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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. He also appeared in Jellystone!.

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.
  • Odd Friendship: A 40ft tall gorilla and his talking dog best friend
  • Pok√©mon Speak: Grape Ape says his own name frequently.
  • Phrase Catcher: "YEOW! A GORI-LI-LI-LI-LI-LI-LI-LI-LI-LLA!!"
    • Zig-zagged in an episode where Grape Ape and Beegle are mounties assisting an imperiled damsel who merely says "Oh, hi" when she sees Grape Ape. When Beegle asks why she didn't run off screaming "Yeow! It's a goril-il-il-il-la!", she replies "You've seen one forty-foot purple ape, you've seen them all!"
  • 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.
  • Rhyming Names: The protagonist Grape Ape and his sidekick Beegle Beagle.
  • 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.