A Journey Through American Pop With Josie And The Pussycats

On any list of the great, animated bands, Josie and the Pussycats stands near the apex, possibly topped only by Dethklok and Jem and the Holograms.

The trio of mystery-solving musicians started as an Archie comic in the '60s before moving onto a successful animated run. Like all cartoons in the '70s, when the ratings fell they gave them a monkey and shot them into outer space, finally canceling the show in 1974. The group was revived in 2001 with a live-action film starring Frankenboob Reid that was a hundred times better than it had any right to be.

Cartoon Network added an interesting chapter to the Pussycats' legacy when they debuted a short called "Musical Evolution" showing the girls progressing through the disco, metal, country, and techno eras. It's kind of like Ralph Bakshi's American Pop, but in a minute and a half, and with fewer drugs, and no one dies, and with hotter chicks. Enjoy.

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