Posted August 14 2014 - 05:50 AM
My guess on Huckleberry Finn is probably elements-related. I remember any time I saw an episode on Cartoon Network/Boomerang it looked like it was probably 16mm film sourced with no show opening -- in other words, probably a syndication print which would have had the Banana Splits intro replacing the original. If they do release Huckleberry Finn eventually, if there is any reconstruction involved, I hope someone remembers that there were two different intros used, one with Aunt Polly and one without. The character (and actress) are listed in the closing credits of some episodes but not others. The intro also established the Injun Joe character played by Ted Cassidy, and Ted Cassidy often would appear as that week's villain (predating the current trend of having a recognizable star drawn in their own likeness in animation).
There is one episode called "The Little People" which is based on the Gulliver's Travels story. When it ran as part of the syndicated Banana Splits package it was the third episode in the sequence. The closing credits footage is a little different, and I wonder if this one was produced first -- also, unlike the other episodes the episode title and writers are not shown on screen, and the episode seems to begin in the middle of the action as if something is missing. Maybe this was the pilot? In any event, I hope whatever's missing is not "lost."
I would definitely pick up both Huckleberry Finn and Gulliver if they were to be released. As for the Banana Splits, it would be at the top of my wish list if it were available. I would like to see the original one-hour shows in their original format, and whatever new footage from the second season that can be found as extras. It would be really nice to have the brief redubbed clips from the syndicated show as extras too, where they have them introducing the various cartoons added to the series in reruns. That would probably be the best place to put those, if anywhere.
Hopefully it will all come out some day. Potamus, Atom Ant, Secret Squirrel, Wally Gator and his entourage are all near the top of the list for me, alongside Quick Draw and the rest of the Hound.
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