Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.
The Banana Splits Movie stars Dani Kind as Beth, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong as Harley, Romeo Carere as Austin, Steve Lund as Mitch and Sara Canning as Rebecca. The beloved Bingo, Fleegle, Snorky and Drooper are voiced by Eric Bauza. The film is written by Jed Elinoff & Scott Thomas and directed by Danishka Esterhazy with music by Patrick Stumph. The movie is produced by Blue Ribbon Content in association with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and SYFY. The movie is based on the cult-favorite animal rock-band from Hanna-Barbera’s 1968 The Banana Splits Adventure Hour variety program.
The Banana Splits Movie will offer a new take on the classic characters. The film follows a boy named Harley and his family as they go to a taping of The Banana Splits TV show, which is supposed to be a fun-filled birthday for young Harley. But things take an unexpected turn — and the body count quickly rises. Can Harley, his mom and their new pals safely escape?
The story centers around young Harley and his highly dysfunctional family that visits the set of The Banana Splits so they can be a part of the live studio audience. When the show begins, the robotic characters and their team get the bad news that they’ve been cancelled and this is the beginning of what sets them off and turns them into killing machines. There’s already something off about Fleegle, Bingo, Zazuum, Snorky and Drooper, but once they’re triggered, these four “family friendly” characters turn into vicious killing machines that are out for blood.
What happens is, Harley, his family and some of the others from the audience get picked to take a tour around the sound stage where they get to meet the stars of the show; Fleegle, Bingo, Zazuum, Snorky and Drooper. The thing is, there are a few mischievous guests that wonder off, and one by one, these “lucky” fans get taken out in gruesome ways by The Banana Splits. Harley and his family have to fight for their lives against these terrifying characters and eventually find a way to stop them before they also become victims. In the end, The Banana Splits may have been stopped but it looks like they’ll be back!
The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.
Bottom line is, The Banana Splits Movie ended up being a nostalgic blast from the past that adds a terrifying new twist to the fan favorite characters from the 60’s. The Banana Splits was actually a little before my time but I was fully aware of them and that catchy theme song before watching this movie. I thought the story was fun and it’s neat that the viewer gets to go behind-the-scenes of the show (in the movie) because this is where the horror begins. There was already a creepiness to the four characters so making a horror movie about them was a great idea. I thought the cast did a good job with their characters but the best part of the movie was Fleegle, Bingo, Zazuum, Snorky and Drooper and the carnage they dish out on their victims. The design of these costumes are pretty much the same with just a few small tweaks. Director Danishka Esterhazy and her team did a great job turning The Banana Splits into a potential horror franchise because it’s a goretastic good time that left me wanting more! The Banana Splits Movie will be available on a Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on August 27th. The Banana Splits Movie will also make its broadcast debut on SYFY later this year.
Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Run Time: 89 Minutes
Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)
Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)
DVD Audio: English and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish
Special Features: The extras include two behind-the-scenes featurettes, a fun movie promo and a digital copy of the movie.
- Banana Splits: Behind the Horror – Some of the cast and crew talk about these classic characters and the strange look that comes with them. (08:21)
- Terror on Set – Some of the cast and crew give their comparisons to the new movie and the classic show it’s based on. (06:25)
- Breaking News! The Banana Splits Massacre – A fun reality-based promo for the movie. (01:59)
- Digital Copy