Originally Posted by Corey3rd
as a kid I always felt cheated that I didn't get to see this when it aired. Caught it a while back on Boomerang and was amazed at how second tier the whole production was. They didn't even seem to have the original Sid and Marty Krofft suits for the Splits. The animation looked horrible. This would serve better as a bonus feature on a Complete Banana Splits boxset.
That special was filmed at Kings Island in Cincinnati, so who knows -- I've never been to Kings Island, but the Banana Splits and other H-B characters used to walk around there the way the Warner Bros. characters do at Six Flags. I have a postcard from Kings Island showing Bingo and Fleegle and they look like the later costumes (primarily seen in the second season) which is what the characters in Hocus Pocus Park
look like. Something funky seems to be going on with Drooper's head during their concert at the end of the show. I never noticed the animation in the special seeming any better or worse than other Hanna-Barbera circa 1972 (but then I'm not a big fan of 70s H-B). But something must have been up behind the scenes, since Allan Melvin does Drooper's voice in some scenes, and Don Messick does the voice in others. I believe one of the witch/wizard characters is voiced by an uncredited (IIRC) Howard Morris -- again in most scenes, with Messick subbing in others. Would this be the first time Howard Morris did a Hanna-Barbera voice since his falling out with the studio circa 1966? Also, there is the tacky 1970s Hanna-Barbera laugh track.
When this first aired, I was just thrilled to see the characters again, two years after their show had gone off the air.
I'd love for this special to see an official DVD release too. I'm glad to have the Banana Splits half-hours on DVD (from WB in the UK) but I would gladly double-dip to get the complete one hour shows, plus whatever scraps of the second season can be found. Maybe tossing in the redubbed cartoon intros from the syndicated shows as a curio? (There also is an unaired "mockumentary" called The Banana Splits Story
which I'm told was produced for Cartoon Network in the early 1990s -- Dave Madden from The Partridge Family
plays their manager and the dad from The Pattty Duke Show
is the former president of Hanna-Barbera records -- references to the "Fleegle Is Dead" rumor, paparazzi shots of their "original drummer" taking out his garbage a la Syd Barrett, "We're The Banana Splits" being played at Monterey, etc. That would make a cool extra too!)
They also could do a set of the ABC Saturday Superstar Movie
one-shots (this was one of them) but then, there were others not done by Hanna-Barbera which would be under different ownership, and they probably could not use the show title...