In Praise of Bananas in Pyjamas

Bananas in Pyjamas
This is a banana.

Few television shows in the history of ever have left such an indelible impression on the staff at Professional Moron. True, we were mainly inspired by the likes of Bottom, Red Dwarf, Blackadder, Father Ted, and Monty Python, but without those pyjama loving bananas, we’d really have lost our way in life.

Bananas in Pyjamas was invented in Australia (a nation somewhere warm) and aired in the early 1990s across the world, although it was inspired by the catchy song Bananas in Pyjamas from Play School (another Australian kid’s show) back in 1967. Jesus, this is getting confusing, so let’s clear stuff up.

Bananas in Pyjamas

Pyjamas are generally associated with bedtime and sleep, although some of you may have terrifying memories of your safety enhancing school swimming lessons. If, for instance, you plunged into the Pacific Ocean in only your pyjamas, you’d be able to forget all your training, panic, and get eaten by a shark. Nothing beats a good education, kids!

Bananas are usually associated with food, although some of you may consider them as items of self-defence. Whatever, most of us don’t perceive them to be sentient beings which require bedtime clothing. Indeed, quite the opposite! Furthermore, the very notion of human-sized bananas parading around in pyjamas is enough to force anyone into a bout of terror.

The really weird precedent the show set, however, is this: what is a nude banana? Normally bananas are in the yellow casing, which is essentially a onesie. However, when you then wrap them up in pyjamas… what gives? We don’t recommend dressing in layers for beddy boo boo time simply as you’ll suffer from heat exhaustion.

Signs and symptoms of this include delirium, lunacy, dehydration, hypothermia, toothache, and manic frothing at the mouth. Kind of exactly the state of mind you’d need to be in to invent something as mortifying as bananas wearing pyjamas.

The Song

Anyway, we enjoyed the show when we were about 8 years old. It’s really stuck with us, although as we’re so much more mature these days (sort of), we may feel it’d fall flat on repeated viewing.

For the sake of nostalgia purposes, the song from the series goes like this:

Bananas in pyjamas are coming down the stairs/Bananas in pyjamas are coming down in pairs/Bananas in pyjamas are chasing teddy bears/’cause on Tuesdays they all try to catch them unawares!

This is great and all, but it opens up many questions regarding the evident prejudices bananas hold towards teddy bears. Where did this great conflict come from?! Typically we consider teddy bears and bananas to be relatively docile inanimate objects, but this series portrays them as demented fiends.

Consequently, we can only conclude we’ve been viewing bananas with a false sense of security these last 31 and a half years. Clearly they possess the capacity for inane and pointless bigotry, which is complemented by a superfluous desire to wear pyjamas. We always knew those damn things were crazy.

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