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Western Animation / Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies

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This Filmation series from 1970, produced for CBS, featured Sabrina, the platinum blond teenage witch from The Archie Comedy Hour,note  as well as her cat, Salem; her boyfriend, Harvey, and her two aunts, Hilda and Zelda. Yes, the same characters from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but 20 years earlier.

Sabrina often visited Horrible Hall, which was home to the Groovie Goolies: comic versions of classic monster types (vampires, werewolves, Frankenstein's Monster, mummies, etc.) who told jokes and played songs. It bore a hit single in 1970, "Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)" by Daddy Dewdrop, the pseudonym of Dick Monda who composed the songs for the show. The single itself was slightly racy; the version on the cartoon was much more sanitized.

About a year later, the show would be split into its constituent halves and shown separately. In 1972, as an ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, the Groovie Goolies would appear in a bizarre Crossover with the Looney Tunes characters, entitled Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies.


This series provides examples of:

  • Alien Lunch: A musical segment from the first Groovie Goolies episode sings about the Monster Cookbook with all kinds of bizarre recipes like chocolate meatballs, marshmallow tacos, peanut butter steak and more.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese dub has this as its theme song.
  • Glamour Failure: Witches cannot be photographed or filmed. One episode mentions that witches can drink a potion that allows them to be filmed but it is very risky to use.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: One episode had Sabrina get hiccups while she was at school, causing things to get crazy. She's eventually cured at home only for Aunt Zelda to get hiccups.
  • Human Knot: The monster rugby "wound up in a tie". And since the show ran on Hurricane of Puns, of course cue this trope.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Sabrina. In her defense, witches are evil in this universe. One episode had her wish granted, but she relented when she had to contend with the local Alpha Bitch, who turned out to be Aunt Hilda in disguise.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: It's often said that Drac is at least partly based off his voice actor Larry Storch.
  • Laugh Track
  • Stock Footage: Common, as in all Filmation series. Footage of vampires Drac and Bella would show up decades later on Filmation's Ghostbusters.
  • True Blue Femininity: Sweet, demure Sabrina wears a simple blue dress.
  • Wicked Witch:
    • Hilda and Zelda both had the traditional appearance, though it was belied by a kindly nature in Zelda's case.
    • There's also Hagatha, one of the Groovie Goolies. She's not really far as the viewer knows, anyway...
  • X-Ray Sparks: This happens to Frankie everytime he gets struck by lightning, although instead of bones, we see mechanical insides instead.