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The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie—renamed The New Saturday Superstar Movie in its second season—is a series of one-hour animated made-for-television films (some of which also contained live action), broadcast on the ABC television network on Saturday mornings from September 9, 1972 to November 17, 1973. Intended as a "Movie of the Week" for kids, this series was produced by several production companies—including Hanna-Barbera, Filmation, and Rankin/Bass—and mostly contained features based on popular cartoon characters and TV shows of the time, such as Yogi Bear, The Brady Bunch, and Lost in Space. Some of the features served as pilots for new TV shows.

Contents

1 List of movies

1.1 Season 1 1.2 Season 2

2 Availability 3 See also 4 External links

List of movies[edit] Season 1[edit]

Nº Title Produced by: Air date

1 " The Brady Kids
The Brady Kids
on Mysterious Island" Filmation Paramount Television September 9, 1972 (1972-09-09)

Based on the characters from The Brady Bunch, this was the pilot for The Brady Kids. The Brady kids enter a balloon race but they end up accidentally going on a mysterious island. They meet some strange people there along with a magical myna bird named Marlon and twin pandas named Ping and Pong, and even though they have a fun time with them, they have to find out a way to get home.

2 "Yogi's Ark Lark" Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
Productions September 16, 1972 (1972-09-16)

In this ecologically-minded feature, dozens of Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
animal characters — led by Yogi Bear
Yogi Bear
—and a park custodian named Noah travel around the world, and even into outer space, in a flying version of Noah's Ark
Noah's Ark
in search of "the perfect place" (i.e., a land free of pollution, deforestation, and other forms of mankind's despoilment). Pilot for Yogi's Gang.

3 "Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters" Rankin/Bass Productions September 23, 1972 (1972-09-23)

An animated feature in the same vein as Mad Monster Party?.

4 "Nanny and the Professor" Fred Calvert Productions 20th Century Fox Television September 30, 1972 (1972-09-30)

In this animated feature, the cast of Nanny and the Professor
Nanny and the Professor
get caught up in a mystery involving a microdot.

5 " Popeye
Popeye
Meets the Man Who Hated Laughter" Hal Seeger Productions King Features Syndicate October 7, 1972 (1972-10-07)

Fourteen years before Defenders of the Earth, this feature united a wide range of newspaper comic strip characters — including Popeye, Blondie, Hi and Lois, Snuffy Smith, Beetle Bailey, Jiggs and Maggie, Steve Canyon, The Phantom, Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, The Little King, and The Katzenjammer Kids
The Katzenjammer Kids
— against a common enemy.

6 " Willie Mays
Willie Mays
and the Say-Hey Kid" Rankin/Bass Productions October 14, 1972 (1972-10-14)

This animated feature stars the famous San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants
baseball player Willie Mays, who voices his own character. A guardian angel named Casey (named after legendary Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves, New York Yankees
New York Yankees
& New York Mets, baseball manager Casey Stengel) (voiced by Paul Frees) agrees to help Willie win the National League Pennant if he agrees to be the godfather of an orphan girl named Veronica.

7 "Oliver and the Artful Dodger: Part 1" Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
Productions October 21, 1972 (1972-10-21)

An animated sequel to the story of Oliver Twist. Oliver is adopted by Mr. Brownlow. When Mr. Brownlow dies, his will cannot be found so his nephew Sniperly tries to just take the money. Oliver has to stop him. Meanwhile, Artful Dodger now helps children escape from workhouses.

8 "Oliver and the Artful Dodger: Part 2" Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
Productions October 28, 1972 (1972-10-28)

Continuation; see Part 1 above.

9 "The Adventures of Robin Hoodnik" Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
Productions November 4, 1972 (1972-11-04)

A retelling of the legend of Robin Hood, with a cast of all animal characters. Broadcast one year before the release of Disney's Robin Hood.

10 " Lassie
Lassie
and the Spirit of Thunder Mountain" Filmation November 11, 1972 (1972-11-11)

Based on the tremendously popular Lassie
Lassie
character, this was the pilot for the animated series Lassie's Rescue Rangers. Someone tries to frighten the people of Thunder Mountain away, and Lassie
Lassie
has to get to the bottom of it.

11 "Gidget Makes the Wrong Connection (a.k.a. The Odd Squad)" Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
Productions Screen Gems November 18, 1972 (1972-11-18)

Animated feature in which the characters from Gidget run afoul of seagoing gold smugglers.

12 " The Banana Splits
The Banana Splits
in Hocus Pocus Park" Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
Productions November 25, 1972 (1972-11-25)

An animated/live-action special starring The Banana Splits. The Splits give Susie, a little girl, a tour of an amusement park. They follow a balloon that goes into a billboard and they chase after it. In there is a witch that kidnaps Susie and the Splits have to save her.

13 "Tabitha and Adam and the Clown Family" Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
Productions Screen Gems December 2, 1972 (1972-12-02)

Animated feature in which the children from Bewitched
Bewitched
(depicted as teenagers) use their magical powers to save a circus; an intended pilot for a series that never materialized.

14 "The Red Baron" Rankin/Bass Productions December 9, 1972 (1972-12-09)

This animated feature casts the Red Baron
Red Baron
as a hero, in a world of heroic anthropomorphic dogs and villainous cats.

15 " Daffy Duck
Daffy Duck
and Porky Pig
Porky Pig
Meet the Groovie Goolies" Filmation Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Television December 16, 1972 (1972-12-16)

In this unusual cartoon crossover, for which Filmation
Filmation
obtained the right to use Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
characters, the Groovie Goolies help Daffy, Porky, and the other Looneys to solve a spooky mystery (in the style of Scooby-Doo). Mostly animated, but includes a live-action segment, which can be seen here.

