The Banana Splits Adventure Hour

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The Banana Splits Adventure Hour

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"One banana, two banana, three banana, four. Four bananas makes a bunch and so do many more!"
Genre: Psychedelia
Comedy
Adventure
Running Time: 45–48 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 7, 1968 – September 5, 1970 (original)
September 2, 2008 - 2010 (revivial)
Network(s): NBC
Created by: William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Starring: Jeff Winkless
Ginner Whitcombe
Terence H. Winkless
Dan Winkless
James "Jimmy" Dove
Paul Winchell (voice)
Daws Butler (voice)
Allan Melvin (voice)
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 31 + shorts


The Banana Splits Adventure Hour (also known simply as The Banana Splits) is an American television variety show produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The series ran for 31 episodes on NBC Saturday mornings from September 7, 1968, to September 5, 1970, and in syndication from 1971 to 1982. The show features the Banana Splits band as live-action costumed characters, who host both live-action and animated segments within their program. The Banana Splits was Hanna-Barbera's first series to feature live action with animation, following a 1967 telefilm, Jack and the Beanstalk, which did the same.The costumes and sets were designed by Sid and Marty Krofft, and the series' sponsor was Kellogg's Cereals.

Plot

The Banana Splits, a fictional rock band composed of four funny animal characters in red helmets. The costumed hosts of the show are Fleegle (guitar, vocals), Bingo (drums, vocals), Drooper (bass, vocals) and Snorky (keyboards, effects).

Why It Rocks

  1. The theme song is catchy and one of the most well-known songs of this series.
  2. The Banana Splits themselves are likable and memorable characters like Fleegle (beagle), Bingo (gorilla/orangutan), Drooper (lion), and Snorky (elephant).
  3. The costume designs are well made, especially in the 2008 rivial, considering that they were made by Sid and Marty Krofft, who would both later go on to create H.R. Pufnstuf the following year.
  4. The puppetry and voice-acting is also well-done, even for a 1968 television series.
  5. This show had a lot of funny moments that kids and adults would enjoy.
  6. The show has a bunch of great and memorable segments. (e.g. Dear Drooper, Arabian Knights, Danger Island, The Three Musketeers, and The Hillbilly Bears)
  7. It got a revival in 2008, which was a nice step-up to the original series, with much better costume designs, a handful of funny moments, and decent songs such as "My Friend Sammy". It also managed to keep the charm of the original 1968 series.
  8. The series got its own TV movie called, "The Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park" back in 1972, which was decent.

Bad Qualities

  1. The costumes may be creepy to some, especially Bingo.
  2. It got a horror movie based off the series, which was not well-received by most fans. For more information, see here.
    • Speaking of which, Fleegle, Bingo and Drooper were flanderized badly in that film, becoming murderous serial-killing animatronics rather than being silly slapstick animals.
  3. Sometimes, there can be goofs and errors from here to there, especially in the original 1968 series, such as in one episode where Bingo's head falls off after hitting a pole.

Trivia

  • A feature-length comedy horror film adaptation called, The Banana Splits Movie, premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 18, 2019, and was released worldwide on August 27, 2019. It also aired on SYFY on October 12, 2019 for the Halloween season.
  • The Banana Splits makes a cameo in SCOOB!, seen in a poster at an abandoned amusement park.
  • Fred Flintstone made a cameo in the series.
  • Fleegle's voice actor in the 1968 series, Paul Winchell, was also the voice actor for Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, which explains why his laughter sounds similar to the latter.

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