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The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie
Also known as The New Saturday Superstar Movie
Genre Movie of the week
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20
Running time 1 hour
Original channel ABC
Original run September 9, 1972 – November 17, 1973

The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie — renamed The New Saturday Superstar Movie in its second season — is a series of one-hour animated TV-movies (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.


List of movies


Season 1

No. Title Produced by: Airdate
1 "The Brady Kids on Mysterious Island" Filmation,
Paramount Television
9 September 1972
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, 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 16 September 1972
In this ecologically-minded feature, dozens of Hanna-Barbera animal characters — led by Yogi Bear — travel around the world, and even into outer space, in a flying version of 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 "The Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters" Rankin/Bass 23 September 1972
An animated feature in the same vein as Mad Monster Party
4 "Nanny and the Professor" Fred Calvert Productions,
20th Century Fox Television
30 September 1972
In this animated feature, the cast of Nanny and the Professor get caught up in a mystery involving a microdot
5 "Popeye Meets the Man Who Hated Laughter" Hal Seeger Productions,
King Features
7 October 1972
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 — against a common enemy. 
6 "Willie Mays and the Say-Hey Kid" Rankin/Bass 14 October 1972
This animated feature stars the famous baseball player Willie Mays, who voices his own character. A guardian angel agrees to help Willie win the National League Pennant if he agrees to take care of an orphan girl. 
7 "Oliver and the Artful Dodger: Part 1" Hanna-Barbera 21 October 1972
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 28 October 1972
See Part 1, above. 
9 "The Adventures of Robin Hoodnik" Hanna-Barbera 4 November 1972
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 and the Spirit of Thunder Mountain" Filmation 11 November 1972
Based on the tremendously popular 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 has to get to the bottom of it. 
11 "Gidget Makes the Wrong Connection" Hanna-Barbera,
Screen Gems
18 November 1972
Animated feature in which the characters from Gidget run afoul of seagoing gold smugglers. 
12 "The Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park" Hanna-Barbera 25 November 1972
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,
Screen Gems
2 December 1972
Animated feature in which the children from Bewitched (depicted as teenagers) use their magical powers to save a circus; intended pilot for a series that never materialized. 
14 "The Red Baron" Rankin/Bass 9 December 1972
This animated feature casts the Red Baron as a hero, in a world of heroic anthropomorphic dogs and villainous cats
15 "Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies" Filmation,
Warner Bros.
16 December 1972
In this unusual cartoon crossover, for which Filmation obtained the right to use Warner Bros.' 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 6 January 1973
A mini-anthology, loosely based on Love, American Style
17 "That Girl in Wonderland" Rankin/Bass 13 January 1973
In this animated feature, the main character from That Girl imagines herself in the stories "Alice in Wonderland", "Goldilocks", "The Wizard of Oz", and "Cinderella". 

Season 2

For the second season, the series was retitled The New Saturday Superstar Movie.

No. Title Produced by: Airdate
18 "Lost in Space" Hanna-Barbera,
20th Century Fox Television
8 September 1973
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
27 October 1973
Animated feature based on The Munsters, involving a car that's "fueled" by music. 
20 "Nanny and the Professor and the Phantom of the Circus" Fred Calvert Productions,
20th Century Fox Television
17 November 1973
Animated feature in which the cast of Nanny and the Professor get involved in a mystery about a traveling circus


Only three of the above movies have been released on VHS videocassette:

  1. The Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters
  2. Oliver and the Artful Dodger
  3. The Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park

As of this writing, all of these titles are out of print, and none of the above movies have been released on DVD.

Current ownership

  • CBS owns the rights to The Brady Kids on Mysterious Island.
  • 20th Century Fox Television owns the movies adapted from Nanny and the Professor and Lost in Space.
  • NBC Universal owns the rights to The Mini-Munsters.
  • Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies: Ownership is unclear due to featuring characters owned by two different companies.
  • That Girl in Wonderland is owned by Daisy Productions.
  • Classic Media owns Lassie and the Spirit of Thunder Mountain and the remainder of the movies produced by both Rankin/Bass and Filmation.
  • Sony Pictures Television owns Gidget Makes the Wrong Connection and Tabitha and Adam and the Clown Family.
  • King Features owns Popeye Meets the Man Who Hated Laughter
  • The rest of the Hanna-Barbera movies are owned by Warner Bros. Television.

See also

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