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Old 08-11-2019, 03:21 AM
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"Banana Splits" Horror Movie??


A "Banana Splits movie with a body count? Somebody please tell me this isn't for real.
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Old 08-11-2019, 03:59 AM
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It is real, and I find it surprising Sid and Marty Krofft* would be okay with it, but there you go.

*both are still alive
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Old 08-11-2019, 04:00 AM
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Well, people kept complaining about cop shows being adapted as comedies, so I guess it was just a matter of time before kids’ silliness-for-its-own-sake shows found a genre to adapt into.

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Old 08-11-2019, 08:04 AM
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Never watched the original series, so this has no ap-peel to me.
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:27 AM
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I've often heard the phrase "I can't even" and, intellectually, I know what it means. But this is the first time I have understood it on an emotional and spiritual level.
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:37 AM
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This is mind-blowingly insane. Also my wife and I were just talking about the old Sid & Marty Kroft shows after watching a kids react video on Youtube.


More on it here on Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Banana_Splits_Movie
IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9831136/
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:05 AM
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It is real, and I find it surprising Sid and Marty Krofft* would be okay with it, but there you go.

*both are still alive
Given that they'll make money from a property (assuming they still have an ownership interest) that's long past its prime, I don't find it at all surprising that they were okay with it. I did notice that it's a straight-to-video release, so it's not going to make very much money.
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I believe this is the first R-rated movie adaptation of a Hanna-Barbera property.
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:24 AM
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I believe this is the first R-rated movie adaptation of a Hanna-Barbera property.
I think you're correct. The Land of the Lost movie was PG-13.


I mentioned this earlier, might be enjoyable for some. "Kids React To Creepy 1970s Kids Shows (Sid & Marty Krofft)": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1Ujk9A01io
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It was always a horror show to me...
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The Banana Splits was my first favorite TV show, when it was originally on Saturday morning TV; I was three years old. Their theme song was one of the first songs I learned to sing, and I even named my stuffed dog Fleegle, after one of the characters.

I watched the show as an adult, when it was run on (I think) Cartoon Network. Lordy, it's awful. Not horror-show awful, just cheesy and dumb. I could see why it appealed to three-year-old me; I imagined that it drove my parents crazy.

Even so, I'm disappointed that it's being made into a horror movie. It's just misuse of the property, which was, as Wikipedia notes, basically a kids' version of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

(Also, for the record, since there seems to be some confusion about this: the original TV show was made by Hanna-Barbera, though the costumes and sets were made by Sid and Marty Krofft.)

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tra-la-la la-la-la-la tra-la-la la-la-la-la

Wow, that could have been great. This does not look great.
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Old 08-11-2019, 01:56 PM
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I read that originally they wanted to do a Five Nights at Freddy's movie, but they couldn't reach a deal.
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Old 08-11-2019, 01:58 PM
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Even though the original Banana Splits contained some of the worst cartoons ever made and I find it hard to care what they do with it, I still find the idea beyond weird.
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Old 08-11-2019, 02:08 PM
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This is going to be even worse than The Happytime Murders.
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Old 08-11-2019, 02:18 PM
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tra-la-la la-la-la-la tra-la-la la-la-la-la

Wow, that could have been great. This does not look great.

One insana, two insana, three insana, four
All insanas throw a fit, so do many more
Over the hill and on decay, the insana thuggees go
Come along to bring you the insana unfit show
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Old 08-11-2019, 02:21 PM
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I believe this is the first R-rated movie adaptation of a Hanna-Barbera property.
Possibly, although the DVD set of Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law has a 15 certificate (UK).

Now that is how you do an adult version of a kids' show.
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Old 08-11-2019, 04:58 PM
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After watching the short clip, I want to go to there.
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Snorky could easily be a First instar spawn of Cthulhu.
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Old 08-11-2019, 07:21 PM
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Snorky could easily be a First instar spawn of Cthulhu.
I think Snorky could be a prime suspect, but you just know that if they try to question him, he's not going to say anything.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:03 AM
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I think it has the potential to be a "So bad it's good" kind of movie.

I'll watch when the drop it on Netflix in a couple of months.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:27 AM
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We've had Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ... I expected Jane Austen to rise as a Zombie to protest.
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Old 08-12-2019, 06:40 AM
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Would've worked better with Sigmund as the culprit. "Family hated me! And those creepy ginger kids!"
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:26 AM
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I'd venture to guess the film makers watched this show as children and thought about ways to corrupt it as they got older, like the people behind Robot Chicken. They were probably prepared to use not-quite-similar characters to avoid copyright issues until somebody thought "let's see if we can get their permission."
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:56 AM
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I thought watching a clip of the old opening credits would spark some happy memories but it did quite the opposite. Logically I realize that the show is over 50 years old, but it looks ancient(and crappily done). I didn't watch any clips of the show itself; I assume it wasn't like that grainy film footage in the opening(?) Whatever, the look of it somehow really depressing.
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Old 08-12-2019, 02:24 PM
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I read that originally they wanted to do a Five Nights at Freddy's movie, but they couldn't reach a deal.
That's what I heard too, and I'm not at all surprised. The first thing I thought of when I saw the trailer was FNAF's.
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I'm watching it right now on SYFY, very disturbingly funny.
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Old 10-13-2019, 07:49 AM
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I'm watching it right now on SYFY, very disturbingly funny.
Ah. Comedy to horror comedy isn't as big a jump, and makes more sense to me.
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Old 10-14-2019, 10:59 AM
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I watched it yesterday. It was...interesting. Kind of a "so bad it's good" vibe for me. I liked the creepy Banana Splits and the cardboard characters, but I didn't expect it to be as gory as it was. I think they could have accomplished what they were trying to do without

SPOILER:

cutting a guy in half with a magic trick and then having his guts hanging out in the breeze, or pulling another guy's limbs off on a spinning wheel, complete with full, uninterrupted view of same in both cases.


I think they couldn't decide whether they wanted to be an edgy comedy or an ultra-gore-fest, and that hurt them in my opinion.

I used to watch the show when I was a kid. I hated the puppets (thought they were creepy even then) but I liked the live-action sequences in between the stupid puppet stuff. They didn't have those in the movie. It was more like "Mr. Spadowski's Playhouse" on UHF.

Oh--side comment: did anybody else think, when they were running the kids through the slime maze at the beginning, that that was a massive lawsuit waiting to happen? Have them go through stuff so slippery they couldn't stand up, followed by climbing a ladder and standing on a platform several feet up? I know, it's a silly movie, but...yeah.
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Old 10-14-2019, 01:20 PM
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I'm watching it right now on SYFY, very disturbingly funny.
Was the Banana Splits song part of the soundtrack? (The Dickies punk song)
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I never watched the original show, but I might just have to watch the movie. Definitely has a silly vibe to it!
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