Ever since the trailer for Syfy’s The Banana Splits Movie debuted, there has been a lot of speculation going around. The most common rumor was that Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff’s screenplay started as an adaptation of the popular video game series Five Nights At Freddy’s. However, due to rights issues that fell through, so they reworked it a bit, and here we are. There are no interviews or statements from the screenwriters or director Danishka Esterhazy verifying this claim. Though, it is not hard to understand why this was thought.
The Banana Splits Movie begins on young Harley’s (Finlay Wojtak-Hissong) birthday. His mom, Beth (Dani Kind), and dad, Mitch (Steve Lund), surprise him with tickets for everyone, including Harley’s burnout of an older brother Austin (Romeo Carere), to attend a live Banana Splits show. Seeing as how this mega-hit show that began in the 1960s is Harley’s favorite, it is the best present ever.
“Bingo, Fleegle, Snorky, and Drooper…malfunction manifests itself in extremely bloody demises for everyone they see.”
His friend Zoe (Maria Nash) joins in the festivities as well. Once at the show, employee Paige (Naledi Majola) informs Harley and his family, to stay after the show. This is due to a special behind the scenes meet in greet with Bingo, Fleegle, Snorky, and Drooper (all voiced by Eric Bauza) being set up. However, when the robotic brains controlling the iconic foursome learn of the show’s cancellation, they go haywire. This malfunction manifests itself in extremely bloody demises for everyone they see. Can Harley and his family escape before Snorky snuffs them out?
The Banana Splits Movie efficiently sets up its characters. Harley’s love of the show is highlighted by his costuming and actions, as opposed to wordy exposition. The dialogue, while cheesy at times, works for this kind of movie. Plus, Thomas and Elinoff directly address turning the Banana Splits into something “edgy” in a fantastic bit of meta-writing.