Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2020 by Ethan Anderton
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Series: Josie and the Pussycats
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Josie and the Pussycats was a comic based in the world of Archie and also an animated series from Hanna-Barbera. It followed an all-girl band that toured the world, playing for millions of fans. But they also got caught up in wild adventures, spy capers, and mysteries. They were like a mix of Scooby-Doo, Charlie’s Angels and The Monkees. In 2001, they received a big screen adaptation geared towards teens, and even though it didn’t fare well with critics or audiences when it hit theaters, it’s clear the movie was ahead of it’s time and is infinitely better than it has any right to be. And they didn’t even need any computer generated talking animals.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Josie and the Pussycats arrived in 2001, but it got lost in a sea of mediocre big screen adaptations of classic TV shows like Dudley Do-Right, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Wild Wild West, The Mod Squad, and My Favorite Martian. But the movie from Can’t Hardly Wait writers/directors Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan deserves to stand on a pedestal above all of them for being ahead of its time in a self-aware comedy that has a fantastic ensemble cast, skewers crass consumerism in the music industry, and packs a rockin’ soundtrack. Read More »