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[[caption-width-right:300:[[ClothesMakeTheLegend Pyjamas make the Bananas.]]]]

--> "Bananas in pyjamas are coming down the stairs..."

''Bananas In Pyjamas'' is a beloved Australian children's television series that originally ran on TheABC in its [[PeopleInRubberSuits suitmation]] incarnation from 1992 to 2002, before undergoing an extensive ReTool when it was [[{{Revival}} revived]] in 2011 as an AllCGICartoon.

Like the ''other'' [[TheWiggles breakout Australian children's franchise of the 1990s]], you would be ''incredibly'' hard-pressed to find an Australian child of Generation Y or later who's never even ''seen'' the show let alone one who didn't love it as a child, based on the the ubiquitous [[CashCowFranchise merchandising]] and instantly recognisable ThemeSong. All this for a show where the episodes originally only ran for five minutes each.

The idea for the show came from the song of the same name, which later became the show's TitleThemeTune. The song was written in 1967 by British composer Carey Blyton (nephew of author Creator/EnidBlyton) who included it in a [[http://www.careyblyton.com/??=Bananas picture book of humorous verse,]] also with the same name, which was first published in 1972. The Australian version of PlaySchool soon incorporated the song into its catalogue, and in 1979 an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9LndA74xnM animated short film of the song]] was created to be screened during the show. This film and a banana toy that subsequently joined the show's "toy cast" formed the physical basis of B1 and B2.

The show made its debut in July 1992, featuring a cast of two [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin bananas in pyjamas]] (B1 and B2), three teddies (Amy, Morgan and Lulu) and a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold sometimes-conniving-if-actually-rather-nice]] corner shop owner in Rat in the Hat, who all lived in the cul-de-sac of Cuddles Avenue. The show soon proved to be ''immensely'' popular among the toddler crowd and the show was exported to many overseas territories including the United States, where three episodes would often be broadcast together in a fifteen-minute block.

In the original incarnation's last season broadcast in 2002, [[FinalSeasonCasting some new barnyard characters were added]], including [[ParentalBonus two chickens called "Gregory" and "Peck", Dolly the sheep, Camembert the cow]], [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Pedro the pig and Flash the fish]]. The series then went on an indefinite [[SeriesHiatus hiatus]] before it was announced in 2009 that a new CGI version of the show was in the works. The CGI version premiered in 2011 to [[CriticalBacklash at best mixed reviews]] and [[InternetBackdraft vocal disappointment from the show's former fanbase]]. However, the episodes from the original incarnation are freely available to watch on Website/YouTube and purchase on DVD.
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!!Tropes:
* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: Lulu often pronunces "Bananas" as "''BA''-na-nas".
* AdaptationDistillation: The song doesn't specify how ''many'' bananas and teddies there are, but the 1979 short film and the series of picture books published in TheEighties make it clear that there's a whole ''army'' of both species. The 90s [[LiveActionTV live-action]] series whittles the cast down to a few key members, possibly due to TheABC's [[NoBudget notoriously small budget]].
* AdaptationExpansion: The new series introduces new locations and new characters, including Topsy the kangaroo, Charlie the monkey and Bernard the dog.
* ArtShift: The pre-2011 versions has a very well (for AdobeFlash standards) animated opening sequence and closing. The rest of the episodes are live-action with actors in full-body suits.
* AllCGICartoon: The original series was transformed into one of these in 2011, with mixed results.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: B1 and B2 are canonically twin brothers.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Applies to both incarnations of the series.
* AnimatedAdaptation
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: Possibly a nod to the 1979 film.
* AnthropomorphicFood: The Bananas, of course.
* ArtEvolution: The main characters' appearaces (particularly the Bananas') changed practically every season.
* TheArtifact: The Bananas' teddy-chasing was the main point of the song it was based on, but in the series (the live-action one at least) teddy-chasing is rare, and is mainly confined to the early episodes of the series.
* ArtisticLicenseFilmProduction: In the episode "Video Clip" (at the end of a 1993 StoryArc), the Bananas and Teddies film a video and then watch it back to themselves immediately afterwards. [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief The fact that it's a show for young children aside]], some of the clips in the video feature the characters when they ''weren't'' filming, and there's no character in the episodes depicted who is a functioning camera-person apart from Lulu (who was in the footage). And then there's the fact that Lulu managed to edit the video, set up the recorder and get the tape in play in ''less than ten seconds''...
* {{Catchphrase}}:
--> ''(BOING)''
--> B2: [[AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering Are you thinking what I'm thinking B1?]]
--> B1: I think I am, B2!
--> Both: IT'S ____ TIME!

--> Rat in a Hat: ''I'm a rat, I'm a rat, I'm a clever clever rat...''

--> Rat in a Hat: CHEESE AND WHISKERS!

