"The Banana Splits are back, in a small way. Fleegle the beagle, Bingo the orangutan/ape, Drooper the lion and Snorky the elephant have been revived to appear in “as many as 130” interstitial comedy shorts and music videos on Cartoon Network and its cousin, Boomerang. They embody a band, a brand, a plan.
Giant stuffed animals – stuffed with people – the Splits first appeared on television from 1968 to 1970 in a live-action “Laugh-In”/”Monkees”/”Magilla Gorilla” mash-up produced by Hanna-Barbera and realized in part by Sid and Marty Krofft, pre-“Pufnstuf.” The original “The Banana Splits Adventure Hour” was re-cut, repackaged and reshown over the next couple of decades, so that its cultural influence extended into Generation X and beyond. The “Tra La La Song” theme was covered in the late 1970s by first-wave L.A. pop-punks the Dickies and in the 1990s by indie queen Liz Phair.
Notwithstanding a joke about e-mail and an anthropomorphic computer mouse, the new “Banana Splits” short-shorts – lasting only a couple of minutes each – are a straight extension of the original somewhat-less-than-intellectual property. Scheduled to air weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. – toddler time – these are not your typically twisted Cartoon Network recontextualizations, such as “Space Ghost Coast to Coast” or “Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law,” which explore what might be called the banality of the superheroic. This is just kids’ stuff.
Back in their (redesigned) psychedelic shack, the Splits act for the most part as if the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and the oughts never happened. It’s all zoom lenses, cartoon sound effects and Highlights for Children humor. (What do you call cows from Alaska? Eski-moos. What clothes should you wear to take a test? Smarty pants.) And yet by remaining the same, it’s different. The laugh track that was then automatic now reads unavoidably as ironic. The Day-Glo setting recalls a wacky past rather than a groovy present.
Such subtle time-sprung distinctions will of course be lost on the target audience, which is being softened up for the wider re-branding. (That the new shorts are the brainchild of Warner Bros. Consumer Products should tell you much.) There will be a CD, a DVD and all manner of other merchandise."
It's less than a week until Thanksgiving. Time to start listening to Turkey Day music. I shared a compilation last year that has all of the Thanksgiving music and clips that I could find. Click the link below to go to the original post and download link -- Turkey Stuffing Mix
If you like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, check out my parade post from last year. It has YouTube clips featuring The Munsters, Annie, Fraggle Rock, The Care Bears, The Marvel Universe, The Joker, Spider-Man, Sonic the Hedgehog and Bart Simpson.
This is in stores now. Here's the description from TrekMovie.com --
"The first Star Trek Pez will depict the original crew of Star Trek The Original Series in a gift set including eight dispensers and candy in assorted flavors. The dispensers included depict the original crew (Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, and Chekov), plus the NCC-1701 Enterprise. The people at Pez Candy Inc. tell TrekMovie.com that the Enterprise is unique for Pez as it depicts a ’scene’ (a Pez first), where you see the ship emerging from a nebula cloud. The complete Limited Edition Star Trek Pez Collectors Gift Set will be available in September/October for around $20. It should be available both online at the Pez Factory Store as well as retailers like Wal-mart and Target. However the set will have a limited run of only 250,000 (for Pez that is limited!), so they will go fast. Each box will have a special numbered sticker as well."
Back on June 23rd I blogged about the death of George Carlin. I said I was going to post some kind of compilation. Well, I never did. I was looking for a certain CD of his that I know I had, but couldn't find. I FINALLY FOUND IT!
I got The Little David Years Box Set Sampler off of eBay a few years ago. It contains 14 tracks from the 1999 seven-CD box set George Carlin: The Little David Years (1971-1977). There are two tracks each from the following discs --
Disc 1 - FM & AM Disc 2 - CLASS CLOWN Disc 3 - OCCUPATION: FOOLE Disc 4 - TOLEDO WINDOW BOX Disc 5 - AN EVENING with WALLY LANDO featuring BILL SLASZO Disc 6 - ON THE ROAD Disc 7 - "FREE COMPLIMENTARY EXTRA BONUS DISC" NOT FOR SALE ANYWHERE
1. The Hair Piece 2. Son of "Wino" 3. Class Clown 4. I Used To Be Irish Catholic 5. New York Voices 6. Filthy Words 7. Nursery Rhymes 8. God 9. Bodily Functions 10. Baseball-Football 11. Death and Dying 12. Parents' Cliches and Children's Secret Answers 13. Hitchhiking 14. New Sports
Last year I posted about putting together a compilation of NFL novelty tunes. Well, I dropped the ball on that. I hope to have it up this month. If anyone has a link to a funny football song or a song sung by an NFL player, let me know.
I'll also probably post pictures of some of my football autographs. And maybe a few other things if time permits.
I'm also working on some Christmas posts for next month.
Everybody have a great holiday season. I'll see ya soon.