16 "Luvcast U.S.A." DePatie–Freleng Enterprises January 6, 1973 (1973-01-06)

A mini-anthology, loosely based on Love, American Style.

17 " That Girl
That Girl
in Wonderland" Rankin/Bass Productions January 13, 1973 (1973-01-13)

In this animated feature, the main character from That Girl
That Girl
imagines herself in the stories Alice in Wonderland, Goldilocks, The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella.

Season 2[edit] For the second season, the series was retitled The New Saturday Superstar Movie.

Nº Title Produced by: Air date

18 "Lost in Space" Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
Productions 20th Century Fox Television September 8, 1973 (1973-09-08)

Based on the series Lost in Space, this was meant to be the pilot for an animated version of the show, but it didn't take off.

19 "The Mini-Munsters" Fred Calvert Productions Universal Television October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)

Animated feature based on The Munsters, involving a car that's "fueled" by music.

20 " Nanny and the Professor
Nanny and the Professor
and the Phantom of the Circus" Fred Calvert Productions 20th Century Fox Television November 17, 1973 (1973-11-17)

Animated feature in which the cast of Nanny and the Professor
Nanny and the Professor
get involved in a mystery about a traveling circus.

Availability[edit] Only three of the above movies have been released on VHS videocassette:

The Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters Willie Mays
Willie Mays
and the Say-Hey Kid Oliver and the Artful Dodger The Banana Splits
The Banana Splits
in Hocus Pocus Park

Only The Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters, Yogi's Ark Lark
Yogi's Ark Lark
and The Brady Kids
The Brady Kids
on Mysterious Island have been released on DVD, the latter two on the complete series releases for The Brady Kids
The Brady Kids
and Yogi's Gang. See also[edit]

Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
Superstars 10 The New Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo
Movies (another hour-long Saturday morning "movie" series, on CBS) ABC Weekend Special

External links[edit]

The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie on IMDb The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie at TV.com Toon Tracker: The ABC Saturday Superstar Movies

Filmation
Filmation
features Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
features Features by other producers

v t e

Children's programming on the American Broadcasting Company
American Broadcasting Company
in the 1970s

First-run animated series

The New Casper Cartoon Show (1963–70) The Smokey the Bear Show (1969–70) The Cattanooga Cats Show (1969–71) Hot Wheels (1969–71) Skyhawks
Skyhawks
(1969–71) The Adventures of Gulliver
The Adventures of Gulliver
(1968–70) Fantastic Voyage (1968–70) Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down (1970–72) The Road Runner Show
The Road Runner Show
(1971–73) The Funky Phantom (1971–73) The Jackson 5ive (1971–73) The Osmonds (1972–74) The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972–74) The Brady Kids
The Brady Kids
(1972–74) Kid Power (1972–74) Yogi's Gang
Yogi's Gang
(1973–75) Super Friends (1973–74) Lassie's Rescue Rangers
Lassie's Rescue Rangers
(1973–75) Goober and the Ghost Chasers
Goober and the Ghost Chasers
(1973–75) Mission: Magic! (1973–74) Hong Kong Phooey
Hong Kong Phooey
(1974–76) The New Adventures of Gilligan
The New Adventures of Gilligan
(1974–77) Devlin (1974–76) These Are the Days (1974–76) The Tom and Jerry Show (1975–77) The Great Grape Ape Show
The Great Grape Ape Show
(1975–76) The Oddball Couple
The Oddball Couple
(1975–77) Jabberjaw
Jabberjaw
(1976–78) The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (1976–77) The Mumbly Cartoon Show
The Mumbly Cartoon Show
(1976–77) The All-New Super Friends Hour (1977–78) Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics
Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics
(The Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo
Show Laff-A-Lympics Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels) (1977–79) Fangface (1978–79) Challenge of the Super Friends
Challenge of the Super Friends
(1978–79) The All-New Pink Panther Show (1978–79) The World's Greatest Super Friends
The World's Greatest Super Friends
(1979–80) The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show (Mighty Man and Yukk Rickety Rocket) (1979–81) Spider-Woman (1979–80) Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo
and Scrappy-Doo (1979–80)

First-run live-action series

American Bandstand
American Bandstand
(1957–87) Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp (1970–72) Here Come the Double Deckers
Here Come the Double Deckers
(1970–72) Lidsville
Lidsville
(1971–73) Curiosity Shop (1971–73) Make a Wish (1971–76) Korg: 70,000 B.C. (1974–75) The Lost Saucer (1975–76) Uncle Croc's Block (1975–76) The Krofft Supershow (1976–78) Bigfoot and Wildboy

Dr. Shrinker Electra Woman and Dyna Girl Wonderbug

Junior Almost Anything Goes (1976–78) Animals, Animals, Animals (1976–81) ABC Weekend Special (1977–97) Kids Are People Too
Kids Are People Too
(1978–82)

Rebroadcasts

George of the Jungle (1967–70) Bewitched
Bewitched
(1972–73) Jonny Quest (1970–72) H.R. Pufnstuf
H.R. Pufnstuf
(1972–73) The Monkees (1972–73) The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (1972) The Roman Holidays
The Roman Holidays
(1972) Speed Buggy (1976) Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
(1978)

Schedules

1969–70 1970–71 1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77 1977–78 1978–79 1979–80

Related topics

Animation
Animation
in the United States in

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