Can you name the four members of the Banana Splits
? Think of the song, "...Flippin' like a pancake, poppin' like a cork, Fleagle, Bingo, Drooper an' Snork,"
But can you name which Banana Split was which animal? Aha! You're are supposed to know this stuff, people. Fleegle
is a beagle, Drooper
is a lion, Bingo
is a gorilla, and Snorky
is an elephant. It is interesting to note that 3 of the 4 Banana Splits are endangered animals. (Save Drooper, Bingo, and Snorky from extinction!)
The Banana Splits were yet another Saturday morning cartoon show that tried to cash in on the bubblegum pop rock and roll music scene. The group seemed very like the Monkees or the Beatles. Drooper was sort of like John Lennon or Michael Nesmith. Bingo was sort of like Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees, who was sort of like Ringo Starr. Fleagle was sort of like Peter Tork (well, not really), and Snorky was not really like anybody, except perhaps Harpo Marx. (Snorky did not talk, he just made horn noises.)
The arch-enemies of the Banana Splits were the Sour Grapes Bunch
, a group of five young girls that were the terrorist Al Queda to the Banana Splits' Freedom Fighters. The Banana Splits were often visited by a representative of the group, a Sour Grapes Messenger Girl
. A Sour Grapes girl typically delivered a message, then danced about, then stuck her tongue out at the Banana Splits. I have no idea what that part of the show was about.
I never did understand it. They seem to still have a fan base
. This clip Features the Sour Grapes Bunch
, but the audio is from Sheri & the Splits
The show also had a talking ape, apparently (and rather gruesomely) stuffed and mounted on the wall, and a Cuckoo Clock that spoke as well. This appears to have been an homage to the Addam's Family
, who had a mounted swordfish with a man's foot sticking out its mouth, a stuffed two headed turtle, and a polar bear skin rug in the entryway that roared when visitors step on it.
Banana Splits Show ran a bunch of different forgettable cartoons, including The Three Musketeers
, The Arabian Knights
, Micro Adventures
, etc. They also ran the unforgettable Danger Island
, with the proffessor's plucky daughter, Leslie Hayden, and her white pants that never got dirty even though they were stranded on a desert island!
The Banana Splits costumes were designed by Sid and Marty Krofft, who later hit it big with the likes of "H. R. Pufnstuf" and "The Bugaloos."
This is probably the best clip I found, it portrays Bingo's Birthday
. There is dancing, wacky hijinks, and an exploding terrorist cupcake. Then Bingo receives a Magic Machine
from the gang. All of the Banana Splits enter the machine..."The last one in is a Sour Grape Girl
!" (They all fit? Of course! It's magic!)
, and they are transported to an alternate universe that looks suspiciously like a soundstage filled with theatrical smoke.
The show's biggest controversy: Did Bob Marley steal the melody for his hit "buffalo Soldier" from the Banana Splits theme song? I think that this video
explains it all.The Banana Splits VideosBanana Splits intro
]Banana Splits original intro - RestoredGonna Find A CaveYou're The Loving EndOne Track MindA Banana Splits ClipDoin' The Banana Splits - Sheri & the SplitsBanana Marley