Saturday, October 29, 2011

Geek TV #7.3: The Banana Splits Adventure Hour - The Three Musketeers!

bananasplits_threemusketeers1Concept: Animated version of the Dumas novels.

Total Episodes: 18

Original Air Dates: 1968-1970

Original Network: NBC

Geek Factor: 3

D'Artagan (Bruce Watson): Newest recruit of the Musketeers.

Aramis (Don Messick): A Musketeer.

Porthos (Barney Phillips): Strongman of the Musketeers.

Athos (Jonathan Harris): Another Musketeer.

Tooly (Ted Eccles): A young boy who desperately wants to be a Musketeer.

Lady Constance (Julie Bennett): Ally of the Musketeers.

The Queen (Julie Bennett): Her Majesty.

Geek Pedigree: Bruce Watson also appeared as “Green” in the Star Trek Original Series episode “The Man Trap,” voiced Phineas Fogg on a segment of The Cattanooga Cats, and guested on Mission: Impossible and The Magician. Barney Phillips was also the voice of Shazzan the Genie, and had guested on The Wild Wild West and I Spy. Julie Bennett had guest-starred in The Adventures of Superman, and also did voices for a number of animated series, particularly the role of Cindy Bear on The Yogi Bear Show and Aunt May Parker in the 1997 Spider-Man animated series. Ted Eccles played Brad on Dr. Shrinker. Don Messick was the voice of Dr. Benton Quest and Bandit on Jonny Quest, Blip, Bronto and Zorak on Space Ghost, Multi Man of the Impossibles, Atom Ant, Shag Rugg, and Precious Pupp on The Atom Ant Show, Falcon 7 and others on Birdman, Gloop and Gleep on The Herculoids, Kuurgo on the 1967 Fantastic Four, Kaboobie the Flying Camel on Shazzan, Muttley and Professor Pat Pending on Wacky Races, and many other roles, but he's probably most famous for originating the voices of Astro and Scooby Doo! Messick also did voices on the 1978 Fantastic Four, Challenge of the Super Friends, Godzilla, the 1982 Spider-Man series. And of course, Jonathan Harris was in Lost in Space and Space Academy, and also did voices for the 1997 Spider-Man, Freakazoid, The Mask, BraveStarr, Visionaries, Rainbow Brite, Battlestar Galactica, and other shows, plus did a number of other TV roles... although I'd imagine he would have loved to have forgotten playing Basil Bitterbottom on Uncle Croc's Block.

Website: is the Musketeers page for, and is probably as good as you'll find!

Notes: Did not really care as much for this as “Arabian Knights,” probably because Tooly was annoying.

1 comment:

  1. Agreed. I remember liking Arabian Knights more. This was fun enough, I guess. Another that seemed to last longer than it actually did.


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