TV Series | TV-G | | Comedy, Family
With the show ready to go to air, Sherwood Schwartz had yet to come up with a theme song. When it came time for him to submit one, he decided to make the theme a story of how the characters got shipwrecked. It was then titled "The Ballad of Gilligan's Island".
Skipper, should I pick the yellow bananas or the red bananas, because the yellow bananas are green.
Skipper Jonas Grumby: Then pick the red ones.
Gilligan: But the red ones are pink.
Skipper Jonas Grumby: Gilligan, I don't care if you pick red-white-and-blue bananas, just pick some bananas!
Gilligan: Okay, ...
The Skipper breaks the fourth wall on numerous occasions. One might argue that this was intentional and done for comedic effect, but oftentimes it happens so quickly that comedic effect doesn't have time to take hold. It appears to be done to show the Skipper's frustration with Gilligan, but at times, it seems to be a case of the actor appealing to the director out of frustration.
During the first season's opening credits, for some reason neither The Professor, Russell Johnson nor Mary Ann Dawn Wells received an on screen billing, nor were they referred to in the theme song. They were just referred to as "... and the rest." For seasons two and three they were added at the request of Bob Denver, who played "Gilligan" and thought it was stupid to leave out the two actors just to shorten the introductory song by a few notes.
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