I have a lot of fond memories of Hanna-Barbera’s live-action classic the Banana Splits but I also have rattling around in my memory banks a vague recollection of a similar show, The Skatebirds. In particular I can remember watching some of the shows that were presented in the hour long ‘variety’ show like the Robonic Stooges and Wonder Wheels.
The Skatebirds originally aired on CBS Saturday Mornings as an hour long show with four individual segments and wraparound segments featuring the Skatebirds themselves. The characters were Scooter, Knock-Knock, Satchel and their foe was Scat-Cat who just happened to be voiced by Scatman Crothers (Hong Kong Phooey, Transformers, The Shining). In 1979 the show was reduced to half and hour and that was because they ditched the Robonic Stooges and Woofer and Whimper, Dog Detectives. This wasn’t the last time we would see the Skatebirds however as in the late 80s the half hour version of the show featuring once again the Robonic Stooges and Wonder Wheels would make an appearance on the USA Cartoon Express!