watched Warners cartoons.

Filmation was the dreck of the animation industry.

Chris Sig said...

Yowp; very well put.

As for me - this shall remain a very big bullet for me to dodge...

J Lee said...

It's one of those things that draws interest in the same way a truly horrid feature film like "Ishtar" did, because there are so many levels of badness (i.e., just having a bad, hacky script would have been one thing for Filmation -- they had tons of those on all their shows. But being so incompetent you can't even get the speed/vocal pitch increases on Mel Blanc's voices right brings it into a "Plan 9 from Outer Space" level of awfulness).
"PP&DDMTGG" is not something I'm going to sit through on YouTube, since I sat through it 39 years ago in a mixture of shock, depression and anger. But for people too young to have watched the original broadcast but have heard about it's awfulness, it is a historical curio.

Brubaker said...

What J. Lee said, pretty much. I only posted it for historical curio, as awful this thing is.

rodineisilveira said...

Charlie Brubaker,

I admit that this special crossover involving the Groovy Goolies and the Warner's Looney Tunes never was broadcasted here in Brazil.

Tom Ruegger said...

The horror. The horror.

Al E. Jordan said...

Believe it or not, the most recent airing of it was on the USA Network, presented as a Halloween special sometime in the mid to late 90's (shortly before the network stopped running cartoons altogether.) I only caught the part at the end from the point where they go through the mirror into the real world, which actually was the most memorable part for me during it's original run on ABC. And if memory serves me well, NBC also ran it as a Halloween special sometime in the late 70's or early 80's.
While it is true that Filmation was the studio that produced the Groovie Goolies, I believe Universal Pictures currently owns the rights to the main characters, since they are based off of Universal's famous movie monsters.