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Groovy Ghoulies, The

UNRULY AND indeed unwelcome animated argy-bargy from America ripping off ROWAN AND MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN stock gimmicky, something which obviously had bags of resonance over here. Titular ensemble goofed and gooned through 20 minutes of overloud sound effects, shitty animation, laughter tracks, baddies-as-goodies, pratfalls, slapstick and all the sodding rest, linked together with that characters-opening-doors-within-giant-wall-to-deliver-shit-joke business (“Why didn’t the skeleton go to the ball? Because he had no body to go with!”).



  1. THX 1139

    November 2, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    The Frankenstein(‘s Monster) had a catchphrase that went “I needed that!” delivered whenever he was clonked on the head, got electrocuted, was booted in the bollocks, etc.

    There was a Banana Splits influence as much as Laugh-In, with all those bubblegum pop songs the monsters “played”. Always thought it was a thankless task making that music, because those ditties had a lot of work put into them for something nobody was going to remember five minutes later when the rest of it was so shoddy.

  2. Richard Davies

    November 2, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    This along with Dinky Dog & The Drac Pack hasn’t had had any sort of retrospective evaluation (as far as I know!) that many other cartoons of the era have had, & can’t remember seeing any of them in the last 30 years. Even when CBBC2 dug out stuff like the Kwicky Kwola Show a decade ago.

  3. Applemask

    July 4, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Ever see Clu Gulager and Yvonne Goolagong with the Groovy Ghoulies in the Gulag Archipelago?

  4. Droogie

    July 4, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I remember Groovy Ghoulies would have a different animated band perform each week with a horror-themed name. The only one I recall was The Mummies And The Puppies, which was a crap pun on The Mamas And The Papas and involved a band consisting of Egyptian mummies and,er, puppies.

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