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George of the Jungle (1997)

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George grows up in the jungle raised by apes. Based on the Cartoon series.

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Baby George got into a plane crash in a jungle, stayed alive and was adopted by a wise ape. Ursula Stanhope, US noble woman is saved from death on safari by grown-up George, and he takes her to jungle to live with him. He slowly learns a rules of human relationships, while Ursula's lover Lyle is looking for her and the one who took her. After they are found, Ursula takes George to the USA. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for crude humor and mild violence, language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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DEM 3,167,357 (Germany) (6 February 1998)

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DEM 13,512,461 (Germany) (13 March 1998)
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When Ursula "very quickly" tells her parents of her jungle exploits, she is actually saying "So anyway I went to the jungle, and I wanted to get away before I got married, and Lyle showed up and nobody got along with Lyle, he was a big pain in the ass, and anyway, so he, he went off into the jungle by himself, and I, you know, I had to follow him. And a jungle man comes swinging through on a vine, just swinging through, and, and he, and then we, hit something, and I don't know what happened. The next thing I know I wake up [inaudible] And then Lyle shot him!" See more »

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When the guides are talking about Lyles "magic pictures", one of them says how he prefers the "resolution of his Zeiss 35mm" in Swahili. This is translated incorrectly by Kwame as the "resolution of his Leica 35mm" See more »

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Narrator: Deep in the heart of Africa is a place no man has ever entered. The place that belongs to the lion, the elephant and the ape. A place known as the Bukuvu. Travellers flying overhead can only glimpse at its many marvels, its sparkling rivers, its lush veldts, its billowy cloud formations and its hidden mountains. Never fear, my friends. All was not lost. Scraped and boo-booed, they searched high and low, but they never recovered their most precious cargo.
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At the end of the credits, Ape says "Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the king of the jungle". You then hear George yell, followed by a loud thud. See more »

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George of the Jungle
Written by Stan Worth and Sheldon Allman
Produced by Rick Derringer (uncredited)
Performed by 'Weird Al' Yankovic (uncredited)
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"Run Shep! Run for your life!"
27 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Big screen adaptation of the much beloved cartoon character recounts how George (admirably played with affable density by Brendan Fraser) met his wife Ursula (played by the adorable Leslie Mann). The only thing standing between them being Ursula's mom (played by Holland Taylor), Ursula's obnoxious fiance Lyle (Thomas Haden Church) and poacher duo. Helping George is his loyal elephant/dog Shep, the toucan, and the Ape Named Ape (voiced with biting cynicism by John Cleese).

Yeah it's not great cinema but hey, it's not a misfire either. It's funny most of the time and it shows that Fraser has cornered the affable stranger in a strange land market. Very few actors can play characters who are essentially idiots without losing audience sympathy or credibility, but somehow Fraser manages to do it.

Best gags include include the smart ass narrator, George getting hyped up on coffee, the women at Ursula's party fawning over George's deep spiritual connection with animals, George swinging into various objects (most notably the San Francisco bridge sequence) and George's climatic battle with the poachers.

"My noble kinsmen, thou has served me well. Now stand aside while Shep doth dispatch these villains." - George speaking ape


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