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Gorilla suit

Gorilla suits are full-bodied costumes resembling gorillas. Gorilla suits have been used both to represent real gorillas in film and on stage, and also as a source of humour. The gorilla suit is a popular Halloween and masquerade party costume.

An actor in a gorilla suit spars with an actor in a Gamera costume at CONvergence (convention).


The early history of the art of gorilla impersonation dates at least to the late 1920s, with the rise of Charles Gemora, an early practitioner of the art in such short films as Circus Lady and the Our Gang entry Bear Shooters. In later decades, in addition to abounding in the Ape Woman films (consisting of Captive Wild Woman, Jungle Woman, and The Jungle Captive) and B movies such as Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla.

In 1869, Noah Brooks' short story, "Mr. Columbus Coriander's Gorilla" appeared in Bret Harte's "Overland Monthly Magazine." The story concerned a young man employed at a menagerie dressed in a gorilla suit. It is mistakenly credited to Max Adeler.

In recent decades, the work of performers or designers have altered the mechanics and effect of gorilla suits, often using animatronics, taxidermy eyes, realistic fur, and other aides. Jim Henson utilized typical gorilla suits and never a full-bodied gorilla Muppet in several productions (like in Time Piece, The Cube, some episodes of Sesame Street, and the "Avery Schreiber" episode of The Muppet Show). The person inside the gorilla suit is often uncredited. Jim Henson's Creature Shop has contributed to this development in its own way, through work on Buddy, George of the Jungle, and MirrorMask. Many suit performers of Jim Henson's characters portrayed gorillas in other productions.

National Gorilla Suit Day[edit]

In 1963, Don Martin published National Gorilla Suit Day in a collection Don Martin Bounces Back, in which Fester Bestertester mocks the (then fictitious) concept of a National Gorilla Suit Day, and suffers a series of incredible assaults from gorillas and other creatures in gorilla and other suits.

Subsequently, Don Martin fans have celebrated National Gorilla Suit Day on January 31.[1]


A gorillagram is a gift message, similar to a singing telegram, but delivered by a performer dressed in a gorilla suit.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "It's National Gorilla Suit Day - VIDEO". Aoltv.com. 2007-01-31. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 

External links[edit]

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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:31:12 -0700

I love the story about the young lad who needed a job and saw an advert for one at the local zoo. When he got there he discovered that the job involved dressing up as a gorilla - he had to pretend to be one as the real one had died. Unfortunately as he ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 06:52:30 -0700

The famous “invisible gorilla” effect demonstrates this in visual perception: people asked to count passes between basketball players on video fail to notice a person in a gorilla suit walk across the screen. (Even most radiologists, it's been shown ...

Camden New Journal newspapers website

Camden New Journal newspapers website
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 02:56:15 -0700

Peter Elliott pictured in his animatronic gorilla suit. Mr Elliott's charity, The Gorilla Organisation, could be forced to leave its Primrose Hill base after permission was granted to transform the Primrose Hill Business Centre into flats. Published: 7 ...

Stratford Observer

Stratford Observer
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:00:00 -0700

THERE may not be any gorillas in the canon, but there will be a Shakespeare in a gorilla suit next month. Ellis Creez, who works as Shakespeare giving tours of Stratford, will be swapping his ruff for the gorilla costume when he joins hundreds of ...

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:02:37 -0700

And the FBI got wind of this and decided to go ahead with a scam, or a sting, and they dressed an FBI agent up in a gorilla suit and they actually loaded him on the airplane. The Mexicans were all ready to take off, and then they sprung the trap on ...

New York Times

New York Times
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:11:15 -0700

Here, Ronnie Todorowski interrupts to ask if Rika will be wearing a gorilla suit in Dallas and is relieved that the answer is no, as he has always seen her imagining all this animal behavior rather than actually changing species. I thankfully agree.


Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:07:30 -0700

Like Dr. Who, De Laurentiis was forced for the rest of the film to resort to, yes, a man in a gorilla suit. But had he simply come out and admitted his failure as Who did, he could've save himself a lot of grief down the line. Anyway, as for King Kong ...

A.V. Club DC

A.V. Club DC
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 20:32:15 -0700

There isn't much conceptual territory left in this area for Masters Of Sex to explore, and as such the zoo plot comes off as a series of contrivances designed to give us the image of a guy in a gorilla suit demanding to touch Virginia Johnson's boob ...

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