Virginians it's been 55 years for the Banana Splits

Cheryl E Preston
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Marty Crofft's death has brought fond memories back to Virginians who enjoyed the shows he produced with his brother Sid Crofft. My Facebook news feed has had many testimonies of how blessed were were to have the various Sid and Marty Crofft shows. The Crofft siblings also worked with Hanna-Barbera on The Banana Splits show which debuted in 1968 on NBC.

It really does not seem like 55 years since many of us were singing the Tra La La song but it has. Six decades since the wonderful memories each Saturday morning.

Flipping like a pancake popping like a cork

The Banana Splits Adventure Hour premiered on September 7, 1968 after William Hanna and Joseph Barbera approached Sid and Marty Krofft the previous year. The show ran until September 5, 1970, and in syndication from 1970 to 1982.

They were asked to build the costumes for a television show featuring animated and live-action segments, hosted by a bubblegum rock group of anthropomorphic characters. The show's format was loosely based on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snork-Snorky

Fleegle ( Jeff Winkless (1968), ( Paul Winchell 1968–1972). A dog with a lisp and the self-proclaimed leader the the group.

Bingo (Terance Winkless 1968)( Paul Winchell 1968–1972) A nasal-voiced orange ape wearing white sunglasses and a yellow vest.

Drooper (Anne W. Withrow 1968), (Allan Melvin 1968–1972) A Southern-accented lion with a long tail wearing yellowish-orange sunglasses.

Are you memories returning Boomers? Are you singing the Tra La La song perhaps with tears in your eyes? Do you feel nostalgic thinking about the Banana Bugy going across the sand with the Banana Splits? it is a wonderful memory to have that will get your minds of the cares of the world.


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