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Not even the executives at Disney could have predicted the runaway success of this live-action movie inspired by Jay Ward's goofy 1960s cartoon character. Not only didGeorge make a killing at the box office, but Disney's marketing wizards turned it into one of their best-selling videos. It's hard to begrudge the movie's success, even if this is the kind of mindless entertainment that caters to the lowest common denominator. In any case, it's obvious that kids love this movie, in which the idiotic George (Brendan Fraser) repeatedly swings into trees and attracts the attention of a lovely jungle explorer (Leslie Mann) who decides to call off her engagement to a wealthy snob (Thomas Hayden Church) in favor of the vine-swinging hunk with an elephant named Shep (that thinks it's a dog) and an ape named Ape (with a proper Brit voice provided by John Cleese). Filled with slapstick gags and some funny special effects, the movie can be a bit of a trial for adults, but it's a hilarious treat for its intended audience.--Jeff Shannon
Great George of the Jungle movie This movie was heart warming. And my mother loved it too. Great music for the scenes. Very likeable. If you havn't seen this movie than you should. Give it a try.
True to the spirit of the original! I was absolutely thrilled when I heard that Disney had taken a cartoon I loved from the late 60s and given it the big screen treatment. Naturally, I expected it would die a quick death at the box office, and was delighted when it was actually a hit of some stature. It says something about a show that only had 17 episodes in its original run when so many people remember it as well as they do this many years later. The good news is, they stayed true to the spirit of how Jay Ward did the cartoon, right down to the discussions between the characters onscreen and the narrator (in this case a great impersonation and tribute to the late Paul Frees, one of animation's greatest voice-over people) and the requisite (not to mention obvious) really bad puns...and all the things that made the cartoon as funny and hip as it was back in 1967...they're all here in the movie. Don't look for War&Peace here, just a really enjoyable and funny movie for young and old alike that never gets risque or mean spirited. Brendan Fraser obviously enjoyed doing this (he must have or he wouldn't have played the starring role in Dudley Do-Right, another Jay Ward classic character)...John Cleese gave the perfect voice to the Ape character (very proper and British). This one's a loving tribute to the mad genius of Jay Ward. If you don't think so, you're overanalyzing it or you're looking too hard for meaning here. Get some popcorn, put this one in and get ready for some good laughs...and just try to get that theme song out of your head!WATCH OUT FOR THAT TREE Taking an animated cartoon and bringing it to the big screen live action can be a risky and oftentimes disastrous venture (Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dudley Do Right, e.g.). But with GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE, director Sam Weisman and screenwriters Dana Oldsen and Aubrey Wells bring the loony jungle hero to life and make it as much fun as a cartoon. Brendan Fraser brings his physical and thespian assets to the role of George, a loveable lunk who manages to survive hitting hundreds of trees, and other assorted obstacles. It's in the true spirit of the cartoons, indeed. I also liked the narrator whose occasional forays into the action itself were fun and reminiscent of Fractured Fairy Tales, also a Jay Ward creation. Lovely Leslie Mann (Last Man Standing) is a good Ursula, her prim socialite a perfect foil for the loveable George. John Cleese adds his vocals to the role of Ape, the Ape, and it's a great addition. Oscar hopeful Thomas Haden Church (Sideways) plays the snooty fiance of Mann, giving an effective snooty performance. Catch Holland Taylor, Richard Roundtree and John Bennett Perry in key supporting roles. Of course, the monkeys, elephant, toucan and assorted creatures steal most of their scenes, too. GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE is goofy, silly fun, and I found myself enjoying it immensely.