Horror Review: The Banana Splits Movie (2019)

A boy and his family attend a taping of the Banana Splits TV show, but the fun quickly fades when the beloved characters embark on an unpredictable killing spree.

The name Hanna-Barbera brings a smile to not only to my face, but to the face of millions of people worldwide.

Some of my earliest memories involve seeing the Hanna-Barbera logo on a TV screen, I can even remember my Dad telling me about how much he loved watching “The Banana Splits” when he was a little kid after he saw me watching it on TV one afternoon when I was ill and lying on the settee.

Never in my wildest dreams, and I’m sure not even in my Dad’s, did I think I’d ever associate “The Banana Splits” with the Horror genre. Yet, here we are and I have to say this was one wacky trip that sure had my inner child wondering what had happened to these once lovable characters.

From the off it’s very obvious that this film is not going to be for everyone and the acting itself is quite stiff but what you have to remember that what we have here is a lower budget straight to DVD film, so there is a lower expectation to be had and if I’m honest it helps to have that lower expectation as a viewer.
There are some fun scenes featured here, the film tries to go for a more goofy atmosphere which basically sums up this film to be honest. It has a very cartoonish tone works for the film, it knows what it is and tries plays to it’s strengths. One things for sure, I’ll never think of “The Banana Splits” the same ever again.
“The Banana Splits Movie” is not going to please everyone, as stated the acting isn’t great, the story is one dimensional and it for some reason it seems awkward at times. But it’s one of those films that is a fun watch after you’ve had a few drinks with some friends and if you keep your expectations low.
If you want to see “The Banana Splits Movie” trailer then just click on the video below:

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

The movie is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for horror violence and gore, marking it as the first R-rated movie adaptation of a Hanna-Barbera or Sid & Marty Krofft property.

Based extremely loosely on the TV show The Banana Splits Adventure Hour (1968).

Bill Farmer, Frank Welker, and Carlos Alazraqui were originally meant to reprise their roles as their respective Banana Splits from the 2008 TV show that aired on Cartoon Network, but were eventually replaced with Eric Bauza.

Supposedly based on unused and rejected Five Nights at Freddy’s (2014) script from when Warner Brothers originally had the movie rights.

The sound FX used for the splits is the same one used in 2001: A Space Odyssey, when Dave Bowman leaves the spacecraft Discovery One.

Eric Bauza’s second direct to video movie based on an existing property after Woody Woodpecker (2017).

One of the guest stars on the original TV show was The Monkees. Pay close attention to how the older son, Austin is dressed. He looks like the way Michael Nesmith dressed while on the The Monkees (1966), right down to the way he wears his knit hat.

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