Magilla Gorilla - The Complete Series
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Magilla Gorilla, is a loveable but clumsy gorilla, who lives in Mr. Peebles' Pet Shop. Mr Peebles repeatedly tries to sell or give away the gorilla with no success. Backing segments include Punkin' Puss & Mushmouse and Rocochet Rabbit & Droop-a-long Coyote. These 23 complete cartoons plus 8 bonus Magilla Gorilla classic Hanna Barbera cartoons are now available for the first time ever on DVD!]]>
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
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
I like this set. I'm glad Ricochet Rabbit, Punkin' Puss, and Mushmouse are included. One reviewer stated that the above cartoons were not on his set.
One of the highlights of the set is "Makin' with the Magilla", a nod to the surfing crowd with a catchy little tune by Little Eva of "The Loco-Motion" fame.
It doesn't bother me that the theme song is missing from the individual shows. It doesn't bother me that some of the images are not perfect.
To see what's on the discs, I posted the list on related images on the left top side of the product page. One is blurry click on it & the larger image is less blurry.
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!
- 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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Magilla Gorilla is not the average pet you would want to bring home. Well, for a certain girl named Ogee, she has made two attempts to buy him at Mr. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bradford Paulson
the only reason i don't give this 5 stars is because of the missing opening and ending credits which are on the saturday morning cartoon set but still glad they released this... Read morePublished 13 months ago by zach j
I watched as a child my daughter loved as a child now her boys are loving Magilla too.Published 15 months ago by lisa k.