Gorillas in popular culture

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Main article: Gorilla
King Kong

With other primates, like Orangutans, representations of the Gorilla are common in popular culture in the Western world[1] - with the full range of electronic media having gorillas as mascots, gorillas behaving like humans, and humans behaving like gorillas.

Examples of representation[edit]

The following sections give an approximate sample of the many forms of representation of the gorilla in popular culture: -

Sculpture[edit]

The French sculptor Emmanuel Frémiet won a medal of honour at the Salon of 1887 for his masterly "Gorilla Carrying off a Woman". Although praised in its time, this work now evokes ridicule from some observers for its depiction of a gorilla abducting a nude woman, presumably with the intention of raping her - something totally alien to actual gorilla behaviour. Nonetheless, this act has somehow caught the public's imagination as witnessed by the repeated popularity of the King Kong theme.

Cartoons[edit]

Gorilla Grodd

Comics[edit]

Film[edit]

Magazines and literature[edit]

A monstrous German gorilla in a World War I propaganda poster
  • Fester Bestertester, the protagonist of Don Martin's Mad strip "National Gorilla-Suit Day" is beset by gorillas (or persons dressed as gorillas). "National Gorilla-Suit Day" is celebrated every year on January 31.
  • In the award-winning novel Ishmael, written by Daniel Quinn, a gorilla teaches the protagonist about the history of humanity and the effect "civilized" culture has had on other species.
  • In J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle are frequently compared to gorillas.
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  • In The Uplift War, a science-fiction novel by David Brin, gorillas transported to the planet Garth for experiments in uplift play a significant role in the plot.
  • In the North American Confederacy alternate history series by L. Neil Smith, gorillas (along with other greater primates) are recognized as sentient beings and are granted full citizenship in the eponymous political entity. In the first novel in the series, The Probability Broach, a gorilla, Olongo Featherstone-Haugh (pronounced "Fanshaw"), is mentioned as having served as the largely ceremonial Vice-President of the NAC. The second novel, The Venus Belt, states that he was then elected as the equally ceremonial President of the NAC from 1996 to 2000, retiring after one term.
  • In the Animorphs book series, one of the main characters, Marco, shapeshifts into the form of a gorilla as his main 'battle morph'.

Music[edit]

Music groups[edit]

  • The popular virtual band Gorillaz is named after the animal.
  • There is an American Hardcore band called Gorilla Biscuits.
  • Rapper Gorilla Zoe takes his name from the ape.
  • The "G" in the rap group G-Unit stands for Guerilla.

Online games[edit]

  • Gorillas are also Beasts in the popular fantasy MMO World of Warcraft some can be tamed and used by the Hunter Class in the game though they are not nearly as commonly used as other potential pets.
  • In the popular superhero-themed MMO Champions Online, Dr Silverback is one of the most important heroes of the setting and a contact for the players.

Schools[edit]

Gus the Gorilla

Sports[edit]

Television[edit]

Video games[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Quammen, David (April 4, 2013). "Book Review: Planet of the Ape -‘Between Man and Beast,’ by Monte Reel". New York Times. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Cooper, Alice. "Thrill My Gorilla." Constrictor. [S.l.]: Premium Masters, 1994.
  3. ^ Dead Milkmen (Musical group). Big Lizard in My Backyard. El Segundo, CA: Restless, 1985.
  4. ^ Flaming Lips. "Shaved Gorilla." Telepathic Surgery. Culver City, CA: Restless Records, 1989.
  5. ^ Ghostface Killah. "Gorilla Hood." The Pretty Tony Collection Chapter 2. n.p., n.p., 2008
  6. ^ Project Pat. "Gorilla Pimp." Mista Don't Play Everythangs Workin. New York: Hypnotize Minds/Loud Records, 2001.
  7. ^ Spin Doctors. "Gorilla Boy." Here Comes the Bride. New York: DAS, 1999.
  8. ^ Taylor, James. "Gorilla." Gorilla. Burbank, Calif: Warner Bros, 1975.
  9. ^ Zevon, Warren. Warren Zevon. Los Angeles, Calif: Imperial, 1969.
  10. ^ Zevon, Warren. "Gorilla, You're a Desperado." Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School. [Miami, Fla.]: Columbia Pictures Publications, 1980.
  11. ^ Z-Ro. Screwed Up Click Representa. Houston, TX: Presidential Records, 2002.

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