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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
  • Run Time: 539 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FI9OEK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,402 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • 23 episodes on four discs
  • "Magilla Theme Song, Live And Unplugged" - rare footage of Hoyt Curtin and Bill Hanna at the piano, introduced by series animator Jerry Eisenberg
  • "Mr. Peebles Pet Shop" - interactive interview gallery with Magilla Gorilla voice Allan Melvin, series animator Jerry Eisenberg, and animation historian Jerry Beck
  • "Here Comes a Star" - archival TV special goes inside Hanna-Barbera Studios to introduce this new simian character
  • 8 bonus cartoons

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Magilla Gorilla: The Complete Series

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"No one buys gorillas anymore," laments Mr. Peebles in the initial installment ("Big Game") of this Hanna-Barbera animation. The shop owner has looked after Magilla (Allan Melvin, The Brady Bunch) since he was a baby. Customers take the snappily-dressed simian home, he messes everything up--they bring him back. Looks like Peebles (actor/director Howard Morris, The Atom Ant Show) is stuck with the big lug. Granted, little Ogee (Jean Vander Pyl, The Flintstones), who makes her debut in the seventh episode ("Come Blow Your Dough"), would love a pet gorilla, but the redheaded tot is always short of cash.

Magilla first bounded onto the boob tube in 1964. Breaking from the usual pattern, the series premiered in syndication before moving to network TV two year later. Although the gorilla appears in the title cartoon of each episode, the other segments are dedicated to Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-a-long and Punkin' Puss and Mushmouse. Ricochet (Don Messick, Scooby-Doo) is "the fastest sheriff in the west," Droop-a-long coyote (Mel Blanc, Bugs Bunny) is his foot-dragging deputy, and Punkin' (Melvin) and Mushmouse (Morris) are a hillbilly Tom and Jerry, locked in a rambunctious Hatfield and McCoy-type feud.

This Classic Collection includes 23 episodes plus eight shorts. Throughout, the gorilla is drafted by the army ("Private Magilla"), cast in a movie ("Groovey Movie"), and abducted by aliens ("Planet Zero"). After moving to ABC, the secondary toons would eventually be replaced by Breezly and Sneezly and Peter Potamus and His Magic Flying Balloon, featuring much of the same voice talent. In both cases, the suspender-sporting primate was the top star of the show. As the theme song, introduced in episode 14 ("Motorcycle Magilla"), would have it, "A gorilla like Magilla is nice at any price!" --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Customer Reviews

I love the classic cartoon!
Marisol
The opening Magilla Gorilla theme song and closing segments are missing and that's a major disappointment.
The Critic
The print quality on the DVD is great and you will not be disappointed.
Ninja_008

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

109 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Mular TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 17, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Yes, Warner Home Video has admitted that they goofed, they forgot the opening & closing titles that has the famous theme song! They also forgot the in-between bridging material that introduced the next cartoon. Then there is the fair quality film transfer of the cartoons. No restoration here!

Warner Home Video MAY re-master the discs IF there is a demand for it. I say demand it!

After the exceptional DVD releases on Yogi Bear & Huckleberry Hound, this is a real let down.
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98 of 102 people found the following review helpful By movie man on August 16, 2006
Format: DVD
Well it seems that Warner Bro's likes to think no one would notice that every episode on this set is missing it's opening and ending credits with it's theme song!!!
That's right no Theme SONG!!!!!
Only in the non animated menu do you get a listen to the famous song but as for on the episodes ....no!
Besides this fact the image is awful, this set looks more like to was produced by a budget company that usually sells discs for 1 dollar.

I hear recall!
SO I urge all fans to NOT buy this incomplete show and wait for Warners to get their act together and fix this very serious issue.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Helen Crump on August 28, 2006
Format: DVD
I so looked forward to getting this. I love the Hanna Barbera cartoons; they take me back to my childhood. I am, however dissappointed in this set.

If you purchase DVDs based on customer reviews then take heed. Some of the cartoons are kind of fuzzy and the theme song is missing! How could they not have noticed that?

Maybe I should have listened to the reviewer that said this is just for kids, they wouldn't know any better.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By NJ Tony on September 29, 2006
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I was really looking forward to getting this set and sharing it with my young niece and nephew --- not to mention being taken back to my own childhood. Like most other reviewers, I am disappointed in this set.

I can deal with the fuzzy cartoons --- but I can't believe they left off the opening and closing credits with the theme song :(((((( How and why would they do that??

It would have been nice to see my niece and nephew singing along with the catchy theme song ... oh well.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "Loopydloop" on August 21, 2006
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First of all, let me say that I am thankful to WB video for these box sets of cartoons. Many of them, particularly the early sets, have been done top notch. That, however, is not the case with this recent release. As usual, it does not take long for WB to start cutting back on the products after the initial blush is gone. The early Flintstones, Jetsons and Top Cat offerings featured startlingly beautiful prints and somewhat interesting extras, but this poor Magilla set is clearly a real cut-rate job. The set does have all the cartoons made for the series, grouped as shows, (curiously with a few cartoons added as special features with no explanation as to why they were not included grouped as part of the shows). There are no opening or closing title sequences or original credits provided either. And a number of the cartoons in the set are sub-standard, grainy, dirty, scratched, high contrast prints, which in this day and age, is inexcusable particularly for WB. The extra materials are bare bones on this set and, though I don't blame the dedicated people who work very hard to put these sets together or who appear in interviews, (layout artist and show designer Jerry Eisenberg, Animation historian Jerry Beck and Magilla voice Allan Melvin provide short but insightful comments). I still would have hoped for more information on the show's conception and production or at the very least complete, accurate credits. The show was very cute and well executed for television during the heyday of Hanna Barbera cartoon production in the mid 1960s.Read more ›
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Richie Dee on August 14, 2006
Format: DVD
From all the reviews I have read concerning this release it does'nt even deserve 1 star. I'm not talking about the cartoons , the cartoons themselves are all classic,I'm talking about the HORRIBLE transfers and the fact that they DID NOT include the opening and closing themes. I would buy this but the price would have to come down a lot because this is not a quality effort put into the release of this product. If there is not a re-release then I guess I will be stuck with this unacceptable version of this release , but first the price must come down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Critic on August 21, 2006
Format: DVD
Magilla Gorilla fans get the Banana! This show may not be at the top of the Hanna Barbera list, but Magilla Gorilla is still one of their most memorable characters ever created. It's too bad that this DVD release didn't receive the amount of restoration it truly deserved. The opening Magilla Gorilla theme song and closing segments are missing and that's a major disappointment.

The video transfer of the various cartoons varies in quality from good to poor. It's obvious from the video quality that this was a rush job by Warner Studios in an effort to quickly release this show on DVD. The quality of this release is well below the standard of the other Hanna Barbera release's currently being sold, but I'm still glad I can add it to my collection.

Despite the issues I have raised regarding the level of quality, I'm sure fans will still want to own this set. Magilla Gorilla the Complete Series 4 disc set contains all 23 episodes from the show plus another 8 bonus shorts. The four single sided discs are well done and come with great artwork and packaging. Come on and join Mr Peebles and Magilla Gorilla today!

DVD Features:
- Magilla Gorilla theme song, live and unplugged: rare footage of Hoyt Curtin and Bill Hanna at the piano, introduced by series animator Jerry Eisenberg
- Mr. Peebles pet shop: interactive interview gallery with Magilla Gorilla voice Allan Melvin, series animator Jerry Eisenberg and animation historian Jerry Beck
- Here comes a star: archival TV special goes inside Hanna-Barbera studios to introduce this new simian character
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