Saturday Superstar Movies

The Walt Disney features, made beginning in 1954 for Disney's weekly TV series, could be considered the original Made-For-TV Movies, but the concept officially began in 1964 with NBC-TV and Universal's "Project 120" series. "The Killers", starring Ronald Reagan was slated to be the first, but it was released to theaters first after it was deemed too violent for television. After several years of TV Movies, the genre was made a weekly event in 1969 when ABC-TV debuted the successful 90 minute ABC Movie of the Week.

In 1972, ABC attempted to duplicate this success with a weekly Saturday morning animated series entitled The ABC Saturday Superstar Movies. The hour long series, with a budget reported to be around $300,000 per film, had wrap-around animation supplied by Hanna-Barbera Productions and consisted of animated movies, pilots and specials from various production companies geared towards a juvenile audience.


First Season

09/09/72 - The Brady Kids On Mysterious Island (Filmation)
09/16/72 - Yogi's Ark Lark (Hanna-Barbera)
09/23/72 - The Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters (Rankin-Bass)
09/30/72 - Nanny And The Professor (Fred Calvert)
10/07/72 - Popeye Meets The Man Who Hated Laughter (Hal Seeger/King Features)
10/14/72 - Willie Mays And the Say-Hey Kid (Rankin-Bass)
10/21/72 - Oliver And The Artful Dodger, Part One (Hanna-Barbera)
10/28/72 - Oliver And The Artful Dodger, Part Two (Hanna-Barbera)
11/04/72 - Robin Hoodnik (Hanna-Barbera)
11/11/72 - Lassie And The Spirit Of Thunder Mountain (Filmation)
11/18/72 - Gidget Makes The Wrong Connection (Hanna-Barbera)
11/25/72 - The Banana Splits In Hocus Pocus Park (Hanna-Barbera)
12/02/72 - Tabitha and Adam And The Clown Family (Hanna-Barbera)
12/09/72 - The Red Baron (Rankin-Bass)
12/16/72 - Daffy Duck And Porky Pig Meet The Groovie Goolies (Filmation)
01/06/73 - Luvcast U.S.A. (DePatie-Freleng)
01/13/73 - That Girl In Wonderland (Rankin-Bass)

Second Season

09/08/73 - Lost In Space (Hanna-Barbera)
10/27/73 - The Mini-Munsters (Fred Calvert)
11/17/73 - Nanny And The Professor And The Phantom Of The Circus (Fred Calvert)

Saturday Superstar Movie

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