"Makin’ up a mess of fun, lots of fun for everyone!
Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la! Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la!" You’ll be singing it if you remember it. Anyone who’s heard it will never forget the infectious theme tune to children’s TV classic The Banana Splits. The gang, Snorky (a baby elephant), Bingo (a gorilla), Drooper (a lion) and Fleegle (a dog), are getting a modern makeover and will become the latest TV show to make a comeback. They’ll be starring in new comedy sketches, shorts and music videos on the Cartoon Network from September.
The Banana Splits debuted in America in 1968 and ran until 1970. Anarchic, fast paced and extremely ‘groovy’, here in the UK, they were seen on the BBC in the 1970s and Channel 4 as part of the Big Breakfast.
The series was originally produced by Hanna-Barbera – the prolific company behind the likes of Top Cat, The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo. Jordan Sollitto, of Warner Bros said: "Everything that made The Banana Splits popular in the ’60s is back, including the group’s terrific humour and music. We take great pride in having carefully updated the look and feel of the original show for today’s kids while retaining all of the elements that made the original Banana Splits such a hit."
Stuart Snyder, president of Turner Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media, added: "The Banana Splits is a classic that has been entertaining kids for years. We’re thrilled to have this new version on Cartoon Network for our kids to enjoy today."
One banana, two banana, three banana, four…they’re back! And at this rate, who knows what other kids classics from yesteryear will make a reappearance? We’ve already had the likes of Swap Shop, Emu, Basil Brush, Rainbow and The Magic Roundabout. It wouldn’t surprise me if the soon-to-be-axed Grange Hill made a comeback in a year or two. Flippin’ ‘eck Tucker! In the meantime, get a flavour of The Banana Splits with an incredible piece of video containing the original intro….
Today I am mostly lovin’ – The TV show Redgrave’s Raw Recruits. If you missed it, I’m not surprised. It was shunted onto ITV4 – disgraceful treatment for such an inspiring programme. I shall speak more on this in a later blog entry.
Today I am mostly hatin’ – She may be a Dame and an Olympic legend, but Kelly Holmes can NOT read an autocue! Her advert for Kellogg’s is painful to watch.
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