George of the JungleDirector: Sam Weisman, Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church
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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- Walt Disney Video
Cast & Crew
|Leslie Mann||Ursula Stanhope|
|Thomas Haden Church||Lyle Van de Groot|
|Holland Taylor||Beatrice Stanhope|
|John Bennett Perry||Arthur Stanhope|
|Thomas E. Ackerman||Cinematographer|
|Terry Austin||Associate Producer|
|K.C. Colwell||Asst. Director|
|C. Tad Devlin||Executive Producer|
|Paula Endara||Associate Producer|
|David M. Haber||Art Director|
|Dream Quest Images||Special Effects|
|Lisa Jensen||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|David Kelson||Sound Mixer|
|Stephen Marsh||Production Designer|
|Stuart H. Pappe||Editor|
|Kathryn Peters||Set Decoration/Design|
|Marc Shaiman||Score Composer|
|Jim Henson's Creature Shop||Special Effects|
|Mark Zuelzke||Art Director|
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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.
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.