Saturday, November 05, 2011

Geek TV #7.4: The Banana Splits Adventure Hour - Micro-Ventures and Danger Island!

bananasplits_dangerisland1Concept: “Micro-Venture”: Short segments of a “Fantastic Voyage”-type nature.
“Danger Island”: Serial-style adventures in a tropical island group, pitting Prof. Irwin Hayden and his allies against Captain Mu-tan, leader of a modern-day group of pirates.

Total Episodes:“Micro-Venture” 4, “Danger Island” 36

Original Air Dates: 1968-1970

Original Network: NBC

Geek Factor: “Micro-Venture” 5, “Danger Island” 7

Professor Carter (Don Messick): Inventor of a shrinking machine which he uses to help his children explore and experience the world from the perspective of an insect.
Jill Carter (Patsy Garrett): Professor Carter's daughter.
Mike Carter (Tommy Cook): Professor Carter's son.
“Danger Island”
Prof. Irwin Hayden (Frank Aletter): An archaeologist searching for his lost brother.
Lincoln 'Link' Simmons (Jan-Michael Vincent, credited as Michael Vincent): Prof. Hayden's youthful assistant and love interest of Leslie Hayden.
Leslie Hayden (Ronne Troup): The professor's daughter.
Elihu Morgan (Rockne Tarkington): Shipwrecked merchant mariner.
bananasplits_dangerIsland2Chongo (Kim Kahana): Morgan's sidekick who doesn't speak English, and will always respond to the call “Uh-Oh, Chongo!”
Captain Mu-Tan (Victor Eberg): Leader of a bumbling, but heavily armed, modern-day pirates.
Chu (Rodrigo Arrendondo): Captain Mu-Tan's second in command.

Geek Pedigree: Don Messick's career was mentioned before. Kim Kahana's career outside of Danger Island was mostly doing stuntwork, some of which can be seen in “The Omega Man,” “Soylent Green,” The Six Million Dollar Man, and “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.” Frank Aletter appeared in bit parts for a number of genre TV shows, and was Mac on It's About Time. Jan Michael Vincent had the title role in “The World's Greatest Athelete,” was Tanner in “Damnation Alley,” and was Stringfellow Hawke in Airwolf. The serial was produced by Richard Donner, who later went on to helm “Superman: The Movie.”

DVD Release: None

Website: None that I could find, although if you want to watch the entire series, you can find it on my old Saturday Morning Superstars blog at
Notes: “Micro-Ventures” were fun, although I thought there were more of them! “Danger Island” was an extremely fun serial, and I know for years after it originally aired, kids were shouting “Uh-oh, Chongo!” all over the place!

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