Allan Melvin and Howard Morris did most of the character voices. Supporting segments on the show were Punkin' Puss and Mushmouse, a backwoods cat and mouse comedy, and Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-a-Long Coyote.
The show ran in syndication up until December 1965 when ABC optioned it for their Saturday morning schedule. When that took place, Ricochet Rabbit was replaced with Breezly Bruin from the Peter Potamus show, which similarly originated in syndication in 1964 and got optioned to ABC (airing Sunday mornings). Ricochet Rabbit migrated to Peter's show.
- Animated Anthology
- Ash Face: It happened to Magilla at least once.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: when Magilla has to watch a troop of scouts in the woods.
- Cheerful Child: Ogee, the little girl who befriended Magilla.
- Deus ex Machina: Pretty much no matter what happens Magilla ends up right back at the pet shop at the end of the episode.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Obviously.
- Averted by some characters especially Ogee's parents who will not let her have a gorilla for a pet.
- Expository Theme Tune
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Magilla is the rare "bottom but no top" version.
- High-Dive Hijinks: Magilla gets into trouble here at the Aquarium.
- Not a Mask: Magilla went to a costume party and saved the day. But when asked to remove his costume every one freaked out to learn he was really a gorilla.
- Soap Punishment: Magilla was occasionally a victim of this punishment for "lying". (Cassandra Truths, actually).
- Spoonerism: In "Magilla Mix Up" boy does Magilla play this trope. Mr. Peebles sends him to deliver flea powder, bird seed and dog biscuits to three customers but he gets caught up in a spy ring that is to give "you know what" to "you know who". Throughout the episode Magilla manages to mix up all four of these items multiple times.
- Talking Animal
- Threatening Shark: Magilla runs a foul of one at the Aquarium, he brings him back to the pet shop with him. By which we mean by his jaws snapped down on Magilla's shorts.
- Three Shorts: Magilla was the opener on his own show. Ricochet Rabbit provided the middle and Punkin' Puss the third.
- Yiddish as a Second Language ("Magilla" is pronounced identically to "megillah".)