The Banana Splits are back

Take a trip in the way-back machine with me: It’s a Saturday morning—early—and two young children are parked inches from the (black and white) television with bowls of cereal. Some music starts up on the screen, and before you know it, the little girl is singing along at the top of her voice. “TRA LA LA! LA LA LA LA! TRA LA LA LA LALA LA LA!” The music is certainly cheerful, but up until that point, the parents in the house were sleeping… and they don’t wake up all that cheerful, regardless of the soundtrack. Oops.

I don’t need to tell you who those children were (suffice it to say, my brother never got carried away singing along and got into trouble for waking up our parents), but times have really changed. For one thing, we have color television, now. For another, my kids prefer toast in the morning.


But we all know that the more things change, the more they stay the same. It turns out that the toe-tapping music that entranced me as a young girl is back, and just as infectious as ever. That’s right—The Banana Splits are staging a comeback, and Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky are still eerily reminiscent of some other famous singers you may have heard of. Except, you know, in giant animal form.

Your kids can play around on the official website, plus you’ll be seeing their music videos (“One banana, two banana, three banana, four!”) popping up on Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Just try to keep your toes from tapping. And then try not to feel old when you tell your kids that you watched The Banana Splits when you were little.

You know, back in the Pleistocene Era.

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