The Banana Splits: The Funny Animal Bubblegum Pop Band, Facts And Trivia

By | March 13, 2021

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Source: IMDB

The Banana Splits were a band consisting of anthropomorphic animals -- actors in costumes -- who played pop music on their show The Banana Splits Adventure Hour. They had their roots in 1967, when William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, who had already had success with numerous shows, including Tom & Jerry and The Flintstones approached Sid and Marty Krofft to ask them to design the costumes for a new television show, which would combine live action and animated segments. The Krofft brothers agreed and designed the puppets for The Banana Splits Adventure Hour. The show, which seemed to draw inspiration from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, premiered on September 7, 1968. Incidentally, the band members from The Banana Splits appeared on one episode of Laugh-In.

Dressing Was An Adventure

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Toy versions of The Banana Splits and their dune buggies. Source: (Burlington Retro).

The hosts of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour were an anthropomorphic band very similar to The Monkees, living together in the Banana Pad, which was decorated with pop art. The band members each rode their own dune buggy both inside and outside of the Banana Pad. The actors wearing the costumes were all between the ages of 18 and 24, and they had to be acrobats in the suits, which cost $40,000. And getting dressed was quite a feat. They started to dress using perspiration absorbing undergarments, followed by a jumpsuit to keep the perspiration in, a shoulder harness to hold the head on, and an air conditioning unit strapped around their waists.