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Western Animation / The Great Grape Ape

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The Great Grape Ape is a Saturday Morning Cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera for ABC as part of The Tom and Jerry Show. The main characters were Grape Ape, a gigantic purple gorilla, and Beegle Beagle, his canine partner.

Grape Ape later spun off into a Sunday morning show and competed on Yogi Bear's team in the Laff-A-Lympicsnote  and later still cameoed in episodes of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.


The Great Grape Ape provides examples of:

  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Beegle and Grape Ape are generally the only funny animals on the show. While everyone panics upon seeing a 40ft gorilla, no one bats an eye at a dog driving a van.
  • Nice Hat: Grape Ape's giant green cap, and Beegle's red trilby
  • Odd Friendship: A 40ft tall gorilla and his talking dog best friend
  • Pokémon Speak/Verbal Tic/Third-Person Person: Grape Ape says his own name frequently.
  • Phrase Catcher: "YOW! A GORI-LI-LI-LI-LI-LI-LI-LI-LI-LLA!!"
  • Repeated Cue, Tardy Response: In one episode, Grape Ape is dressed as a genie and hiding in a large vase. Beegle Beagle has arranged for Grape Ape to come out of the vase after the former knocks three times, but Grape Ape is slow to catch on.
  • Running Gag: People freaking out and running away at top speed on seeing Grape Ape.
  • Vagabond Buddies: Each episode begins with the two coming into town in/on Beegle's minivan.
  • Your Size May Vary: Grape Ape is canonically 40 feet tall, but he'll often appear bigger or smaller depending on the needs of a scene.


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