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George of the Jungle
     

George of the Jungle

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Director: Sam Weisman, Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church

Cast: Sam Weisman, Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church

 

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Jay Ward's fondly-remembered cartoon series about a klutzy king of the jungle gets the big-screen, live-action treatment in this comedy from Walt Disney Pictures. A young boy named George becomes lost in the jungles of the African nation of Bukuvu following a plane crash, where he's rescued and raised to manhood by an articulate ape called Ape (voice of John Cleese).

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Jay Ward's fondly-remembered cartoon series about a klutzy king of the jungle gets the big-screen, live-action treatment in this comedy from Walt Disney Pictures. A young boy named George becomes lost in the jungles of the African nation of Bukuvu following a plane crash, where he's rescued and raised to manhood by an articulate ape called Ape (voice of John Cleese). George grows to become a strapping adult (played by Brendan Fraser) who is cheerful and good-hearted but not terribly bright, not to mention his nasty habit of running into trees while swinging on vines from one part of the jungle to another. Ursula Stanhope (Leslie Mann), an heiress from San Francisco, travels to Bukuvu for a safari, both to satisfy her thirst for adventure and because she's trying to get away from the snooty Lyle Van Der Groot (Thomas Haden Church), whom she is engaged to marry even though she doesn't like him very much. Lyle follows Ursula to Bukuvu, hoping to catch up with her and locate the legendary White Ape of the Jungle; when Ursula becomes stranded and is rescued by George, Lyle is determined to rescue her from the savage ape man, even though George is a greater threat to himself than anyone else. George finds himself infatuated with the lovely Ursula, and he hopes to win her heart, even though he's a bit rusty on the particulars of the human courtship ritual (Ape tries to help by lending him a copy of "Coffee, Tea, or Me?"). We also get to meet George's faithful pet Shep, an elephant who seems to have gotten the idea that he's a Cocker Spaniel. Blaxploitation legend Richard Roundtree also appears as Bukuvu dignitary Kwame.

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If the Pauly Shore vehicle Encino Man served a useful purpose, it may have been to demonstrate the perfect pairing of Brendan Fraser and any role requiring primitive grunts and loincloths. And so it was, five years later, that Fraser's enthusiastic ape mannerisms found a more flattering home with George of the Jungle, Disney's live-action adaptation of the Jay Ward cartoon. Buoyed by a satirically over-dramatic narrator who banters with the characters, the film breezes through its running time, making the "watch out for that tree" joke a few too many times, but not to excess. The casting of Fraser might have been so natural as to seem obvious, but the producers picked a fortuitous supporting cast that does as much as the lead to animate this cartoon jungle. Leslie Mann is an ideal compliment in the Jane role, with the voice of a purring kitten and the googly eyes of a silent film star. As Mann's fiancée, sitcom malcontent Thomas Haden Church takes boorishness to similar extremes. Jim Henson's workshop also plays a role in establishing tone, but not as integrally as one might think. They get good mileage from the impractically rambunctious elephant Shep, but George's benefactor, the ape named Ape, receives too much attention from the camera to work as a seamless effect. John Cleese's persona does not synch up well with the character, his readings too effete and detached for this cuddly world.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/02/1997
UPC:
0786936047721
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brendan Fraser George
Leslie Mann Ursula Stanhope
Thomas Haden Church Lyle Van de Groot
Richard Roundtree Kwame
John Cleese Ape
Greg Cruttwell Max
Abraham Benrubi Thor
Holland Taylor Beatrice Stanhope
Kelly Miller Betsy
John Bennett Perry Arthur Stanhope
Keith Scott Narrator

Technical Credits
Sam Weisman Director
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
Lou Arkoff Co-producer
Seth Arnett Stunts
Terry Austin Associate Producer
Jon Avnet Producer
Roger Bondelli Editor
K.C. Colwell Asst. Director
C. Tad Devlin Executive Producer
Paula Endara Associate Producer
David M. Haber Art Director
David Hoberman Producer
Dream Quest Images Special Effects
Lisa Jensen Costumes/Costume Designer
David Kelson Sound Mixer
Jordan Kerner Producer
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Stephen Marsh Production Designer
Dana Olsen Screenwriter
Stuart H. Pappe Editor
Kathryn Peters Set Decoration/Design
Cathy Sandrich Casting
Marc Shaiman Score Composer
Jim Henson's Creature Shop Special Effects
Audrey Wells Screenwriter
Mark Zuelzke Art Director

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George of the Jungle 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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TiggyTN More than 1 year ago
This "remake of Tarzan" movie is hilarious. Nothing serious, just silly slapstick humor. A very funny movie that will entertain both kids & adults....something unusual these days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gotta admit that I love this movie, especially the campy bits. In case you don't know, this is a remake of Tarzan, but in this case, Baby George (Tarzan) falls out of an airplane and is raised by some very intelligent furry primates. Ursula (Jane) comes along while she is on safari with her very arrogant fiance' Lyle, and George gets to rescue Ursula. George is shocked to discover that this fella' is a woman!

Along the way, we get to see George fight a stuffed lion, see him play fetch with a little elephant (who reminds me of my Malemute), run into bridges and dress in flowing gowns. We are treated to Ursula and Lyle's engagement party with a smashed cake and an absent Lyle, and where Ursula's mother threatens George, causing him to leave San Francisco. Of course, we know how it ends- Tarzan always gets the girl, and this version is no different.

There is nothing deep here for adults, but my young children find it fascinating. Brendan Fraser was very buff for this movie, but has a sweet innocence about him that makes him a very loveable character. Leslie Mann as Ursula is beautiful, but sweet and kind as well.
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