Monday, March 7, 2011

Classic Clip Monday: Magilla Gorilla and Grape Ape

Not quite sure why monkeys became a huge part of 1970s TV (not just cartoons--remember "BJ and the Bear"?) But somehow both Grape Ape and Magilla Gorilla are permanently etched in my brain.

Grape Ape? Lord, what a moron. He's 40 feet tall and says his name a lot. In the 1970s, this was pretty much all the gimmick you needed for a show, apparently. Despite weighing many tons, he somehow had the superpower to jump on the Mystery Machine-ripoff van and not crush it or the passengers. Also, I do not think he was even grape flavored. But this line from Wikipedia cracked me up, once I thought about it for a second: "Grape Ape appeared in the Robot Chicken episode "I'm Trapped." After Grape Ape was killed, a police officer looks at his wallet and sees that his name is Grape Ape. He then asks if the other police officers heard the 'G' in his name."

I much preferred Magilla Gorilla, although I must have seen reruns, since it ran a little before my time. (1963-1967). It kind of made me sad that he was always sitting in a pet store and no one would buy him. Also, he was a more normal-sized ape, and his adventures weren't quite as stupid. "Take our advice, at any price a gorilla like Magilla is mighty nice!"

Did you watch either of these shows? I also think I had a Magilla Gorilla comic book.


Joanne said...

I've always thought I was the ONLY one who remembered Magilla Gorilla. I definitely liked him more than Grape Ape, though I watched both. Magilla must have been reruns for me as well...I wasn't even born until 1969!!

Brian said...

Both cartoons were pretty lame, IMO, especially Grape Ape. Who thought THAT was a good idea????