The Banana Splits Adventure Hour

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The Banana Splits Adventure Hour
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Premiere September 14, 1968
Finale January 13, 1969
Creator William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Network NBC
Style 60-minute animated comedy
Company Hanna-Barbera Productions
Seasons 2
Episodes 31
Origin USA

The Banana Splits Adventure Hour was a children variety series airing on NBC.

The Banana Splits were live-action costumed figures--Fleegle (a dog, and the group's leader), Drooper (a lion), Bingo (a gorilla) and Snorky (an elephant who speaks only in honks). The Splits engaged in jokes and music while hosting other elements of the show. A soiree of purple pre-teen girls named the Sour Grapes Bunch would show up to give the Splits a hard time.

The other elements were Arabian Knights (a group of nomadic Arabian heroes battling a despotic ruler), the live-action serial Danger Island (a family of explorers followed and terrorized by pirates), The Three Musketeers (Dumas' heroes with a young Musketeer wannabe named Toulie), and Micro Ventures (irregular feature--a family is able to shrink down and explore nature).

In 1970, the series became syndicated and had revolving features--Atom Ant, Secret Squirrel, The New Adventures of Gulliver and The New Adventures of Huck Finn, as well as the Splits' own features pared down to a half hour. In 1972, the Splits were animated in the ABC Saturday Superstar Movie feature The Banana Splits In Hocus Pocus Park.

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast - The Banana Splits
Paul Winchell Fleegle 1
Cuckoo 1
Allan Melvin Drooper 1
Announcer 1
Daws Butler Bingo 1
Main Cast - The Arabian Knights
Jay North Prince Turhan 1
Shari Lewis Princess Nida 1
John Stephenson Fariik 1
Henry Corden Bez 1
Frank Gerstle Raseem 1
Paul Frees Vangore 1
Main Cast - Danger Island
Frank Aletter Professor Hayden 1
Ronnie Troup Leslie Hayden 1
Michael Vincent Link Simmons 1
Rodrigo Arrendondo Chu 1
Victor Eberg Mu-Tan 1
Kahana Chongo 1
Main Cast - The Three Musketeers
Bruce Watson D'artagnan 1
Barney Phillips Porthos 1
Don Messick Aramis 1
Jonathan Harris Athos 1
Teddy Eccles Toulie 1
Julie Bennett The Queen 1
Lady Constance 1
Main Cast - Micro Ventures
Don Messick Professor Carter 1
Patsy Garrett Jill 1
Tommy Cook Mike 1

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