The Banana Splits Movie, released in 2019 and directed by Danishka Esterhazy, is not as fun as it pretends to be. I was far too distracted by the poor acting and terrible script to have fun watching this movie, and that is a shame because I feel like the idea lends itself to be a fun movie. Based on The Banana Splits show from the late Sixties and early Seventies, The Banana Splits Movie takes the characters of Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper, and Snorky and turns them into animatronic killers similar to the creatures in the popular Five Nights at Freddy’s video game franchise. The movie felt like an overly long Funny or Die sketch. Everyone understands that the four animal characters have an eerie appearance, but that joke begins to wear thin throughout the 89 minutes run time.
The story follows a boy named Harley (Finlay Wojtak-Hissong), his mother Beth (Dani Kind), his brother Austin (Romeo Carere), and Harley’s “friend” Zoe (Mariah Nash)-who only accompanies the family out of obligation because it is Harley’s birthday-as they survive a day of terror after the animatronic Banana Splits gang goes haywire and begins murdering people. As negative as I feel about this movie, I will praise some of the practical gore effects that are displayed. The kills are also aided by the comedic reactions of the cartoonish animatronics as they brutally slaughter people. The best kill of the movie features a lollipop being shoved down a man’s throat, and the corpse coming back later for some wacky stunts.
There isn’t much to say about this movie, it has one gimmick, and it begins to stretch thin by the end of the film. At only 89 minutes, the movie felt a lot longer than it was. I usually enjoy wacky, goofy slashers flicks, but this one doesn’t deliver the goods. The acting, pacing, and script are awful, the only redeeming qualities being the practical gore effects and the goofy reactions of the Banana Splits gang. I would recommend skipping this movie there are plenty of other goofy slasher movies that are more rewarding than this one.