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The Great Grape Ape Show is a Saturday morning cartoon series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions that was broadcast on ABC from September 6, 1975 to December 13, 1975, it was then shown in reruns until 1978. The show was originally broadcast as a segment of The New Tom and Jerry/Grape Ape Show during the 1975–76 season; for the 1976–77 season, the show became The Tom and Jerry/Grape Ape/Mumbly Show, and in 1977–78, The Great Grape Ape Show became its own half-hour show on Sunday mornings.

Thirty-two 10-minute installments of Grape Ape were made; two were aired per 30-minute episode. Grape Ape also appeared as a member of "The Yogi Yahooeys" team on Laff-A-Lympics/Scooby's All-Stars from 1977 to 1979. Grape Ape would often team up with Yakky Doodle.

In the 1980s, repeats of The Great Grape Ape Show were shown on "USA Cartoon Express"; they were later restored and run on Cartoon Network and can currently be seen on Boomerang, often as part of the "Boomerang Zoo package". The full half-hour version was not shown on Boomerang until November 22, 2012.


The title character is a 40-foot-tall purple gorilla (voiced by Bob Holt) with the mind of a child. His catch phrase is saying his name twice ("Grape Ape, Grape Ape") after anything anyone says, usually as a form of agreement or acknowledgement of what was said. He travels the countryside with his canine pal Beegle Beagle (voiced by Marty Ingels), whom he calls "Beegly Beagly". Grape Ape's immense size tends to initially shock and frighten those unfamiliar with him, and his presence alone has often terrified people and animals, causing them to run off screaming invariably: "YEOW! It's a gorill-ill-ill-ill-la!". In one instance, a signpost reacted similarly, flipping out multiple segments of wood as the protagonists read the above reaction from it, after which it folded itself up and left in great haste.

Grape Ape and his friend Beegle Beagle usually move in a small yellow van driven by Beegle Beagle with Grape Ape sitting on the roof. A recurring bit of business would be for him to 'rev up' the tiny vehicle like a child with a friction toy, then hop aboard as the van would start on its way.

Given his size, Grape Ape's sneezes were equivalent to a hurricane; and when he cried, which was sometimes when he was homesick for his family, his tears could cause flooding in areas.


  • Bob Holt - Grape Ape
  • Marty Ingels - Beegle Beagle
  • Joan Gerber - Additional Voices
  • Virginia Gregg - Additional Voices
  • Bob Hastings - Additional Voices
  • Allan Melvin - Additional Voices
  • Don Messick - Additional Voices
  • Alan Oppenheimer - Additional Voices
  • Hal Smith - Additional Voices
  • John Stephenson - Additional Voices
  • Lurene Tuttle - Additional Voices
  • Lennie Weinrib - Additional Voices
  • Frank Welker - Additional Voices
  • Paul Winchell - Additional Voices


Episode 1

  • That Was No Idol, That Was My Ape
  • The All-American Ape

Episode 2

  • Movie Madness
  • Trouble at Bad Rock

Episode 3

  • Flying Saucery
  • Thar's No Feud Like an Old Feud

Episode 4

  • The Grape Race
  • The Big Parade

Episode 5

  • A Knight to Remember
  • S.P.L.A.T.

Episode 6

  • G.I. Ape
  • The Purple Avenger

Episode 7

  • Grapefinger
  • Return to Balaboomba

Episode 8

  • Amazon Ape
  • Grape Marks the Spot

Episode 9

  • The Invisible Ape
  • Public Grape No. 1

Episode 10

  • The Incredible Shrinking Grape
  • What's a Nice Prince Like You Doin' in a Duck Like That?

Episode 11

  • Who's New at the Zoo?
  • The Indian Grape Call

Episode 12

  • A Grape is Born
  • The First Grape in Space

Episode 13

  • S.P.L.A.T.'s Back (Part 1)
  • S.P.L.A.T.'s Back (Part 2)

Episode 14

  • To Sleep or Not to Sleep
  • Olympic Grape

Episode 15

  • Ali Beagle and the 40 Grapes
  • Grape Five-O

Episode 16

  • The Purple Avenger Strikes Again
  • The Grape Connection

Other Appearances

  • Grape Ape had his own short lived comic book series called The Great Grape Ape that ran 2 issues in 1976 published by Charlton Comics. He also appeared in Laff-A-Lympics #1-#11 and #13 as well as TV Stars #1. Both titles were published by Marvel Comics in 1978–79. He also appeared in Hanna Barbera Presents #6 published by Archie Comics in 1996. Outside of these American comics, Grape Ape was featured in three annual comics published in England from 1978 through 1980.
  • Grape Ape appeared in the Laff-A-Lympics/Scooby's All-Stars on the Yogi Yahooies. His size varies on the show, sometimes being his normal 40 feet and other times about 6–10 feet.
  • In the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Chubby Cheese" Grape Ape (voiced by Jeff Bennett) was among the animatronic Hanna-Barbera characters in the animatronic show as he closes out Chubby's song.
  • Grape Ape and Beegle Beagle make a cameo in a 2012 MetLife commercial entitled "Everyone".
  • In the Robot Chicken episode "I'm Trapped," Grape Ape is seen dead and a crowd of policemen are around his body and realise that they didn't hear the G in his name, which would explain why they shot him.
Hanna-Barbera Series

1980 Drak PackThe Flintstone Comedy ShowThe Fonz and the Happy Days Gang
The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show
1981 Laverne & Shirley in the ArmySpace StarsTeen ForceThe Kwicky Koala ShowTrollkinsThe Smurfs
1982 The Flintstone FunniesMork and Mindy: The Animated SeriesThe Little RascalsPac-ManJokebookShirt TalesThe Gary Coleman Show
1983 The DukesMonchhichisThe New Scooby and Scrappy Doo ShowThe Biskitts
Lucky Luke
1984 SnorksChallenge of the GoBots
1985 Paw PawsYogi's Treasure HuntGaltar and the Golden LanceThe Berenstain Bears
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-DooThe Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible
1986 The New Adventures of Jonny QuestPound PuppiesThe Flintstone KidsFoofurWildfire
1987 Sky CommandersPopeye and Son
1988 A Pup Named Scooby-DooThe Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley
The New Yogi Bear ShowFantastic Max
1989 The Further Adventures of SuperTedPaddington Bear

1990 The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho PandaTom & Jerry KidsWake, Rattle, and RollRick Moranis in Gravedale HighMidnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone
1991 The Pirates of Dark WaterYo Yogi!
1992 Fish PoliceCapitol CrittersThe Addams Family
1993 Droopy, Master DetectiveThe New Adventures of Captain Planet2 Stupid Dogs
SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron
1995 Dumb and DumberWhat a Cartoon!
1996 Cave Kids: Pebbles & Bamm BammThe Real Adventures of Jonny Quest
Dexter's Laboratory
1997 Johnny BravoCow & ChickenI Am Weasel
1998 The Powerpuff Girls