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

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.