I just dug up a Magilla Gorilla box set, which I forgot I even had, and fell in love with the series again.
The original tie-in, Ideal toys was going to come out with a Magilla doll for Christmas 1964(never seen one). They became the show'ssponsor, and even got a plug in the opening credits:
See in the window, Magilla Gorilla
Full of charm and appeal.
Handsome, elegant, intelligent, sweet,
He's really Ideal!
But the best moment came in the second season, with the song "Makin' With The Magilla". Most of the cartoon is Magilla's weak attempts at surfing, but then we get two minutes of pop heaven.
Throw in shades of Motown, Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, and Little
Eva on vocals, you got a masterpiece.
The other two segments , Ricochet Rabbit and Droopalong (a sheriff and deputy fighting crime in the Old West) and Mushmouse and Punkin Puss (two feuding hillbillies. Lotta shooting going on) were great too.
Also in the cast was Little Ogee (voiced by Jean Vander Pyl, looks like a toddler Pebbles), Magilla's only friend but too poor to buy him.
All good stuff. This was my gang.