Doin' The Banana Split!

Doin' The Banana Split! "The Banana Splits Adventure Hour" Episode Guide Interview: Dan Winkless (Drooper) Interview: Terry Winkless (Bingo) Interview: Kim Kahana (Chongo) Interview: Don Sandburg (Season 2 Producer) Discography FAQ Links

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Banana Splits (1968-2008)

Upcoming Boomerang listings

Atom Ant (Daily 4:00 PM central, repeats the following morning at 4:30 AM central)

#24 Mouser Rouser/A Fiend In Need/Chipper Chirper (Monday 6/13)
#23 Knight Fight/Ski Sickness/Saucy Saucers (Tuesday 6/14)
#21 Up In The Air Squares/A Grapple For The Teacher/Speckled Heckler (Wednesday 6/15)
#22 Pteraducktyl Soup/Pot-Time Work/Whirly Bear (Thursday 6/16)
#25 Killer-Diller Gorilla/Mascot Massacre/Gettin' Paw's Goat (Friday 6/17)
#1 Crankenshaft's Monster/Doggone Dognapper/Detour For Sure (Saturday 6/18)
#26 Rock-A-Bye Boo-Boo/A.M. Mayhem/Buzzin' Cuzzins (Sunday 6/19)
#5 Nobody's Fool/Next Of Kin/Goldilocks And The 4 Bears (Monday 6/20)

Banana Splits And Friends (Half-Hours) (Saturdays and Sundays at 4:30 PM central)

#6 Three Musketeers/A Letter Of Peril (Saturday 6/18)
#5 Arabian Knights/A Trap For Turhan (Sunday 6/19)

Banana Splits Shorts (Produced in 2008 for Cartoon Network; these pop up at random times in between shows on Boomerang)

"Knot/Junk Mail/Banana Trap" (Follows The Jetsons at 2:30 PM Wednesday 6/15)
"Doggy Dance/Worst Joke/Time To Rock" (Follows The Jetsons at 2:30 PM Thurdsday 6/16)
"Dear Snorky/Bouncing Bananas/Tonight's The Night" (Follows The Jetsons at 2:30 PM Friday 6/17)
"Cars And Giraffes" (Follows The New Scooby-Doo Movies at 7:00 PM Saturday 6/18)
"Blast-Off/Remember Who?/Sleeping In Class"
(Follows Wacky Races at 7:00 AM Monday 6/20)

RIP Frank Aletter (1926-2009); played Professor Irwin Haydn on Danger Island

LOS ANGELES -- Frank Aletter, a veteran character actor who starred in the 1960s TV situation comedies "Bringing Up Buddy" and "It's About Time," has died. He was 83.

Aletter died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Tarzana, California, his daughter Kyle Oldham told the Los Angeles Times.

Aletter acted in Broadway and films, but he was best known for his TV roles.

In 1960-61 in "Bringing Up Buddy, he played Buddy Flower, an investment counsellor living with his spinster aunts.

In "It's About Time, which aired in 1966-67. he played an astronaut who travels back in time to the Stone Age. He also had regular roles on "The Cara Williams Show" in 1964-65 and in "Nancy" in 1970-71.

Aletter also appeared as a guest star in more than 100 series, including "Perry Mason," "The Lucy Show," "MASH," "Kojak," "All in the Family," "Fantasy Island," "Murder, She Wrote" and "Dallas."

Born in Queens, N.Y., in 1926, Aletter studied acting after a stint in the U.S. army from 1946-1948. He debuted on Broadway in 1950 in "Mister Roberts." His other Broadway credits include "Wish You Were Here" and "Time Limit!"

Aletter served for many years on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild.

He married actress and former Miss America Lee Meriwether in 1958. The couple divorced in the early 1970s.

Copyright © 2009 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. (Thanks to Aaron Handy III)

Banana Splits Season 1 coming to DVD in the UK September 21, 2009

A Banana Splits Season 1 DVD set is listed for pre-order on Amazon's UK site. The collection will be released by Warner Home Video on September 21. As of yet, very little information is available, and there has been no word on a US release, but it will be a 6-DVD box set. The first season of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour consisted of 18 one-hour shows (later re-edited into 36 half-hours as part of The Banana Splits And Friends Show). The first season included the cartoons Arabian Knights, The Three Musketeers, Micro-Venture, and the live-action serial Danger Island, as well as skits and songs featuring the Banana Splits.