--> Rat in a Hat: [[TrustMeImAnX Trust me, I'm a Rat.]]
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: Seriously, could you ''imagine'' the Bananas wearing anything but their blue-and-white striped pyjamas?
* CoolCar: Not in the straight sense (the only thing going for it is the fact it's the only car in Cuddles Avenue) but Rat's Ratmobile does certainly ''look'' pretty cool.
* CulturalTranslation: When the series was exported to the US, the show's title card had to be spelt as "Bananas in ''Pajamas''".
* DeadpanSnarker: Morgan displayed this trait at times, most notably in "Lulu's Magic".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Early in the show's first season, B1 and Amy had [[TheOtherDarrin different voice actors]], and in the case of the Bananas the voice actors were also inside the suits (though this practice was changed by the next season). The ''boing'' sound used when the Bananas get an idea was also completely different, there was no Rat, and Amy was missing her now-trademark bow as well as wearing the tutu that would eventually become a trademark of Lulu's.
** In the picture books made before the original animated short and the show, the Bananas wore ''red''-striped pyjamas. The books were later reissued with illustrations that matched the show.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding
* FinalSeasonCasting: The barnyard animals in the live-action show's final season.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The Rat in the Hat, originally. The 2011 incarnation makes him out to be more of a {{jerkass}}.
* TheKiddieRide: Yes, there was one made by a company called ''[=Fun2Learn=]''.
* LimitedWardrobe: Save for a couple of slight modifications here and there, all the characters on the show wore the same clothes in every episode.
* LongRunner: The show has now been running for a total of twelve years, not counting the hiatus or its earlier incarnations as a song or thirty-second animated interstitial. It has been around for twenty years.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Appeared with [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney the Dinosaur]] in PBS interstitals! Also, they were featured in a Freeview ad around 2010-2012 with many personalities from every channel on free to air television in Australia. Also it's a given that they will feature on ABC video compilations or at children's events where presenters from PlaySchool or TheWiggles will appear.
* [[NakedPeopleAreFunny Naked Bananas Are Funny]]: The episode "Bananas Without Pyjamas". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HexNvgygh1I Oh yes]], [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar the ABC let that one through]].
** Also note use of {{SceneryCensor}}.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Back in the mid-2000s, [=ABC1=] transmitted a trailer for the show which featured footage hinting at [[ShipTease a possible shipping]] between one of the Bananas and ''Lulu''. Suffice to say, apart from the RomanceArc between the turtles Tolstoy and Thomasina [[spoiler:(who ended up getting married in the 1999 season)]], there's ''no'' shipping between the main characters in the show. (Well, no ''intentional'' shipping on the creators' part anyway.)
* NiceHat: The rat's hat (of course), the Bananas' Beach Patrol visors and Morgan's legionnaire hat. The characters also wear many other nice hats which depend upon the context of the story.
* NoAntagonist: Subjectively [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Though the Bananas and Teddies considered Rat in a Hat to be their friend, he often cheated them whenever he found a chance to, at least until [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin one of the protagonists called him out on it]]. On the other hand, Rat in a Hat's status as antagonist is debatable as he never hurts any of the other characters, he just cheats or play pranks on them.
* PajamaCladHero
* ParentalBonus: The parental bonuses abound, resulting in the PeripheryDemographic that watched the show in the Nineties. A good half of the names of all the barnyard animals count (here's the reason why [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolly_%28sheep%29 Dolly the Sheep]] may have tickled some parent's funny bones) and there's also a turtle called... wait for it... ''Tolstoy''.
* {{Pilot}}: "Pink Mug".
* RearrangeTheSong: The theme song was given an oh-so-90s dance makeover and its very own [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l5ztTRbPIo music video]].
* ReTool: The 2011 series changes a ''lot'', and it's not just the CGI rendering. For one, the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters slew of new characters]] means the gang live in Cuddlestown instead of just Cuddles Avenue, many characters [[SuddenlyVoiced speak perfectly]], the characters [[TheOtherDarrin have new voice actors]], Rat in a Hat is now the main [[{{Jerkass}} antagonist]] and there's even a new song, "Banana Time", that's being eased into the series as a [[ReplacedTheThemeTune possible replacement]] for the trademark theme song.
* SickEpisode: "Atchoo!" (where Morgan falls ill and the Bananas tend to him), "Sniffles" (where Rat has the sniffles) and "Lost Voice" (where Amy has a sore throat and cannot talk).
* SingleEpisodeHandicap: Amy's lost voice in "Lost Voice".
* {{Slapstick}}: Inherent in the show's humour.
* SliceOfLife
* StoryArc: Sometimes the live-action series would feature five-day-long story arcs which, when put together, would make a 25-minute episode. These include "Banana's Birthday" in 1992 and the five episodes chronicling the creation of a song and video ("Getting Rhythm", "Musical Stairs", "Swamp Lake", "Take One" and "Video Clip") in 1993.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: In "Singing Bananas" (where the Bananas act as singing telegrams):
--> "Here's the things the teddies need, first a tin of chicken ''soup''"
* SuddenlyVoiced: The barnyard characters in the new series, who previously communicated exclusively in bleats, grunts or clucks, are now capable of speaking perfect English.
* TalkingAnimal: The Teddies and the Rat in the original series, and pretty much everybody in the reboot.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: The female Teddies have bows.
* TitleThemeTune
* TheTrickster: Maggie the magpie (though she can't ''really'' help it, seeing as she is a magpie), and, to a slightly lesser extent, Rat.
* TotallyRadical: One week-long StoryArc in the 90s featured the Bananas and Teddies writing their own song before filming a music video for it. In one of the episodes Morgan is dressed in very [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed M.C Hammer-like get-up]] and goes around saying "Cool, man! Cool!"
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Lulu, through her name, [[VerbalTic verbal tics]] and love of {{ballet}} is implied to be French, but her accent sounds closer to that of a Greek one.
* WidgetSeries: There is simply no explanation as to why Australian children are so fond of giant anthropomorphic bananas. They just ''are''.
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