Sunday, April 03, 2016

Nostalgia Theater: The Brady Kids Come to Animation

About a year ago I discussed The Bradys, an attempt to continue the Brady Bunch brand several years after the original show had ended. And while that ended up being this goofy thing that was pretty much rejected on arrival, it was hardly the first try to at expanding creator Sherwood Schwartz's Brady empire. For instance, there was The Brady Kids, an animated show that aired for twenty-two episodes between 1972 and 1973. Here's the intro:

Airing on ABC, The Brady Kids was animated by kidvid kings Filmation, and initially featured the voices of all six actors who played the kids on the live action sitcom. (Eventually three of the actors -- Barry "Greg" Williams, Christopher "Peter" Knight, and Maureen "Marcia" McCormick -- fell out for the second season's five episodes over a contract dispute.) Given that this was a Filmation product, it had all the hallmarks we've come to expect from them: limited animation, limited stories, limited laughs.

With its roster of talking animals and bizarre locales, The Brady Kids is a pretty strange thing to behold in hindsight, yet entirely on par with the kind of stuff Filmation tended to do (like the Gilligan's Island cartoons, also based on a Schwartz property). While the show kind of came and went in the early '70s (but not before spawning its own spin-off, Mission: Magic, starring Rick Springfield), it would reappear periodically (usually whenever there was a sudden interest in Brady-ana), and the complete series hit DVD just a few months ago for the very first time.

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