Original Appearances: The Banana Splits Adventure Hour (Hanna-Barbera, 1968-1970)
Other Appearances: Banana Splits comic book, a variety of merchandise, Saturday Superstar Movie “The Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park” (1972), Internet Web Series (Cartoon Network, early 2000s), new website (2008).
Biography: Fleegle is more or less the leader of The Banana Splits Club, and played the guitar. Despite his efforts, things tended to go out of control with bandmates Bingo (a gorilla who played the drums), Drooper (a lion who played guitar), and Snorky (an elephant keyboardist). The Splits were rivals of the Sour Grapes Gang, who delivered messages via the “Sour Grapes messenger girls,” who would dance into the clubhouse wearing purple minidresses, pink leotards and black go-go boots, intimidating the Splits until they gave the message to Fleegle. No matter who played the messenger girl, she was always called “Charlie.” The Splits were also visited by the Dilly Sisters (an actual musical act from Mexico) who would play guitars and sing “The Mexican Hat Dance” or “Ta-ra-ra Boom-de ay.” Fleegle also served as reporter for Banana Splits News. Fleegle had an alter ego called “The Great Fleegali,” whom would attempt to perform magic tricks unsuccessfully.
Group Affiliation: The Banana Splits
Miscellaneous: Jeff Winkless (billed as Jeffrey Brock) portrayed Fleegle in costume; the voice was provided by Paul Winchell. In the 2008 version, Bill Farmer did the voice. Fleegle's costume (as was the rest of the Splits) was built by Sid and Marty Krofft.