Groovie Goolies
Groovie Goolies
Executive Producer(s) Lou Scheimer, Norm Prescott
Distributed by Filmation
Group W Productions
Original run September 12, 1970 – unknown
No. of episodes 16

Groovie Goolies was a 1970 television series produced by Filmation that featured many concepts and even some animation that would be reused in the 1986 Ghostbusters cartoon series.

Filmation had had enormous succes the previous years with cartoons based on "The Archies" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" comics, which were shown in one hour blocks. In 1970, Sabrina was coupled with a new concept, The Groovie Goolies, featuring the classic Universal monsters Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolfman and the Mummy living together at 'Horrible Hall', a castle that also served as an Inn for monsters.

Like the previous two shows, there were musical numbers in every episode, and while The Archies had featured quickfire gag segments in the style of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", the Groovie Goolies show was made up almost completely of gags, puns and short sketches rather than a coherent story.

Ghostbusters RelatedEdit

Goolies on Bone Troller

Apparitia's favorite show

Horrible Hall featured many 'posessed' items of furniture that could move and/or speak. Several of these ideas were repurposed for the 1986 Ghostbusters cartoon series. Further more, the characters Drac, his red bat form, Bella La Ghostly and a balloon like ghost all reappeared on the 1986 show.

In the episode Pretend Friends, the Groovie Goolies is being watched by Apparitia on the Bone Troller's viewscreen and she mentions that it is her favorite cartoon. However, the character of Bella La Ghostly has black hair on the viewscreen, instead of the original purple. The black haired version was only seen in the Ghosbusters episode The Girl Who Cried Vampire, in which Drac and Bella are repurposed as Victor and Vampra.

Similarities between the two showsEdit

  • Both series featured an enclosed elevator box named Skelevator.
  • Napoleon Bone Apart was a skeleton that constantly fell apart, like Scared Stiff
  • Wolfie, a werewolf, drove a skull shaped dragster called the Wolf Wagon similar to Fangster's Scare Scooter.
  • Drac was often harrased by a love sick love seat that was similar to Fred.
  • The Ghostbusters episode The Ransom Of Eddie Spenser featured a Ghost Telephone Operator that looked and acted like Bella La Ghostly in the Groovie Ghoolies.
  • Bella's phone looked like an early version of Ansabone.

Reused animationEdit

Comparison GalleryEdit

Groovie Goolies Skelevator

Groovie Goolies Skelevator

Skelevator at rest

Ghostbusters Skelevator

Bone Apart

Napoleon Bone Apart

Stiff Apart

Scared Stiff

Wolf Wagon speeding

Wolf Wagon

Scare Scooter speeding

Scare Scooter

Love Seat

Groovie Goolies' Love Seat

Fred Popcorn

Ghostbusters' Fred

Bella La Ghostly

Groovy Goolies' Bella La Ghostly

Ghost Telephone operator

Ghostbusters' Ghost Telephone operator

Bella's phone

Groovy Goolies' phone

Ansabone on desk

Ghostbusters' Ansabone

Drac Bat

Drac's Bat form

Vampire Bat

Vampire Bat from The Haunted Painting

Drac and Bella

Drac & Bella

Victor and Vampra

Victor & Vampra

Blue Balloon Ghost

Blue Balloon Ghost

Balloon Ghost

Red Balloon Ghost

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