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The Banana Splits are not what they used to be when we were kids so get ready, my friends! I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I put on 'The Banana Splits Movie' but knew from the preview there would be some killer giant stuffed animals who sing. I was not wrong. This film is probably the 'Killer Klowns From Outer Space' of 2019, if it were to be compared to any stellar horr-com B-list film out there...and it's just as unexpectedly funny. This is where TBS truly shines. Harley gets the chance to see his favorite show, The Banana Splits, live for his birthday, along with his mom, dad, and older brother. None of his friends like the show because they think it's for little kids so his mom invites Zoe, who doesn't even like him, to go. What could go wrong at the happiest show on Harley's special day with his amazing family and his favorite characters? Just blood, gore, death, and a whole lot of screams. And for the audience, a lot of laughs while they cringe and wonder "who thought of this?"
The actors, all of them, from co-starring right up to the main, are all amazing and this is a hard feat when you are staring down psycho, robotic, oversized mascots of a kid's TV show. Next: The Banana Splits themselves, Fleegle, Snorky, Bingo, and Drooper, are hilarious. The sounds they make and their entrances are just unreal and to think they are actually running around, murdering everyone in sight, is an insane concept. They are supposed to bring joy and happiness to kids but have no problem torturing them. Like if 'Sesame Street' went rogue. Finally, it really holds your attention; you want to know what happens next and where these characters, even the plushy ones, will end up. It is NOT a film for kids, let's be clear on this, as it is frightening (and rated R). But, it is great for anyone who appreciates horror/comedy of any age; it does not discriminate and from the looks of it, I am seeing the desire for a sequel in their future.
On a scale of 4 gnomes, Three Ice Cubes gives 'The Banana Splits Movie' 2.5 gnomes. You can own 'The Banana Splits Movie' on Digital NOW, and on Blu-ray and DVD August 27th!