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The Banana Splits are being turned into a horror film for some reason

The creations of Sid and Marty Krofft were wonderfully surreal and strange. Their minds gave television such oddities as a mushroom-shaped dragon name H.R. Pufnstuf and a giant talking football helmet named Rah-Rah. Their Saturday morning children's shows, from Lidsville to Land of the Lost, were trippy. 

So the idea of turning Sid and Marty Krofft characters into horror may not be that big of a leap. But it's still bizarre — as bizarre as magic talking flute name Freddie.

Warner Bros. and the Syfy network recently announced plans to reboot The Banana Splits. As a horror movie. According to Deadline, the made-for-TV slasher flick will air later this year.

Here's the official synopsis:

“A boy named Harley and his family attend a taping of The Banana Splits TV show, which is supposed to be a fun-filled birthday for young Harley and business as usual for Rebecca, the producer of the series. But things take an unexpected turn — and the body count quickly rises."

Who would have ever expected "Banana Splits" and "body count" to be used in the same pitch?

The Krofft brothers designed the characters — Fleegle (beagle), Bingo (gorilla), Drooper (lion) and Snorky (elephant) — for the 1968 live-action Hanna-Barbera series The Banana Splits. The refrain from its infectious theme song, "Tra La La," is likely still ringing in the ears of any kid who grew up in the era. The series ran for 31 episodes from 1968–70.

If this reboot does well, should we expect Attack of the Killer Bugaloos?

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