Magilla Gorilla

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(ended 1965)

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Magilla Gorilla

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Magilla Gorilla, an animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera, was the story of a pet store gorilla that nobody seemed to want. Magilla Gorilla, looking loveable in his hat and a bow tie, was usually purchased in every episode. However, after having an adventure of some sort, he would be brought back to the store for a refund by the end of the episode. At the end of the episode, Mr. Peebles the pet store owner, who was highly motivated to get rid of Magilla for good, would utter the catchphrase, "We'll try again next week." The only real hope for Magilla was a little girl named Ogee who always wanted to buy Magilla but never seemed to have enough money. Her voice is also heard in the theme song, when she asks "How much is that gorilla in the window?" The show also had animated segments with other cartoon characters, including Punkin' Puss and Mushmouse and Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-A-Long. Magilla Gorilla was one of the few cartoons that actually began its run in syndication and was not picked up by a network (ABC) until 1 January 1966. When the show was picked up by ABC the popular Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-a-Long segments were switched out for Breezly and Sneezly segments. After 1966 Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-a-Long appeared on the Peter Potamus and his Magic Flying Balloon show, which was doing poorly in the ratings. Another interesting note is that the show was created in conjunction with Ideal Toys in an effort to market a line of toys to consumers Magilla was voiced by veteran character actor Allan Melvin, who was also known as the character "Sam the Butcher", Alice's boyfriend in the The Brady Bunch. Other voices include Howard Morris as Mr. Peebles and Jean Vander Pyl as Ogee. Magilla Gorilla Theme Song We've got a gorilla for sale...a yellow gorilla for sale. Won't you buy him...take him home and try him...gorilla for sale. See in the window, Magilla Gorilla...full of charm and appeal. Handsome, elegant, intelligent, sweet...He's really ideal. So if you want a yellow gorilla you can call your own... a gorilla who'll be with ya when you're all alone. (Magilla speaking): "Its the MAGILLA GORILLA SHOW. Starring me and Mr. Peebles... with Mush-Mouse and Pumpkin-Puss and Rickochet Rabbit and Droop-Along" (Little girl speaking): "How much is that Gorilla in the window?" Take our advice... at any price... a gorilla like Magilla is mighty nice. Gorilla... Magilla Gorilla for sale.....moreless

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  • Howard Morris

    Howard Morris

    Mr. Peebles / Mushmouse

    Allan Melvin

    Allan Melvin

    Magilla / Punkin' Puss

    Jean Vander Pyl

    Jean Vander Pyl

    Ogee

    Don Messick

    Don Messick

    Veternarian / Zoo Keeper

    Warren Foster

    Warren Foster

    Writer

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    Categories

    Animation, Comedy, Kids

    Themes

    Grade Schoolers, Preschoolers, 60s, Pre-Teens