Judy the Chimpanzee use to sit in Walt Disney's lap all the time. After waiting in line with everybody else to get her coffee and doughnut just before work, then get her sugar, Judy would go over to Disney's director chair sit in his lap, and never get a crumb on him and never spill a drop.
The film may have been amusingly prescient in its depiction of human powered flight. In 1977, a dozen years after the films release , the Gossamer Condor won the Kremer prize for sustained, controlled human powered flight with a lightweight, pedal powered plane, not unlike Merlin Jones's.
The screen-writing credit on this film, "Screenplay by Tom and Helen August", was for Tom August and Helen August. These were nom de plumes for scriptwriters Alfred Lewis Levitt and Helen Levitt respectively. The pseudonyms were used because they were both blacklisted writers on the Hollywood blacklist.