->''"One banana, two banana, three banana, four!\\
Four bananas make a bunch, and so do many more!\\
Over hill and highway the Banana Buggies go,\\
Coming on to bring you the Banana Splits show!"''

''The Banana Splits Adventure Hour'' was a Saturday morning series from Creator/HannaBarbera shown on Creator/{{NBC}} in the late 1960s. Live actors in full-body costumes portrayed Fleegle the dog (voiced by Creator/PaulWinchell), Drooper the lion (voiced by [[WesternAnimation/MagillaGorilla Allan Melvin]]), Bingo the gorilla (voiced by Creator/DawsButler) and Snorky the elephant, [[TheVoiceless who didn't talk]]. Creator/SidAndMartyKrofftProductions designed the Banana Splits' character costumes.

The foursome did comedy sketches, performed songs and introduced the following action segments:
* ''WesternAnimation/ArabianKnights'': A FiveManBand of heroes fought evil in pre-Islamic Arabia.
* ''The Three Musketeers'': These short adventures were adapted from [[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers the book]] by Creator/AlexandreDumas ''père''.
* ''Micro-Ventures'': A scientist and his two teenage children visited MouseWorld to observe insects up close.
* ''Danger Island'': This was the serialized live-action segment, set on and around a Pacific island. Memorable for the CatchPhrase, "Uh-oh, Chongo!". Directed by Creator/RichardDonner, who went on to hit films like ''Film/TheOmen1976'', ''Film/{{Superman}}'', ''Film/TheGoonies'' and ''Film/LethalWeapon''.[[note]]It also starred [[Series/{{Airwolf}} (Jan-) Michael Vincent]] as Link.[[/note]]

After the Banana Splits became popular, Hanna-Barbera tried to duplicate its success in 1977: ''Skatebirds'' on Creator/{{CBS}}. (Some sources had 1969's ''WesternAnimation/TheCattanoogaCats'' on Creator/{{ABC}} as live/animated with the Cats in live costumes, but it was all animated.) When ''The Banana Splits'' was shown in broadcast syndication, and later on Creator/{{TBS}}, the following series were added to the package:
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAtomAntShow'', accompanied by ''WesternAnimation/PreciousPupp'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheHillbillyBears''
* ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel'', accompanied by ''Squiddly Diddly'' and ''Winsome Witch''
* ''The Adventures of Gulliver''
* ''The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn''

Finally, a short-lived revival of the series aired on Creator/CartoonNetwork in 2009, featuring Creator/BillFarmer, Creator/FrankWelker, and Creator/CarlosAlazraqui [[TheOtherDarrin as]] Fleagle, Bingo, and Drooper respectively.

Interesting trivia: The Banana Splits title song (or rather, a high-speed CoverVersion by The Dickies) puts in an appearance as Hit Girl's theme music in ''Film/KickAss''.
!!''The Banana Splits'' provides examples of:
* AnimatedAdaptation: Hardly surprisingly, the band appeared both in live action and in animated form in a full-length feature, ''The Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park'' ([[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation 1972]]), on the animated anthology series ''The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie''.
** Within the show, "The Three Musketeers" was quite faithful to the original source (especally for Saturday morning kids show standards!).
* TheBigGuy: Porthos from "The Three Musketeers"
* CatchPhrase: "Uh oh, Chongo!" for ''Danger Island''
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: At least physically for Snorky, who originally started out as something of a wooly mammoth in Season One, and became a clean-shaven elephant in Season Two.
* ComicBookAdaptation: Published by Creator/GoldKeyComics.
* CoolCar: C'mon, admit it--you always wanted one of those six-wheeled Banana Buggies.
* DamselInDistress: Leslie Hayden from ''Danger Island'', who was captured by Captain Mu-Tan's band or native headhunters in practically every episode and [[BoundAndGagged tied up]], although all the main characters get this treatment at one point or another, especially late in the serial.
* EdutainmentShow: ''Micro Ventures.''
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Bingo.
* FakeBand
* {{Fanservice}}: The camera *loves* [[MrFanservice Link]] [[PrettyBoy (a young Jan-Michael Vincent)]] in ''Danger Island'', especially when his swimming trunks are wet. Morgan (Rockne Tarkington) also spends most of the time [[ShirtlessScene nearly shirtless]] in a way that emphasizes his chest. Oddly enough, averted with the lone female character [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Leslie]].
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: All four Banana Splits.
** TheOneWhoWearsShoes: Fleegle.
* HollywoodTorches: ''Danger Island'' had these.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: ''Micro Ventures''
* IslandOfMystery: ''Danger Island''. Possibly home to the lost city of Tobanya. Contains castaways and comes with three different tribes of cannibalistic natives.
* KingOfBeasts: Averted. Drooper the Lion isn't the lead guy, Fleegle the dog is.
* LaughTrack
* MisplacedWildlife: On ''Danger Island''. Lions and leopards on an island, in the middle of the Pacific?
* OpenSesame: on ''The Arabian Knights''.
* PeopleInRubberSuits
* RogerRabbitEffect: In the ''New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'' segments. Tom, Huck and Becky are live action and everyone & everything else is animated.
* RuthlessModernPirates: Captain Mu-Tan and his rag-tag band of modern day pirates from ''Danger Island''.
* ThemeTuneRollCall:
-->Flipping like a pancake, popping like a cork,
-->Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snork!
** In one segment, Fleegle started their regular meeting, and insisted that they had to first call the roll. Cue the other three walking around crying "Here, roll!".
* ToonTransformation: The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie ''The Banana Splits In Hocus Pocus Park'' has a live action little girl and the normally live action costumed Splits turning into cartoon figures after entering a mysterious billboard.
* TheUnintelligible: Snorky spoke entirely in honking noises. Also, Chongo from ''Danger Island''.