The Brady Kids
was the Animated Adaptation
of The Brady Bunch
, produced by Filmation
and originally airing from 1972 to 1974 on ABC
. Most of the plot was about their misadventures and their songs. They had instruments, too: Greg and Peter on guitars, Bobby on drums, Marcia on tambourine and Jan on keyboards. Added was Cindy (in front of Greg) on a smaller guitar. Alice and the parents were missing from the series, and Tiger had been replaced by Moptop, a different dog. They also had two pet pandas that spoke nothing but Chinese-sounding gibberish and a magical myna bird. They had a musical performance Once an Episode
, and encountered various guest stars, from Wonder Woman
(in her first animated appearance) to The Lone Ranger
...yeah, it's all about like that.
Provides examples of:
- The '70s: Very evident.
- Animated Adaptation
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Ping and Pong, the two pandas. It's all gibberish meant to sound Chinese.
- Band Toon
- Cattle Drive: In "Give Me a Home Where the Panda Bears Roam and the Dog and the Mynah Bird Play", the kids go on a cattle drive. As usual, Marlon's magic makes a mess of things.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Fleetwood, an added character
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: The Wonder Woman episode almost seems to be setting this up with Jan, who insists that brain power is superior to physical strength. But the end of the episode has both her and Marcia learning that "the ultimate equation is a healthy body plus a healthy mind".
- Cowboy Episode: The Brady Kids had two: "Long Gone Silver" (guest-starring The Lone Ranger) and "Give Me a Home Where the Panda Bears Roam and the Dog and the Mynah Bird Play".
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Each episode begins with the cast singing a Theme Tune Roll Call to the same tune as the Brady Bunch theme song.
- Family Title
- Feather Fingers: Marlon the mynah bird uses them.
- Free-Range Children: Hardly any adults appear in this series with a noticeably absent Alice, Mike, and Carol.
- Gratuitous Animal Sidekick/Team Pet: Moptop, Marlon, Ping, and Pong
- Heli-Critter: Marlon would fly by spinning his tail feathers like a rotor.
- Jerkass: Chuck White, an added character.
- Laugh Track: Like all Filmation shows of the '70s, not to mention the original live action show.
- Limited Animation: And how. The animation of the kids walking and performing songs were exact duplicate motions from Filmation's The Archie Show series of four years earlier.
- Magic Skirt: An episode featuring a scene of the kids ice skating on a pond had Cindy twirling around on one foot, but her skirt never twirls up. Likewise when she falls on her butt, her skirt does not flip up.
- Meganekko: Jan.
- Men Are Strong, Women Are Pretty: The theme song straight out introduces the boys as the brothers of the three sisters, taking care to describe Greg as "the leader and a good man for the job" while the girls are referred to as "See our sisters, they're all quite pretty" with the song only describing Marcia's "eyes of sparkling blue" and Jan being referred to with the vague "groovy". At least she fared better than Cindy, who merely got "And then there's Cindy too."
- Mythology Gag: In "You Took the Words Right Out of My Tape", Cindy is looking at the Sabertooth Tiger in the wax museum and comments on how nice it would be to have a "tiger" as a pet.note Doubles as a Stealth Pun.
- Packed Hero: In "Pop Goes the Mynah", Marlon is sealed in a can at a soda factory, and the Bradys have to rescue him.
- Panda-ing to the Audience: Two pandas named Ping and Pong are the kids' team pets.
- The Rustler: In "Give Me a Home Where the Panda Bears Roam and the Dog and the Mynah Bird Play," the kids discover that the cattle herd they are supposed to be taking on a Cattle Drive consists of one cow. However, it is marked for rustling by two grizzled old-timers, Sagebrush and Tumbleweed.
- Shout-Out: In A Very Brady Sequel, when Roy Martin aka Trevor Thomas experiences his spaghetti-induced Mushroom Samba, he sees Marlon, Ping, Pong, and the Filmation versions of the kids.
- Sidekick Ex Machina: Whenever the Brady kids were in a jam, Marlon could always help them.
- Special Guest:
- Special mention goes to the kids meeting Wonder Woman in her television debut.
- Superman also drops by and Cindy almost kills him. Her rock collection includes kryptonite.
- What Beautiful Eyes!: The theme song refers to Marcia as having sparkling blue eyes.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Mike, Carol, Alice and the house are nowhere to be seen.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Great pains were taken to never say the name of the town in which the Brady Kids lived. In one episode, Greg deliberately turned off the TV news one word before the announcer said the name of the town.
- Wizard Hat: Marlon wears one.