In its original run, The Banana Splits Adventure Hour lasted only 31 episodes, but its funky brand of psychedelia had a lasting impact on a lot of kids born in the sixties. (Your author can attest to this fact.)

The show was created by Hanna-Barbera Productions — the team behind The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons and Scooby-Doo, among others — with the help of Sid and Marty Krofft, who would go on to create the also-trippy H R Pufnstuf, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, and Land of the Lost.

The premise? A sort of variety show (loosely inspired by Laugh-In) starring a rock band comprised of four outrageously-costumed animal characters (inspired by The Monkees). The stars were Bingo – gorilla (drums/vocals); Drooper – lion (bass/vocals); Fleegle – beagle (guitar/vocals); and Snorky – elephant (keyboards/synth).

Saturday morning television would never be the same. – NJP

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Banana Splits opening credits

The Banana Splits theme song (full lyrics)

(also known as “The Tra-la-la song”)

The Banana Splits TV show

Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la (x4)

the-banana-splits-retro-hanna-barbera-tv-show (2)One banana, two banana
Three banana, four
Four bananas make a bunch
And so do many more
Over hill and highway
The banana buggies go
Comin’ on to bring you
The Banana Splits Show

Makin’ up a mess of fun (x2)
Lots of fun for everyone

Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la (x4)

Four banana, three banana
Two banana, one
All bananas playing in the bright warm sun
Flippin’ like a pancake, poppin’ like a cork
Fleagle, Bingo, Drooper an’ Snork

Makin’ up a mess of fun (x2)
Lots of fun for everyone

Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la (x4)

Two banana, four banana
One banana, three
Swingin’ like a bunch of monkeys
Hangin’ from a tree
Hey there everybody
Won’t you come along and see
How much like banana splits
Everyone can be

Makin’ up a mess of fun (x2)
Lots of fun for everyone

Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la (x4)

Banana Splits cover


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