The “Banana Splits” Murders…

 

I, for one, am not surprised that the Banana Splits gang are finally going homicidal; they always were rather surreal, shady, and oddly disturbing, and one knew that there had to be something more darkly seething under the surface than what they wanted you to see.  

For those of you who just fell off the turnip truck, the Banana Splits were an oddball creation of Sid and Marty Krofft, and were people costumed in cheap fursuits with unchanging and unmovable faces that presented themselves as being a gorilla, elephant, dog, and lion on kiddie television episodes that aired from 1968 to 1970, continuing afterwards in syndication for a decade. They were supposedly a rock band, and a typical segment might involve them running madly about before running into one another and falling down. Their theme song was extremely annoying, but an ear worm that could play inside your head, driving you to madnessIt was the ’60’s, after all, and we didn’t know any better.

Anyways, the Syfy channel is bringing back the Banana Splits for a movie in which a boy and his parents go to a taping of the old show when things take a turn for the worse, and the body count starts rising. I’ve always suspected that this moment would be coming…

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6 Comments on “The “Banana Splits” Murders…”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Sounds more like a Syfy Channel b******ization of a recent DC one-shot. The one where an Elseworlds version of the group wound up working for the Suicide Squad! Which is the only thing that could possibly be worse than Syfy’s travesty of Marvel’s Man-Thing. Give me the ABC Superstar Movie version of the Banana Splits (where they had to rescue a young real-world girl from a wicked cartoon witch), any day.

    Btw: I actually loved the original NBC series. Especially the “Arabian Knights” and “Danger Island” segments!

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    • vulpesffb Says:

      I’ll probably watch the Syfy’s “Banana Splits” movie, being an aficionado of the strange and bizarre. It looks to have elements of urban myths and “creepypastas” in it, and may provide food for nightmares out of the artifacts of childhood…

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      • carycomic Says:

        Btw: The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie was an attempt (and a pretty good one, too) to provide feature-length entertainment for pre-teens, on Saturday mornings, during the early 1970’s. There was the series premiere, which basically served as a pilot for an animated spin-off of LOST IN SPACE (featuring Jonathan Harris as the voice of his own live-action character, Dr. Zachary Smith). There were two animated sequels to the classic sit-com, NANNY AND THE PROFESSOR. There was even an anime version of the Marlo Thomas series, THAT GIRL!

        My favorite, though, was DAFFY DUCK MEETS THE GROOVY GHOULIES. Basically, a spoof of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (or, rather, any non-musical version thereof) that had the Filmation characters aiding the classic WB characters. At one point, the Filmation characters even wound up chasing the villain through a rural part of the real world!

        Sort of a reverse of the Banana Splits feature.

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        • vulpesffb Says:

          I’ve read that people tend to love kiddie shows of the ’80’s and 90’s as retro, but think of stuff earlier than that as lame. Earlier production material was not without charm and humor, however, even if some was unintentional!

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          • carycomic Says:

            True! Look how many science fiction fans love to hate (and, having seen it, myself, justifiably so) Ed Wood’s PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE!

            Talk about unintended humor. That cult-classic cheapie is an indisputable treasure-trove!

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  2. carycomic Says:

    Speaking of vintage humor: Peter Tork–co-star of that classic sitcom “The Monkees” (about a zany rock group of the same name)–passed away earlier this week.

    It was initially a two-season wonder on NBC from 1966-68. But, it achieved TV immortality through re-runs on CBS (Saturday mornings, circa 1972) and WNEW Old Channel 5 (Mon.-Fri. afternoons).

    Like the other three members of the group, Peter was under-estimated by haters of the show. Not many people realizing that he had been a talented folk singer and composer, from the Greenwich Village scene, during the early Sixties.

    R.I.P. Peter. Say “hello” to Davy, for me. And, thank him for contributing to all my fondest childhood memories!

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