The Banana Splits Adventure Hour

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NBC (ended 1970)

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The Banana Splits Adventure Hour

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In the best tradition of The Monkees. THE BANANA SPLITS ADVENTURE HOURwas an one hour long show featuring the Banana Splits band itself - the animal bubblegum psychedelic band created by Hanna-Barbera. The costumes for the characters were made by Sid & Marty Krofft and the series introduced Barry White as a songwriter. It also included several cartoon segments.The first of these was "The Arabian Knights", the adventures of a team with certain special powers who use them to protect Arabia from the Evil Empire. The second segment was "The Three Musketeers", defenders of the Queen of France to protect her from various enemies. The third segment was "The Hillbilly Bears" from The Atom Ant Show. The fourth segment, the longest of the show, was "Danger Island" set in the South Pacific where the Haydn Family and their fellow-travelers fight against enemies on that island. The fifth and final segment was "The Micro-Ventures" in which the Carter family shrink themselves for adventures. One or two songs were performed on the show by the Banana Splits, and one known fact is that their theme song "The Tra-La-La Song (1 Banana, 2 Banana, 3 Banana 4) hit No. 89 in the charts on February 8, 1969. The show lasted two seasons on NBC-TV "In Living Color" from September 7, 1968 to September 5, 1970 on Saturday mornings at 9:30-10:30am.

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Jay North

Jay North

Prince Turhan (voice)

Shari Lewis

Shari Lewis

Princess Nidor (voice)

Daws Butler

Daws Butler

Bingo (voice)

Don Messick

Don Messick

Aramis (voice)/Professor Carter (voice)/Shagg Rugg (voice)/Snork (voice)

Allan Melvin

Allan Melvin

Drooper (voice)

Paul Frees

Paul Frees

Sazoom (voice)/Evil Vangore (voice)

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  • Bring it back

    10
    Absolutely loved this show, Was most upset when it shut down. My favourite cartoon was Catanooga cat?, Motor Mouse & Auto Cat!!. although they were all great cartoons, not like the ones these days.

    I would also sing along to their theme song. The mail bag was good. I've always wanted one of those six wheelers.

    I also wish I could get the series on DVD!!.
  • Hanna & Barbera's Hayday!!~Funny antics, great cartoons!!~Jazzy song!!

    10
    Made sure all of my chores where done, so I could park myself in front of the TV.set & watch (undisturbed) The Arabian Knights, Herculoids, Treasure Island, Space Ghost,the Impossibles, & Sha-Zan with entertaining songs my siblings & I sang along to. while imitating Fleegle, Bingo, Droop-er, & Snort!!!~This was back when 6 Flags was brand new; & u understood that everything u saw on T.V. was not to be tried @ home!~ Parents didn't need to "supervise" you, because they knew the show was clean, & silly, & funny~basic entertainment for a kid!~This is a show that I can sit down & watch today with my grandbabies ( & I do!!~ thx GOD for "Boomerang"!! lolol!!)~ & it takes me back, to a sweet place in my life, that I can share with the new generation 'X'; & show them that life was & can be simplistic & non-violent, when it comes to cartoons!!!~Have u seen some of these new "kid" shows?!?!?!? =Omoreless
  • Hanna-Barbera's finest hour!

    10
    "The Banana splits Adventure Hour," took me by surprise and became Hanna-Barbara's finest hour. It was live-action and they took a risk and they paid off. I love the show, not because it's funny, because it has characters that I can related too. the Banana Splits are a band who hangs around the place and causing trouble. Just like the Monkess. I saw Treasure Island, among other offerings. The splits are funny without even trying to be funny. Tell you the truth, I love the show very much. there's not going to be another show like it. An original I hope those reruns will return.moreless
  • 4 interesting characters acting out in unison and introducing cartoons and live action skits

    10
    I grew up with The Banana Splits and used to race to the tv when I heard the theme song, Tra La La. I loved watching them race around the amusement park in their various methods of transportation. Fleegle was one of my most very favorite of them all. I have been searching all over for the DVD copy of their show so I could play it for my grandbaby as I know she would love the color, the music and the action. I can't wait for my granddaughter to experience the magic that is The Banana Splits and their theme song, "Tra La La". I can see her now bouncing around with her hair bobbing up and down and dancing just like her grandma did when I was little.moreless
  • One of my favorite Saturday morning kids shows growing up.

    9.0
    One of Hanna-Barbera's best shows was this combination of live action, cartoons, vaudeville and rock n' roll. The cartoon shorts on the show are seldom seen gems today--"The Three Musketeers", "Gulliver's Travels", "The Arabian Nights". "Danger Island" was a live action serial about a group of people trapped on an island plagued by modern day pirates. A young Jan Michael Vincent was part of the cast, and Richard Donner ("Lethal Weapon") directed the episodes. In between the cartoons and "Danger Island", the Splits sang, cracked jokes, and tried to avoid confrontations with a local gang (apparently made up of kids who would dance into their clubhouse with threatening messages).moreless
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Animation, Kids

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Grade Schoolers, Saturday Morning, Puppets, Preschoolers