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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).

History[edit]

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]

Gorillagrams[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[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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NBCNews.com
Thu, 28 May 2015 17:11:15 -0700

The woman also accused Bergdahl of "unwanted contact and stalking, including leaving origami at her barracks door and showing up at her door in a gorilla suit and hanging around her while she was on staff duty." The informal inquiry found that Bergdahl ...
 
Huffington Post
Thu, 28 May 2015 11:11:15 -0700

"Mom, remember that experiment where people were told to keep their eye on the ball in a pseudo basketball game and never saw the man in the gorilla suit wandering around the court?" I was trying to get her, and I'm sure now me, back into reality. She ...

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal
Tue, 19 May 2015 08:38:51 -0700

But his act also includes stints as Spider-Man and Evel Knievel, among others. David Zentz for The Wall Street Journal … A hand and foot are parts of the gorilla suit Mr. Rumford sometimes puts on for his rodeo clown act. He always travels with two ...
 
Yakima Herald-Republic
Sat, 23 May 2015 08:00:00 -0700

You decide whether it's real or a guy in a gorilla suit. • Why has no hunter ever shot one, or trapped one? Well, one guy said he had a female and her young one in his rifle sights, and he "could not pull the trigger." Another said he did shoot a ...

Fortune

Fortune
Mon, 18 May 2015 08:11:05 -0700

Shawn Mendes greets fans and performs the day before the release of his album "Handwritten" at Mall of America on April 13, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Photograph by Adam Bettcher — Getty Images ...

The Suburban Times

The Suburban Times
Sun, 24 May 2015 08:33:45 -0700

Kathy Kluska as Helga and Gorilla; the latter, wearing a full gorilla suit sporting a dainty pink umbrella, has a nice special with the Emcee singing “If You Could See Her.” LaNita Hudson as Lulu, who is so graceful even with the short, clipped moves ...

Bustle

Bustle
Mon, 18 May 2015 14:56:15 -0700

We had gone on several dates and were really enjoying each other's company. Then one evening when I was visiting him, he excused himself while I waited in the living room. When he returned, he was dressed in a rubber gorilla suit and wanted me to pour ...

ENGINEERING.com

ENGINEERING.com
Tue, 19 May 2015 23:04:30 -0700

At a certain point in the video a man in a gorilla suit struts to the center of the circle, thumps his chest, then struts off camera. Total time in the video: 9 seconds. Percentage of people who observed the man in gorilla suit in the video? Fifty ...
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