The Banana Splits are back!

This fall, The Banana Splits debut in all-new comedy shorts and
music videos on Cartoon Network and Boomerang as step one of
a multi-platform release from Warner Bros. Consumer Products
that includes a new website (
www.bananasplits.com), music,
music videos, iTunes releases and a live show at Hard Rock Park
in South Carolina.
(Source:
Warner Bros. online)

If you're planning to be in the Myrtle Beach,
South Carolina area, check out
Banana Splitsville at Hard Rock Park!

Also see the new Banana Splits official site!

More links:

Banana Splits message board
Banana Splits Yahoo Group
Banana Splits at Wikipedia
"The Tra La La Song" guitar chords
Visit Boomerang, the TV home of The Banana Splits 

A You Tube page you'll want to see

Trust me, if you're reading this site, you need to check this out!

Music: The funky side of the Splits

Barry White does the Banana Split at Funky16Corners. (Bubblegum music legend Joey Levine's contribution to the Banana Splits is covered in this article from sister site Iron Leg.)

Interview with LuAnn Haslam ("Becky Thatcher")

KiddieMatinee.com catches up with former child actress LuAnn Haslam, who played Becky Thatcher on Hanna-Barbera's The New Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn. (Thanks, Scott!)

Banana Buggy model kit repro available

A reproduction of the 1968 Banana Splits "Banana Buggy" model kit is now available from Retro Resin. (Thanks, Scott!)

DVD release cancelled

Warner Home Video has taken The Banana Splits Adventure Hour off their DVD release schedule. As our friend Earl Kress explains, there are numerous issues with reassembling the shows back into their original full-length format, and he suggested the shows not be released in their present condition. Knowing what little I know about the state of the materials on this show, I agree with this decision. Here's hoping that at some point in the not-too distant future, these issues can be resolved and the project can be revisited. Read Mark Evanier's comments at P.O.V. Online here.

Video Links

Original Season 1 show opening

The Banana Splits Adventure Hour originally had two different opening title sequences, one for Season 1 and another for Season 2. The Season 1 opening has been difficult to see since the series' original run, since the opening titles were changed when those episodes were repeated later in the series' original NBC run, and a shortened version of the Season 2 opening and closing were used on the half-hour syndicated reruns distributed in the United States. However, the original Season 1 opening and closing remained on foreign syndicated versions of the show.

The biggest and best Banana Splits website in the world!

The Banana Splits Adventure Hour

A Hanna-Barbera Production
Originally aired on NBC-TV
Saturdays at 9:30 AM (Central)
First telecast: September 7, 1968
Final telecast: September 5, 1970
31 one-hour episodes

Starring: (clockwise from left)

BINGO
Actor: Terry Winkless (Terrence Henry)
Voice: Daws Butler

SNORKY
Actor: Robert Towers, James Dove
Voice: None (not Don Messick)

FLEEGLE
Actor: Jeff Winkless (Jeffrey Brock)
Voice: Paul Winchell

DROOPER
Actor: Dan Winkless (Daniel Owen)
Voice: Allan Melvin

Additional segments:

Arabian Knights (animated)

The Three Musketeers
(animated) (Season 1 only)

Micro-Venture
(animated) (Season 1 only)

Danger Island (live-action)

The Hillbilly Bears
(animated) (Season 2 only)

Fun facts:

Superman and Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner directed all the live-action sequences in the first season of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, including the Banana Splits and Danger Island segments.

In the tradition of such classic comedy teams as The Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges and The Ritz Brothers, the actors who played Fleegle, Bingo and Drooper (respectively Jeff, Terry and Dan Winkless) were all brothers. They were the sons of N. B. Winkless Jr., a songwriter who wrote commercial jingles for sponsor Kellogg's cereals and also co-wrote "The Beautiful Calliopa," a song used on the Banana Splits series. The actors' names were changed in the show's credits to avoid the appearance of nepotism. At one point after the show ended, Jeff "Fleegle" Winkless and Robert "Snorky" Towers lived down the street from one another.

This website was created by Mike Rutherford and is operated by Mark Yurkiw. The Banana Splits and all related character names and likenesses are trademarks of Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. This website is unofficial and is not related to nor authorized by Hanna-Barbera, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., Kellogg's or any other entity.