The Banana Splits Movie

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The Banana Splits Movie
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Directed byDanishka Esterhazy
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Jed Elinoff
  • Scott Thomas
Based onThe Banana Splits by Hanna-Barbera Productions
Starring
Music byPatrick Stump
CinematographyTrevor Calverley
Edited byMichael P. Mason
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release date
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The Banana Splits Movie is a 2019 American direct-to-video comedy horror film directed by Danishka Esterhazy and written by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas. The film is based on the 1968 Hanna-Barbera children's television series The Banana Splits and stars Dani Kind, Steve Lund, Finlay Wotjak-Hissong, Romeo Carere, Sara Canning and the voice of Eric Bauza. The plot follows a young boy and his family attending a live recording of The Banana Splits television series, but trying to survive when Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky become murderous upon learning of the cancellation of their show, starting a killing spree around the studio.

The Banana Splits Movie premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 18, 2019, and will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment via Blu-ray and DVD on August 27, 2019.

Plot[edit]

A young boy named Harley is a huge fan of The Banana Splits. On his birthday, he, his parents Beth and Mitch, and older brother Austin, go to a live taping of the The Banana Splits at Taft Studios. When they arrive, Harley waves at the characters — Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper, and Snorky — who were driving one of the Banana Buggies, almost getting himself hit. As the outing is getting ready, Andy, the Vice President of programming, informs the show’s producer Rebecca that the show is being cancelled after the recording. After the taping, the characters (who are actually robots) learn about the cancellation of their show from their co-star Stevie, and begin a body count around the studio, starting with Drooper stuffing a lollipop prop into Stevie’s throat.

Outside the studio, Beth learns that Mitch has been cheating on her, and he explains it is because she was always with Austin and Harley, and not him. As Mitch gets his car ready to go home, Snorky, who is driving the Banana Buggie, chases and runs over Mitch. Meanwhile, Thadd and Poppy, a couple, arrive in Fleegle’s Magic Shop, and happily get engaged. However, Fleegle arrives and kills Thadd by sawing him in half, and when he attempts to do the same thing to Poppy, he hears Harley, along with his friend Zoe, trying to find Snorky. He takes them to the back room where the characters were made, and traps them with another girl named Parker.

Beth, Austin, Rebecca, and the show’s host Paige, learn about the Banana Splits’ carnage when Parker’s father Jonathan comes completly injured (Drooper lit his face on fire), which makes Beth and Austin go out to look for Harley and Zoe, while Rebecca heals Jonathan and Paige goes to call 911. While looking for the kids, Austin and Beth come across Poppy, who is sobbing over Thadd’s death, and convince her to join them with their search.

Meanwhile, Harley, Zoe, and Parker meet Karl, the man responsible for the creation of the Banana Splits, and beg him to let them out. He almost does so, but gets distracted when Drooper comes dragging Bingo (who was attacked by Beth when he tried to attack Austin), but the kids were able to get out and trap Karl in their cell and run off.

Meanwhile, Rebecca and Jonathan get captured by Fleegle and Drooper, who take them to one of the stages, “The Sloppy Time Course“, and force them to complete it in order to escape. However, when they reach the end, Fleegle stabs Jonathan in the back with a key, while Rebecca gets hit in the face from a hammer by Drooper. While trying to find way out, Harley, Zoe and Parker come across Snorky. Harley tries to convince him to help them, to which Snorky agrees.

Beth, Austin, and Poppy find Paige, who informs them that she was unable to call the police due to the phones not working and the cellphones smashed. The group go to the Back Room to ask Karl how they will stop the Banana Splits. He provides no information, but when the group hear music coming from a hatch, they go in as there may be danger in there. Just as she’s about to follow them, Poppy noticed a mask for an unused fifth Banana Split named Hooty. She puts on the mask, and kills Karl for letting the Banana Splits kill Thadd.

