Magilla Gorilla (character)

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This article is about the main title character. For other uses, see Magilla Gorilla.
Magilla Gorilla
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Species Gorilla
Gender Male
Member of Yogi's Gang[Note 1]
Affiliation Mr. Peebles
Wally Gator[Note 2]
Nightwing[Note 3]
Grape Ape[Note 4]
Wanda Sykes[Note 5]
Jabberjaw[Note 6]
Loopy De Loop[Note 7]
Magilla's in Jellystone!
Occupation Actor[Note 8]
Clothing retailer[Note 9]
Works for Magilla's[Note 10]
Father Mr. Peebles, adoptive father in Nightwing/Magilla Gorilla Special
Mother Not mentioned
Sister(s) Maggie Gorilla[Note 11]
First appearance MG: "Big Game" (1964)
Played by Allan Melvin (1964-94)
Maurice LaMarche (2005, 2008)
Frank Welker (2019)
Paul F. Tompkins (2021-present)
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Fender Bender 500
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As Magilla Ice in Yo, Yogi!
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Nightwing/Magilla Gorilla Special
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Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?
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Magilla Gorilla is an anthropomorphic talking gorilla and the main title character in the Magilla Gorilla animated television shorts, which came as part of The Magilla Gorilla Show. His voice was originated by Allan Melvin.

Character description

Being a gorilla, Magilla has a large build to him and has light brown hair. He sports a purple bow tie, red shorts with green suspenders, a purple derby hat, and brown dress shoes.

Owned by the pet shop owner, Mr. Peebles, Magilla is a fun-loving primate who spends most his time in the front display window of his shop. He is prone to all sorts of trouble and is a constant strain to Peebles's finances. Due to his tomfoolery, Magilla's asking price would get lower and lower, until he briefly gets bought by another person. The customer in question would use Magilla for various purposes, but with one mishap or another ensuing, he always winds up back in the store with a refund at hand.

Occasionally, the gorilla is also a friend to a little girl named Ogee―the only customer to show interest in owning him.


TV series





Video games


Magilla Gorilla for Sale

Crossover Era

It's Yogi's Gang!

Yogi's Ark Lark

Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper

Yogi's Treasure Hunt

The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound

Yo, Yogi!

Harvey Birdman

Everyone's Back in Jellystone!

Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?

Magilla in the Funny Books

Marvel's Laff-A-Lympics

Cartoon Network Presents


Magilla's name originates from "megillah", an English slang word referring to a long and sometimes drawn-out story, and derrived from the Yiddish word "megile",[1] which itself comes from the Hebrew word "megillah" (מְגִילָּה, "scroll"). When Joseph Barbera got a complaint from a Rabbi over the use of "megillah", animator Jerry Eisenberg—himself a Jewish person—gave Barbera permission to use the word.[2]


Main article: Magilla Gorilla (character)/Gallery

Behind the scenes

In popular culture

  • Magilla is mentioned by one of Elaine's co-workers in a deleted scene of the Seinfeld episode "Summer of George."
  • In The Parkers episode "The Boomerang Effect," Nikki calls Maurice Magilla Gorilla after they discover he has an extremely hairy chest when he auditions for Kim and Nikki's calendar of college hunks.
  • In the first half of the Mad episode "Demise of the Planet of the Apes/The Celebrity Ape-rentice," Magilla is one of the monkeys in the zoo.

The Simpsons

Main article: The Simpsons
  • "When You Dish Upon a Star:" Homer sings the theme song in his sleep, then talks like he's Magilla telling Mr. Peebles not to take his banana, which then turns into wild offensive noises.
  • "Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair):" Marge erects a giant statue of Homer in his underwear made out of popsicle sticks, which Homer is ecstatic about, but only because he thinks it's Magilla Gorilla.


  1. ^ In Yogi's Gang.
  2. ^ In Fender Bender 500.
  3. ^ In Nightwing/Magilla Gorilla Special.
  4. ^ In Nightwing/Magilla Gorilla Special.
  5. ^ In Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?
  6. ^ In Jellystone!
  7. ^ In Jellystone!
  8. ^ In Nightwing/Magilla Gorilla Special.
  9. ^ In Jellystone!
  10. ^ In Jellystone!
  11. ^ In Nightwing/Magilla Gorilla Special.


  1. ^ Gottlieb Wolfe, Marjorie. "THE BIG MEGILLAH VS. MAGILLA GORILLA". Retrieved May 28, 2023.
  2. ^ Eisenberg, Jerry (2009). "Completely Bananas: The Magilla Gorilla Story" (DVD). New Wave Entertainment; Warner Bros. Entertainment.