The Museum Of UnCut Funk presents A Josie and The Pussycats Comic Book Retrospective featuring Valerie Smith.
The Museum Of UnCut Funk owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive collections of Original Animation Production Cels and Drawings from 1970‘s Saturday morning cartoons that feature Black characters.
One thing that was really cool about the 70’s was the fact that there were Black cartoons on TV. I love cartoons and every Saturday morning you would find me right in front of the tube watching Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids, The Go Go Globetrotters and my favorite, The Jackson 5ive.
A Christmas Carol and the Nativity story bringing together the most uber-Christmas tale you could ever tell. It has everything: A mean old Scrooge, a Christmas pageant, presents, cute kids, Santa, a puppy, a down and out family in dire need of Christmas cheer and an assortment of Fat Albert style funky Christmas tunes!
Rickety Rocket was a segment in The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show, about an artificially intelligent space ship created by a group of four Black kid geniuses who run a detective agency and solve mysteries in the future.
The Hardy Boys cartoon featured the first postive Black character in a Saturday morning cartoon series, who was also the first Black male character and the first positive Black male musician character in a Saturday morning cartoon series – Peter Jones. He was the drummer in the band. He was voiced by Byron Kane.
Captain Caveman’s first and second seasons were originally broadcast as segments on the package shows Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics and Scooby’s All-Stars from 1977 to 1979. The third season featured Captain Caveman and the Teen Angles in their own half-hour time slot in 1980.
Astrea was the first Black female superhero featured in a Saturday Morning Cartoon series, the Space Sentinels. Roman mythological figures Hercules and Mercury were joined by Astrea, one of the most respected and esteemed goddesses of the Greek and Roman world to form a superhero team to protect mankind.
Chris and Christy Cross are Micro Woman and Super Stretch, a fictional, shape-shifting, husband and wife crime fighting team. They were the first Black Superhero duo and the first Black Husband and Wife superhero duo to appear in a Saturday Morning Cartoon.
The character Fat Albert first appeared in Bill Cosby’s stand-up comedy routine “Buck Buck,” as recorded on his 1967 album Revenge. The stories were based upon Cosby’s tales about growing up in inner city North Philadelphia. In 1969, Cosby and veteran animator Ken Mundie brought Fat Albert to animation in a one-shot prime-time special entitled Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert. The special, which aired on NBC, was a hybrid of live-action and animation.
Who could forget the days of Cheech and Chong. Up In Smoke and all the rest of their comedy reflected their hippie and drug based roots. Among their more famous routines was Basketball Jones, a song which was sung in falsetto by Cheech Marin, playing the title character Tyrone (as in “tie-your-own”) Shoelaces.
Lt Uhura was the first positive Black character from a TV series to appear as that character in a Saturday morning cartoon series.
It was the little show that could. Beginning its ride as a local dance show on Chicago’s WCIU-TV, “Soul Train” chugged its way to Los Angeles and into pop culture history. The syndicated franchise’s impact is chronicled in the 40th-anniversary tribute “Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America.”
So it took the election of the first Black President, a beautiful Black first lady and two Black tween girls living in the White House for Disney to make a Black princess movie.
“Josie and the Pussycats!
Long tails — and ears for hats!
Guitars in sharps and flats!
Neat, sweet, a groovy song! You’re invited, come along!”
The Museum of UnCut Funk pays homage to Valerie Brown, the first positive Black female character in a Saturday morning animated cartoon series, Josie and the Pussy Cats.
Billy Jo Jive, self-described super crimefighting ace, was a prepubescent Black detective in animated segments on Sesame Street in the late 1970s and early 80s. Along with his sidekick, Smart Susie Sunset, Billy Jo would solve crimes in his neighborhood.