Beth, Austin, and Paige are shocked to see that Fleegle and Drooper have been entertaining scared and crying children with violent and gruesome things, like burning Stevie’s dead corpse, and ripping Andy’s limbs off. Harley, Zoe, Parker, and Snorky arrive and get locked with the other kids. However, Snorky gives Harley the keys to the chains that are on the children’s feet. He unlocks the chains, freeing the kids and they run to the exit. Beth attempts to attack Drooper and Fleegle, but gets overwhelmed, and almost dies when Austin and Harley arrive and help her kill Fleegle and Drooper.

Beth, Austin, and Harley run towards Paige and Zoe to reunite with each other, only to be cornered by Bingo. He declares “time’s almost up”, but then Snorky appears and has a fight with Bingo. Bingo outnumbers Snorky by taking his heart out. However, Snorky was able to crush and crack Bingo’s head, killing him. Harley comforts Snorky, telling him he will always be his favorite, before Snorky dies.

In the aftermath, the police arrive, Austin and Paige develope romantic feelings towards each other, and Beth divorces Mitch (who survived his encounter with Snorky). Mitch gets left behind when the police leave, and ends up getting run over again by the Banana Buggie, now driven by Poppy and has the Banana Splits on the back. As Poppy is driving the Banana Buggie, Feegle is seen reactivating, and then laughing.

Cast[edit]

  • Dani Kind as Beth Williams, Harley and Austin's mother and Mitch's wife, who suspects that her husband is cheating on her.
  • Steve Lund as Mitch Williams, Harley and Austin's father and Beth's husband, who gives his son tickets to attend the live recording of The Banana Splits.
  • Finlay Wotjak-Hissong as Harley Williams, the youngest son of Beth and Mitch, brother of Austin and huge fan of the Banana Splits, especially Snorky.
  • Romeo Carere as Austin Williams, Beth and Mitch's older shy son and Harley's brother, who accompanies his family to the studio.
  • Sara Canning as Rebecca, the stage manager of The Banana Splits television series.
  • Eric Bauza as the voice of Fleegle, Bingo, and Drooper, the animatronic characters and main protagonists of The Banana Splits, that go crazy after learning of the cancellation of the show.
    • Snorky is the fourth member of the Banana Splits and is mute, vocalizing only in honking sounds.
      • Bauza also voices the Announcer.
  • Lionel Newton as Karl, an employee of the studio, responsible for the creation of Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky.
  • Kiroshan Naidoo and Celina Martin as Thadd and Poppy, a fan couple of The Banana Splits visiting the studio to record everything on Instagram.
  • Richard White as Stevie, an actor of the program, who acts as a secondary character, secretly hating the Banana Splits.
  • Naledi Majola as Paige, the host of The Banana Splits television series.
  • Maria Nash as Zoe, a girl that Harley befriends in the studio.
  • Lia Sachs as Parker, a young girl visiting the studio with her father to meet the Banana Splits.
  • Keeno Lee Hector as Jonathan, Parker's father and fan of The Banana Splits.
  • Daniel Fox as Andy, the studio executive who cancels The Banana Splits television series.
  • Vash Singh as Doug, the security guard of the studio.

Production[edit]

On February 19, 2019, Warner Bros. Television Group’s Blue Ribbon Content division announced that it is collaborating with Blue Ice Group on producing a film adaptation of The Banana Splits, which will venture into a horror-like setting, scheduled to premiere at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 18, 2019, to be released direct to streaming through Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on August 13, 2019, on DVD and Blu-ray on August 27, 2019, and to air on Syfy in September 21, 2019. Danishka Esterhazy is directing the feature based on a script by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas.[2] It marks the first film adaptation of a Hanna-Barbera or Sid and Marty Krofft property to be rated R by the MPAA for horror violence and gore. The film is a production of Blue Ice Pictures.

On June 13, 2019, when Syfy Wire released a trailer for the R-rated movie, some suggested it was inspired by the Five Nights at Freddy's horror movie that was supposed to be released.[3][4]

Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy created music for the film, as well as his version of the Banana Splits theme song.

Reception[edit]

While not reviewed by professional critics, the film received mixed reviews from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes, with an audience score of 50% based on 6 reviews. The film also received backlash from fans of the original show, with many of the complaints calling the film offensive and deranged because of its premise and the amount of gore.

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