ABC Saturday Superstar Movie

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ABC Saturday Superstar Movie
Premiere September 9, 1972
Latest September 22, 1973
Creator
Network ABC
Style 60-minute children's animated special
Produced 19
Origin USA

The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie was an anthology series of 60-minute cartoon movies airing Saturday mornings starting in the fall of 1972. It was patterned after the ABC Movie of the Week. Each film was budgeted at around $300,000, nearly a quarter more per half-hour than a normal Saturday morning cartoon.

Hanna-Barbera animated the wraparound segments for the show as well as providing most of the features.

Specials

Feature Air date Producer Notes
The Brady Kids on Mysterious Island September 9, 1972 Filmation The Brady Kids cartoon series debuted afterwards
Yogi's Ark Lark September 16, 1972 Hanna-Barbera Pilot for 1973 series Yogi's Gang
The Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters September 23, 1972 Rankin-Bass
Nanny and the Professor September 30, 1972 Fred Calvert Characters from primetime series Nanny and the Professor
Popeye Meets the Man Who Hated Laughter October 7, 1972 Hal Seeger
Willie Mays and the Say-Hey Kid October 14, 1972 Rankin-Bass
Oliver and the Artful Dodger, Part 1 October 21, 1972 Hanna-Barbera
Oliver and the Artful Dodger, Part 2 October 28, 1972 Hanna-Barbera
Robin Hoodnik November 4, 1972 Hanna-Barbera
Lassie and the Spirit of Thunder Mountain November 11, 1972 Filmation Pilot to 1973 series Lassie's Rescue Rangers
Gidget Makes the Wrong Connection November 18, 1972 Hanna-Barbera Characters from the primetime series Gidget
The Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park November 25, 1972 Hanna-Barbera
Tabitha & Adam and the Clown Family December 12, 1972 Hanna-Barbera Characters from Bewitched series
The Red Baron December 9, 1972 Rankin-Bass
Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies December 16, 1972 Filmation In association with Warner Bros.
Luvcast U.S.A. January 6, 1973 DePatie-Freleng
That Girl in Wonderland January 13, 1973 Rankin-Bass Characters from primetime series That Girl
Lost in Space September 8, 1973 Hanna-Barbera Characters from primetime series
The Mini-Munsters September 15, 1973 Fred Calvert Based on The Munsters primetime series
Nanny and the Professor and the Phantom of the Circus September 22, 1973 Fred Calvert

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