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Old programmes that had really weird title sequences

May 24, 2013

Weird old title sequences: Holmes and Yoyo (1976)

Posted on May 24, 2013 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Forget Sherlock. Forget Elementary. This is how you update Sherlock Holmes for modern times. May I present Holmes and Yoyo, a show I'd only ever heard about, never seen. Watch the title sequence and be amazed by its audacity.

[via @AlexRomeo @mpphillips @gideondefoe @richmurkin]

You can, if that's whet your appetite, watch the first episode as well:

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December 20, 2012

Weird old title sequences: The Banana Splits (1968-70)

Posted on December 20, 2012 | comments | Bookmark and Share

The Banana Splits

Chances are, you'll have heard The Banana Splits' theme tune at some point. Still popular in its own right, it's also a favourite for remixes and sampling.

Chances are you won't ever have watched it, though – at least not the original series. Unlike other kids shows of the time, this weird mix of live action and animation that crossed The Monkees with Rowan and Martin's Laugh In hasn't had the longevity of other shows. Yet if you watched it, it would be hard to forget the near nightmarish qualities of Fleegle the beagle, Bingo the gorilla, Drooper the lion, and Snork/Snorky the elephant, and the somewhat surreal show they were in.

Imagine you're four years old. Now watch the title sequence and know fear.

PS I should point out that Cartoon Network put out some Banana Splits Internet cartoons in the early 2000s and there was a new series in 2008, so there's probably a generation of kids being traumatised right now by the latest incarnation of the Banana Splits.

PPS I should probably also point out than Jan Michael Vincent of Airwolf fame appeared in the not at all racist Danger Island strand of the show that ran in the first season.

September 13, 2012

Weird old title sequences: Alias the Jester (1985)

Posted on September 13, 2012 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Back in the 70s and 80s, Cosgrove Hall was a powerhouse of children's TV. Creator of Chorlton and the Wheelies, Danger Mouse, The Wind in the Willows and Count Duckula, it dominated animated independent TV for the best part of those decades.

One minor little blip – although not necessarily on quality grounds – that's largely been forgotten was 1985's 13-part series Alias the Jester, which followed the adventures of a time traveller by the name of Alias and his dog-like companion Boswell. After their malfunctioning ship gets stuck in the Earth's magnetic pole, they crash-land in a Middle Age kingdom called Houghton Bottoms, ruled by (a) King Arthur and his Queen Edith. Taking up a secret identity as Alias the Jester, he gains employment at the court and befriends the bumbling court wizard Meredith.

However, when the situation called for it, Alias instantly changed back into his red uniform, which enabled him to fly, and gave him a degree of super strength, which used to face the various villains of the show, each episode inevitably ending with Arthur firing Alias and Meredith.

Here's the title sequence, which is a weird old combination of 80s pap music and utterly unhelpful scenes from the show.

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