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The Magilla Gorilla Show
Genre Animation
Comedy
Created by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Written by Warren Foster
Michael Maltese
Dalton Sandifer
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices of Allan Melvin
Howard Morris
Jean Vander Pyl
Don Messick
Mel Blanc
Hal Smith
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 31
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Screen Gems
Release
Original network Syndicated
Picture format Color
Audio format Mono
Original release 1963 or January 15, 1964 (1964-01-15) – December 30, 1967 (1967-12-30)

The Magilla Gorilla Show is an animated television series starring Magilla Gorilla. The series was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for Screen Gems, and was originally sponsored in syndication by Ideal Toys from 1963 through 1967. The show had other recurring characters, including Punkin' Puss & Mushmouse, and Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long. In syndication, the main and supporting characters from the Peter Potamus show were also added. Prior to the show's launch, the show made an interview on their "upcoming" series in between the middle-and-late December 1963 on first-run syndication entitled Here Comes A Star. Like many of Hanna-Barbera's animal characters, Magilla Gorilla was dressed in human accessories, sporting a bow tie, shorts held up by suspenders, and an undersized derby hat. After a year on airing its original runs, repeats of all 31 episodes were aired between 1965 and 1967 during ABC-TV's Saturday morning schedule.

The show aired on Boomerang until July 22, 2012. After an eight-year wait, The Magilla Gorilla Show returned on Boomerang for four days during November 26 until November 30, 2020 including the opening and closing themes and titles. During the four-day broadcast, neither Punkin' Puss & Mushmouse nor Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-long weren't broadcast during the four-day period.

Segments

Magilla Gorilla

Magilla Gorilla (voiced by Allan Melvin) is an anthropomorphic gorilla who spent his time languishing in the front display window of a pet shop run by Melvin Peebles (voiced by Howard Morris in 1964–1965, and Don Messick in 1966-1967), eating bananas and being a drain on the businessman's finances. Mr. Peebles marked down Magilla's price considerably, but Magilla was invariably only purchased for a short time...for example, by thieves who needed to break into a bank or by an advertising agency looking for a mascot for their new product. The customers always ended up returning Magilla, forcing Mr. Peebles to refund their money. Magilla often ended each episode with his catchphrase "We'll try again next week." Magilla's only friend was an adorable, admiring little red headed girl named Ogee (voiced by Jean Vander Pyl), who asked, "How much is that Gorilla in the window?" during the show's opening theme song.

Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long

Ricochet Rabbit (voiced by Don Messick) works as the sheriff of Hoop N' Holler with his slow as molasses deputy Droop-a-Long Coyote (voiced by Mel Blanc). In addition to his super-speed, Ricochet Rabbit uses an arsenal of trick bullets (for example, one with a skull bashing mallet that pops out of the shell) to help him take down criminals. He would introduce himself as "Sheriff Bing! Bing! Binnnng! Ricochet Rabbit!"

Punkin' Puss & Mushmouse

In a send up of the feuding Hatfields and McCoys, an orange hillbilly cat named Punkin' Puss (voiced by Allan Melvin) is constantly chasing a hard-to-catch hillbilly mouse named Mushmouse (voiced by Howard Morris). Punkin' Puss' weapon of choice is a shotgun.

Syndication

The show made its first premiere on January 15, 1964 on first-run syndication. When The Magilla Gorilla Show first aired on television, the show was not broadcast on the same day of the week or the same time, in every city's affiliation. For its original run until 1965 in syndication, some of the major markets in cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Dallas aired The Magilla Gorilla Show on independent stations, such as WPIX, KCOP, KTVU, WGN, WTTV, and KTVT. Overlands and overseas, the show aired on CBC Television in Canada at the time since its debut; and in Australia, The Magilla Gorilla Show didn't air in Australia until April 6, 1965 when Network TEN ran the entire series. During 1965, new episodes and reruns of the earlier episodes then began airing on ABC's Saturday Morning schedule until its last run on December 30, 1967. In Canada and Australia, the show continued its reruns until 1969. After the reruns were cancelled in America, New York City's WPIX continued to rerun The Magilla Gorilla Show for more than a decade until 1984. At the time, no local station in America has aired them since then. Apparently in the United Kingdom, Yorkshire Television reran the series in the early 1980's; and in Australia, Nine Network reran the show during the mid-1980's. Both channels reran The Magilla Gorilla Show for a short period of time. Back in America, the show was then returned on cable-only USA Network later on during the decade, and Cartoon Network began running the series when it launched years later on October 1, 1992. Cartoon Network's run lasted until 2004 due to its sister station Boomerang at the time airing the show since Boomerang's early years. Boomerang continued to air The Magilla Gorilla Show until July 22, 2012. The show made a return on November 26, 2020 for four days until November 30, 2020 on a Boomerang Thanksgiving weekend containing episodes of various classic Hanna-Barbera shows. During the run, both Punkin' Puss & Mushmouse or Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long segments were not aired during the four-day period; which was replaced by another Magilla Gorilla segment to fill the schedule instead, with both opening theme and closing theme/credits intact throughout every segment. Out of the 31 Magilla Gorilla segments in total, only 20 of them were aired.

Cast

  • Mel Blanc – Droop-a-Long Coyote
  • Allan Melvin – Magilla Gorilla, Punkin' Puss
  • Howard Morris – Mr. Peebles (1964–1965), Mushmouse
  • Don Messick – Mr. Peebles (1966–1967), Ricochet Rabbit
  • Jean Vander Pyl – Ogee
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