In the 1970s, Saturday morning cartoons got a jolt of silly horror with the Groovie Goolies.
Produced by Filmation, the series featured a pop song in each episode from the gang, each who resembled a classic horror character of the 1930s or 1940s.
Debuting in 1970, the Goolies were hip monsters who all lived together in Horrible Hall living on Horrible Drive.
The gang included Drac, a vampire who plays the organ piano, Frankie who plays the bone/xylophone drums and Wolfie who plays a lyre and has a beatnik/surfer vibe. But they weren’t the only band of Horrible Hall – there was the Mummies and the Puppies, The Bare Boned Band, The Rolling Headstones and The Spirits of ’76.
Along with the band was Hagatha the witch, Bella La Ghostly a vampire/switchboard operator, Dr. Jekyll and Hyde, Mummy who handles first aid, Boneapart the skeleton and Orville, a thing eating plant.
And the big hit song from the Groovie Goolies? The Monster Mash.
For kids of the 1970s, this series repeated on CBS for two years, parodying tv with its coverage of the news, bedtime stories and home movies, as well as providing a silly soundtrack of songs.
And although it may not have been the most complicated or sophisticated animation, its simplicity was what made it memorable, especially for the under 10 set.