From Kiddie Show To Horror Flick, “Banana Splits” Reboot Is Bananas


When a remake/reboot is announced, we pretty much know what to expect. The production values and/or special effects will be better. An “A” or “B” list star might be attached. An old storyline will get dusted off and tweaked for greater mass appeal. All the familiar tropes we loved will be amplified. That is exactly NOT what is happening with the new take on the classic late 60s-early 70s Saturday morning kiddie show, “The Banana Splits Adventure Hour.” An R-rated horror adaptation was just announced via a very disturbing, and depending on your sense of humor, darkly comic, trailer. Tra-la-bloody-la, indeed.

To the unfamiliar, The Banana Splits were a quartet of furry bandmates comprised of Fleegle the Beagle, Bingo the Gorilla, Drooper the Lion and Snorky the Elephant. The original TV show featured live action bits mixed with animated segments. The costumes and sets were designed by Sid and Marty Krofft, the evil geniuses behind “H.R. Pufnstuf”, “Lidsville”, “Land of the Lost” and many other trippy fantasy series.

The plotline of the new movie concerns the animatronic Splits going haywire during a childs’ birthday party and launching a killing spree. Basically, a typical day at any suburban Chuck E. Cheese. Directed by Quentin Tarantino.

The reboot is being produced by Warner Bros and Syfy and will be available on digital and DVD/Blu-Ray this Summer and then broadcast on Syfy at a later date.

With this dark adaptation of a sunny kids show already wrapped, can we expect more explicit takes on other series? Maybe “Lidsville” will be updated into a hybrid of “Breaking Bad” and “My Own Private Idaho.” Meth-addled male prostitutes are housed inside gargantuan hat homes, presided over by Horatio J. HooDoo. The conniving, zap-happy HooDoo was infamously portrayed by Charles Nelson Reilly. Perhaps Neil Patrick Harris or Sean Hayes will be cast in the reboot.

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