The Bugaloos are a rock-n-roll band with bug wings who live in a magical forest. Benita Bizarre wants to put an end to their goody-goody behavior, and tries to capture and/or destroy them ... See full summary »
The show originally was going to be called "The Banana Bunch". However, there was a children's book already released with that title and the author wouldn't give permission to Hanna-Barbera to use it. Also, the name change had further repercussions as Kellogg's, who was the show's sponsor, was going to sell cereal with the Banana Bunch name and when the name changed happened Kellogg's was forced to abandon their plans even though they had already printed 1.25 million boxes with the cereal's name. See more »
Drooper the Lion:
In-laws can give ya trouble, and outlaws can give ya trouble! So why take a chance on by-laws!
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Syndicated versions were cut down to half hour slots and renamed 'The Banana Splits & Friends Show'. In this version, The Three Musketeers and Arabian Knights would appear on alternate episodes (odds and evens respectively). Danger Island would also be cut down from 10mins to 5mins, with only the segments on the even numbered episodes having the true cliffhanger (the odd numbered ones would sometimes stop at an appropriate moment or just end abruptly). Micro Ventures would also be slotted in if time permitted on select episodes in the latter part of the run. It was these episodes that were broadcast on Cartoon Network and released on DVD by Warner. Guild Home Video had released four cassettes in the UK in the early 80s each featuring an omnibus of these editions, but without the Danger Island sequences. See more »
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).
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